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Wonders of Baking Soda for Carpet Odors

Wonders of Baking Soda for Carpet Odors

Warm weather brings out all kinds of smells that have been lurking in our carpets: Pet mistakes, that well-worn sneaker odor. It can all add up to a less-than-fresh-smelling home.

Fortunately, there is a simple and non-toxic solution. Find out how to deodorize your carpets safely and effectively with baking soda!

Baking soda “adsorbs” odors, which means it takes odors from the air. It neutralizes acid-based odors in water.

Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.) Redo the process if you still smell odors you wish to remove. Baking soda works like magic, it sometimes just takes time and making sure you are using enough baking soda.

Caution: While damp baking soda works really well for many odors, damp baking soda can also get stuck onto the carpet fibers and be difficult to clean. If you live in a very humid climate you might substitute a light spray of white distilled vinegar for the baking soda.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:16PM PDT on Aug 26, 2015

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10:48PM PDT on Aug 25, 2015

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11:47AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

I have always found baking soda to be messy and really not work all that well. Kinda feel like Arm&Hammer has done a bit of a marketing job on us. Anyways, I use something called Freshana Organic Solutions and it's natural and it works and works miracles.

7:30AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you, Mickey!

1:02AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Your articles don’t beat about the bushes these are actually exact t to the purpose.

11:43AM PDT on May 14, 2013

I'm glad my comments seem workable for you all. Strangely enough, somebody brought in a very expensive (almost $2,000) vacuum which isn't picking up. My husband tore it down and found that the motor is almost completely covered in baking soda. They are lucky that they didn't continue to run the vacuum, or the whole motor would have needed replacing. My hubby is hoping that he can repair it so they won't have to spend a fortune on a new motor.

9:04AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thanks for the useful tips ! I will need it... :P

2:56AM PDT on May 14, 2013

A useful product in many ways.

5:34AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:45AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Mark, that's a great odor absorber for the refrigerator or closed up spaces which have gotten musty (trunk, for example). But, I don't think you vacuum your refrigerator! I use baking soda in my 'fridge and it works well.

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