Of course, I found something on Pinterest that I wanted to try. I feel like every time I come up with a good idea and try to pass it off to my husband as my own, he knows it’s from Pinterest. I should have just never told him I even have a username so he would think I came up with all these ideas on my own.
The latest item on my “To Make” Pinterest page is carpet powder. When we moved in to the house, it didn’t really smell too good. It was mainly the curtains that the previous owner graciously left us. But what are the chances that this 80-year-old and I will have the same taste in drapes? Let me tell you. 0%. Let me give you an idea of what I’m talking about. And these aren’t even the worst ones. We broke our other camera by taking a picture of the really bad ones.
I will spare you from any more. Needless to say, the day we signed the contract to purchase the house, we immediately came over to deep clean. Those suckers went right into a heavy-duty trash bag. That helped with the smell a whole bunch.
The carpet was culprit number two. Matt deep-cleaned the carpet with a borrowed carpet cleaner and it did a ton of help to get the smell out. But when I do downward-dog with my yoga DVD, and my nose gets super close to the carpet, I can still smell traces of the old curtains. So making my own carpet cleaner was my solution.
To match the scent that I re-filled my plug-in air fresheners, I used orange essential oil for my carpet powder. All I had to do was mix about 30 drops of oil with enough baking soda to fill a parmesan cheese shaker. Then I shook it over the carpet, waited 10-15 minutes, and slowly vacuumed it all up. My house smells like fresh oranges. (Kind of like someone has just peeled an orange. All the time. Makes me want to eat oranges.)
I wish there was a scratch and sniff button my keyboard. I love the fresh smell it leaves in my house…. no more of that floral curtain smell. It’s very refreshing!