By Sarena-Rae Santos, contributing writer
Let’s face it if you have carpet in your home, chances are you’ve used those carpet powders from the store such as Arm & Hammer’s Carpet Odor Eliminator with ingredients like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), hydrated silica, polyoxyethylene tallow ethylmonium ethosulfate, and fragrances.
As someone who suspects Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), these ingredients are a hard pass for me in my home.
While MCS is not considered an “illness” by the American Medical Academy, it is a collection of noteworthy symptoms triggered by chemicals such as the 3,100 or so stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry (1). MCS is a very real issue for many people (2). Some professionals refer to it as Sick Building Syndrome (3). MCS symptoms include:
- Burning eyes
- Breathing problems
- Changes to heart rhythm
- Chest pain
- Congestion and other sinus trouble
- Diarrhea, bloating, and/or gas
- Digestive problems
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Muscle and joint pain
- Poor concentration
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Sleep issues
- Sore throat
- Trouble concentrating
This is a long list of undesirable symptoms. Clearly, caution is warranted with the products we allow in our homes. So, what can we do to improve carpet odor?
That’s when an all-natural, toxin-free carpet powder comes into play. This is a straightforward and inexpensive swap that anyone can do.
- 16 oz. of aluminum-free baking soda
- 10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice (I like oregano, lemon, and/or orange)
- A large bottle/jar to pour from (I used a vintage glass spice jar)
Please note: Some online information claims sucking up baking soda in vacuum cleaners can void the vacuum’s warranty. Before using this DIY carpet powder recipe, I recommend checking your warranty/vacuum information.
Step 1: Fill the large bottle/jar with aluminum-free baking soda. This will probably take roughly 16 oz. of baking soda.
Step 2: Add 10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice and shake well, ensuring all the powder is naturally scented.
Step 3: Pour generously on your carpet and let sit for 20-30 minutes before vacuuming your carpet.