Carpet Powder: Intended Purpose and Products

Carpet cleaning is one of the most demanding tasks of a house. Carpets are not only cleaned just by sweeping. Dust adhering to the bottom remains there and presents a danger to allergic bodies. Wiping the carpet is another problem. It takes a lot of power, and the result is not what we want.

Now, we will take a look at carpet cleaning powder. You do not have to do anything but wait until after you have sprinkled this powder on the carpet. Your carpets will be cleaned on their own. It does not only clean the carpet but also it freshens, deodorizers and disinfects the carpet. It helps to clean, remove bad odors and stubborn stains, and also kill fleas.

If you are making this powder at home on your own, you can add cinnamon and bay leaves and it because cinnamon and bay leaves will give the carpet an immaculate smell. In addition, because of their antibacterial and disinfectant properties, both of them will ensure that the carpet is free of germs.

As you can understand from the above, you can make carpet powder at home, you can buy it from a supermarket or you can find it on Amazon. It is up to you. Each way, you can get the most satisfying results. It shortens time to spend on cleaning compared to other carpet cleaning products such as shampoo. We can say that the carpet powder is more useful than other products.

Homemade Carpet Powder

As the name implied, you can make a carpet powder on your own at home. You can find ingredients easily and instead of using chemicals you can prefer to do it by yourself. The main ingredient is mostly baking soda but the others may vary based on your preference or what kind of stain and odor you want to remove. Because of the fact that baking soda does not only absorb bad odors, but it helps to loosen and lift dirt from the carpet fibers. 

Mix #1

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon organic lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit peel
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

This recipe helps to freshen, clean, deodorize, and disinfect nasty (or even slightly nasty) carpet. Then, of course, you should add some herbs to the mix.

Adding herbs has lots of advantages. Powdered lavender provides a fresh scent and antibacterial properties to the carpet. Lavender means “to wash” in Latin, so obviously, it has to be included in the mix. You can either grind in a  coffee grinder or buy it in order to make things easier.

Lemon peel is the next ingredient to add to mix. It has disinfectant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. It also works as a degreaser, which means it helps to remove oil from the carpet. Lemon peel naturally works well with cleaners. And then, you can add other herbs one by one.

If you are using whole herbs, you can combine them with a few tablespoons of baking soda and the essential oils, and process in the coffee grinder until they become very finely ground. Then, you should leave the lid on the grinder for a few minutes in order to let the powder settle before removing.

If herbs are already powdered, then you can put about a quarter cup of the herbs in the coffee grinder with the essential oils and you can give it a few pulses in order to combine. If you do not have a coffee grinder, you can also drip the oils into a quarter cup of the baking soda and mash them in with a fork.

You can whisk together the rest of the baking soda and the ground herbs until thoroughly combined in a large bowl. After that, you should store the mix in a glass jar.

In order to use the powder mix, you should sprinkle it on the dry carpet and leave it like that overnight. It should be kept in mind that, do not use it on wet carpets. You can use your hands in order to move the powder deeper into the carpet fibers. After this process, vacuum the powder up after at least 12 hours later. If there are stinky carpets that you are cleaning, you will need to leave the powder on longer.

Mix #2

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 dry bay leaves

As the first step, you should pull all the ingredients in the food processor or coffee grinder until the bay leaf is small. After that, carpet cleaning powder is already ready to use. You can take the carpet cleaning powder into a jar in order to use any time you want.

While cleaning the carpet, you should sprinkle the powder directly onto the dry carpet surface. Be careful about that carpet should not be wet. Because powder becomes dough and you will have trouble cleaning. Brush the surface of the carpet with a broom or hand brush for better dust handling on the carpet.

After applying this process, leave the carpet like that. Allow the cleaning powder in order to remain on the carpet overnight. When you wake up in the morning, vacuum the carpet with a vacuum cleaner. That’s it. All the smells and dirt came out. Your carpet has been renewed.

Mix #3

  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • 1 cup of dry mint (thyme, rosemary, bay leaves can be used)
  • 1 tablespoon powdered cloves
  • 1 tablespoon borax (optional but recommended)

These ingredients are added on purpose. Baking soda helps to remove dust easily. Corn starch absorbs dirt. Using cloves helps to remove bad odors and kill the germ. Borax is both cleanser and disinfectant.

The ingredients are mixed together and a homogeneous mixture is obtained. All the material is sprinkled in equal amounts and abundantly on the carpet and thoroughly fed into the carpet. A brush can be used for this step. You should make sure that the cleaning powder enters the hairs of the carpet thoroughly. This should be kept for at least two hours. If you wait for one night, most of the bacteria and mites will disappear.

The next day, the carpet is thoroughly cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. However, removing the head of the vacuum cleaner and cleaning the carpets with only the round section will provide better vacuuming. Vacuuming should be continued until the corn starch disappears.

