Being a mom of a dog and two messy kids, one of which has an obnoxiously easy to trigger gag reflex, I often have cause to do some major carpet cleaning.
While I find it fairly easy to find products that clean my area rugs (Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo is a good choice), it’s much harder to get rid of the odors that linger for days or even weeks after the stain is gone. I haven’t found a commercial product that works anywhere near as well as my homemade carpet cleaning solution!
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Here is my foolproof method for getting rid of all sorts of odors, and it’s SO simple to make.
Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution:
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10-20 drops essential oils like peppermint or orange (something with a strong but pleasant odor)
Mix them up in a bowl, sprinkle it on the offending odor, wait an hour — or four — and vacuum it up!
If you have a really stubborn smell, you could also use the above concoction, mix in a little water to make a paste, and rub on the area. If you do this, it will take more than a once-over with the vacuum to get it out, but it will come off.
There are a few other tricks up my sleeve for natural and frugal ways to make my home smell heavenly. I haven’t been stumped by a scent yet!
I make all my household cleaners — see the full list of Homemade Household Cleaners .