Whether you need to clean up stains on your upholstery or just give it an all over cleaning, you can save money and avoid chemicals by using these effective and convenient homemade upholstery cleaners. Choose the right cleaner for your situation based on the type of stain, your upholstery and what you have on hand to make your homemade upholstery cleaner.
Daily Cleaning and Freshening
For everyday upholstery cleaning, use your vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. To deodorize, mix a few drops of the essential oils of your choice with baking soda. Place into a container with holes in the top, and sprinkle liberally on your upholstery. Allow to sit, then vacuum up. You can also use linen spray on upholstered pieces after testing a small and discreet area. Make your own linen spray for upholstery by combining distilled water, two ounces of vodka, and a few drops of favorite essential oils in a spray bottle. Spray as desired to keep your furniture smelling fresh.
All Over Cleaning
This home remedy for upholstery cleaner sounds strange, but works well. Combine 1/4 cup liquid dish or laundry detergent with 1 cup of warm water. Mix using a hand or stand mixer until a thick layer of foam or dry suds forms. Use just the suds and not the liquid underneath on your upholstery. Apply and scrub with a soft scrub brush to clean and freshen your upholstery. Allow to dry thoroughly. This is ideal for all over dirt, dustiness and grime.
A number of basic household products can be used to clean stains off of upholstery, whether the stains are food-based, pet-related, or just general dirt. Diluted vinegar is an excellent stain remover for many stains. Simply spray on, then blot away. If you need to clean up a greasy stain, try using baking soda or cornstarch to absorb the oil. Vacuum up the residue, then proceed with other cleaning methods. Try hairspray or rubbing alcohol to remove ink from your upholstery. Club soda or salt may be effective on wine stains. A paste of borax, kosher salt and vinegar may be used on stubborn stains. Work the paste into the stain, then allow to dry. Vacuum away the excess.