Mix #4

  • Baking soda
  • Mint
  • Corn starch

It is recommended for weekly cleaning. If your carpet is very dirty, more powerful methods should be used. The ingredients are mixed and sprinkled on the carpet. After waiting for at least 1 hour, thoroughly sweep with a vacuum cleaner. Then, if desired, it is wiped well with a mixture of soft soap and hot water. And then, in order to rinse, it is wiped with vinegar. The only thing that you should keep in mind that, soft soap yellows the carpet. That’s why you should not use it on light-colored carpets.

Mix #5

  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cloves

You should start by combining the borax and baking soda in a glass or plastic bowl. Then, you can add essential oils according to your preference. If you do not have any essential oil at home, you can add cinnamon or ground cloves for scent instead. Or, you can add both essential oils and cinnamon or clove, it is totally up to you.

After adding all ingredients, you should stir to combine until the mixture is free of lumps. Then transfer cleaning powder to an empty shaker container or a jar with a dispenser top. As the last step, you should shake the powder onto your carpet, let it like that for 15 to 20 minutes and vacuum thoroughly. It is used for mostly deodorizing the carpet, but also you can use it for daily cleaning.

There are some points to be careful about. This mixture should not be used on light-colored carpets. Because cinnamon and cloves can cause discoloration. Instead of using ground ones, you can use cinnamon or clove essential oil, if you still want to incorporate their scent into your carpet powder. In addition, if there is someone at home who is sensitive to smell, you may want to use plain baking soda for carpeting. Baking soda can effectively absorb odors on its own.

Carpet Cleaning/ Deodorizing Powder

In addition to homemade carpet powder, you can buy from supermarkets or you can find easily on Amazon. Prices vary depends on the ingredients they have, your preferences and their brands obviously. At the basic level, they all do the same thing: cleaning. Now, we will take a look at some product that you find easily on Amazon.

Soap-Free PROCYON PLUS Powder Carpet Cleaner Concentrate

The product comes in around 35 dollars.

If there is someone at home who has allergy or asthma, it is a great product to use because it is asthma and allergy approved. That’s why using this product is a healthier and safer way to a clean carpet. It has a green seal certifies, it means it is nontoxic. Furthermore, it has been environmentally tested in writing by at least three or more different independent companies covering.

By using it, carpets stay clean longer because it is a soap-free product. It is very powerful and is designed to be used in both a hydra force as a concentrated pre-spray for carpets and upholstery.

Dyson Zorb Carpet Maintenance Powder

This product comes in about 13 dollars. It is a highly recommended product.

It is specially formulated for cleaning high-traffic areas and it is even safe for wool or stain-resistant carpets. It works in terms of completely removing any smell-producing elements. Especially when you use in combination with a liquid pet stain remover, it is perfect for pet messes.

It is a carpet powder with millions of tiny sponges to absorb dirt. You should sprinkle over your carpet for about 30 minutes and vacuums the powder away later. It is ideal and more useful for wool and stain-resistant carpet.

It has 100% recycled and biodegradable ingredients in order to maintain an environmentally healthy home. In addition to those, it is dermatologically balanced, so it will not cause skin irritations.

Capture Carpet Dry Cleaner Powder

This product comes in about 20 dollars. It is a highly recommended product and worth this price. It works as advertised.

It provides to resolve allergens smell moisture from rug furniture clothes and fabric, mold pet stains odor smoke and allergies too. It removes stains and smells. Also, it eliminates moisture that contributes to the growth of bacteria, mold, allergies, dust mites. So, we can say that it is allergy relief.

This product is safe for all types of carpets, fabric, silk, surfaces, and materials. It can be used every 8 weeks. Spots will not reappear.

It is an absorbent deep cleaning powder. Wet cleaners add moisture to your carpets, rugs, upholstery, furniture, sofa, couch to create the ideal environment for mold, allergens, and bacteria to grow. On the other hand, Capture Dry Powder Cleaner removes the moisture, making it difficult for these unwanted growths to live.

Long Life 500g Carpet Cleaning Powder

The product’s price is about 10 dollars with shipping. It contains a quick-drying moist powder that helps to remove tough ground-in dirt, odors, and dust trapped deep in the carpet pile. It can be used in larger areas. It is a fast drying product. In addition to cleaning, it neutralizes odors.

When you want to use Long Life carpet cleaning powder, first you should shake the container vigorously. And then, you should use the scoop that is provided and sprinkle on the carpet. As the last step, you should gently brush using a soft bristle brush until marks disappear. That’s all, your carpet is cleaned.

Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Carpet Powder

This product comes in about 6 dollars with shipping. It is one of the cheapest and the most recommended product on Amazon. It includes 16 ounces of carpet powder in it. It is only for indoor use.

