Over the past few years, I've worked very hard to switch to all natural cleaners, most of them homemade. Until recently, I had not tried to create a homemade upholstery cleaner.
Whether your couch needs a freshening or your car upholstery has seen better days, this easy homemade upholstery cleaner with only 3 ingredients can take it from blah to brand new.
I originally started using this on a microfiber couch and I was so impressed with how well it removed stains that I gave it a try in the car and found it to be just as effective there!
You will want to use this mixture in an open space. If you're using it indoors, open up those windows! When wet, the smell is overpowering, but it dries with no odor other than the essential oil scents you choose.
Also, it is always a good idea to try this in an inconspicuous place to test the surface you want to clean for discoloration before using on a larger area.
If you give it a try, will you let me know how it worked for you?
Homemade Upholstery Cleaner Recipe
Ingredients & Supplies
- Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle with a fine mist option. You'll want to use equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.
- Add 4-8 drops of any essential oils you like. If using citrus oils, you will want to store your cleaner in a glass spray bottle so they do not eat away at the plastic.
- My favorite combo for a fresh clean scent is lavender oil and rosemary oil.
- Before you follow the usage instructions, be sure to test in an inconspicuous place.
- Spray fabric surface generously with your homemade upholstery cleaner mixture, and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes (do not let it dry).
- Scrub vigorously with a sponge or clean towel, then allow to dry (the alcohol helps this dry rather quickly) repeat if needed to remove stubborn stains.
- Once dry, this homemade upholstery cleaner is odorless except for the essential oils scents you add. I have had very good luck removing all sorts of stains from my car upholstery and couches as well.
- Being a mom who knows what often ends up on them, I love knowing that the essential oils, alcohol and vinegar all kill germs as well as remove stains!