Baking soda is a real cleaning powerhouse. It removes stains, sanitizes, deodorizes, polishes, cuts through grease and more. Try out these baking soda-based recipes, and see for yourself:

Have pet odors and other smells invaded your carpets and rugs? Here’s how to deodorize them the cheap and natural way:

Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or longer. Then, vacuum it up, and the smell will be gone!

Why This Works

Baking soda neutralizes the odors in your carpet, so that your house smells like your house and nothing else.

Carpet cleaners don’t have to be expensive to work well. In fact, they don’t even have to be bought in a store. Make up your own spot remover and steam cleaning solutions, and enjoy clean carpets for less.


  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • water

Homemade Spot Remover

Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the carpet stain with an old toothbrush, or something similar.

Allow the paste to dry; then vacuum up the baking soda, and the stain should be gone.

For tough stains like wine or chocolate, use hydrogen peroxide instead. Just apply the hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, allow it to sit until it stops fizzing. Then, dab at the spot with a clean rag to lift the spot.

Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

Homemade Cleaning Solution for Steam Cleaners

Fill the machine with equal parts white vinegar and warm water; then, clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Why This Works

The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves stains and also neutralizes odors.

Benefits of Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no fragrances to irritate allergies
  • removes odors, rather than covering them up
  • environmentally-friendly


1) If using on wet carpet, be sure to test for color fastness before applying to the entire room

2) Keep children and pets out of the room while using