Since I started steaming fish a few years ago, I rarely cook it any other way; it retains the moisture, makes it so soft and delicious and it’s so easy to remove the skin.
But, if I happen to accidentally leave my kitchen door open during these few minutes, we wake up in the morning still smelling the remains of last nights dinner and it’s not always pleasant. Even though I regularly diffuse essential oils at home in place of air fresheners (see why here), there are some smells that seem to linger in your carpets that often require more attention.
Growing up, I remember my mother using Shake n’ Vac to freshen up our carpets and I must admit, I loved the smell.
But now I understand how harmful synthetic fragrances can be, and the dangers of many household cleaning products and air fresheners, I would never use them in my home.
Thankfully, it is so easy (and probably cheaper) to make your own natural carpet freshener;
Homemade Shake n’ Vac
- 3 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 3 tsp Baking Soda
- 5 drops Essential Oil (I use Neals Yard Organic Defence as it’s a natural cleaner and deodoriser, and it smells amazing).
- Put ingredients in a bowl and stir or shake in a jar with the top on.
- Put it in an old clean, dry, spice shaker, or use a sieve to sprinkle over your carpets.
- Leave for 10-15 minutes and vacuum it all up!