How to Deodorize Plastic Rugs with Baking Soda

plastic rug

Using plastic rugs is a great way to protect your floors and add some color to your home. 

However, they can also be difficult to clean and deodorize since they’re made of a material that doesn’t absorb liquid and doesn’t typically come with instructions for cleaning them. 

Luckily, there’s an easy solution: all you need is baking soda!

Baking soda can deodorize plastic rugs naturally. It’s odorless and will not damage the rug and it’s also safe for pets and children.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use baking soda to deodorize your plastic rugs.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • A soft brush(optional)


  1. Clean the rug with a vacuum cleaner to remove any loose dirt or debris. You can also use a soft brush to remove stubborn dirt.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the rug and let it sit for a few hours to absorb odors from the plastic. Make sure you sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda.
  3. Vacuum up all of the baking soda. If you find that after vacuuming you still smell something unpleasant coming from your rug, repeat steps 1 and 2 again until the smell is gone!

Why Baking Soda Works

Baking soda is a great odor remover because of its ability to neutralize smells, even those embedded in the rug. 

It’s also effective at removing stains like coffee and wine, which can leave permanent marks on a carpet or rug if left untreated.

And because baking soda is used as a cleaner and stain remover, it’ll be easier to clean other things around the house as well! See my article on How to Clean and Deodorize Pillows with Baking Soda

How Often Should You Clean and Deodorize Plastic Rugs?

How often you should clean and deodorize your plastic rug depends on how much traffic the rug gets. If you’re using it in a high-traffic area, like a kitchen or bathroom doorway, you may want to clean it more frequently. 

In general, you should be cleaning your rug every couple of weeks or so if it’s in any place where people will walk over it several times a day.

If you are unsure about how much cleaning is necessary for your rug, always err on the side of caution and clean them more often than not.


I hope that you’ve learned a lot about how to deodorize plastic rugs with baking soda. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it can be a great solution for those who don’t want to use harsh chemicals or strong fragrances when they clean their home. 

And now that you know all there is to know about using baking soda as a natural deodorizer, hopefully, you’ll have no trouble getting started in your own home!

Here’s another article on How to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning Shower Tiles. Give this method a try.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy