How To Use Various Items Around The House To Deodorize Your Carpet

Posted on: 8 June 2016

Does your carpet smell a bit musty or perhaps a little like your dog? While running out to the store and buying a carpet deodorizer is one solution, you don't necessarily need to spend money on a new product to get your carpet smelling fresh again. There are a lot of items you probably already have around your home that can accomplish this task. Here's a look at your options:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is the main ingredient in a lot of commercial carpet deodorizing products. It can be just as effective on its own if you use it properly. In the evening, sprinkle baking soda liberally over the carpet. Baking soda is not expensive, so don't be afraid to use a generous amount. You want to make sure each fiber is coated in a dusting of baking soda. Use a shaker bottle, like one left over from Parmesan cheese, to ensure the powder is distributed evenly.

Let the baking soda sit on the carpet all night. This gives it plenty of time to soak up odors and moisture. Then, vacuum it up. Go over the carpet several times with the vacuum to make sure you get all of the baking soda.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is acidic, and it will help break down a lot of stinky particles in your carpet, rendering them odorless. To treat your carpet with white vinegar, start by filling a spray bottle with one part water and one part vinegar. Then, spray this mixture over your carpet. Apply just enough to make the carpet a little damp ā€“ you don't want to soak it. Turn on a ceiling fan or open the windows so that the carpet dries out effectively. Your room will have a vinegar odor for a few hours, but once this dissipates, it should smell much fresher.


Tea leaves are great for absorbing odors from your carpet.  They'll also leave behind a slight tea scent, making your room smell earthy and crisp rather than stinky. You can use either green or black tea for this purpose. Just cut the bags open, and sprinkle the tea leaves over your carpet. Let them sit for up to a day (a few hours will do if you're in a hurry), and then vacuum the leaves up again.

As long as you have tea bags, white vinegar, or baking soda on hand, there's no need to run to the store when your carpet gets smelly. To learn more, speak with a business like Kathy's Quality Cleaning, Inc.