How to make carpet smell fresh

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How to make carpet smell fresh
Essential oils will make a carpet smell fresh. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Household carpets absorb odours and over time emit stale smells of all the elements they have been subjected to. Pet smells, spills, general dust and dirt all contribute to stale carpet odours. You can produce a simple, inexpensive non-toxic deodoriser, using household items that will not damage or discolour the carpet and without the need for steaming or wetting. Vacuum the carpet to remove any underlying dirt before applying your homemade, fresh-smelling deodoriser.

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil
  • Mixing jug
  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottle
  • Absorbent cloth

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    Baking Soda and Essential Oils

  1. 1

    Mix 2 cups of baking soda with a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a mixing jug. Baking soda is a natural cleaner and deodoriser. Essential oils will add a fresh smell to the carpet.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle the baking soda and essential oil mix on the carpet in equal amounts.

  3. 3

    Allow the baking soda and essential oils to sit in the carpet pile for at least one hour. You may leave it to sit in the carpet overnight. Both substances will not damage the carpet and baking soda will lift deep seated dirt in the pile.

  4. 4

    Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.


  1. 1

    Mix 1/2 cup ammonia with 2 cups of water in the mixing jug. Ammonia will lift, clean, freshen and deodorise the carpet pile.

  2. 2

    Pour the ammonia solution into a clean, empty spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Spray the ammonia solution in equal amounts onto the carpet.

  4. 4

    Blot the carpet with an absorbent cloth and ventilate the room to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer the aroma, use cinnamon powder instead of essential oils.
  • Allow the carpet to air dry completely when using ammonia before allowing pets in the room. Dogs and cats are attracted to ammonia attracts dogs and cats and they may want to mark their territory on the carpet.
  • Regular use of powders on carpets may damage some vacuum cleaners.
  • Do not use ammonia on wool carpets.

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