How to Make Household Cleaners for Upholstery With Baking Soda

Baking soda removes odors and stains from upholstery.
Baking soda removes odors and stains from upholstery. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

What you need to clean your home may be right at your fingertips, without the need to visit the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket. Baking soda makes an excellent non-toxic cleaner and is often used in homemade cleaners because removes stains and odors effectively. You can use baking soda as a dry or wet cleaner for your upholstery, although club soda, cornstarch or vinegar are often used instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Ground cloves
  • Bay leaves

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Mix just a tad of water with baking soda to form a paste and use it to spot-clean stains away. Rub it in gently with a rag or sponge to lift stains. Test in a discreet area first to be sure the wet baking soda doesn't alter the fabric color or texture.

Mix 2 cups of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1 tbsp. of ground cloves and four crushed bay leaves as an alternative to step 1. This recipe makes an effective dry shampoo for rugs, according to Utah State University, and can be used to clean and remove odors from upholstered furniture.

Vacuum the baking soda paste after it dries or has been on the fabric for at least an hour. Use the brush or upholstery attachment for the vacuum.


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