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.
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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.
- Cloves & Cinnamon (50/50 or whatever you prefer)
- Lavender & Rosemary (50/50 or whatever you prefer)
- Mint Leaves
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.