It is a fresh scented product that kills fleas and ticks for up to 30 days. It works perfectly and smells great. Besides that, it prevents re-infestation by killing flea and flea larvae up to one year. So, we can say that it is designed to target and kill all stages of the flea life cycle.

There is no need to use flea and tick carpet powder more than once a month. In order to use it, there are some steps to follow. You should start with pressing out the plastic seal in the top, turning top to directed opening and shaking the powder slightly over the entire carpet to be treated. It is important to keep in mind that do not use this product on wet spots and do not apply as a broad carpet treatment.

After applying these steps, you should leave the carpet with the powder for 2 hours, then thoroughly vacuum to remove all insecticidal product. When you finish cleaning, you should remove the vacuum bag and discard in the trash because there would be fleas in it and you do not want them to spread again in your carpet.

There is some point that should be careful about while using flea and tick carpet powder. You should not contaminate food or feedstuffs. That’s why you should remove or cover exposed food and drinking water before application. It is not a pet-friendly product, thus direct applications on pets are prohibited. You should remove pets, birds and cover fish aquariums before application.

GLADE Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator Powder Carpet & Vacuum Scent

These products’ prices vary based on scent choices. It has different options which are lavender and vanilla, fresh berries, lavender and peach blossom, red honeysuckle nectar, fresh scent, honey breeze, and clean linen. It is used for both cleaning and odorizing.

It is specially designed with bold fragrances in order to help liven up every day, and also for neutralizing pet odors and not simply mask them. It is formulated to fight even the toughest cooking, pet, smoke, dampness, and mildew odors.

It is a long-lasting product, means suitable for usage in a home or any room you want to eliminate odors and clean. In order to maintain the freshness of your places, use this product every time you vacuum.

Vanish Gold Carpet Cleaner Powder

You can buy this product from a supermarket or find on Amazon too. So, price varies depending on where you buy from. It is easy to use the product.

Before start to clean, you should vacuum the carpet as a preparation step. Before using it, you should shake the bag thoroughly in order to maximize product coverage and pull the sealing strips from the bottom of the pouch and remove completely. You should hold the bag by the handle and shake to distribute the powder evenly on the carpet. It is important to keep in mind that do not add water.

You should use a soft brush and immediately brush the powder thoroughly into the carpet. You need to allow the product to work until the carpet is completely dry and it takes about 20 minutes. Then, keep the room ventilated during drying and vacuuming. Even during this process, it is possible to walk on the carpet.

As the last step, you should vacuum up the powder thoroughly. After finishing cleaning, you have to change a vacuum cleaner bag. In rare cases, there may be light patches after vacuuming as the powder can bind to the stain residues. So, remove the residues with a soft brush and vacuum again.

There are some necessities you need to pay attention while using Vanish Gold carpet cleaner powder. It should not be forgotten that you have kept out of reach of children and pets. When applying and vacuuming the product, you should try not to breathe dust. Do not get in contact with eyes and skin. If product gets into eyes, rinse with plenty of water immediately. And also, if swallowed, you have to get medical attention. After using a product, you should ventilate the area.

Zodiac Carpet Powder

It is one of the most recommended product on Amazon according to customers’ reviews. It provides 7 months of protection. It is designed to kill fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks, roaches, ants and other insects. And as a result, it helps to keep your carpet clean.

It treats up to 400 square feet. It has no lingering odor, sticky mess or stains in it. According to customers’ reviews, the only thing that you may want to change about the product is the strength of its odor. Because it has a very strong and chemical fruit-loop kind of odor. If you are sensitive to strong smells or if you are allergic, it bothers you. Nevertheless, it could be still okay to use, just you need to air out the place after doing it.

The carpet powder is designed to sink down into the carpet and provide flea and tick control for up to one year. The carpets can be cleaned but it will remove the powder so it would need to be reapplied if the flea and tick problem persists. As long as the powder is not visible there should be no issues with children playing on it.

Resolve Pet Carpet Cleaner Powder

The product comes in around 8 dollars if you buy on Amazon. It safely cleans most carpets, except special carpets like antique or oriental rugs. It is not recommended for them. It eliminates pet odors and freshens with a light, clean scent. It is great for ground-in dirt.

It is specially formulated to easily and deeply clean large areas of carpet in homes with pets. This formula safely cleans carpets, including stain-resistant carpets, and helps protect from future dirt and odors.

It has patented odor stop technology and it discourages pet re-soiling. Other than that, it has pet formula carpet cleaner moist powder and it helps to resolve ground in soil on carpets. It is 3X more effective in dirt removal compared to vacuuming alone. Furthermore, when vacuuming, you need to do so vigorously and go over it several times in order to get the powder up.

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