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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Michelle Mccallister

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.

Susan Lander LeBase
Susan LeBase2 years ago

Thank you, Mickey!

Mickey J.
Past Member 2 years ago

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Susan Lander LeBase
Susan LeBase2 years ago

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.

Amandine S.
Past Member 2 years ago

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

Mark T.
Past Member 2 years ago

A useful product in many ways.

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.