Soooo, I seriously love(d) Arm & Hammer Carpet Powder.... It made the house smell so yummy with all of its, errrr, chemicals..... :( I had no idea before reading an article on this stuff that it was actually some very toxic stuff. One thing that really bothered me is that it can trigger symptoms of Parkinson Disease. WOW. Well, I hit up Pintrest, with my box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in hand, and here's what I found- and oh my word, not only does it work, is extremely cheap, but the use of essential oils actually makes your carpet smell fresher- LONGER!.
baking soda- absorbs dirt and grime
Borax- Naturally kills anything living in the carpet that shouldn't be
Essential oils- I used my lavender oil, LOVE IT, especially since I only have carpet in the bed rooms.
(I swing open my bed room door and have a laundry detergent commercial moment....)
I save all of my shake cheese containers just for this. I had 3 and filled them up all in one sitting and it took literally minutes.
You want a recipe similar to this:
3 1/2 Parts Baking Soda
1/2 Part Borax
(I used 20 drops of essential oil)
So, if you have 3 1/2 cups of baking soda, you would add a 1/2 cup of Borax. Its really dependent on how large a batch you want to make in one sitting.
Use a whisk to mix together and then pour into your containers. Sprinkle on carpet and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes, then vacuum up!