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Who would have thought that using OIL on your carpet would deodorize it! Well it does. And it actually works REALLY well. But its not straight oil that you put on the carpet. Before I give you the details, let me explain how I discovered this awesome little tip:

You see, potty training hasnt been going too well and my daughter has accidents on the floor pretty often if I let her go diaperless. So after a while her room was starting to smell pretty awful. I'd recently received an introductory kit of DoTerra Essential Oils from my mom and thought I would see if there was anything they could do for me. As it turns out Lemon oil is a powerful disinfectant (shocking, right?!) as well as being a powerful aromatic that boosts the mood and focuses the mind. Peppermint also does a great job of cleansing as well as smelling good and is known for being calming as well as energizing. And Lavender is most commonly known for being calming and healing as well as smelling wonderful.

So you cant just put oil on your carpet, you have to use a carrier agent, otherwise you'll end up with leopard print carpet. I remembered that boxes of baking soda are often left in the fridge to absorb odors! AWESOME! Just what I need! So here's the recpie:

2+ cups Baking Soda
2 drops Essential oil(s)of your choosing (Citrus oils, Clove, or Cinnamon are great cleansers)

For small rooms use 2 cups baking soda and add 2 drops of each oil. Mix well. For larger rooms you'll need to double, maybe even triple the recipe. You'll sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet and allow it to set for at least 30 minutes. To remove stronger odors, leave it to set over night. Vaccum as usual. 

You should notice an immediate difference in the smell. In my daughter's room it smelled amazing right away and the fresh clean scent lasted almost a week, but even after the good smell faded the bad smell was still gone. Thats because Lemon is a natural deodorizer. It doesnt just smell good, it kills the bacteria that cause foul odors! So as long as the carpet stays clean, the smell will never return. How awesome is that?! 

 


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