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All-Natural Home Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

Posted By Janel On September 24, 2013 @ 7:10 pm In Cleaning,DIY Fall,Going Green,Home Management,Homekeeping | 9 Comments

Life as MOM contributor Janel [4] offers tips and tricks to deodorizing a home the all-natural way.

All-Natural Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

This past summer, my family was “homeless.” We house-sat for various friends and acquaintances for 8 weeks in California and then spent a few weeks visiting family and driving across the country back to Virginia.

Meanwhile, all of our worldly possessions were stored in our friends’ garage. In Virginia. During the summer. Although we are so very thankful for our friends’ generosity in taking care of our things, we were not so thankful for the humidity of a wet, Virginian summer.

Storage in a humid garage = musty (and sometimes moldy) possessions.

As an added “bonus,” the car we left parked outside had a bit of a leak and water got into the trunk. Yeah, the car’s smell was downright revolting upon our return. So, we had quite a task before us to clean and deodorize our belongings.

Baking soda has become my friend. We literally dumped 2 pounds of baking soda onto the carpets in our car to help deodorize it. It was cheap and it made such a difference!

Since then, I’ve discovered that baking soda also becomes a great air freshener or carpet deodorizer when combined with some essential oils. Best of all, it’s all-natural (no nasty chemicals!) and you can change up the scents depending on your mood or the season. For Fall or Winter, try cinnamon or peppermint essential oil. For spring, lavender would be nice. For summer or year-round, a blend of citrus oils is amazing. In fact, it’s my favorite at the moment — 2 drops lime essential oil, 2 drops lemon essential oil and 6 drops sweet orange oil. The smell just makes me happy!

Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella [5].

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