Essential oils are becoming more and more popular as time goes on. DIY projects bragging about natural cleaning products using essential oils creep up on Pinterest all the time. Sometimes a DIY for health benefits pop up claiming you can heal yourself with essential oils. With so many different tutorials and Do-It-Yourself articles floating around on the internet it is difficult to tell what works and what doesn’t. So what is a girl to do when there are so many options available for her?
Best thing to do is to pull up more than one blog and cross reference them. Are two articles by different sources using similar products and have the same end result? If so, then cross reference those to two other articles! Being a skeptic I don’t trust the first two articles I read when it comes to health benefits and being considered natural. Why do I do this? Two reasons:
- I don’t like to waste money. With the amount of different projects I try the cost can creep up. Essential oils aren’t cheap either.
- I don’t like to waste my time. Spending time on a project that is a bust can be a major waste of time. For example, a project could require a great deal of cleanup if it goes bad.
Speaking of projects that have gone bad I have a perfectly good example of one: DIY floor cleaner. A blog post a few years back claimed a natural-ish floor cleaner worked well. It smelled incredible! However it left an oily residue on the floor that was very difficult to remove. Therefore the project left me with scented oily floors.
Let’s get into the actual project that we’re talking about today, shall we?
Natural carpet cleaner is way easier than you think. This carpet cleaner will leave your carpet smelling so damn good you’ll want to use it over and over again! As the titles claims there are only 2 ingredients for this carpet cleaner. All you need is something to hold the carpet cleaner in so you can mix it.
You Will Need:
Essential Oil of your choice (I like tea tree or peppermint)
Take a container and pour in a generous amount of baking soda. Gauge the amount based on the size of the room you’ll be vacuuming. For a living room I will usually do ½ cup baking soda and 4-6 drops of essential oil. Mix the essential oil in the baking soda either with a utensil, a finger, or shaking the container. Either shake the container to spread it over the floor or use your hand to sprinkle it. My personal preference is to grab a handful and sprinkle it over the carpet like I’m doing some sort of Pagan ritual (nutty, I know).
A big batch could probably be made of this carpet cleaner but I just make it each time I need it. As simple as it is this mixture only takes a couple minutes at most so why bother taking up space with a premade mixture?
For the best results let the mixture sit on your carpet for upwards of 30 minutes. Vacuum up the baking soda and your carpet will be ♪ so fresh and so clean, clean. ♪ The essential oils are suppose to have cleaning properties to them and tea tree is known as being great. However, you may just use baking soda by itself to clean your carpet. If you choose to just use baking soda I suggest letting it sit overnight or at least a couple of hours. The essential oils help give your carpet that fresh scent while baking soda alone takes longer to be an odor eliminator.
Yesterday I used this concoction and as you know if you’ve read my other posts I have two doggies. Over time the fur can accumulate and the carpet will get that dog odor to it. Sprinkling the carpet cleaner all over the bedroom and living room, I only let it sit for 10 minutes (I’m VERY impatient!) Vacuumed up the carpet and the entire house smelled incredible and clean!
Husband came home to drop off some lunch and asked if I cleaned before he even got into the living room. Funny thing is that the only chore I did was vacuum but his perception was that I did some serious cleaning. I like to think of this as an added bonus to using this DIY carpet cleaner!
Have you tried a natural carpet cleaner or essential oils project in the past? Tell me all about how it went in the comments below!