Carpet Refresher or the sprinkle on powdery stuff was not something I would have ever really spent money on. If felt unnecessary. We vacuum and have our carpets professionally cleaned twice a year (I have a GREAT green option in Denver if anyone's interested) and spot clean any stains that pop up in between. I never really bought the stuff you shake on before vacuuming before. It seemed unnecessary to me. Well, let me tell you, this stuff is amazing and I feel like our whole house feels and smells fresh and clean now that I am using this Purification Carpet Refresher once a week!
With just two inexpensive ingredients this probably cost me about $1.12 to make and this recipe will last me about 2 weeks, but obviously it depends on how much carpeting and how many rugs you have in your home. I buy a giant bag of baking soda at Costco because I use it for SO many things! Our homemade toothpaste, stay healthy epsom salt baths, laundry detergent, and our homemade grout cleaner.
I chose Young Living's Purification essential oil for this recipe. Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin, and Myrtle. We only use Young Living essential oils and they have improved our lives in hundreds of ways.
This blend is perfect for this use! Purification is an oil we use ALL the time all over our home and it is one of the oils that comes in the Premium Starter Kit. It is a popular versatile blend with lots of uses:
1. Eliminates (not just covers up) odors of all kinds
2. Repels rodents, bugs and insects-great in homemade bug spray!
3. Relieves discomfort from insect bites
4. Purifies the air
5. Sterilizes wounds- This is a staple in our camping equipment
6. Blister relief
For this recipe I added about 15 drops of Young Living Purification to 2 cups of baking soda. You have to use a knife to break up the oils and shake it well to get it distributed. Then I wait a few days before using it so the essential oils are infused into the baking soda. I sprinkle it onto the carpet and rugs and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming.
When I am done the entire house feels so clean. I also feel way better about little ones rolling around and playing on my carpets and rugs now. This is also a great way to freshen up stinky sneakers! Sprinkle a little bit inside your shoes and I am not kidding-it will totally neutralize icky odors.
I added the usage instructions to the label. Feel free to save and print if you are making your own, giving these away as gifts, or hosting a DIY Make and Take Party. I just print these on full sheet sticker paper and cut them apart as needed.
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