Make Herbal Carpet Deodorant and Freshener

If you have animals or children, live in an area that gets humid in summer, or do lots of home cooking, you're probably plagued by carpets that can smell less than fresh. The following recipe will help you deodorize your carpets and repel fleas and other insects.

Herbal Carpet Deodorant Recipe

1 Cup rosemary leaves
2 Cups lavender (Buds and Leaves
2 Cups Baking Soda
6 bay leaves

Crumble bay leaves, chop or crumble rosemary leaves, and then add lavender and baking soda to make a coarse mixture. You can also grind the ingredients fine using a food processor or coffee grinder. I prefer the second method because it smells quite a bit stronger, but it will take more vacuuming to get it all off the carpet later.

Directions for Use

*Sprinkle the mixture liberally on carpeting and leave it in place for a few hours or overnight. To vacuum thoroughly, go over each area of the room at least three times to get up all the residue.

Once treated, don't walk on the carpet until you've vacuumed.

This recipe makes about five cups, which should be enough to treat a 10' x 10' room.

*Test a small inconspicuous area of the carpeting overnight with one tablespoon of the mixture to make sure that there's no discoloration. I've never had a problem, but if you have a light colored carpet it's a safety precaution worth taking.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, I can use my Spanish lavender and rosemary to create a nice scent at home.

  2. Vuejardin,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I like to use this recipe in the winter particularly, when the weather's too miserable to keep the windows open. In preparation, I make a double or triple batch in late summer or fall to tide me over.

    It's always good to hear from you.


  3. Hi Sara!

    You have inspired me to grow some lavender! Inever knew what to do with it before, other than it shows up in some recipes I have. I'd like to tell you, I read your newsletter regularly and it is always surprising and enlightening me. Thank you for the work you do.


  4. Congratulations on your choice of lavender for the garden. You can use it in crafts and cooking as well as in the landscape.

    It's one of my absolute favorites, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

  5. Anonymous4:30:00 PM

    Hi there! I was hoping to find out if there was a specific time to harvest lavender?



  6. Hi,

    Thanks for posting.

    Harvest lavender when it's in bud or in flower. This will happen in spring and possibly again in fall, depending on the variety and the area in which you live. Pick stems in the morning after the dew dries but before the hot sun hits the plants.

    Have fun.


  7. Anonymous6:58:00 PM


  8. ur post is awesome...i like it a lot..keep it up...

  9. awesome post...thanks

  10. Rachel,

    Thanks for visiting.

    You know, you can also make a an effective carpet cleaner for pet stains with a half cup hydrogen peroxide (3%), and a half cup baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda on the stain; work it in slightly; pour the peroxide on top and let fizz. Blot dry.

    After it dries completely, apply the carpet freshener above to give the area the scent of lavender and rosemary.



  11. so helpful tips which can practiced at home thank you very much


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