Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Powder Cleaner Recipe (And Many Other Awesome Uses)

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by Cassie on April 17, 2013

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Have you ever bought those canisters of carpet deodorizer…well, if so, you can make a homemade version that I feel is much, much healthier, cheaper and deters odors and pests (like carpet bugs/mites, ants, etc). I LOVE it! It also can double as a carpet stain remover.  I will explain how to use it for that purpose too!

Here’s the ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup of Borax
  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • 7-10 Cinnamon Essential Oil and 7-10 drops of Cassia Essential Oil or just use 7-10 drops of Cinnamon/Cassia Blend
  • 7-10 Lavender Essential Oil
  • 7-10 Peppermint Essential Oil

The reason why I use all of these oils specifically is that they smell completely awesome together, they get rid of odors, they freshen the carpet and this specific combination is a pest deterrent.  Pests like ants hate lavender and peppermint and carpet bugs/mites hate cinnamon and cassia.  I am sure that this would probably deter many other 6 or even 8 legged pests than just that short list too, but those are the two main carpet/home pests.

Remember that we posted information on our top 7 essential oils for household cleaning in our list of 25 (and growing) homemade products.  If you are curious what 7 oils are on our list and if you don’t have them, how to get them for very cheap then check out our post HERE on the Best Essential Oils for Natural Household Cleaning.

This is safe, non-toxic, and an all-purpose carpet product all-in-one!  Also, Borax is used in laundry detergents to boost the cleaning power, so you are not only just pouring a deodorizing dust, but I notice that my carpets get cleaner too!

Here’s how to make it:

  • Mix the 1/2 cup Borax with the 1/2 cup of Baking Soda until well blended

  • Then add your drops of essential oils – use 7-10 of each oil.  It will make for a nice fragrant blend.  The more drops you use, the stronger smell!

  • Then put into a container to use as needed.  If you don’t have a “pouring” or “sprinkling” type container, just a reusable plastic bowl with lid or other storage container would work.  I only had this option for a while until I found this cheap pouring container.

  •  Then sprinkle the blend on your carpets and if you don’t have a pouring or sprinkling container, just use a spoon!
  • Let it sit for 15 or so minutes
  • Vacuum up the powder and enjoy the results!

Now this is a healthy, but versatile product.  You can use it as a carpet stain remover too! First, the BEST carpet stain removing tip is to attack it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Your chances of getting it removed decrease greatly if the stain sets for any amount of time.  If you get a stain, immediately blot up what you can and then cover the stain in this mix and let it set for several minutes for the borax and baking soda to soak up the rest.  Then vacuum away the stain!

For tougher or dry stains, mix 2 TBSP of this mix with 1 oz of water and then apply to your stain.  Wait until it dries and then either shampoo/scrub it up or vacuum it up depending on how bad the stain is.

For mattresses, you can use this just like you would on your carpets – sprinkle on, let it set for a few minutes and vacuum it up!   I would love to think that it will also keep dust mites and bed bugs at bay for the same reasons as ants and other pest, but I can’t fully say it will because I just don’t know.  However, we’ve never had bed bugs, so who knows :)

Also, if you sprinkle this in the bottom of your garbage or diaper pails either in the garbage directly or even in the bottom of the bag each time you change it, it will help to deter odors this way too!

Finally, similar to stains, if you have urine or vomit issues from pets or toddlers on carpets or mattresses, after blotting up what you can, then cover the wet spot with this solution, let it set and vacuum it up – - it is safe, natural and actually kills bacteria with the oils listed above and very, very effective for this purpose too!

Seriously, this stuff is just pure awesomeness! I am sure that there are more uses that what I listed above, it is really fantastic!

So here’s my estimated cost breakdown per batch:

  • 4 oz of Borax for .16 total
  • 4 oz of Baking Soda for .13 total
  • Essential Oils – I estimate them to be around .01 a drop at the MOST, so in total, you are probably maybe using .21-.40 depending on the oils and how strong you want it = .21-.40 at most

TOTAL per batch = .50

If you get any of the items on sale, it would be even less!

