If you’ve run out of your favorite carpet cleaner powder, don’t worry – you can make your own.
Making a DIY carpet cleaner powder couldn’t be easier. You only need one or two ingredients, which you probably have on hand at home. You can use this powder to absorb foul odors and excess moisture and to create a custom scent for your home.
Here’s what to do.
How to Make a DIY Carpet Cleaner Powder with Essential Oils
Combine baking soda and essential oils to create a powder that will leave your carpet fresh and clean.
- Add a cup of baking soda to a bowl.
- Add ten drops of your favorite essential oil and mix
- Put the mixture in a shaker bottle
Tip: Use an old parmesan cheese bottle for your carpet freshener. If you don’t have a shaker bottle, sprinkle the cleaner on the floor with a spoon.
After you’ve mixed the ingredients, sprinkle the powder all over your carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum. If you have bad odors from pets or a smoke smell, leave this powder on overnight to help absorb the smells. Then, sweep in the morning.
Baking soda will deodorize your carpet without staining it.
How to Make a DIY Carpet Cleaner Powder Without Essential Oils
If you don’t have essential oils, you can use plain baking soda as a carpet deodorizer. The essentials don’t aid in cleaning; they only add scent to the powder.
If you want to add a scent, consider mixing in one of these additives:
- Ground lemon peel
- Ground orange peel
- Ground herbs
Make sure whatever you add to your baking soda is finely ground so your vacuum doesn’t get clogged. If you have light color carpets, be wary of adding dark spices like cinnamon.
Once you’ve mixed your powder, sprinkle it on the floor, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.
Tips for Making Your Own Carpet Powder
If this is your first time using carpet powder, here are some helpful tips:
- Be cautious about overusing carpet freshener – while it won’t stain, if you use too much, you may have a hard time vacuuming it.
- You can use this on most upholstery to absorb odors. When in doubt, do a small spot test to ensure the baking soda is easy to remove and doesn’t get ground into the fabric.
- Store leftover carpet freshener in an empty bottle with a lid to use for later.