Recipes For Carpet Cleaner, Freshener & Sachets

As more and more people appear to be developing allergies or having issues with highly perfumed products, we’re seeking out more natural options for household scents and cleaning solutions. Carpeting can be so warm and inviting, but it does need some TLC to keep it looking and smelling fresh.

Here is a selection of assorted recipes to make your own cleaner along with one for a lovely homemade freshener (incorporating baking soda, cornstarch and lavender or alternatives such as cloves and cinnamon).

I also included a quick tutorial for DIY fragrant vacuum sachets that will fill a room with a lovely scent as it’s used. You’ll find those details at the bottom of this article.

Carpet Cleaner/Stain Remover

First, here’s an easy and natural way to brighten up those fibers, lift odors and get rid of stains, just a few simple items are all that’s needed!


2 tsp eucalyptus oil
2 tsp glycerine
2 TBS vinegar
2 TBS bicarbonate soda
2 TBS methylated spirits


  • Pour everything into a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
  • For spot treatments: Spray stain then rub with a piece of pantyhose.
  • For whole carpet maintenance: Cover the broom head with a piece of pantyhose then spray with mixture. Sweep the floor.

Source: (page no longer available) Warringah Online Home (pdf)

Homemade Freshener

If you’re looking for an organic blend to try, this one’s really nice. It makes a big batch and you can infuse whatever dried flowers and/or herbs that you like (it also lasts quite awhile).

You can cut the amounts down if you like until you find your favorite blend. To give yourself a small variety to choose from, you could split the recipe in three then add three different dried flower or herb choices to each container. (*First published October 25, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization).


6 C. baking soda
3 C. lavender buds/flowers*
1 C. cornstarch


  • Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container (an ice cream pail works great). Set aside for a couple days to give the aroma/scent to develop. Sprinkle generously on floor and let sit for one hour before removing.

Alternative Ideas:

  • Cloves & Cinnamon (50/50 or whatever you prefer)
  • Lavender & Rosemary (50/50 or whatever you prefer)
  • Mint Leaves
  • Eucalyptus
  • Potpourri

Crush the dried herbs/flowers up a bit first before adding to the mix.

Instead of herbs, you can substitute with essential oils, experiment with amounts for best results. It’s best to combine thoroughly and let sit for about a week before using.

Scented Pouches For The Vacuum

Slip these sachets into your vacuum bag and enjoy the pleasant fragrance when you run the machine over the floor. They’re easy to whip up with just a few simple items and best part is: they don’t make a mess!


1/4 C. lavender*
1/4 C. rosemary*
1 TBS cloves*
1/2 C. cedar shavings
1 TBS baking soda
5 to 7 drops of EO (your choice)
Pantyhose or cheesecloth squares

*Or try 1/2 cup of your favorite herbal blend


  • Combine everything together then store in a sealed glass container for 1 week.
  • Craft plain pouches using pantyhose or cheesecloth that will hold three tablespoons of the product, fill then tie or sew shut.
  • Store them in a sealed glass jar until needed.

Tip: An alternative to the above batch is to take advantage of your favorite potpourri blend, add a few extra drops of essential oils if needed.


  • Pop one into the new vacuum bag each time you change it. When you run the machine, the fragrance from the pouch will fill the room.
  • Instead of including a sachet, you can add a few tablespoons of the mix into the new bag when changing it.
  • If you prefer a stronger fragrance, add a few more drops of EO to the packet.

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    • jennifer

    Menthylated spirits ??? It is highly flammable, isnt it ? I realize it is used as a cleaner for removing PAINT but, is it safe to be soaking into rugs ? Seems a safer ingredient could be used…ammonia ?

      • TipNut

      Menthylated spirits is a common stain remover for upholstery, carpets and clothing. Like other single ingredients in household cleaners (including homemade), it is flammable but evaporates when dried.

    • Angie

    when you have a spill on carpet (such as wine or soda), sprinkle it generously with Borax, let it dry and vacuum it up. The Borax pulls the liquid right out of the carpet. If your spill has already dried, wet it with water, sprinkle it with Borax, let it dry and vacuum it up. (If the stain has dried, sometimes it takes a bit of scrubbing to get it completely out).

    • Kari

    What are the glycerine and eucalyptus oil for? don’t the oils stain? where do you get the menthylated spirits? will pantyhose really pick up everything? Thanks!

    • Lynda Lee

    I need help fast. Spilled dark color nail polish on the carpet.
    Please let me know how to get it out, plus spilled it on
    my canvas shoes……Oh brother, it’s Monday.


    • caroline

    I need help removing dog stains from carpet,I’ve tried everything from pet store and on the internet .

      • greenwoman

      Caroline, I have a pale pink carpet and a pup who has decided to make it her personal potty. I blot fresh accidents with a towel and immediately sprinkle with baking soda. I let this dry and then go over the stain and surrounding area with my Bissel machine using hot water and a cup of vinegar in the tank. I use this on all my carpet and it keeps my home nice and fresh. The vinegar smell dissapates as the carpet dries.

        • pagrits

        My daughter told me to mix ( in a spray bottle ) half water and half vinegar. spray on soiled carpet ( saturate ) . I have 3 dogs , AND every now and then they decide to test me ! ” see if mom will see this spot ” ! it works !! need to let it set for a bit , stain and oder is gone , then blot up excess .

    • sharney camm-hoza

    I have a beige fitted carpet.We just bought the house and are having trouble brightening with a steam cleaner.It seems to stain right away and looks very dull.Can anyone help,thankyou

      • sharon

      I used peroxide and ammonia (50/50) placed in a spray bottle. I spray my rug, brush in, leave for 15 min, then steam clean w/ hot water. Everything goes away, smell, stains and mildew.

    • Doris Mason

    Years ago my Mother=inlaw used amonia to clean upholtery and carpeting and she mixed it with something…can you tell me if you have ever heard of this?
    It cleaned and brightened so well that it looked like new….I want to try it and I don’t remember what she used with the amonia….could it have been laundry soap?

    • monica

    ive been using baking soda on my carpet,seems to me that the people before us had pets. it has a urine smell to it what do you suggest?

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