Here’s a printable recipe that you can put in your home binder:

Homemade Natural Carpet Deodorizer and Stain Remover
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This is a FANTASTIC versatile mix that not only freshens/deodorizs carpets, but cleans them, deters pests like ants and carpet bugs/mites, removes stains from carpets and can even be used on urine stains and mattresses. It is all natural and safe!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of Borax
  • ½ cup of Baking Soda
  • 7-10 Cinnamon Essential Oil and 7-10 drops of Cassia Essential Oil or just use 7-10 drops of Cinnamon/Cassia Blend
  • 7-10 Lavender Essential Oil
  • 7-10 Peppermint Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the ½ cup Borax with the ½ cup of Baking Soda until well blended
  2. Then add your drops of essential oils – use 7-10 of each oil. It will make for a nice fragrant blend. The more drops you use, the stronger smell!
  3. Then put into a container to use as needed. If you don’t have a “pouring” or “sprinkling” type container, just a reusable plastic bowl with lid or other storage container would work. I only had this option for a while until I found this cheap pouring container.
  4. Then sprinkle the blend on your carpets and if you don’t have a pouring or sprinkling container, just use a spoon!
  5. Let it sit for 15 or so minutes
  6. Vacuum up the powder and enjoy the results!
Notes
Other Uses: For carpet stain remover – carpet stain removing tip is to attack it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Your chances of getting it removed decrease greatly if the stain sets for any amount of time. If you get a stain, immediately blot up what you can and then cover the stain in this mix and let it set for several minutes for the borax and baking soda to soak up the rest. Then vacuum away the stain! For tougher or dry stains, mix 2 TBSP of this mix with 1 oz of water and then apply to your stain. Wait until it dries and then either shampoo/scrub it up or vacuum it up depending on how bad the stain is. For mattresses, you can use this just like you would on your carpets – sprinkle on, let it set for a few minutes and vacuum it up! Also, if you sprinkle this in the bottom of your garbage or diaper pails either in the garbage directly or even in the bottom of the bag each time you change it, it will help to deter odors this way too! Finally, similar to stains, if you have urine or vomit issues from pets or toddlers on carpets or mattresses, after blotting up what you can, then cover the wet spot with this solution, let it set and vacuum it up – it is safe, natural and actually kills bacteria with the oils listed above and very, very effective for this purpose too! See more homemade, natural and frugal cleaning products at TheThriftyCouple.com/SpringCleaning

We also HIGHLY recommend that you put this in your home binder along with many more things we will be sharing! See all of the information on this in our previous post HERE about Put Together Your Home Binder with Free Downloads.

Finally, use this new thrifty and healthy cleaning product as part of our Spring Cleaning Challenge.

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RecessRequired April 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks for continuing to show me ways to save money! I love it! My whole family uses the homemade laundry detergent and this is great too!

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Cassie April 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

Awesome! I love this stuff too!

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Joni April 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Just did all the bedroom carpets and the house smells awesome!

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Cassie April 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm

YAY! I just love it! Thank you for sharing!!

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Jacqueline Homan April 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Does this not leave a residue on the carpet??

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kristin May 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Would i be able to use this recipe and just use peppermint essential oil? I am just looking to remove an unknown smell from my carpet? I have two kids, one very wild child so i have no idea what it is but it smells gross! i tried store bought carpet cleaner and it just brought the smell up even more! But i dont have the money right now to go out and buy the other essential oils. Thanks!

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Cassie May 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Absolutely Kristin! Just modify it with whatever you have on hand :) Peppermint alone is really nice!

