Sunday, June 27, 2010

Aromatherapy Around the House - Carpet Sprinkle


I've talked here about my love of essential oils before and I have been collecting them for years, keeping them in this lidded wooden box in my master bathroom. It's my little treasure box!  I am definitely a bath kind of gal and they certainly find their way into my tub soaks, but, did you know that essential oils are also handy as an insect repellent, aromatic room spray, in the laundry room, and for cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting counter tops, floors and even carpet.

Yeah, I do have carpet in my house - very old carpet that frankly should be pulled up and replaced with flooring as far as I am concerned - but I'm not getting any younger or richer, so it's here to contend with for now, and well, so are my canine and feline children. A daily vacuum is essential in this house and I love using natural essential oils to sprinkle on my carpet since they are safe and non-toxic.  Nothing could be easier either and there are so many blend possibilities that you can really come up with any multitude of combinations that smell nice to you.  Sure beats artificial fragrances.

All you need is some kind of shaker container, baking soda and some essential oils. One small bottle of oil really does go a long way, and if you're like me, you will build up your supply over time. If you're looking for therapeutic grade certified as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA for ingestion, doTerra may be for you.  You may recall that I reviewed them in the past and found them to be a remarkably superior product.

For the basics though, and especially for standard use around the house, my personal source for oils is Aromaland. They carry a wide range of quality single note oils, blends and accessories, at very reasonable prices, and often run free shipping.  I have been purchasing from them for many years. I am not affiliated with either of these sources. You can also find many of the basics oils right at your local health food store.

This time of year it's easy to find reasonably priced large bags of baking soda at your local discount store - check in the pool supply section for the big 12 pound bags or find the larger boxes in the laundry aisle. For a shaker I just use an old shaker container left over from a commercial carpet sprinkle, but a large jar with holes poked into the top would work fine too.

These are a few of my favorite blends.


Pet Deodorizing Carpet Blend
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This blend of oils deodorizes.

5 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
32 ounce empty shaker container

Fill container about 3/4ths full with baking soda. Add all of the essential oil drops to the baking soda, shake the container to distribute, then top off with more of the baking soda. Seal container and shake thoroughly. Sprinkle all over the carpet, and in the litter box, closing and shaking the container periodically. Use a stiff broom to brush into carpet and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to several hours. Vacuum.



Summer Carpet Sprinkle
Courtesy of My New 30

This blend of oils refreshes and deodorizes.

4 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
4 drops of Orange Essential Oil
4 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
4 drops of Lime Essential Oil
32 ounce empty shaker container

Fill container about 3/4ths full with baking soda. Add all of the essential oil drops or any combination of the oils up to 20 drops. Shake the container to distribute, then top off with more of the baking soda. Seal container and shake thoroughly. Sprinkle all over the carpet, closing and shaking the container periodically. Use a stiff broom to brush into carpet and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to several hours. Vacuum.

Can also be used as a surface spray for counter tops and appliances. In a standard (32 ounce) spray bottle filled with water, add 1 drop of each oil, or any combination of the oils for a total of 5 drops.

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Bedroom Carpet Sprinkle
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This blend of oils may help to calm, relax and encourage sleep.

5 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
5 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
32 ounce empty shaker container

Fill container about 3/4ths full with baking soda. Add all of the essential oil drops or any combination of the oils up to 20 drops. Shake the container to distribute, then top off with more of the baking soda. Seal container and shake thoroughly. Sprinkle all over the carpet, closing and shaking the container periodically. Use a stiff broom to brush into carpet and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to several hours. Vacuum.

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Easy Breathe Carpet Sprinkle
Courtesy of My New 30

This blend of oils may help with relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.

5 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
32 ounce empty shaker container

Fill container about 3/4ths full with baking soda. Add all of the essential oil drops or any combination of the oils up to 20 drops. Shake the container to distribute, then top off with more of the baking soda. Seal container and shake thoroughly. Sprinkle all over the carpet, closing and shaking the container periodically. Use a stiff broom to brush into carpet and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to several hours. Vacuum.

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Pet Flea Away Carpet Sprinkle
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This pleasant smelling blend of oils may help to repel and control fleas carried in by your four legged family members.

5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops of Citronella Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
32 ounce empty shaker container

Fill container about 3/4ths full with baking soda. Add all of the essential oil drops or any combination of the oils up to 20 drops. Shake the container to distribute, then top off with more of the baking soda. Seal container and shake thoroughly. Sprinkle all over the carpet, closing and shaking the container periodically. Use a stiff broom to brush into carpet and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to several hours. Vacuum.

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2 comments:

  1. I have always been interested in the use of the essential oils, and at one time long ago before kids, had purchased some. The interest is still there, and I will look into this. I use commercial fragrance powder, and we have Spanky...I am not sure that it is at all healthy for him, and limit the use. The natural essential oil
    way seems more pleasing and personal. Thanks Mary...you have once again peaked an interest in something I have given only a passing thought to in all the years. We need new everything here..the carpet is also past it's prime...no money, and not any younger. :( making do with what we have now...in these times...

    Thanks,

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  2. I finally have tile in all but one room. That room needs a hand grenade thrown in there, the carpet is ALIVE.

    I agree that essential oils are much better to use than all that artificial weird stuff they sell.

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