Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Just one way to make your own carpet freshener

You probably buy carpet fresheners inexpensively with sales and coupon matching, but if you have sensitivity to smells/scents sensitivities you can make your own with stuff you may have already purchased for other uses. Having items in your home that can do double or triple duty always saves you money.

This "recipe" for homemade carpet freshener is easy -- and inexpensive. If you receive SNAP or EBT you can buy the baking soda and spices using your card because they are purchased as food. The Borax is not very expensive and goes a long way.

Borax can do double duty as a laundry detergent booster to get your whites whiter and your colors brighter. Baking soda does triple duty because you can use it for baking AND to clean your drains!

Carpet Freshener #1
1 cup borax (found in the laundry products aisle)
1 cup baking soda
1 to 2 tsp. spices such as ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves or use finely ground lemon, lime or orange peel***
1 to 2 tsp. extracts such as vanilla, orange, lemon or anise
Mix liquid ingredients into dry ingredients slowly and give them time to dry, mixing often to ensure drying. The borax will also help keep away bugs such as ticks and fleas. Be sure to check and make sure any added ingredients are safe for animals and children. Combine different scents to make your own combinations.
To use: Sprinkle on dry carpet and let stand for 5 to 15 minutes. Vacuum completely.
Rachael's Notes:
Using ground spices you find in your cupboards is a great way to use up last years spices you bought for holiday baking. Don't throw them out, make up batches of carpet freshener, label tight sealing zip locking bags and use as needed.
***Whenever I use a lime, lemon, orange, tangerine or grapefruit  I finely grind the peel in my food processor or a coffee grinder. Then I put them in a zip locking freezer bag and label them to use later in recipes.If you're going to use a coffee grinder, use a SEPARATE coffee grinder from the one you use to grind your daily coffee beans. 
If you prefer floral scents, you may need to purchase some essential oils or if you have dried flower petals available, you can grind those up in the food processor and use them.

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