The #1 DIY CARPET DEODORIZER for fresh and clean carpets!

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Looking to freshen up your carpets without spending a fortune? This DIY carpet deodorizer is the perfect solution! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this homemade carpet freshener will leave your carpets smelling fresh and clean. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make so you can get back to enjoying your freshly-scented home in no time!

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Are you sick of your stinky carpets? Remove carpet odor & get it to smell fresh and nice again the easy, natural, homemade way! Pet odor removal has never been easier with this simple and affordable DIY carpet deodorizer! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to remove carpet odor without purchasing an expensive carpet deodorizer!

You’ll be able to put together this lovely DIY carpet deodorizer in just a few minutes, literally! I made this awesome carpet odor remover with pet odor in mind but you can use this formula to remove smell from carpet even when you don’t have pets but you are simply unhappy with how your carpets smell.

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What is carpet deodorizer?

A carpet deodorizer is a product that you can use to remove odors from your carpets. There are many different types of carpet deodorizers on the market, but they all have one thing in common: they work to mask or eliminate odors. They are available as powders, sprays or even gels, and they can be purchased at most home improvement stores or online.

While most commercial carpet deodorizers are quite effective at removing odors, they can be expensive and contain harsh chemicals. If you’re looking for a more natural and affordable solution, try this DIY carpet deodorizer!

How to make a DIY carpet freshener?

I am not a fan of store bought products which most times smell too harsh and are also full of chemicals that are unsafe for my pets, my family and the environment. So I thought I should handle the problem the natural way with an easy and quick homemade carpet freshener. It’s really that simple and it requires products I have around at any time: baking soda and my beloved essential oils to scent my simple homemade carpet cleaner!

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What is the purpose of this DIY carpet deodorizer?

Ever since we got our pets, there are so many places in my house that need deodorizing! If you are a pet owner then you know having pets is not all roses and cupcakes and often times it’s quite the stinky business! No matter how much you love your pets, there’s a time when you just can’t stand the smell anymore, right? (they probably feel the same about us “hoomans” too lol).

And to be honest I was shocked at how stinky the cats can get as opposed to dogs. I’ve always been under the impression that cats are the cleanest of pets but mine seem to like to be on the rebel side. I got to use this DIY carpet deodorizer a lot more for cat odor than dog odor. They like to do their “dirty deeds” anywhere else but their litter box (the litter box is lava, as my daughter likes to joke!), on spots that I couldn’t just wash right away, like a thick rug.

As I mentioned this DIY carpet deodorizer is good for all sorts of odors, not only pet odor. I found that carpets that are a bit old or have been sitting in the same spot for a long time tend to get a bit smelly. Or if you have kids and they accidentally drop fluids on the carpets, it takes time to dry and the carpet is impregnated with a specific smell. Especially if you are not aware of those spots because the sneaky dudes keep it a secret! I found this is the best way to remove carpet odor in just a few minutes, with minimal effort, the safe way. Plus the carpets keep the nice, fresh smell for a long time.

How do I deodorize my carpet with this freshener?

You can use this deodorizer every time you deep vacuum the house if you like to keep them smell nice & fresh all the time. But I found that using this once a month is more than enough for us. I sprinkle this DIY carpet freshener liberally and leave it on over night. Then I vacuum thoroughly and if the smell still lingers on, I reapply the powder, leave it on for a couple of hours and vacuum again.

To be honest, I love this formula so much I even use the powder to freshen up other items in the house too, like bed mattresses, chair pillows, seat cushions, bed throws and couches (for fabric items only).

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How long do you leave DIY carpet deodorizer on?

I leave this carpet freshener on for at least 12 hours, mostly overnight, and then I vacuum. If the smell still persists after vacuuming I repeat the process until the odor is completely gone.

How long does carpet deodorizer last?

This carpet powder recipe is really easy to make and it doesn’t take long at all. You can store this in a mason jar or any other airtight container for a long time. I’ve had mine stored away for over 6 months now and it still works like new! Is best to store this powder in a cool, dry place.

Will carpet odors go away?

Carpet odors can be persistent and sometimes they’re hard to get rid of (hello pet stains!). If you have a spot that’s been smelling for a while, it might take more than one treatment with this carpet powder to completely remove the odor. But I promise if you keep at it, the smell will eventually go away!

How often should you deodorize your carpet?

Making and using this powder to remove unwanted odors does not mean you’ll skip cleaning your carpets or furniture. This deodorizer is just a temporary solution, carpets will still need deep cleaning at least once a year.

