How To Remove Carpet Odors Naturally

Carpeting provides a warm flooring option in your home and comes in a wide range of colors, allowing for several more design options when compared to other flooring options. However, because it is made out of soft, absorbent fibers, carpeting can easily absorb materials that give off a foul odor over time due to general wear and usage. Thankfully, you can easily remove odors from your carpets without using harsh chemicals. All you'll need are a few simple household materials and tools.

What You'll Need

Before you begin, you should organize all the materials and tools that you'll be using. You'll need baking soda, vinegar, a spray bottle, a vacuum cleaner, a brush, and soft cloths. You can find these things at most hardware and grocery stores if you don't already have them around the house.

Removing Odors from Carpeting

Apply the baking soda liberally over the areas of the carpet that smell. Scrub the carpet with the brush to ensure that the baking soda works its way deep into the fibers of the carpet.

Let the baking soda sit overnight (or even longer, if possible) to absorb as much of the odor and the odor causing material as possible. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda.

Then, fill the spray bottle with a half and half mixture of vinegar and water (using white vinegar is a good idea, as it will not stain lightly colored carpeting).

Spray the vinegar and water mixture on the carpet and allow it to sit for ten minutes or so. The vinegar will kill any organic compounds, like mold and mildew, which may be causing the odor in your carpeting.

Use a cloth to dry the sprayed area. Fill the spray bottle with plain water and spray the carpet again to rinse away the vinegar so it doesn't bleach the carpet. Allow the carpet to dry and test to see if the odor has been removed. If it hasn't, repeat the process as necessary.


You may want to take smaller rugs and carpets in to be professionally dry cleaned, or put them into your washing machine, to provide a deeper clean than you can accomplish by hand.

Furthermore, steam cleaners can allow you to purge your carpets from any dirt, debris, or organic compounds which may be within your carpets and can also help remove stains. Most hardware stores will offer steam cleaners for rent, or you can hire a professional like Carpet  World &  Floor Covering to do the job for you.