Our couches get a lot of love in our house… some days a little TOO MUCH! Juice spills, sticky hands, and yes, even my beloved red wine. With a busy family like mine it’s hard to keep up on each time a new stain appears, and had no idea how long some of them had been there. I was a religious user of stain removal chemicals before I found out how harmful they can be for my family and pets! I said, “bye-bye” to those right away, and began researching safe and effective ways that I could treat my couch with!
These are six of my favorite tips I learned along my eco-friendly journey! Before you begin make sure you vacuum the surface so nothing gets ground into your couch!
1) Red Wine
Believe it or not the answer is Hydrogen peroxide! First blot up as much as you can with a paper towel. Then mix a teaspoon of dish soap with a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Continue blotting on the stain. This also works on carpets and clothing! I’ve pulled red wine out of my favorite white top!
2) Coffee Stains
This one I was very skeptical of at first! Simply mix an egg yolk with lukewarm water, and rub it on the stained surface!
3) General Stain Remover
Whipped detergent works well for any type of stain. Fill a container with half dish detergent, half water, and use a hand mixer to whip it up. Use a rag to rub the froth into the spot, and then rinse the area with water.
4) General Stain Remover
Another general stain remover can be made using shampoo mixed with water! Yes! That’s it! You can use whatever type of shampoo you have laying around the house.
5) General Stain Remover
STEAM CLEANING! It does use electricity, but the only component used to do the cleaning is water! This method is great to pull out those stubborn stains!
6) General Stain Remover
If you have tried everything and it still isn’t coming out, it may be time to call the professionals. I personally have never had to do this, but one of my good friends has! The process is called Chem-Dry. It uses carbonation to clean upholstery without solvents, enzymes, harsh chemicals, and with very little water.
Try these six tips the next time your couch come in an unfortunate encounter! You won’t regret it!