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Carpet fresheners on the market normally contain synthetic fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is not an ingredient but a group of ingredients that companies don’t have to disclose. They often include harmful ingredients that have been shown to cause a number of health concerns.
Another harmful ingredient found in many carpet fresheners is benzyl benzoate. The European Union has found benzyl benzoate to be a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen and wildlife and environmental toxicant. It is also possibly a endocrine disrupter.
Making your own DIY carpet freshener is simple and can also save you money. And of one of my favorite parts is being able to make whatever scent I want. In the fall I like to use an orange, cinnamon, and bay leaf scent. Currently I’m enjoying using a mix called Cheer Up Buttercup. It’s a mix of bergamot, orange, lime, grapefruit, and lemon. Lime and bergamot is another scent I like in the spring and summer.
Natural Carpet Freshener
- Baking soda
- Essential oil(s) of your choice
- Clean glass jar
- 2 metal lids that fit the jar
- Optional: Label or washi tape
- Using a hammer and nail, carefully poke several holes in the top of one lid.
- Fill jar with baking soda.
- Slowly add the essential oils to figure out how strong you want it. I used a 16 ounce jar and used around 30 drops.
- Place the lid without the holes on and shake well. Store with this lid on.
- Optional: put washi tape or label on the jar.
- When you are ready to use it, switch to the lid with the holes.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let sit 15 minutes – 1 hour. The longer it sits the better.
- Vacuum normally.
It’s that simple. It works wonderfully and no worrying about what is ending up left behind on your carpet. I’d love to know what scent you choose to use. I have so much fun playing with the scents.
Check out my Pinterest for more fun DIY ideas. And check back often for more spring cleaning tips!