Deep cleaning carpeted floors seem to pass over most of our heads when it comes to our cleaning routines.
We vacuum our carpets and at most, get a professional carpet cleaning done every so often. However, between cleans, you may notice your carpet beginning to smell funky and off.
If you have pets or kids, smelly and dirty carpets are quite usual. However, if you want to renew your carpets and make the rooms in your house smell fresh--or at the least, not smell bad--keep reading.
In this post, we'll cover how to make your own DIY essential oil carpet freshener with the best essential oil pairings.
Avoid Commercial Carpet Fresheners
Carpet fresheners can help to neutralise or eliminate lingering odours trapped within the fibres of your carpet.
Whether your carpet has pet odours, a musty smell of dampness or mildew, or stubborn tobacco odours, most commercial carpet fresheners aim to eliminate any of these unpleasant smells. Some try to replace the odours with fresh fragrances that make your space seem even more tidy and clean.
However, most commercial carpet fresheners come in the form of powdered deodorisers, which feature a very fine grit. This allows the freshener to get into the cracks and crevices of each carpet fibre, working to neutralise and eliminate bad odours from the base. This may seem like a good thing until you try to vacuum up the powder.
The fine particles of most commercial carpet fresheners are impossible to vacuum, even for the best vacuums on the market. So, the carpet freshener powder remains at the base of the carpet, constantly rubbing against your carpet fibres and causing faster wear and tear.
If you're looking to prolong the life of your carpeted floors, try to avoid these kinds of commercial carpet fresheners.
Not to mention, commercial carpet fresheners--as with most commercial cleaning products--can contain chemicals and ingredients that are:
- or both
For those with pets and small ones that love to play on the carpeted floors, this is a huge concern. These harmful and irritating ingredients not only come into contact with the skin but will also work their way into the body upon inhaling the fine particles in the air.
There are safer alternative options to freshen up your carpets without endangering your loved ones or ruining your carpet. For starters, you can make your own homemade carpet freshener.
Make Your Own DIY Essential Oil Carpet Freshener
Even if you're not a DIY kind of person, you can definitely nail this DIY essential oil carpet freshener. It takes only three ingredients--one of which is water. How easy is that?
Let's get started!
The three ingredients you'll need to make your own DIY essential oil carpet freshener are:
- distilled white vinegar
- essential oils of your choice
Most DIY carpet freshener recipes on the web will ask for baking soda. While baking soda is touted for its odour-eliminating qualities, it is not an ideal ingredient to include in your homemade carpet freshener.
For the same reason that commercial carpet cleaners, in the form of powdered deodorisers, are not good for your carpets or your vacuums.
Baking soda is a fine grit powder that will get in between your carpet fibres to eliminate odours. However, it will be impossible to vacuum it all up, leaving powdered remnants at the base of the carpet for faster wear and tear.
That is why this DIY essential oil carpet freshener recipe asks for distilled white vinegar instead.
The acetic acid found in white vinegar--that strong pungent smell you get from a whiff of vinegar--helps to cut and break down grease, dirt, and grime, as well as kill bacteria. Vinegar is also a natural deodoriser. A powerful green cleaning ingredient, it only makes sense to include vinegar in this recipe.
To make your own essential oil carpet freshener, mix warm water and distilled white vinegar at a ratio of 1:1. We recommend starting with half a cup of each, but you may increase the amount based on the total carpet area you have.
To this mixture, add 20-30 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice. That's it! There's nothing more to it.
The Best Essential Oils for Your Homemade Carpet Freshener
Don't know which essential oils go well in your homemade carpet freshener? Don't worry. We've got you covered with a list of our favourite essential oils for carpet freshening. These scents add the perfect finishing touch to complete your cleaning around the house!
Lavender is a popular essential oil to use around the house. The scent of lavender essential oil induces a feeling of calm and relaxation that is fit for the environment.
Used in your homemade carpet cleaner, this scent will soothe you with each step.
Not to mention, lavender is an anti-bacterial essential oil--a perfect ingredient to supplement your simple but powerful homemade carpet freshener.
If you're looking for another relaxing essential oil to use in your DIY essential oil carpet freshener, consider using ylang-ylang.
Pronounced "e-lang e-lang," ylang ylang essential oil has a sweet, floral scent to it. Studies have found that this essential oil is effective at reducing anxiety, boosting mood, and decreasing heart rate.
It is a great additive to your homemade carpet freshener to use in your home space. Relax the mind and open your heart. It's the perfect essential oil.
It's one of our special combinations. It's one you'll love.
Our Fresh Breeze essential oil is the perfect concoction of silver fir, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. This special mix induces a refreshing feeling of alertness with relaxation. You'll love waking up to this scent.
After all, it is one of our best-selling essential oil. Try it for yourself!
Try This Homemade Carpet Freshener at Home
Bring back the days of science and save a little money by making your own DIY essential oil carpet freshener.
The best part about making your own cleaning solutions is that you know exactly what is in your cleaner. There are no surprises. This means your family has a safe and clean space to hang out in.
If you want to find the best essential oil pairings for your homemade carpet freshener, feel free to check out our collection of essential oils! We can help guide you on the best scents for a fresh and clean home.