Freshen Your Carpets: DIY Aromatherapy

Freshen Your Carpets: DIY Aromatherapy

Does the carpet in your living area get its fair share of wear and tear? That just shows you’re blessed with a happy, active household! Instead of cutting down on the patter of little feet (two or four-legged) and big shoes, try this DIY “green” carpet deodorizer for extra freshness.

Most nurses are incredibly pressed for time, so why bother with homemade cleaners when commercial ones are plentiful? Mainly, you’d make your own product to ensure that the ingredients are healthful, not harmful.

How harmful could a cleaning product really be? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “many cleaning products can present health and environmental concerns, including eye, skin, or respiratory irritation, or more serious issues.” Yikes!

(The EPA recommends looking at product labels before purchasing. Say No to anything labeled Danger/Poison; Corrosive; Severely Irritating; Highly Flammable; Highly Combustible; or Strong Sensitizer. )

Or you can skip the label scrutiny and just make your own simple, non-toxic, and fresh-scented household cleansers. The EPA says white vinegar, baking soda, and mild liquid soap can be just as effective for most cleaning purposes.

This carpet freshener relies on essential oils, not ordinary fragrances, so it counts as aromatherapy, which advocates say has healing properties. As anyone who’s ever been to a health spa knows, these oils can definitely help you de-stress and de-toxify.

DIY Carpet Deodorizer

1 cup baking soda
18 drops essential oil (lavender is an all-around purifier)

You’ll also need:
Quart jar with lid punched with small holes

Mix baking soda and essential oil in a bowl until baking soda is moistened. Fill quart jar with mixture. Sprinkle deodorizer on carpet; let sit for 10 minutes. Vacuum as usual.

Caution: Keep essential oils away from children, pets, and open fire (they’re flammable).

Give this recipe a spin and let us know how it worked for you. Or if you have your own favorite way to keep carpets fresh and clean, please share that with us.

 Jebra Turner is a health writer in Portland, Oregon, but you can visit her online at

De-stress:  DIY Lavender Fabric Softener

De-stress: DIY Lavender Fabric Softener

Safely soften your laundry — avoiding toxins and their associated hazards — and lower your skyhigh stress levels, so common in the nursing profession, at the same time. Rather than using conventional, chemical-laden fabric softener, you can easily make your own aromatherapy version. 

The best part? You’ll be breathing in the delicious scent of lavender from your clothing, whenever you move throughout the day.

Aromatherapy advocates use 130+ varieties of essential oils to relieve all sorts of ailments, from the ordinary stess and aches of nursing to more serious conditions such as insomnia, depression, and agitation.

One of the most popular stress-busting essential oils is lavender, which most of us are familiar with as a fragrance in soaps, hand creams, or clothing sachets. In ancient times it was used for purification  — in fact, the name comes from the Latin lavare, meaning “to wash.”

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, research confirms that lavender, when inhaled, can indeed sligthly calm, sooth, and sedate us.

There are many ways to enjoy the relaxing effects of lavender, but this simple recipe is especially nice because it reminds us of the herb’s ancient purpose of washing away the cares of body, mind, and soul. 

DIY Lavender Fabric Softener

1/2 cup vinegar
2 TB baking soda
1/2 tsp lavender essential oil (available at natural foods stores)

Add vinegar to baking soda and dissolve. Stir in lavender. Add to washer during rinse cycle.

Enjoy the fresh, clean scent of lavender. It’s relaxing and purifying!

Jebra Turner is a health writer living in Portland, OR, but you can visit her online at