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Can you use washing powder on carpet as a shake n vac style freshener thingy?

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SasherinSuite Fri 23-May-14 23:11:41

Our carpets are a smelling a bit musty. I've used neutradol carpet freshener before but I'm wondering if I can use a light sprinkling of washing powder instead.

OldLadyKnowsSomething Fri 23-May-14 23:21:30

I really wouldn't. I'd worry about dust explosions in my vacuum cleaner.

Maybe bicarb?

(I have no idea why I think that'd be any safer, btw.)

e1y1 Sat 24-May-14 02:28:31

I would say you should be ok, I have actually vacuumed up a chuck of washing powder straight from the box (this was a very lazy way of freshening the smell coming from the vac itself grin).

However, what I would say is to use a NON BIO (non enzyme detergent) as my worry would be with a BIO (enzyme) detergent, is that the enzymes may start digesting the carpet - this would be if the carpet was wool based, as enzymes digest wool - hence why all detergents say not for use on wool, and to use a specialist detergent.

Bicarb powder is an excellent recommendation as this would actually absorb the smells, whereas I feel washing powder would just cover it with scent.


MexicanSpringtime Sat 24-May-14 02:41:02

Definitely bicarb

NatashaBee Sat 24-May-14 02:47:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 24-May-14 03:30:41

Tried it, nightmare to vacuum up. I just use shake and vac now.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 24-May-14 03:55:25


SasherinSuite Fri 30-May-14 22:18:33

Sorry completely forgot I started this thread blush. Bicarb it is. Where do you normally get yours from?

MintyFrogsShouldBeLicked Fri 13-Jun-14 21:15:27

What works really well on freshening carpets is windowlene - any window cleaner with vinegar in it - spritz all round lightly, leave to dry then Hoover. Gets rid of doggy carpet brilliantly.


Oooh I've learnt something new today. Thanks ladies :-D

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