So... this morning I was getting ready to vacuum, and I realized that I was just about out of carpet deodorizer. You know, that smelly powder. It usually clogs up my vacuum anyway- but with 3 inside dogs and 2 bunnies (and 4 boys) it's pretty necessary! So I started to do my Pinterest searches for how I could make my own!
Much to my happiness- I found several home recipes- most using common household items and something else I love-- essential oils! I had actually just received two new oils to my collection- doTERRA's Serenity and Balance- both which have calming and settling effects aromatically. Perfect for my bustling little home.
Most of the recipes I came across use baking soda as the base-- but I have found that the finer the powder the harder time my vacuum has- so I found another natural additive that will not only add some bulk to my mix- but will also act as an absorbent-- Cornmeal.
My recipe is:
1 sm. box of baking soda
1 1/2 cups of cornmeal (I had white cornmeal on hand- but any will work)
12 drops of Serenity
12 drops of Balance (really though 20-30 drops of any of your favorite essential oils will work)
I mixed it with a whisk to break up the oil that had already begun to clump up in the baking soda. When that didn't work too well, I used my hands to gently blend the mix. I poured it into an empty mason jar and poked holes in the lid! Voila! (I've also seen that a parmesan cheese lid will fit perfectly onto a small mouth mason jar).
Sprinkle on your carpet at let sit for 15 minutes. Breathe deep knowing that you're not breathing in any chemical fragrances- just enjoying the aromatic benefits of essential oils- vacuum as normal!