You probably can’t really smell it, but family and friends who visit you probably can. Maybe you don’t realize what’s lurking in your carpet, but whatever it is — old pet stains, smoke, cooking smells — it can really stink up your house. The good news is, you really can deodorize it and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a ton of effort. Here are five easy ways to deodorize your carpet that you can try today.
For neutralizing odors, it’s hard to beat vinegar. If you aren’t too keen on the smell of the vinegar itself, rest easy — once it’s dry, you won’t be able to smell it. And best of all, the odors will be gone, too! Pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz your carpet. Let it dry and repeat if necessary. Easy peasy!
Many of the powdered carpet deodorizers you find at your local super market have baking soda in them, which is great at absorbing odors. You can even make your own with 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup borax, and a teaspoon of ground spices of your choice (cinnamon works well, unless your carpe is very light). Mix the ingredients and store in a plastic bag or container for whenever you need it. Then just sprinkle it on, let it sit at least half an hour, then vacuum.
Plain baking soda is also an idea carpet deodorizer. It’s great for pet stains, smoke, or smelly spills. Shake a lot of it on the stain and let it sit several hours or overnight. Make sure the powder penetrates the carpet fibers, then vacuum well. You can repeat the process if needed.
If you can’t seem to get rid of the smells in your carpet, you could have it professionally cleaned. However, you can also purchase a carpet cleaning machine for pretty cheap — or borrow one from a friend for free. The cleaning solutions recommend for use in these machines have great odor-removing properties.
Yes, you read it right. Vodka has great odor-removing ability. Buy some of the cheapest you can find and spritz it on your carpet just like you’d do with vinegar. It’ll kill bacteria and help remove stains as well. You can also spot clean affected areas by spraying, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, then blotting with a paper towel. If you like, sprinkle some baking soda on top.