So, the other day I was doing my PiYo workout (gotta get fit in the new year, right?) and the workout is a combination of Pilates and yoga…at one very hard part of the workout you’re instructed to go into the child’s pose, with your tooshie resting on your heels and arms stretched out at front and head down between your arms. As I enjoyed the moment of rest and stretching while trying to regain my breath I realized the carpet I was working out on was, well, rank. Nasty smelling. Why you ask? Well someone else uses that rug for resting too.
Yes, see the look of guilt in his eyes? He knows he’s stinky from all his rolling around in the snow and rompusing about in the grass.
I knew I needed to whip up a batch of my all natural carpet deodorizer, and it’s SO easy! I thought you might want to try it too! All you need is baking soda and borax-found in the cleaning aisle. (Edited to add: Many of my readers have expressed to me concern over using Borax…while my personal research on it hasn’t convinced me not to use it in my home that is a very personal decision. I do not use this carpet powder while my pets or children are in the room as a precaution but if you prefer to avoid Borax altogether this carpet powder can be made using only baking soda with or without added essential oils as well.)
Mix your baking soda and borax 1:1 in a mason jar (or any other container you might have on hand.)
Trace the top of a mason jar on some scrapbook paper or cardstock and cut it out.
Position the paper on the top of your jar and screw on the canning ring. Use a skewer or other sharp object to poke holes in the paper to allow the powder to sprinkle out.
Then, just sprinkle on the carpet and let it sit 15-20 minutes and vacuum up! No more stinky carpets!
You can also add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix if you’d prefer a slight scent to the powder, I prefer mine to simply neutralize the odors personally!