Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Lavender Rug & Carpet Freshener

lavender carpet deodorizer

The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska 

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 5 mins

We all wind up with pet odors, dirt, and food stains on our rugs and carpets. Instead of reaching for a harmful, conventional carpet cleaner, why not consider a healthy and safe, eco-friendly alternative instead?

This easy-to-make, great smelling carpet deodorizer will transport you away to the lavender fields of Provence. It's great for light and maintenance cleaning jobs. With just two simple Earth-friendly ingredients—lavender essential oil and baking soda—it's a breeze to whip up in no time.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Glass, airtight storage container


  • 1 cup Baking soda
  • 12 drops French lavender essential oil


ingredients for lavender rug freshener
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  1. Combine Ingredients

    Add the essential oils to the baking soda in a bowl being sure to disperse the drops throughout the mixture evenly. (This makes it easier for them to be incorporated into the baking soda.)

    adding essential oil to baking soda
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  2. Stir Well

    Blend well with a non-metal spoon making sure to break up all of the clumps. (Essential oils can react with metals.)

    stirring ingredients together
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  3. Store

    Store the mixture in an airtight container, preferably made of glass.

    adding the mixture to a glass jar
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  4. Spread Over Surface and Vacuum

    To use, shake the mixture lightly and evenly over the entire surface of your rug or carpet. Let it sit for 15 minutes up to a day. Vacuum well.

    using the mixture on a rug
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Options for Personalizing Your Carpet Deodorizer

If you tire of lavender and want to change things up a bit, try blending it with tea tree, lemon, orange, or peppermint. Some other great oils to try include citrus-scented oils, such as bergamot and grapefruit, woodsy-scented oils, such as cypress, and herbal oils like Roman chamomile and rosemary. In most cases, you'll probably use at least 50% lavender for the scent, since many of the other essential oils can be very strong and may overpower the lavender. So, start by adding just a few drops and modify as needed until you've got something you like.

ingredients for natural rug freshener
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How Does This All-Natural Deodorizer Work?

The baking soda absorbs odors, moisture, and oils and also helps loosen dirt. The lavender oil, which has antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, can help take care of any germs that may be lurking in your carpet.

As a bonus, the lavender essential oil even provides some health benefits while you clean, such as calming the nervous system. That means some rest after all your cleaning is done! Also, because the oil comes directly from the lavender plant, it's environmentally-friendly and biodegradable, which is a must for green cleaning.


  • If you have spots or stains that are bad, consider cleaning them first with a dab of castile soap and water or a green carpet cleaner meant to treat spots and stains.
  • Because carpets and rugs vary in the materials they are made of and may be treated with chemicals in the factory (e.g., treatments that repel stains), always first test products, including this homemade rug and carpet cleaner, in a small, inconspicuous area.


You must use essential oils safely. If you get essential oils in your eyes, flush with water for 10-15 minutes. Consult a doctor if irritation persists. If you get essential oils on your skin, wash with warm soapy water. One exception: lavender doesn't harm the skin; in fact, it is often used directly on the skin to treat burns, insect bites, etc.

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