This DIY cleaning hack for sofas will do everything that an upholstery cleaner should do – lift stains, deodorise, and just generally leave the sofa fabric feeling fresh and soft, like it was the day you bought it. Not that we're advocating against the use of upholstery cleaners – we just like the idea of saving on buying an extra bottle of something that can easily be made at home.
DIY upholstery cleaner
For this super-easy upholstery cleaner recipe, you will need:
- Fabric softener (opens in new tab) of your choice
- Warm water
- 100ml of white vinegar (opens in new tab)
- a tablespoon of baking soda (opens in new tab)
- 100ml rubbing alcohol (opens in new tab) or vodka
- A spray bottle
Simply shake all the ingredients together in the spray bottle; now, spray liberally all over your sofa, paying particular attention to any stains. Using a white cleaning brush, work the mixture into the upholstery fabric, covering all of the sofa evenly. Then, after about five minutes, gently remove any excess with a damp cleaning cloth. Allow the sofa to dry fully. Voila! It will look brighter and fresher. Just make sure not to use anything that's not colour-fast (e.g. cloths not designed for cleaning) to prevent colour transfer.
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