Carpet cleaner?

My home smells dirty and musty – the smell never goes away even when I eliminate rubbish bins, compost buckets etc. Yes, it could be damp or rot but there are no signs of this so I have concluded that it must be the carpets. Do fellow oily

Do fellow oily raggers have any tips ideas for cleaning carpets without going to the expense of hiring a carpet cleaning machine? I prefer to use natural products having developed an aversion to the smell of chemical cleaning products.

Wellington – Silvana, Wellington.


  • Al says:

    It is surprising how few people give their vacuum cleaner bag and filter a regular clean. Often this is the cause of room smells. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, brush it into the carpet, leave overnight and then vacuum (with a ‘cleaned’ vacuum).

  • Anonymous says:

    I recommend baking soda, sprinkled onto the carpet and brushed in, leave overnight if possible. I repeated the process twice following a leaking toilet (tank not bowl luckily!) and the awful smell has completely gone. Baking soda is cheap and even comes in a ‘sprinkle’ container. – Karen, Palmerston North.

  • Heidi says:

    If you sprinkle on baking soda, mix in a few drops of essential oil, it will come up smelling lovely.
    My daughter used orange and cloves, it was beautiful!

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