Our DIY carpet cleaner powder is the best carpet deodorizer around. Making your own carpet deodorizer powder takes a couple of minutes, costs pennies, is made with natural ingredients, and works wonders. Before you know it, you will have fresh smelling carpet despite the cat, the dog…or the kids!

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Let’s make homemade carpet cleaning powder to remove funky smells.

Easy Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Powder Recipe

If you are like me and have a dog that is constantly tracking dirt and odor in your living room carpet, along with a kid or two doing the same, you are going to love this homemade carpet deodorizer.

This DIY carpet deodorizer powder doesn’t cost a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have all the ingredients at home.

Safety Warning: Just make sure to keep this mix out of small children’s reach.

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Ingredients Needed for Carpet Cleaner Powder

*I also add in lemon for an extra fresh scent and because citrus fruits on their own can help to remove odors. These two essential oils together are magic for carpet fibers!

diy carpet cleaner made of borax, baking soda, and essential oils
This is our favorite way to clean up our carpets.

Directions To Make Homemade Carpet Cleaner Powder

  1. Combine equal parts Borax and baking soda.
  2. Add the essential oil(s).
  3. Stir the powder with a fork.

How to Use DIY Carpet Deodorizer Powder at Home

  1. To cover the carpeted areas on the main floor of my house I use 1/3 cup of each. I would start with that amount and increase it as needed.
  2. Sprinkle the homemade carpet cleaner all over your carpets and let it sit for at least an hour. You can leave it all night if you’d like!
  3. Then, vacuum the homemade carpet cleaner up. Your carpet will smell like a new carpet and give your house a lovely scent.

Key Ingredient of Carpet Deodorizer Powder is Essential Oils

The key ingredient for making homemade carpet fresh is Purification essential oil.

What is Purification Essential Oil?

Purification essential oil is an essential oil blend specifically formulated to neutralize odors. It’s a combination of citronella, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, myrtle, and tea tree. The aromas are strong and powerful, yet pleasant.

I love how this homemade carpet powder is such a great odor absorber.

Can You Make Carpet Scent Powder Ahead of Time?

You can make this in large batches and save it for when you need it in an airtight container, but it is quick and easy enough to make it for each use.

I typically use it about once a month (maybe more often if I’m having company over and want the house to smell great).

Our Experience Making this Carpet Cleaner Powder from Scratch

Variations of this recipe have been around for a bit, but I have one important ingredient that makes it so much better than all the others. Some drops of essential oil will make a world of a difference – trust us on this.

Since we want to get rid of all harsh chemicals and toxic chemicals in our home, we have been making our own homemade version of different cleaning products – from laundry detergent to a natural alternative to freshen our towels, it was only a matter of time until I found a way to keep the freshness of my carpets and get rid of unpleasant odors using natural products.

We use all of these products in our own home, and we love how they make our house smell great and clean. The great thing about these products is that they last a long time since we only need a few drops of essential oils and other simple ingredients.

More Of Our Favorite Carpet Cleaning Products

We love our homemade cleaners. You know what is in them and don’t have to worry about allergens or unwanted chemicals. But we have other products we love when it comes to cleaning out floors as well:

Yield: 2 cups

Easy Carpet Deodorizer Powder Recipe

Easily Banish Carpet Odors

Make this simple homemade carpet cleaner to eliminate carpet odors and keep your home smelling clean and fresh!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • 1 cup of Borax powder
  • 1 cup of Baking Soda
  • Purification essential oil (10 drops)
  • Lemon essential oil (10 drops)


  • Fork
  • Container for powder
  • (Optional) Scoop


  1. All you need to do is combine equal parts Borax and baking soda, then add in oils and stir with a fork.
  2. To cover the carpeted areas on the main floor of my house I use 1/3 cup of each. I would start with that amount and increase it as needed.
  3. Sprinkle the mixture all over your carpets and let it sit for at least an hour. You can leave it all night if you'd like!
  4. Then, vacuum it up. Your carpets will smell so fresh and give your house a lovely scent.


You can make this in large batches and save for when you need it, but I prefer to make it individually each time. I typically use it about once a month. (maybe more often if I'm having company over and want the house to smell great)

Is carpet deodorizer powder safe for pets and children?

No house smells fresh unless the carpet smells good. So if you want your air to be fresher in your house, carpet deodorizing powder can be a lifesaver.

Carpet deodorizer powder is usually safe for pets and children, but it’s important to be careful. Some carpet deodorizers may contain chemicals that could be harmful if ingested in large amounts. That’s why we love this DIY carpet deodorizer powder and other chemical-free cleaning supplies like this air freshener.

However, if your child or pet has any allergies or sensitivities, it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian or doctor to make sure the carpet deodorizer powder won’t cause any problems.

How can I make my own carpet deodorizer powder at home?

  • Here’s a recipe for DIY carpet deodorizer powder:
    • Get a box or container to store your powder.
    • Mix together borax and baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a bowl. Essential oils like lavender or lemon can add a nice scent.
    • Stir the mixture well so that the oil is evenly distributed.
    • Pour the mixture into your container and close it tightly.
  • To use the DIY carpet deodorizer powder:
    • Sprinkle a thin layer of the powder on your carpet.
    • Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to absorb odors.

Can I use my DIY carpet deodorizer powder on all types of carpet and rugs?

DIY carpet deodorizer powder may not be suitable for all types of carpets and rugs. Wool, synthetic fibers, or delicate fabrics may require specific cleaning methods. Some carpets can be more sensitive to certain ingredients or powders, so it’s best to test it on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet or rug before using it extensively.

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How did your homemade carpet cleaner powder recipe turn out?

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