diy cleaning

How do you freshen your rugs?

Our home is pretty old. Like 19th century old. So we have a lot of wood floors which are really not conducive to little ones learning to crawl and walk. So we have opted for throw rugs. We’ve got a nice mid-pile IKEA find in our living room, which is where our girls spend most of their time outside the playroom. We have a ‘no shoes in the house’ rule but it doesn’t always hold up. A birthday party with extended family and friends, the crew putting new insulation in the attic, well we just let it go.

I used to vacuum with Glade scented carpet deodorizer. The harshness of the scent dissipated once I vacuumed and I liked the lingering faint smell that was left. Now, as I’ve begun looking a little closer at the ingredient lists of what I purchase, I’ve ditched the store deodorizer. My favorite was always Glade Clean Linen. One ingredient, benzyl benzoate received a grade of D on EWG and is “Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.” (Click here to read all about it) Want to hear some other uses of benzyl benzoate? It is also used to treat scabies and is an insect and tick repellant.

Now you can see why I am hesitant to pour anything containing this (and other) chemicals onto the rug that my girls crawl on? And eat cheerios off of?

Tamar over an Tangerines & Thyme recommended a homemade carpet deodorizer. It is super easy to make and takes just a minute.

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What you need:

  • Standard Baking Soda – Nothing fancy, just the stuff you would bake with or scrub your stove coils with.
  • A Shaker Jar – I used a glass grated cheese jar that I found at my local Dollar Tree. Just like these but a lot cheaper!
  • Essential Oils of your choice! – I used 5 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Purification, 3 drops of Thieves and 2 drops of Lemon.

Make sure you add the oils slowly and stir them through really well!

If you’re wondering why I used such an eclectic mix of oils, here’s why. I wanted to give the illusion of a store deodorizer, without the harsh chemicals. The Lavender gives this mix the deep floral notes while Purification and Lemon are bright and crisp. Thieves, which is a mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary adds a nice bit of warmth to the mix.

I am IN LOVE with this mixture of scents. And after making up a batch, I found another way to get good use out of this deodorizer. Litter box refresher! Up here in New England we just got hit with another storm and we ended up with a good 14″ of snow. My outdoor kitties spend the cold winter/spring nights in our mudroom so we keep a litter box in there this time of year. This essential oil baking soda mix is perfect for refreshing the scooped litter.

I hope you give this recipe a try! Maybe even come up with your own essential oil concoction! If you do, leave me a comment about how it worked for you!

-Amanda

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