Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Room Freshener eliminates odors while you vacuum. Try making a batch today.
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Vacuum Away Bad Odors
Ever have an unpleasant odor permeating your house? I dislike the smell of my house after I give the dog a bath, it smells like clean, but damp dog… not my favorite scent! If I need to vacuum and want to eliminate an unpleasant odor I whip up a quick batch of Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Room Freshener.
Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Room Freshener takes less than a minute to make, is non-toxic, and does a great job of eliminating odors.
(If you want to freshen a room but are not vacuuming, try my Natural Fabric and Room Refresher.)
Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Room Freshener
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 10-15 drops essential oil
My favorite scent combinations:
- Zen Spa – 10 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops lavender
- Orange Creamsicle- 10 drops orange, 5 drops vanilla
- In a glass measuring cup or other small glass bowl combine all ingredients and stir until there are now lumps. (I use a small shaker that was made for spices.)
- Sprinkle over carpet or hard surface and vacuum up immediately.
Non-Toxic Air Freshener
This non-toxic mix freshens your carpets, and, as an added bonus eliminates smells from your vacuum. Use a bit of this mix when you start to vacuum and your house will be lightly scented as air passes though the vacuum and out the exhaust.
*If you find a bad or musty odor =coming from your vacuum this mix will help, but you need to clean your vacuum. I use this method from Ask Anna. It works well, but takes at least a day to dry.
Carpet and Room Refresher works if I am in a hurry.
More All-Natural Home Fresheners
Refresher Spray – If you’re looking for a non-toxic spray to scent and deodorize you home try my Natural Fabric and Room Refresher.
Shoe Odor Eliminator – Store extra Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Room Freshener in your shoe closet. A quick sprinkle naturally eliminates foot odor in your shoes and the open shaker top will lightly scent the closet.
Foot Odor Eliminator – Stinkyy feet overtaking your home? Make this easy odor eliminating spray!
Even though it’s a might pricey, try vacuuming up a little ground cloves into your vac bag – it only takes a teaspoon. We buy ours at the dollar store. It really smells great!
I burned out the motor of my very expensive central vac by doing this. Brought the unit in and they told me right away that they knew what caused its early demise as soon as they opened it. Household dust is much different apparently. Even though it WASN’T, I was told that drywall dust is THE WORST for home vaccuums hence why only a shop vac with special filters and bags should be used. Cost me another brand new motor ($850). I’m terrified to try this with my central vac or Dyson animal. I should call Dyson but I’m sure they’d say not to as they’d want to sell me their brand called Zorb which is very expensive as I have to order it and have it shipped to where I am. If you KNOW for a fact, your recipe is safe, please provide me the info. (would prefer it if I knew it was 100% safe). Thank you
Tina, I would check with the manufacturer. Most problems with drywall dust and fine dust particles are caused by clogged filters. Filters are supposed to remove particles from the airflow before it is exhausted back into the living space. If the filter is completely blocked it can cause the vacuum to loose suction or blow dusty air back into the room. With a blocked filter you run the risk of overheating the motor. As far as baking soda goes, I am comfortable using it because I am not using huge amounts (like an entire box of baking soda), I regularly clean my vacuum filters, and there are commercial carpet powders on the market that are made from baking soda. Finally, I would advise you to trust your own gut and never do anything that you are not comfortable doing… only you know your machine and your maintenance schedule!
Nice receipe! I really do not think the powder is an issue, at least for canister vacuums which I was using fot the last 5 years. Soda is identical to any other dust and I used it with ground cinnamon as deodorizer with no troubles.
Cinnamon is a great idea, thanks Steve!
Did you know any kind of powder that you vacumn gets into the brush bearings and burns them out? A very expensive repair!
I don’t worry too much about sweeping up powder since vacuums are made to remove dust. This powder is the same consistency as much of the household dust I vacuum from our floors. Plus, Dyson, my vacuum manufacturer actually sells a powder to use for cleaning carpet (it’s called Zorb carpet powder). You should check with your manufacturer to see what the recommend.