A Great Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

No matter how often you vacuum, your carpet will retain all of the smells that it has been saturated with. I have often resorted to carpet powders and deodorizers to make our home smell better. However, they always just seem to mask the smells with a stronger one. Because of my dissatisfaction with store-bought deodorizers, I have created my own homemade carpet deodorizer. It's cheaper in volume and can be custom scented!

To make your own homemade carpet deodorizer using natural ingredients, combine equal parts of corn starch and baking soda in a medium sized bowl. To give it a wonderful scent and to add a sanitizing agent, add about a dozen drops of lavender oil. You can add other essential oils as well to customize the scent. Mix well and place into a shaker container.  I use one of my left over containters from the store bought variety.  You can use any old shaker container or make your own by punching holes into a coffee can. If you use a coffee can make sure to keep the plastic cover to seal in the freshness. Once you have completed making your deodorizer and you are happy with the scent, sprinkle liberally on your carpets. Let it sit for about an hour. Have your entire family walk around in it to grind it in and then vacuum thoroughly. To add a level of pest control, add a cup of Borox to the mix!

When vacuuming, follow these tips to get the best results from your homemade carpet deodorizer.  First, throughly sweep the area before you sprinkle the deodorizer.  If you are using a bagged vacuum, be sure to use a fresh bag before sweeping up the mixture.  For a bagless vacuum, be sure to clean the filter.  You need to ensure that your vacuum has the most suction posible to remove all of the powder.  To help remove all of the deodorizer you can also be sure to go over the entire carpet twice, once in each direction.
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