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Kristin May 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thank you so much! I put in just the peppermint essential oil and i let it sit for probably 20-30 min and vacuumed it right up. The smell was gone! Amazing! Before i found this pin on pinterest I was about to buy a $200 carpet cleaner! Thank you for saving me a ton of money :)

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Cassie May 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I am so excited that you were able to get it out! I am also so excited that you saved $200! It just warms my heart and it is one of the reasons why we started this site! Thank you for the update Kristin!

Mary May 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

I’ve never used borax before. Is it safe for carpets? In other words, it won’t leave a “bleached” area where the stain was, will it? Is it also safe for small children when they play on the floor?

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Cassie June 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hi Mary,

It does not leave a bleached spot. It is used in laundry detergents to “boost” the cleaning power of whatever else is in the laundry detergents (or bleaches) to make them more effective. I use mine all over and haven’t had any discolorations or issues whatsoever, but my carpets are relatively neutral and so I would test an inconspicuous spot to be certain first.

As far as the safety, we wrote this article here to help explain it more: http://thethriftycouple.com/2013/05/16/is-borax-safe-or-not-and-should-it-really-be-used-in-homemade-natural-cleaners/

Hope that helps!

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Danielle May 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

Borax also kills flea eggs, bonus!! :)

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Cassie May 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

Sweet! Thank you for that extra information. I love natural cleaning items that can do a bit of everything :)

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Tammy Lober May 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Oh I love this! Thank you for sharing!

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Nancy Wells May 19, 2013 at 4:53 am

I’m assuming this is safe for pets?

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Cassie June 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hi Nancy – I replied to one similar comment, but thought I would reply directly to you as well.

We wrote an article to address the issue of the one questioned ingredient – Borax: http://thethriftycouple.com/2013/05/16/is-borax-safe-or-not-and-should-it-really-be-used-in-homemade-natural-cleaners/

Similar to salt, would you give your kids and pets access to salt? The short answer is “no” because they can hurt themselves although it is a natural substance. But it is safe for normal use :) Hopefully that helps!

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Nichole Erickson June 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

No, it’s not considered safe for kids or pets. http://www.naturemoms.com/dangers-of-borax.html

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Cassie June 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Actually, we wrote this article to address this issue: http://thethriftycouple.com/2013/05/16/is-borax-safe-or-not-and-should-it-really-be-used-in-homemade-natural-cleaners/

Similar to salt, would you give your kids and pets access to salt? The short answer is “no” because they can hurt themselves. Also – Nichole, the link to the article you posted is plagiarized word for word from one main popular article (that many sites quote) that confuses Borax with Boric Acid. They are not the same thing :)

Hopefully that helps!

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Tricia June 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hi where is the best place to buy the essential oils

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Cassie July 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Patkopy July 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

Just found this on Pinterest and was wondering if I could use it in the laundry to get rid of smelly towels????Thanks

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Natalia July 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Just add baking soda in the washer machine when you wash your towels and voila!

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Cassie July 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Yes – you should be able to! Good idea!

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Natalia July 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

A Patkopy- to get rid of smelly towels just add baking soda in your washer along with your detergent.

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Raine July 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

Just a warning to those with animals, especially cats, essential oils can be toxic to them, their bodies cannot break down the toxins & may prove harmful/deadly to them over time. I am not trying to be negative because I think making your own household cleaners are way better for us than the unknown chemicals in store bought products, just please keep your pets safely away from the oils :)

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Venus Smith January 2, 2014 at 3:51 am

Thanks for the advice :D Just wanted to mention that I found a surprising number of professional companies actually use natural and/or non-harsh chemicals as part of their service. As a disabled person I find this a great middle ground. I can personally recommend carpet cleaning birmingham but there are plenty on Google if you’re not in the area.

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Janice April 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

I would think that the oils would leave a residue on the carpet that would attack dirt. Did anyone find this to be true?

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Jillian Miley April 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

For your mattress for Bed Bugs you could add Melaleuca oil. Lice, Bedbugs and Scabbies hate Tea Tree oil. You would still want the other oils to mask the smell of the Tea Tree oil.

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