We are doing lots of cleaning this weekend! BF is outside doing his thing, and I’m doing some deep cleaning inside the house!
We have 5 dogs. Yes, five. That’s not a typo. And with 5 dogs, even though they are small dogs (4 are Chihuahuas), they can still stink up a house. Everyone tells me how good our house smells when you walk in, and I intend to keep it that way! Some people even say you’d never know we had dogs at all. (The best compliment, ever!) I’m sure my home made soy candles I always have burning, or my home made gel air fresheners I have throughout the house help the dog odors.
Another thing I love doing to keep the house smelling fresh is using my home made carpet deodorizers. Why spend all that money on store bought deodorizers, when you can make it yourself with just TWO household ingredients for just pennies?
Here’s what you need:
- Baking Soda
- Essential oil of your choice (I use eucalyptus today)
- Shaker container
I have a tendency to NEVER throw out containers that I can re-use for something. I just KNOW there will be a DIY that I will need one of these containers for! And today, I used one of them. I had done a review for Funky Chunky popcorn on my Bargain Hound blog a while back, and I kept the container. It’s a plastic container with a screw-type lid. This was PERFECT for my carpet deodorizer, so I just peeled the labels off and used it!
I also poked some holes in the lid to make it a shaker container. If you don’t have a shaker container, be creative and find something around the house that will work for you! Suggestions I have are a parmesan cheese container, pringles can, anything that has a lid that you can poke holes in!
So first thing I did, was pour some baking soda into my container. I would say about a couple of cups.
Then I put about 30 drops or so of my eucalyptus essential oil in it. Put as much in as you want – depends on how strong you want the scent to be on your carpets. I like mine strong. We have 5 dogs, remember? Strong is good.
Just give it a good stir or shake, to make sure the oils are mixed in good with your baking soda. Then you are good to go! Start spreading that deodorizer all over your carpets!
Don’t forget the doggy beds!!!
Let the deodorizer do it’s magic, and let it sit for at least 15-20 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the more odors are being absorbed by all that baking soda, and the better your carpets and your rooms will smell!
Then just get out your vacuum and vacuum it all up! You are left with no more bad odors, and a refreshing smelling carpet!