How to Get Aquaphor Off of a Couch

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Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife or plastic paint scraper

  • Baking soda

  • Damp cloth

  • 1 tbsp. liquid dish soap

  • 2 cup cold water

  • Towel

Aquaphor, a brand of ointment for healing cracked, dry skin, is used to treat sunburns, radiation burns, stretch marks and as a moisturizer for new tattoos. The main ingredient in Aquaphor is petroleum jelly, the refined, semisolid, odorless byproduct of oil drilling. The addition of petroleum jelly makes Aquaphor water-resistant and more difficult to remove from your couch. With the right cleaning products you can remove Aquaphor from upholstery.


Step 1

Scrape off excess Aquaphor with a butter knife or plastic paint scraper. Lift the ointment off the couch instead of working it further into the upholstery.

Step 2

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda onto the Aquaphor stain. Work the baking soda into the stain with your fingers and allow it to sit for at least eight hours or overnight. The baking soda absorbs the Aquaphor, lifting it from the upholstery's fibers.

Step 3

Wipe away the baking soda with a damp cloth. Create a sudsy mixture of 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry soap and 2 cups of cold water.


Step 4

Wet a cloth with the suds only and use it to dab at the stain. Continue to blot at the Aquaphor stain until it's completely gone.

Step 5

Rinse away the cleaning solution with cool water. Cover the area with a towel and press down firmly to absorb the remaining water.



Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.