Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade How To: Carpet Powder

This post is an update on my previous post on carpet freshener. Enjoy them both!
Store bought carpet powders can be filled with some really terrifying things. I would never consider purchasing them, but a home made, all natural version is pretty spiffy. Musty smelling house? Cockroaches lurking? Funky smelling dog? All these things can be remedied, in part at least, by sprinkling some all natural carpet powder that you can make with some easily sourced ingredients. Here are two versions:

Bug Killing Carpet Freshner and Doggie Dust:
  • 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (from an organic garden supply store NOT the hardware store, but sure that it is FOOD GRADE)
  • 1 part baking soda
  • Several drops essential oils:  Lavender/Eucalyptus/Lemongrass/Cedar (a combo of all, or whichever you have on hand

    Carpet and Linen Freshner (can also be used in your laundry cycle):
    • 1 part Borax
    • 1 part baking soda
    • Several drops essential oils of your choice, eg: Tea Tree/Lavender/Eucalyptus etc
    Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl or directly into the receptacle you plan to use for shaking. I used an empty sea salt shaker. Grated cheese containers would also work or any other carton with holes for shaking that has not held any chemicals.

    To use as a carpet freshener: liberally shake the powder on your carpets from one end of the house to the other. Let set for 15 or so minutes then vacuum. Ooh and aah at the lack of funky carpet smell!

    To use as a laundry aid: add up to 1/4 cup to a load of laundry for softer laundry suitable for sensitive skin. Brightens whites and gives your detergent greater cleaning power.

    To use as a doggie dust: Lightly dust your dog's fur, against the grain if possible (avoiding the genitals). Do not brush the dog afterwards. The DE is a natural bug killer and will rid your friend of any passengers, as well as absorbing any doggie smell he/she may be carrying. The DE also works against house pests: leave some of the powder un vacuumed along the walls and baseboards to combat nasty roaches and other bugs.

    Apologies for the stock images in this post. My camera is lost, or else i'd have some lovely photos to share.

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