Homemade Shake and Vac and Fabreeze

Shake and Vac

I love the smell of carpet freshener.  Especially my current one – it is Crisp Green Apple scented…  I made it five minutes ago  😀

Here’s how I did it:

500g container of Baking Soda

About 30 drops of essential oil (this is personal preference – I only used about 10, just enough to give a very subtle scent)

I simply put the essential oil into the baking soda, put the lid back on and gave it a darn good shake!

The baking soda I have does not have a shaker dispenser – so I drilled some holes in the top of the container.

Then I went nuts in my dining room (ensuring I held the lid of the container on to avoid disasters)

For better results make your mix up 24 hours beforehand – let the oil really infuse into the baking soda.

If you are worried about bugs (including fleas and mites)  you can add a couple of tablespoons of Borax into this mix.  Sprinkle it on your carpets and leave overnight before thoroughly vacuuming up!

Oh!  And it works on upholstery too! 🙂



In a spray bottle put:

  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • Essential oil to suit

Shake well

That easy!

I’d recommend trying it out on fabrics first – test for colourfastness etc.  But so far I’ve used it on everything from microfibre to chintz without a problem.