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Recipe For Clean: Make a Rug Deodorizer

No matter how you deodorize your home, it's good to have a few more tricks up your sleeve when it comes to getting your digs so fresh and so clean. If you've assembled your home cleaning kit you'll have most of the ingredients for this Recipe For Clean. Use it to get your rugs and carpets smelling Spring clean.


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • favorite herbal scent or essential oils

To find out the steps for this DIY, just


  • Mix these ingredients together.
  • Sprinkle on your rug or carpet.
  • Allow to sit for several hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Vacuum up.

Alternately, you can use fresh, minced lavender flowers instead of essential oils. Baking soda and cornstarch are safe to use on all carpets, even ones that are naturally dyed.


Join The Conversation
swati05 swati05 8 years
I generally just sprinkle some baking soda...I will try the lavender next time for fragrance
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Good to know, thanks!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Interesting. I wonder if this would work for pet odors. I like that it seems safe for oriental rugs.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I was thikning about this last weekend when I was clenaing!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I was just thinking about this earlier today!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I usually just use an Arm & Hammer carpet freshener, but this sounds like it would be just an inexpensive. Any tips for getting an old stain off of a carpet?
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