DIY Natural Carpet Cleaner Scented with Basil

DIY Natural Carpet Cleaner Scented with Basil

With all of the snow and rain the country has seen the past week I thought now would be the perfect time to share a Natural Carpet Cleaner. All of those muddy boot and paw prints going back and forth even if everyone takes their shoes off before stepping on the carpet chances are they are still getting dirty. Even though your carpets are dirty you might be hesitant to try and clean them right now because you can’t open the windows to ventilate the house from the harsh chemicals because it is just too cold outside. Well now you don’t have to worry this natural carpet cleaner is safe, simple to make, and easy to use. You might even have the ingredients on hand already. Freshen up your home without harming your children or pets. If you have cats you will want to do one room at a time keeping the cats out of the room you are cleaning until you can vacuum up the carpet cleaner. Cats are more sensitive to essential oils then dogs and I would want you to take any chances.

If you have pets or just heavy household traffic, chances are your carpets and rugs take a beating. Carpets can be tough to freshen up, and chances are you may think your only options are chemical filled products. Well the good news is you do have an alternative solution. You can make your own natural carpet cleaning powder for less money and using less harsh chemicals. You only need a few supplies, so take a look below at how easy it is to whip up a batch of your own. You can be enjoying fresh and clean carpets in no time.

DIY Natural Carpet Cleaner Scented with Basil

DIY Natural Carpet Cleaner Scented with Basil

Supplies needed:
1 cup of baking soda
3-5 drops of an essential oil of your choice. We used lavender for ours.
1 tablespoon of dried basil flakes (You can buy dried basil flakes or dry your own fresh sprigs of basil if you wish. Either way works great and still gives you that yummy basil scent.)
Air tight jar with lid

You can double this recipe if you wish to cover a larger area. This recipe cleans a 10×12 or so area, so you can adapt the recipe in order to clean the rooms or areas you need to address. You can of course omit the essential oils if you wish, or use a scent other than lavender. Experiment with various scents and have fun finding a mixture that works for you and your tastes.

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
2. Place the mixture in an air tight jar with lid. You do not want moisture to get the mixture as it will harden it and cause clumping.

When you are ready to use your natural basil carpet cleaner, simply sprinkle it generously on the area that needs cleaning. Test a small patch of carpeting before using this product just to be sure the fibers do not have a strange reaction to it. The chances of this are unlikely but it is worth checking. Allow the powder to sit for up to 30 minutes. The baking soda will absorb stain and odors while the oils and basil will release a fresh scent. After 30 minutes, vacuum the powder until it is no longer visible. Repeat if needed.

DIY All Natural Carpet Cleaner Safe to Use Around Your Pets

Use your natural basil carpet cleaner as often as needed to freshen and clean your carpets without the harsh fumes most drugstore cleaners give off. So gather your supplies and give this easy to make natural carpet cleaner a try. It will quickly become a product you won’t want to clean without!

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  1. Thank you this information. It’s better for the environment.
    Will it work with grease stains? I had given BJ a large meat bone and the carpet has stains from the bones.
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  2. We get our carpets cleaned every spring by a company that doesn’t use chemicals. All the wet mess from snow, salt, etc really takes a toll over the winter and spring.
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  3. Great post 🙂
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  4. Oh I have to remember that one,xx Rachel
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  5. Great info I will try this. One of my dogs is very sensitive to household cleaners .
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  6. What a great idea! I am definitely going to give this a try. My dogs have been indoors a LOT because of winter and the carpet needs some freshening up. I love natural homemade cleaners. Thanks for this one.
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  7. The scent is definitely a great idea for those tough carpet stains. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love that this is pet safe. We have 3 cats and that is important.
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  9. I’ve been looking for something to clean my daughter’s bedroom carpet. It’s white shag…ugh. She’s done a good job with keeping it clean, but I can still see a grayish area forming just outside her bathroom door. I’ll give this a try! Thanks!
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  10. This would be great! I plan to give it a try!

  11. Im going to pin this for later because I hate using all of the chemicals on my kids carpets!

  12. sounds like a nice natural deodorizer – love the smell of basil!
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  13. This looks awesome. I’ve made my own but never thought about basil. We loooooooove basil!
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  14. OOOOhhh… this sounds really interesting!! We don’t have a lot of carpet, but there is some in my office where we are the most. Love the idea of using basil — yum!!
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  15. Oh, I love the smell of basil, so this must smell really good!
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  16. What a great idea! And it’s eco-friendly also. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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  17. What a great idea!
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  18. This is fantastic! I am trying to make my own cleaners this year.
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  19. I never thought of a basil scented carpet cleaner! You could probably change the scent to anything you like. Hmmm…
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  20. I love this idea. Most of my house is tile but we have carpets in the bedrooms. I am going to try this out.
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  21. I really like this concept. Most of my home is floor but we have carpeting in the rooms. I am going to try this out.

  22. Oh, I really like the fragrance of tulsi, so this must fragrance really good!

  23. I really like this concept. Most of my home is floor but we have carpeting in the rooms. I am going to try this out.

  24. What a great idea for a natural way to clean and deodorize carpets!

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  26. Great idea! I am a big fan of natural cleaners and I have a doggy that makes a lot of troubles! Thanks for sharing! I totally love it!

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    I am goiung to highly recommend this website!
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  28. I’m a big fen of the green cleaning and I’m going to try your carpet cleaner. I use a different mixture but you really got me with the idea of using basil!

  29. How interesting! I’m going to try that as soon as a buy dried basil flakes. Thank you for sharing!

  30. I love your idea! Thank you so much for sharing ! I’m going to try it tomorrow!

  31. How interesting!!! I have to try that! Thank you for sharing it! I have a little puppy, so my carpet really need deodorizing!

  32. Wow! Really it is an useful process for carpet cleaning. I am so glad to visit your blog. Thanks for sharing a wonderful process for carpet cleaning.
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  33. That’s new, most of the recipes are with citruses, it’s the first time I’ve seen a basil scented cleaner! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Carpet cleaning is one of the factor that determines the health of house. The clean carpet will lead to home improvement. That’s why i think carpet cleaning is very important.


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