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When your carpets needs refreshing, mix half baking soda and half dry laundry detergent. Sprinkle it all over, let it sit, and vacuum.
By Tammie from Auburn, GA
I have been in floor covering for 16 years! Never EVER do this to your carpet! Unless you have a professional grade vacuum, you are just filling your carpet backing and your pad with soap, baking soda and trapping in all the extra dirt. When you have your carpets professionally cleaner, they will have a mess on their hands trying to get all the soap residue out of your carpet. If there is still residue, your carpet will get much dirtier MUCH faster! Also, your carpet will wear worse and you will have to replace much sooner than you normally would.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Borax is a poison, so I would not use this on my floor if I had pets or small children who might be playing on the rug. I assume the vacuum would get most of it, but still, not something that I would do. Just because something is common household product does not mean it is harmless.
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So what should one use for carpet freshener? If we shouldn't use the baking soda and soap, can we use corn starch instead of the laundry soap?
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I need to know how if there is a way to make homemade carpet freshener. Does anyone have ideas?
Baking soda works well for homemade carpet fresh. Just add a sprinkle of cinnamon or any spice for a fresh smell.
By Allie (04/13/2005)
Baby powder will make it smell nice too. (08/16/2005)
We buy it at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per can (if that helps). (09/23/2005)
We use this little packet of scented granules that we bought at Wal-Mart. They had vanilla or cherry scents available They only cost about $.97, and they are shelved by the vacuum bags and filters. You sprinkle the granules on your carpet, then vacuum them as usual. The scent permeates from the vacuum each time you use it due to the granules in teh bag being warmed and jumbled around it in. So no more stinky old vacuum scent filling the air. (10/02/2005)
These will clog up your vacuum fast, so be sure to clean it once a month! I used to use pet fresh by A and H, then had a lot of accidents when my older son was potty training. We had residue in our vacuum like crazy, to the point that you could smell it when the vacuum was turned on, and we had stopped using it (and changed the bag!) (03/30/2006)
Good luck! (08/27/2008)