Keeping Your Carpets Smelling Fresh

If you have pets in your household running a muck around your furniture and carpet, then your carpet will eventually absorb their foul smells. It’s not just your pets though, it’s also your shoes, what you spill and anything else that constantly hits your carpet. Here are some friendly tips on how to make your carpet smell fresh and clean.

  • Vacuum and clean your carpets on a weekly basis. The less bacteria there is, the less your carpets will smell.

  • This one is easy: remember to place a mat (that works) on your front porch and a sign that says “wipe shoes first.” This will reduce the amount of crud being brought into the house.

  • Buy some carpet deodorizer or you can use something that already may be in your kitchen: baking soda. It’s simple, non-toxic and cheap!

Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

Pour the package of baking soda abundantly on the musty or smelly areas of your carpet. You should then even the coat on the carpet. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight or longer; the longer it soaks in the better it works.

When the baking soda is all soaked in, it’s time to vacuum. Vacuum the excess baking soda until it’s all picked up. If you still smell the odor, then you can repeat the process.

This is the best way to clean your carpets and have them smell fresh. Baking soda is cheap, very efficient, and can be used for many different things around the home, so always keep some handy.

Homemade Furniture Polish

There are many cleaning solutions/ home improvement tricks you can make or do at home that will save you money from picking some up from the store. One of the things you can mix up at home is furniture polish. There may be a chance that you have the items to make homemade furniture polish. Here are a few recipes for you to choose from…

  1. 1 Cup Olive Oil

    ¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar

  2. 1 Cup Mineral Oil

    3-4 Drops of Lemon Extract/Oil

  3. 2 Ounces Grated Beeswax

    5 Ounces Turpentine

The first recipe is recommended to be poured into a spray bottle, and recipes 2 and 3 can be stored in containers. When you’re polishing furniture or wood, you do not want to spray the polish directly on. Spray or pour the polish onto a white cloth and work it into the furniture or wood, and then wipe it away. The polish should make the furniture look more vibrant. If it still looks dull, wait several minutes an repeat the polishing process.