Anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile knows that the smell of my poor dogs is driving me nuts right now. Although pregnancy hormones are heightening my sense of smell, I am convinced other people can walk into my living room and smell Piper and Hamish too. We try to wash the dogs as often as makes sense, but unfortunately over-washing can lead to dry skin and irritation in our pets- so there is only so much we can do. I’ve tried carpet sprinkle found in the pet aisle of the grocery store, but I find that smell kind of overwhelming and sickening. Plus- have you checked out the list of ingredients? I don’t want to inadvertently poison the dogs or humans in my house! Then, I remembered that a friend of mine mentioned that she made her own carpet sprinkle from a mixture of baking soda and essential oils.
I made some to use as a carpet and upholstery sprinkle last week- and I must say- I am pretty pleased with the results! It soaked up some of that gross puppy smell and, and left a relaxing smell of lavender and lemon that lingered throughout the room. It vacuumed up easily from the carpet and couch. I’m going to be sprinkling this a few times a week to keep my living room smelling fresh during these cooped up winter months.
Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Carpet Sprinkle
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
10-15 drops of your choice of essential oils (I made two batches, one with lemon, and the other with lavender and dried rosemary- be sure to research your essential oils before use! Ilana has some info about them here.)
1 Tablespoon Rosemary (optional)
Add the baking soda to a mason jar or another container with a lid. Next, add your dry herbs if you are using any and shake it all up. Remove the lid and gradually add the oil of your choice to the mixture. Its simple to make, but try not to put all of your oil drops in one area, because then you will end up with more wet clumps- which isn’t great for your vacuum. You only want to be vacuuming up dry baking soda! Put the lid on and shake up the mixture!
I let my mixtures sit covered over night, and then used them the next day. I sprinkled my couch and carpet, and let the sprinkle sit for 20 minutes before vacuuming it up. Unless the area you are vacuuming is huge- you will definitely have some mixture left over for later use! You may have to run your vacuum over certain areas a few times, but it all will come up!
Has anyone else tried making their own cleaning products? I’d love more suggestions!