Baking soda & organic essential oils make an excellent, inexpensive DIY carpet refresher and deodorizer.

Baking soda & organic essential oils make an excellent, inexpensive DIY carpet refresher and deodorizer.

Hello and welcome to the softer side of Randy. If, like myself, you find yourself on the hunt for ways to keep your house smelling fresh, you may have purchased carpet refreshers or carpet deodorizers in the past. Simple enough, they’re powders that you sprinkle onto your carpet before vacuuming to absorb odors and leave a nice, pleasant scent behind.

But what exactly is in them? I don’t know. My guess is that it’s some scientist’s cocktail of somewhat natural and obviously artificial ingredients that I don’t want lingering around my abode and getting into my lungs. (If you’ve got pets or small children running around, I’d be doubly concerned.) The good news is that there’s a cheap, easy alternative that was so brilliant, I had to share.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Organic essential oils

Yes, that’s seriously it. I took one box of baking soda, dumped it out into a mixing bowl, added 30 drops of organic bergamot essential oils, stirred it around to equally distribute it and break up any clumps, then returned it to the box. Now, I’ll sprinkle the mixture over my carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes to absorb any odors, and then run the vacuum to sweep it all up. Fresh scent, no foul chemicals… done and done!

And it’s far less expensive than buying the pre-made stuff! Yes, the essential oils will set you back anywhere from $9 to $12, but a little goes a long way and you’ll have plenty leftover for more boxes of baking soda, to add to your bath, or for a whole lot of other interesting uses. I chose bergamot, which is an excellent deodorizer and one of my favorite scents (bergamot is the added flavoring in Earl Grey tea and it’s used widely in the cologne industry) but you can certainly use whatever essential oil or blend of essential oils you like.

All the kudos for this brilliant idea go to OverthrowMartha.com. There’s also a tutorial there for how to make your own shaker using an old mason jar, some paper, and a hole cutter should you want to get a little fancier than my ghetto “toss it back in the baking soda box” method.

Now that I’ve gotten this domestic bliss and essential oil talk out of the way, I feel like I should go crack a beer or something. Maybe put a monster truck rally on TV…