Ever since she was a puppy, our dog Fin has loved to bask on the carpet in any sunny spot she can find. It's really cute, but keeping the carpet clean is always a chore. To keep our place smelling fresh, we like to employ carpet refresher. We used to buy the commercial stuff in powder form, but found out that it can contain chemicals that aren't good for the environment--but more importantly, not good for our beloved canine. Just in time for spring cleaning, here are a few recipes for homemade, all-natural carpet refresher. Baking soda is an ever-popular deodorizer and it's pet-safe. Crush up a handful of dry lavender and mix with a cup of baking soda, and sprinkle that over your carpet. If you'd like to use essential oils, mix a few drops of your favorite(s) in with baking soda (not enough to make it wet), and then break up any clumps and sprinkle that over your carpet. For a carpet mist, fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil. This can be used to freshen your carpet and upholstery. Feeling fresher already, aren't you?