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Green Cleaning: Homemade Odor Neutralizers

In honor of Earth Month, I thought I’d share a couple of odor neutralizers that you can make at home, using ingredients you already have.

Carpet Deodorizer:

Have you ever noticed that a box of carpet deodorizer almost always has baking soda as a primary ingredient? They’re usually marketing this key ingredient right there on the front of the package. Well, why not skip the middle man and go right to the source?

Sprinkling baking soda on carpet before vacuuming is a great way to neutralize odors in carpet. Just let it sit for a few minutes after sprinkling and vacuum it up.

Air Neutralizer:

We all know there are a million uses for vinegar, right?. Cooking, cleaning, and yes, even odor neutralizing.

Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist in the air.  The vinegar smell will subside quickly and you’ll be left with fresh smelling air.

If you’re looking for ways to “go green” these are two easy ways to start making your own cleaning products. But, if you want some other options, consider Scott Naturals products. I’m on week 3 of their 4 Week Test Drive and am actually really loving them. You still have two more chances to try them out yourself!

The winner of the prize pack from week 2 is Christie! She’ll receive a Scott Naturals Kit containing bath tissue, paper towels, flushable moist wipes and napkins. Congratulations, Christie!

If you want a chance at winning the same, you have three more chances! Here’s what to do:

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite homemade cleaning product (if you have one) or if you ever try anything similar to “green cleaning.” If not, let me know that too.

For extra entries:

2. Visit Scott Naturals 4 Week Test Drive page so they’ll donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation. Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you have done so.

3. Like BKind2EarthDay on Facebook and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you have done so.

4. Visit ScottBrand.com and “like” them on Facebook (look towards the bottom of the screen). Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you have done so.

5. “Like” iDreamofClean on Facebook. Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you have done so or already do.

Comments will be closed at 11:59pm on May 4 and a winner will be selected.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post by the Motherhood and Scott Naturals Products but all opinions are my own. You can read more about my disclosure policy here. It’s also linked to Frugal Friday.

  • Victoria Lester April 29, 2011, 8:17 am

    My favorite homemade cleaning product is the homemade soap I made.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com
    Thank you for the chance to enter!

  • Victoria Lester April 29, 2011, 8:17 am

    I visited and pledged on the Scott Naturals site.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  • Victoria Lester April 29, 2011, 8:18 am

    I like iDreamofClean on facebook – I’m victoria liester
    flophasit at yahoo dot com
    entry 1

  • Victoria Lester April 29, 2011, 8:18 am

    I like Scottbrand.com on facebook – I’m victoria liester
    flophasit at yahoo dot com
    entry 1

  • Victoria Lester April 29, 2011, 8:52 am

    I like BKind2EarthDay on facebook – I’m victoria liester
    flophasit at yahoo dot com
    entry 1

  • Gena April 29, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love Purex Natural Elements – all natural ingredients and it really gets your clothes clean (smells good too)

  • Gena April 29, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I clicked the link to donate!

  • Lynsey April 29, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Vinegar and water! I use it for everything.

  • Jacob April 30, 2011, 7:48 pm

    I like to sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to get rid of grimy bathtub rings and remove food deposits from the sink. You can also make a paste of baking soda and water put it in the tub for 10 to 20 minutes to make dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and easier to remove.

  • Jacob April 30, 2011, 7:49 pm

    I visited Scott Naturals 4 Week Test Drive page

  • Jacob April 30, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I like BKind2EarthDay on Facebook and my homepage is http://www.facebook.com/jacob.charries

  • Jacob April 30, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I like Scott Brand/Scott Naturals on Facebook and my homepage is http://www.facebook.com/jacob.charries

  • Jacob April 30, 2011, 7:51 pm

    I like iDreamofClean on Facebook and my homepage is http://www.facebook.com/jacob.charries

  • Maria D. @ Downright Domesticity May 1, 2011, 11:26 am

    Baking soda is my favorite household cleaner, hands-down! One of my favorite uses for it is helping scrub off burnt foods from my stainless steel pans. Oh, if only that wasn’t such a regular occurrence. ;-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carmen May 2, 2011, 3:36 pm

    I guess my green cleaning is that I typically don’t use dusting sprays. All I use is my microfiber cloths which get washed and reused.

  • Sarah May 2, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I sprinkle baking powder in my sink and then scrub it with a half a lemon. Smells great and sparkles!

  • Sarah May 2, 2011, 3:54 pm

    took the pledge

  • Sarah May 2, 2011, 3:54 pm

    like be kind2earth day on fb
    sarah bjo

  • Sarah May 2, 2011, 3:55 pm

    like scotts on fb
    sarah bjo

  • Sarah May 2, 2011, 3:55 pm

    like you on fb
    sarah bjo

  • Karen May 2, 2011, 6:34 pm

    I haven’t used many green cleaners but I want to start using them.

  • Jane May 4, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I really try my best to use as many natural products as possible. But to be truthful I find it hard to afford some of them as a student. But my goal is to change this!

  • Jane May 4, 2011, 6:16 pm

    I liked Bkind 2 Earth on fb!

  • Jane May 4, 2011, 6:16 pm

    I liked Scott naturals on facebook! :)

  • Jane May 4, 2011, 6:17 pm

    I liked I dream of clean on fb!

  • Sue Barney May 4, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I use vinegar as a cleaner quite often there are so many ways you can use it :)
    I liked I dream of clean on FB :)