As the cooler months come upon us, we might find ourselves opening the windows less and less in order to retain the warmth from our crackling fires or central heating systems. As a result, not only does the air inside our homes become stuffy, our furniture, bedding, rugs, and carpets can suffer from the same malaise.
So, while we wait for spring cleaning season to arrive we can at least keep our homes smelling fresh while also infusing it with a delightful fall-inspired scent: four thieves essential oil.
How to Make Four Thieves Carpet and Mattress Freshener
This recipe is really easy to throw together, especially if you have a coffee grinder (that’s only used for your DIY projects of course), though it isn’t necessary, you’ll just get a finer powder. I often just throw everything into a mixing bowl and toss everything together, but since we’re being fancy, We’ll use the coffee grinder version today.
Once everything is blended or stirred together (which probably takes less than a couple of minutes), all that’s left to do is funnel the end result into an empty spice jar, salt shaker, or larger container of choice with a shaker-top.
And, although this recipe calls for four thieves essential oil, you can certainly customize the scent to your liking. I just like the pumpkin pie spice-like scent of four thieves this time of year but you can use any combination of EOs you like.
Some great alternatives for fresh smelling essential oils include:
However, if you want to make my four thieves version, this is what you will need:
• An empty spice jar or salt shaker (anything with a shaker top will do)
• Baking soda
• Kaolin clay (for wicking moisture)
• Diatomaceous Earth (to kill fleas, spiders, silver fish, and any other pests that may be cozying up in your home)
• Four thieves essential oil or the EOs of your choice (kills germs, freshens the air, and deters pests)
Depending on the size of your shaker bottle, you will need different amounts of each ingredient.
I had an empty 4oz spice jar, so I used 8 TB baking soda, 2 TB kaolin clay, 2TB Diatomaceous Earth, and 50 drops of thieves essential oil.
You can either use an already made thieves oil or you can learn how to make your own thieves blend here.
Loving Preparation – Four Thieves Carpet and Mattress Freshener
1. Begin by measuring out your dry ingredients either into a coffee grinder (used for DIY projects only) or a mixing bowl. I like to mix this outside to avoid breathing it in, especially if using DE.
2. Next, add the essential oil by dripping the oil all over the surface of the dry ingredients.
3. Pulse the coffee grinder to mix or use a whisk to mix thoroughly if using a mixing bowl.
4. Funnel the final mixture into your shaker bottle and cap closed.
Whenever your mattress, cushions, carpet, rugs, or any other item in your house needs a bit of deodorizing and freshening up, liberally sprinkle over said item in an even layer and let the carpet freshener sit for as long as possible, at least a few hours if you can.
I also recommend using your hand to sort of spread out the dusted powder to really ensure that it covers your mattress completely. This also help it absorb a bit deeper into the fabric. Don’t worry, it vacuums out very easily!
Aster the carpet and mattress freshened has done its work for a few hours, all that’s left to do is vacuum it up and voila! Fresh, bug free mattresses and carpets!
This is handy to do when you expect to be out of the house since the baking soda will get a good chance to really get to work on odors. I find that it still works fairly well sitting on a mattress for the time it takes to wash and dry bedding before sucking up the excess with a vacuum and making the bed.
What have been your favorite ways to keep your mattresses and carpets fresh using essential oils? Please let me know in the comments below!
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