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Homemade Upholstery Cleaner Using 3 Simple Ingredients

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Is your couch or car upholstery in need of a little TLC? This homemade upholstery cleaner will remove stains and help sterilize the area too!

Plastic pink spray bottle filled with homemade upholstery cleaner sitting on a car seat with a pink sponge and white towel

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.

I finally decided to give it a try and came up with something that works great on most upholstery! If you don’t want to make it, you can also buy organic upholstery cleaner on Amazon.

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.

Pink spray bottle of homemade upholstery cleaner

DIY Upholstery Cleaner

This homemade upholstery cleaner will remove stains and help sterilize the area too!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 Bottle



  • Glass spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Sponge / dish towel


  • Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle with a fine mist option. You’ll want to use equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.
    Pouring rubbing alcohol into spray bottle
  • Add 4-8 drops of any essential oils you like. My favorite combo for a fresh clean scent is lavender oil and rosemary oil. 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.
    Add essential oils to spray bottle for upholstery cleaner

To Use

  • Spray fabric surface generously with your homemade upholstery cleaner mixture, and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes (do not let it dry).
    Dirty car upholstery
  • 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.
    Clean car upholstery

3 thoughts on “Homemade Upholstery Cleaner Using 3 Simple Ingredients”

  1. Wow! A simple and easy DIY recipe that works! The stains came right out! This recipe makes for great upholstery cleaner. I used some citrus oils and love the fresh citrus scent that helps keep my furniture cleaner and smelling great, but not too overbearing! Great recipe!

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