I normally make my own carpet freshener but due to a time constraint, I purchased one from the store.  I was sitting one day getting ready to use the one I purchased when I looked on the back to check out the ingredients.  I was looking because I wanted to make a batch and I wanted to see if I could replicate the one I purchased.  I often wonder why products don’t list their exact ingredients.  Makes me wonder if they have something to hide?  I don’t know what their “Carrier” ingredient is and I have never heard of a “flow agent.”  Those are the two first ingredients so I am assuming those are the main ingredients in their carpet freshener.  I can imagine the fragrance and odor eliminator but I really don’t know what is in this store bought carpet freshener.  Makes me both nervous and frustrated that I don’t know!

Anyways, I think reading the back of this container confirmed to me that I should always make my own household products.  At least this way I know what is being used and that my family is safe from unknown and possible toxic chemicals!

So let’s get to it!

You need 3 simple ingredients and a fragrance of your choice.  

Materials Needed:

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Cornstrach

1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda

Fragrance of choice (I am using lavender)

Instructions:  measure out all of the ingredients.  Add to a bowl.  Make sure to remove any clumps.  Add your fragrance (as much as you like).  Add to your container.  Sprinkle on carpet and let stand for 1 hour.  Vacuum.  

Start with any container.  Remove the lid.

Start with any container. Remove the lid.

Using 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and fragrance of choice.

Using 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and fragrance of choice.

All of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Make sure to remove any clumps.

All of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Make sure to remove any clumps.

Add the ingredients to your container.

Add the ingredients to your container.

Add all ingredients to your container and use to freshen your carpet.

Add all ingredients to your container and use to freshen your carpet.

You can use any container.  I am using an old glade CF container.

Fill your container up and you have a full 32 oz of carpet freshener!

 

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Make it Homemade! Angela

6 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Non-Toxic Carpet Freshener

  • May 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    Hi! Found you on This Silly Girl’s Life. Love this idea, can’t wait to try it! Pinned and now following on Bloglovin’

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    • May 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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      Thanks so much for stopping by and following! Let me know how this works for you.

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  • May 26, 2013 at 8:45 am
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    Angela, this is a great idea! I love homemade products because you always know exactly what’s in it. Thanks for coming by and partying with me!

    Robin
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    • May 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm
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      Thanks Robin!

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  • January 28, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    I found that using baking soda messed up my $2000 dollar vacuum. The manufacturer told me not to use powders too much I switch out the cornmeal for the baking soda and cornstarch and haven’t had a problem since. I also like to throw a cinnamon stick right into my shaker.

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    • February 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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      Hi Brandi,
      Sorry to hear about the vacuum cleaner. I have heard of using cornstarch instead of the baking soda and it is a great alternative!
      Angela

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