Homemade Carpet Powder

Our home, like most houses, sees a lot of foot traffic and with little ones often playing on the rugs it’s important to me that they’re fresh and clean. It’s also a personal preference to keep everything as chemical-free as possible. This DIY carpet powder is easy to customize and gets the job done fast.

Years ago, I bought Arm & Hammer Carpet Powder but because of the whole ditching chemicals completely thing, I stopped. Thinking about my rugs at home, I knew there had to be something I could do to give them a nice fresh scent naturally.

I immediately thought of something that I’d mixed up to combat the stink of our diaper pail. We have an Arm & Hammer diaper pail, and I love it because it twists the bag when you close the lid and traps in all the smell. However, you still have to open the pail and waft out poo stink into the room before sealing it up. At the top of the diaper pail is a little container that you put baking soda in to help absorb the funk. I combined three drops of lavender essential oil with my baking soda, mixed it up with a fork to make sure there were no chunks and placed that in the container. Wouldn’t you know that now every time you put a diaper in the pail and close it, instead of poo smell it wafts the scent of lavender into the bathroom. It’s wonderful!

After applying the very same concept to making carpet powder, this is what I came up with.


Find a glass mason jar or other form of air tight storage to keep your carpet powder in. (You don’t want moisture getting in there because it will form chunks in the baking soda)Fill your intended container and full as you would like it with baking soda and then dump it out into a bowl. I had about 1 cup of baking soda and added roughly 10 drops of lavender essential oil to it, then whisked the two together. Once it was clump free it went back into the mason jar for storage, the twine is tied around it for two reasons.

  1. It’s cute.
  2. It will hold the scoop that I’ll be using to get the carpet powder from container to floor.

This smells so good and you use it the same way that you would use regular carpet powder. Sprinkle it onto the carpet, allow it to sit for a moment, and then vacuum it up.

Whenever I used store bought carpet powder in the past I was always nervous to walk across the rug while it was settling into it, with this homemade version I actually dance across the rug to help it sink deeper. I love how carefree you can be with all natural cleaners.

I hope this DIY is as helpful for you as it is for me and as always, thanks for reading!

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