Guide To Using Carpet Powders

Carpet cleaning can be a very demanding task. Carpet can take a beating in the typical home with kids and pets to the everyday wear and tear of the whole family.  Bad odor from pets and stains from things like spilled drinks makes the carpet even messier.

It can be hard to clean and remove odor from your carpet by just sweeping or wiping. Dust and dirt can get trapped in the carpet as well.  Carpet powder can be a great option to consider. It can leave your your carpet smelling fresh and clean. You just have to sprinkle your favorite carpet powder and wait a bit then vacuum.

What Is Carpet Powder?

Carpet powder is something that sprinkle on your carpet, leave it for a while then vacuum to remove dirt and odor. It not only can it clean, but some also deodorize, disinfect, and freshen the carpet. Some carpet powders also help to remove stubborn stains and odors and kill dust mites and fleas. 

Types Of Carpet Powders

Where to Buy
Glade Carpet and Room Lavender and Peach Blossom, 32 ounce
Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator
Dyson Zorb Carpet Maintenance Powder
PL360 Odor Neutralizing Carpet Powder
Carpet Fresh Rug and Room Deodorizer


You can buy a commercially made carpet powder from places like Amazon. Alternatively, you can make your own at home. Homemade carpet powder usually has baking soda and borax as primary ingredients. You can also add bay leaves and cinnamon to give your carpet a clean smell. They also remove germs from your carpet as they have disinfectant and antibacterial properties. 

NOTE:  Always be sure to check with your carpet manufacturer to ensure any compatibility with any commercial or homemade carpet powder.


Commercial Carpet Powder

There are many carpet powders available on the market.  These are commercially developed for specific purposes and needs. Prices vary depending on the brand, your preferences, and the ingredients. Here are some products to consider.

1. Glade Carpet and Room Lavender and Peach Blossom, 32 ounce

This powder is affordable. It has a unique formulation for fighting strong pet, smoke, cooking, and dampness odors. It can also be used to clean automobile interiors, upholstery, and drapes.

It combines the properties of lavender and peach to give your carpet a fresh scent.

2. Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator

This powder has baking soda as one of the ingredients to help remove tough stains and leave fresh scents. It has the added power of OxiClean Dirt Fighters to thoroughly remove dirt and loosens 25% more pet hair than vacuuming alone.

It rids your carpet of pet hairs and unwanted odors and dirt from deep down at their source. It also eliminates smoke, mildew, and mold odors.

3. Dyson Zorb Carpet Maintenance Powder

It is specially designed to clean high-traffic areas on the carpet. It is safe for stain-resistant carpets and wool. It works miracles when combined with liquid pet stain remover to clean pet messes.

Its ingredients are 100% biodegradable for a healthy home environment. Besides, it does not cause skin irritation as it has a dermatological balance.

4. PL360 Odor Neutralizing Carpet Powder

PL360 is carefully created to not have chemicals such as sulfates, phosphates, chlorine bleach, and ammonia. It easily absorbs liquid and odors since it’s made with a mineral derived absorbent corn starch. 

If you are a sensitive person, you can use this quality carpet powder with peace of mind as it’s non-allergenic. It’s also great for people with pets as it helps prevent them from re-soiling the same area, and it’s also safe to use around them.

5. Carpet Fresh Rug and Room Deodorizer

This is an easy to use carpet powder. All you need to do is to sprinkle it evenly over your carpet and wait for about 4-5 minutes before vacuuming. Carpet Fresh is created with a strong formula that ensures that stale smell is eliminated from your home. Baking soda is an essential ingredient in this carpet powder as its safe, and it absorbs stains and odors. 

Where to Buy
Glade Carpet & Room, Hawaiian Breeze
Ultra Pure – Industrial Strength Deodorant Powder
Capture Carpet Dry Cleaner Powder
Febreze Extra Strength Pet Odor Eliminator
Natural Dog Odor Carpet Powder


6. Glade Carpet & Room, Hawaiian Breeze

This carpet powder is ideal for those with pets as it armed with a unique odor fighter technology that enables it to remove deep-down odor. Hawaiian Breeze is also easy to use as all you need to do is to sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming. It will also leave your house and carpet fresh. 

7. Ultra Pure – Industrial Strength Deodorant Powder

Ultra Pure is an excellent carpet powder that minimizes static electricity making your vacuum cleaner to be more effective by helping to stop dirt from clinging to your carpet fibers. 

Unlike many carpet powders, Ultra Pure is almost invisible, and this means that you don’t have to vacuum immediately. It has unique ingredients that absorb all types of unwanted odors in your carpet while releasing a lovely scent. 

Ultra Pure is multipurpose, as you can also use it to clean other places such as your bathroom.

8. Capture Carpet Dry Cleaner Powder

This versatile carpet powder gets rid of smells, stains, and moisture that promotes the growth of allergies, bacteria, dust mites, and mold. Capture Carpet is perfect for pet owners as it removes odors, allergens, and dirt from pets. 

This is an absorbent dry cleaning powder that helps to prolong the life of your carpet and is safe for all types of carpets.

9. Febreze Extra Strength Pet Odor Eliminator

Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator helps to remove tough pet odors, dirt, and pet hair, leaving your home with a lovely and lasting fragrance. This carpet powder can also be used for upholstery and automobile interiors. 

10. Natural Dog Odor Carpet Powder

This is an exquisite carpet powder. It has a unique and natural formula that makes it safe to use around your kids and pets. Natural Dog Odor Carpet Powder removes pet odors that are trapped deep in your carpet fibers, leaving your home smelling clean and lovely. 

This carpet powder also enables your vacuum to lift 25% more dirt and fur. One of the benefits of using this product is that you are offered a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. 

Homemade Carpet Powder

You can easily find ingredients to use in place of chemicals and do it yourself. Apart from baking soda and borax, the other components may vary depending on the stain and odor you want to get rid of and the smell you want to give to your carpet.

Baking soda helps to loosen dirt from carpet fibers while borax helps to kill fleas and mites

Mix 1

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers (organic)
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • Add some herbs to the mix. 

Powdered lavender has antibacterial properties and will provide a fresh scent. Grinding it using a coffee grinder or buying the powdered form will make things easier.

Lemon peel has antiseptic, disinfectant and antibacterial properties. It’s also a degreaser that helps to remove oil stains from the carpet.

Sprinkle the powder mix on a dry carpet and leave it overnight. Do not use on wet carpet. Use your hands to move the powder deeper into the carpet.  You can then vacuum the powder, after like 12 hours. If the carpet is a stinker, you will have to leave the powder longer.

Mix 2

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon powdered cloves
  • 1 cup dry mint (rosemary, bay leaves, thyme can also be used)
  • 1 tablespoon borax

Mix the ingredients to obtain a homogeneous mixture. Corn starch absorbs dirt, cloves will remove bad odors, and borax acts as a disinfectant and a cleanser.

All the powder is sprinkled and thoroughly fed into the carpet. You can use a brush to ensure that the cleaning powder carefully enters the carpet fibers. Vacuum the carpet the next day until all the corn starch disappears.



Carpet cleaning and maintenance can be made easier by using the right carpet powder.  With carpet powder, you will only need to sprinkle the product and then leave it overnight. You can then vacuum it, and you will have a fresh-smelling carpet that is visitor ready.