How to Get Beer Out of a Couch

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Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels

  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar

  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • White cloths

  • White absorbent towel

Don’t let clumsy friends ruin your beautiful couch.

Beer spills on your couch may have you regretting ever inviting friends over. Spills occur at crowded parties, especially when people have had too much. Beer consists of barely, hops, water and yeast, which together create dark-colored stains on couch upholstery. Like all liquids, beer immediately permeates upholstery and becomes harder to extract with time. The key to removing beer spills is to quickly address them before they permanently set and mar the upholstery. Get beer stains out of a couch using simple solutions.


Step 1

Blot freshly stained upholstery with white paper towels to absorb excess beer. Skip this step if the beer has dried.

Step 2

Combine 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol in a bowl. Thoroughly mix the alcohol and vinegar with a spoon.

Step 3

Moisten a white cloth with the homemade solution. Blot the beer-stained upholstery with the cloth until the upholstery has absorbed the solution.


Step 4

Examine the upholstery for remaining beer. If the stain persists, continue blotting the affected upholstery with the homemade solution until the stain lifts.

Step 5

Moisten a fresh white cloth with cold water. Blot the area with the cloth to rinse away the homemade solution.

Step 6

Press a white absorbent towel repetitively onto the damp upholstery until no more moisture remains.


Substitute 1 tbsp. dish-washing liquid detergent and 2 cups cool water for the vinegar and alcohol.


Test the homemade solution on an inconspicuous area of the couch to prevent discoloring the upholstery.