Make your own carpet freshener!
When I saw that a Parmesan cheese top fit on a mason jar (TYVM, Pinterest!), I think I was a little too happy. For years, I've been making carpet freshener and using recycled spice jars. This was a pain to me because the container wasn't exactly the right size to hold all of the homemade carpet freshener goodness I made at one time and it wasn't nearly as cute as it could be. Usually, I don't mind when things don't look precisely how I want them to look, but I digress. The spice jar just wasn't the thing to hold all that awesome-ness. Once I put a Parmesan cheese lid on a mason jar, I was all "It's time to blog about homemade carpet freshener now!" Crazy people are so much fun to watch, aren't we?
What I like most about making my own carpet freshener is that I control the scent. I like that I can use my favorite smell in the whole wide world, honeysuckle. This is reason alone, but I use lots less of the powder that I make than the store bought kind. I think the cost is less, but I've never done a to the penny comparison. In the end, it's the results. I like the way my house smells when I use the carpet freshener I make.
You need the following ingredients for 1 & 1/2 cups homemade carpet freshener:
a box of baking soda
essential oil(s) of your choice
1. Pour the baking soda into a mixing bowl.
2. Pour in drops of essential oil. I use 10 drops and the scent isn't overpowering, but it is strongly present.
3. Use a fork to mix in the essential oil. If you have any clumps, use your fingers to break them apart.
4. Use a funnel to pour the carpet freshener into the mason jar.
5. Secure lid on jar.
Sprinkle a small amount onto carpets and let sit for up to an hour. Vacuum up completely. On less used areas of the house, the scent lingers for a few days. Definitely present everywhere for the next 48 hours!
During the winter months, I usually add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the baking soda and omit the essential oils altogether. My house smells like happy-ness!
Now that I am using the Parmesan lid on a mason jar to store my carpet freshener, I've noticed my Littles tend to be heavy handed when sprinkling the freshener onto our carpets. I taped down the spoon side of the top just to avoid any mishaps and warned them to be careful with the sprinkle side. Treat your carpet freshener like you do your other homemade cleaning products. It's gold, friends. Don't waste any of it!