Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

Written by KT, Contributing Writer

So in my family’s quest live healthier, safer, and detoxified lifestyle… one remaining toxic filled product was hanging around my house… carpet deodorizer.  It’s a guilty pleasure, love the fresh smell… but I got to wondering about what kind of fragrances were making that “linen fresh” scent.  There are lots of places to get information – but I like the summary here.

With that said – I was off to create a (VERY simple), homemade carpet deodorizer.  My husband LOVES the idea of that white powder, sprinkled on the carpet, that you let sit and is then vacuumed up.  So… I started with a natural deodorizer (baking soda) and added some SAFE & NATURAL fragrances.

How to make your own carpet deodorizer:

Whisk the following together in a bowl:

  • 1 Box of Baking Soda
  • 25 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
  • 25 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil (if you have dried lavender from your garden, I would crush and add that in too!)
  • 10 Drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil (our grocery store has a wide selection of essential oils, including organic varieties.  If your’s doesn’t – they are widely available online)

What to do:

    1. Once it is combined – transfer to a container (I just used a canning jar).  If you have something that you can shake it out of – that might be easier… I just use a spoon.
    2. Before vacuuming your rug – sprinkle some of the deodorizer on it.  Let sit for a few minutes and then simply vacuum it up!
    3. Presto! Fresh smelling, non-toxic deodorizer!

Do you use carpet deodorizer? Have you tried making your own yet?

*this post is linked to: Encourage One AnotherTitus 2sdays, and WFMW*

About KT

Kristin is a mom to two busy boys, a wife to a hardworking husband, and a high school teacher.  She also co-founded the non-profit organization, Kai's Village in memory of the sweetest, bravest two year old with the strongest mama in the world. She loves cooking with fresh local ingredients, gardening, creating fun lessons at home and at school, and sneaking take out with her husband after the kids are in bed. You can find her at One Organic Mama or on Facebook or at the closest Starbucks.


  1. You could make a shaker by taking another jar lid and punching holes in it with an ice pick. To keep it from clumping just sit a whole lid on top and then screw the ring on the jar over both lids.

  2. HI dropping in from Encourage one another link-up! Thanks for the recipe. I have 2 dogs and a sweaty Hubbie so this will come in handy! 🙂


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