Using Baking Soda as Carpet Freshener

United States
January 5, 2007 9:59am CST
Rather than use scented carpet fresheners that you buy in the store, I use plain old baking soda. Just sprinkle it on your carpets, leave it on for a few minutes to absorb the odors, and vacuum as usual.
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Yes! Works GREAT!! Also good if something gets spilled on the carpet. Sprinkle baking soda on the spill and it will absorb it instead of staining the carpet.
• United States
5 Jan 07
Didn't know that one! Thanks for the info!
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@brokentia (10397)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Does that work for puppy potty too?
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@owlwings (33907)
• Cambridge, England
15 Jan 07
Always worth a try, brokentia.
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I mix baking soda with powdered cinnomin or clove powder, then sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum after about an hour. I wait an hour! I let the odors get absorbed, but the cinnamon or clove scent stays!
• United States
5 Jan 07
What a great idea. Other aromatic herbs could be used as well. Thank you for the information!
• United States
5 Jan 07
WOW that is a great idea. Thanks to you both for the great ideas!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Jan 07
baking soda - there are many uses of this substance.
Sodium bicarbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Because it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many other names including sodium hydrogen carbonate and "sodium bicarb," as well as baking soda, bread soda, saleratus, or bicarbonate of soda. It dissolves in water. Most often appears as a fine powder. It has a slight alkaline taste resembling that of sodium carbonate. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs. It is also produced artificially.
That is what we can use with our critters, it does not hurt them at all. Easy to vacuum up too. Very good use of a bit of time too. Do you ever steam clean your carpets?
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Hubby will drag out the ol' steam cleaner in the spring to give the carpets a good cleaning.
@brokentia (10397)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Does it absorb pet odors too? Cause I am going to have to carpet clean my den soon due to the puppy not having the potty training thing down yet. *sigh* I can't wait for him to get it!!! I hate potty training. And there is not much that I will use the "h" word for. :)
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
5 Jan 07
It does absorb some of the odors. My boyfriend has a cat that when he brought home was a bit nervous to be in a new home and was peeing everywhere. It took up those odors as long as we caught it with in a day but had to use something stronger when she went behind the couches and we did not find out right away.
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@GardenGerty (72805)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jan 07
We buy 10 lb sacks of baking soda at Sam's Club. The original instructions I saw for carpet fresh also used scented talc. I like essential oils better, and they help repel insects. I use soda by about 1/2 C in the wash, it freshens, whitens, and softens. Use soda, followed by vinegar, followed by boiling water on a regular basis to keep drains clear, and to speed up slow ones.
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
9 Jan 07
A little off the original topic as a carpet freshener, but I also use it when washing clothes. I just add a little baking soda, it helps the detergent work better, gets out any odors in the clothes better, too!
@umerasif (532)
• Pakistan
6 Jan 07
I use baking soda as well. Works like a charm and is way cheaper as compared to off the shelf products
@shoelover (1574)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
I also use baking soday for cleaning my decorative spoons that hang on the wall. You put a sheet of aluminium foil in a baking tray then 1/4 fill it with water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in it. You then add the spoons. You will see the tarnish coming off the spoons easily. I am another person who uses the baking soda in my carpets and I add essential oils to the mixture also to really give it that clean fresh smell.
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@nancygibson (3738)
• France
5 Jan 07
We do this a lot, I keep a tub of baking powder just for carpets and I put a few drops of lavender oil into it usually, sometimes other essential oils but lavender most often, and use that. We also use it to scour sinks and clean the fridge.
• United States
15 Jan 07
Great idea. Does baking powder work too, or only soda? Thanks so much for the tip. Much easier on the pocket book.
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@owlwings (33907)
• Cambridge, England
15 Jan 07
Baking powder is a mixture of soda and citric acid. If it gets wet, it fizzes! I would stick to the soda. It's cheaper, anyway.
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@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Baking soda is wonderful. I use it for my carpet, the litter box, trash can. I also sprinkle some in my pool when I store it for the winter. You can also clean with it. It works wonders for cleaning sinks, stained dishes, coffee pots, counters, etc. It is also good to deoderize in the laundry. I use it for towels, sometimes towels get put in the hamper that haven't dried all the way. They can get musty, baking soda takes care of that.
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@crazynurse (7511)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Oh yes, I do the same! There are so many great uses for baking soda. I use it to freshen the fridge, freshen stinky shoes and in my cat litter box. I also put it in the trashcan to help with odors there! I have provided a link that has many more great uses for baking soda for those who are interested. http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/tips/a/blbakingsoda1.htm
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Huh, I never heard of this one before. Thanks for sharing that, I'll try it next time.
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@ukchriss (2106)
17 Jan 07
Ahhhh now this one i have heard of smiles My nan used to do this many years ago Thanks for reminding me
@Lady_Vincy (1544)
• United States
15 Jan 07
You can use baking soda to clean carpet smells. It would be the same as using a sented carpet freshner. Baking soda will get rid of the smells. That is a very good idea. my mother does the same thing when she cleans her carpets.
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@dana234 (2126)
• Spain
16 Feb 07
Thank you for the good tip. I´ve never heard of it before. Baking soda is certainly much cheaper than all the products on sale for carpet cleaning. It´ll certainly help me save money.
• United States
16 Feb 07
Thanks for the great money saving tip! I always love finding new ways to save money, baking soda is so cheap & can be used for so many different things, its great! you can use it in the laundry with your detergent to help with those long lasting stains & odors too. My husband builds cabinets & sometimes he has horrible paint & stain fumes on his clothes, they don't come out with laundry detergent & fabric softeners so I had to find something & baking soda did the trick.