Saturday, April 18, 2009

Homemade Carpet Refresher

~Heather also blogs at HEATHER LESSITER/It's All for the Best and The Fat Bottomed Girl.~

Many of us are in the middle of our annual Spring cleaning- opening the windows, flinging the clutter and getting rid of the winter dust and blah. Ahhhh! Feels great, doesn't it?

One of the things I do annually is use a carpet refresher to give a cleaner scent to the house. There are several brands available in the stores, but making your own is so very easy and cheap! This can also be given as gifts when put in a pint canning jar topped with a pretty bow or hand made tag.

Homemade Carpet Refresher
1 part Borax
1 part Cornstarch
1 part Washing or Baking Soda
Essential oil in any scent you prefer (I like apple myself)

Mix the dry ingredients first in a well-ventilated area. (You might even consider wearing a fresh-air mask while mixing powdered ingredients.) Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil- which can often be purchased behind the pharmacy counter or with candle-making supplies. Gently stir the mixture until the oil is well incorporated.

TIPS- for a small amount, try using one cup of each dry ingredient and about 6 drops of oil.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. My husband is sensitive to the perfumes in the commercial carpet freshening powders, but this just might work.

  2. Thanks! I already use vinegar & hot water as my carpet spot cleaner, and am excited to try this as a refresher. Neato!

  3. Great idea Heather! Now I just need to make time to spring clean! :)


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