To keep your carpets smell fresh all the time, you can use this DIY carpet deodorizer every time you vacuum. Just sprinkle a bit of the powder on the carpets before you start vacuuming and it will help remove any lingering smells. Otherwise deodorizing the carpets once a month should be enough.

Are carpet fresheners bad for carpet?

No, this carpet freshener powder is not bad for your carpets. In fact, it’s actually good for them! The baking soda in the recipe will help remove any stains on the carpet and the essential oils will leave a fresh, clean smell behind.

Are carpet deodorizers harmful?

No, this carpet deodorizer powder is not harmful. The essential oils used in the recipe are all natural and have anti-bacterial properties. The baking soda in the recipe is also safe to use on carpets.

Are homemade carpet deodorizers pet friendly?

Yes, this homemade carpet deodorizer powder is pet friendly. The essential oils used in the recipe are all natural and have anti-bacterial properties. The baking soda in the recipe is also safe to use. However I always advise keeping your pets away from any area you are treating with a carpet powder until it has been thoroughly vacuumed up.

Can I use this carpet freshener on my furniture?

Yes, you can use this carpet freshener powder on your furniture. Just sprinkle a bit of the powder on any fabric surface and it will help remove any lingering smells. The essential oils in the recipe will also leave a fresh, clean smell behind.

Does this freshener help with fleas?

No, this carpet freshener powder will not help with fleas. However the essential oils used in the recipe have anti-bacterial properties which can help prevent flea infestations.

For a DIY flea repellent, check out this tutorial!

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Homemade carpet freshener recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 35 drops of Essential oils (I used Young Living ): 20 drops Lavender and 15 drops Peppermint (you can choose your favorite essential oil combination if you don’t like this one). Lemon and rosemary is another combination I like.

Tools needed:

  • Large jar or canister with lid that you need to perforate (I use a Nutella jar and poked holes in the jar with a round tip screw driver).
  • Medium bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. In a medium large bowl, mix baking soda with essential oils. Stir to combine until no clumps are left and all baking soda feels slightly damp to the touch.
  2. Spoon the combination into a big jar. Punch a few holes into the lid, then shake to sprinkle the mixture over the carpet (or you can simple use a large salt shaker if you’re unable to poke holes in the jar lid).
  3. Lightly spread with a carpet brush (or a vacuum cleaner brush) so that baking soda gets into the carpet fibers. Leave on for at least 30 minutes then simply vacuum. If your carpet is really stinky, let the mixture sit for several hours or even overnight as I mentioned above.

If your carpets are in need of a freshening up, why not try this DIY carpet deodorizer powder? It’s easy to make and will leave your carpets smelling fresh and clean. Plus, it’s safe for pets and kids! So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today and let me know how it works for you!

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DIY carpet deodorizer

Remove carpet odor & get it to smell fresh and nice again the easy, natural, homemade way! Pet odor removal has never been easier with this DIY carpet deodorizer!
Prep Time2 minutes
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Total Time2 minutes
Category: Cleaning, DIY
Region: International
Keyword: diy carpet deodorizer, homemade carpet freshener
Yields: 1 jar
Author: Petro

Materials

  • 10 tbsp of baking soda
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oils
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oils

Tools

  • Large jar with perforated lid
  • spoon
  • bowl

Instructions

  • In a medium large bowl, mix baking soda with essential oils. Stir to combine until no clumps are left and all baking soda feels slightly damp to the touch.
    How to remove carpet odor
  • Spoon the combination into a big jar. Punch a few holes into the lid, then shake to sprinkle the mixture over the carpet (or you can simple use a large salt shaker if you're unable to poke holes in the jar lid).
    How to remove carpet odor
  • Lightly spread with a carpet brush (or a vacuum cleaner brush) so that baking soda gets into the carpet fibers.
    How to remove carpet odor
  • Leave on for at least 30 minutes then simply vacuum. If your carpet is really stinky, let the mixture sit for several hours or even overnight as I mentioned above.
    How to remove carpet odor

Notes

Please note, this deodorizer is just a temporary fix to your carpet problems. They'll still need to be washed at some point, especially when very dirty and smelly. 
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  1. With three kids and two dogs, I swear my carpets always smell like something funky!! I typically get a carpet cleaning twice a year to combat all the messes and smells that end up on my floors, but this recipe will be perfect for keeping my carpets smelling good in between those cleanings. I just bought some new lavender essential oil, so I’m excited to use it in this recipe!