Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Carpet Refresher

A quick, easy recipe for making your own carpet refresher. It uses my wonder item - Baking Soda. I don't know anything that it can't do, or at least I haven't found anything it can't do.

Borax (find it in the laundry supplies)
Baking Soda
Essential oil (your choice, I use Lavender)
Vanilla Beans (found in the herbs, but OPTIONAL)

Step 1:
Mix equal amounts baking soda & borax. The amounts are up to you, I do a large batch of 3 cups of each when I make it, but it will keep for a while as long as stored in an air tight container.

Step 2:
Mix WELL. Borax has a tendency to clump as does Baking Soda so make sure you work them together, breaking up any clumps. When you add the oil it will increase the risk of clumping so you want as few problems as possible.

Step 3:
Time to add your smellies. I'm using Lavender & Vanilla as they're very calming, relaxing scents but use ANY scents you like. Make sure its high grade oil that can touch human skin & you'll be fine where your pets are concerned as well.

Step 4:
Mix it again! Do it 2 times to make sure. You want to get a nice, even mix of the oils, the plant matter (if you're using it) & the powdered ingredients.

Step 5:
Dispense. I use a disposable plastic food saver (Gladware) that I punched some holes into the lid with (hammer & nail work fine).

Step 6:
Use. Shake onto any carpets, or even upholstery, you'd like to refresh. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming up. You can use a stiff brush or broom if you'd like to work it into the carpet, but it isn't necessary. Repeat as needed, or desired.

The Borax will work wonders in keeping down household pests like ants, flies, spiders, mili & centipedes, fleas & ticks. It is safe for animals & people - just don't let them eat it. It also helps prevent staining of carpets because it is a laundry aid.

The Baking Soda helps capture & remove scents so it will work wonders to making the house smell fresher & cleaner.

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