This DIY carpet deodorizer couldn’t be simpler to make and use, and you probably already have everything you need. If you don’t currently have baking soda in your pantry, the cheapest place to find it will likely be the bulk foods section of your local grocery store.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions for refreshing your carpet with either an unscented or scented baking soda odor eliminator.
Basic Baking Soda Carpet Deodorizer (Unscented)
Step 1: Vacuum your carpet thoroughly.
Step 2: Block off the area to keep animals and children off of the carpet.
Step 3: Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area to be deodorized.
Step 4: Allow the baking soda to work its magic for at least 20 minutes, while keeping in mind that several hours might be better for stubborn odors.
Step 5: Vacuum up the baking soda. (If you used a lot of baking soda, you can also sweep up the excess before vacuuming.)
Step 6: Enjoy your fresh-smelling carpet!
Scented Carpet Deodorizing Powder
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl or container, mix baking soda with your favorite essential oil. The ratio should be about 15 drops of essential oil for each cup of baking soda. You can use just one scent, or you can mix two or three essential oils to achieve the desired aroma. Make sure you use essential oils, and not fragrance oils (which are cheaper, but are synthetic).
Step 2: Place your scented baking soda carpet powder in a container suited for sprinkling, such as a repurposed canning jar (with holes in the lid) or a large spice container with a shaker lid.
Step 3: Complete steps one through six listed above.
**If you are using essential oils, it is even more important that you keep animals and children off of the carpet until you have removed this DIY carpet deodorizer.