Recipes For Carpet Cleaner, Freshener & Sachets

Here are a few different recipes to make your own carpet cleaner along with one for a homemade freshener (using baking soda, cornstarch and dried lavender or alternatives such as cloves and cinnamon) as well as a tip for making fragrant vacuum sachets.

IngredientsFirst, here’s an easy and natural way to remove stains and brighten up carpets, just a few simple ingredients are all that’s needed!


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


  • Pour all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix.
  • For spot treatments: Spray stain then rub with a piece of pantyhose.
  • For whole carpet cleaning: Cover the broom head with a piece of pantyhose then spray with mixture. Sweep the floor.

Source: Warringah Online Home (pdf)

If you’re looking for an organic carpet freshener, this one’s really nice. It makes a big batch and you can use 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/mix. (*First published October 25, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization).


6 cups baking soda
3 cups dried lavender buds/flowers*
1 cup cornstarch


  • Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container (an ice cream pail works great). Set aside for a couple days before using. Sprinkle generously on floor and let sit for one hour before vacuuming.

Alternative Ideas:

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

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

Instead of using dried herbs, you can substitute with essential oils, experiment with amounts for best results. Make sure to mix it in thoroughly and let sit for a few days before using.

Slip these sachets into your vacuum bag and enjoy the pleasant fragrance when you vacuum the floor. They’re easy to make using just a few simple ingredients and best part is: they don’t make a mess!


1/4 cup dried lavender*
1/4 cup dried rosemary*
1 TBS cloves*
1/2 cup cedar shavings
1 TBS baking soda
5 to 7 drops of essential oil (your choice)
Pantyhose or cheesecloth squares

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


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

Tip: Instead of using the above mix, try using your favorite potpourri blend, add a few extra drops of essential oils if needed.

Instructions For Use:

  • Pop a sachet into the new vacuum bag each time you change it. When you vacuum, the fragrance from the pouch will fill the room.
  • Instead of using 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 essential oil to the pouch.

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What Readers Are Saying: 12 Comments
  1. jennifer says:

    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 says:

      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.

  2. Angie says:

    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).

  3. Kari says:

    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!

  4. Lynda Lee says:

    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.


  5. caroline says:

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

    • greenwoman says:

      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 says:

        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 .

  6. sharney camm-hoza says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. Doris Mason says:

    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?

  8. monica says:

    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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