Make Apple Pie Carpet Deodorizer with Essential Oils

Reader Contribution by Heather Mayes

Carpet and rugs get a lot of traffic throughout the year, and especially during the fall and winter. The dirt, crumbs, and pet hair left behind, even after vacuuming, can make your home smell – and not in a good way. Freshen it up with an easy-to-make apple pie carpet deodorizer with essential oils.

Store bought carpet deodorizers can contain harsh chemicals that don’t belong in any home. Plus, they can be pretty pricey. If you are a fan of essential oils, you probably already have all the supplies you need on hand to make your own using natural products. Apple pie carpet deodorizer is simple and fast to whip up before company arrives.

Supplies for Apple Pie Carpet Deodorizer with Essential Oils

  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Ginger Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
  • 1 Mason Jar
  • 1 Mason Jar Daisy Lid

The baking soda works into the fiber of the carpet to naturally lift dirt and absorb odors at the same time.

How to Make Apple Pie Carpet Deodorizer with Essential Oil

Step 1: Place two cups of baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add clove, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg essential oils.

Step 3: Mix thoroughly with a whisk. Use your fingers or the whisk to break up any clumps.

Step 4: Pour the mixture into a mason jar using a funnel. A quick paper funnel will do the job.

Step 5: Place the daisy lid on the jar. Allow the mixture to set for at least 20 minutes before using. Waiting overnight is even better if you have the time.

To use the apple pie carpet deodorizer, sprinkle it lightly over carpet. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then vacuum as you normally would. You may have to make a couple of passes to get all of the deodorizer up. (Note: Check the manual for your vacuum cleaner to make sure baking soda won’t clog the filter or cause any harm to the machine.)

To store the apple pie carpet deodorizer for future use, either replace the daisy lid with a solid lid or place a coffee filter under the daisy lid. This will keep the carpet deodorizer fresh and free of moisture. You could also use a cheese shaker or salt shaker with large holes instead of a mason jar.

You can mix and match essential oils to create your own unique scents. Dried herbs are a fun addition too. How about citrus rind with peppermint essential oil? Lavender essential oil has antibacterial properties, and cinnamon is great for deterring bugs. It’s up to you to decide what you want your home to smell like. That’s the beauty of making carpet deodorizer yourself!