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    Help for a nasty couch

    I have a thrift store couch that I love but it's a little stinky and dingy looking. I've tried Febreeze but that just makes it smell..I don't know...flowery AND gross (kind of like covering up bathroom stank with lavender spray. blech) Do any of you have tricks to cleaning a couch? I can remove the bottom cushions but not the back ones. I'm not looking for miracles here..just a little freshening up.

    Thanks!

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    Auto upholstery cleaner

    Vinegar and water and a little essential oil, spray on and let evaporate

    Cover in baking soda (while the couch is 100% dry of course), let sit, scrub with a dry brush and then vacuum off.

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    try dragging it outside and leaving it in the sun all day if you can. that's usually good for stinky items. i also second the vinegar and baking soda hints above.

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    Thanks, ladies!~ As always, very helpful.

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    Borax works really well for freshening furniture and carpets. Just sprinkle it on and let it sit for 20 minutes or longer and then vacuum.

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    one of the rent a steam cleaners works on old thrift store purchase and then(after you steam clean it) spray it

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    Vodka sprayed on it and left to dry... people snark when I say it, but the mythbusters say it works too so now I do not seem so crazy.

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    you could probably just use rubbing alcohol, which is only 99 cents or so for a bottle, and save the vodka for drinking.

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    it is different and does not work the same, you can use cheap vodka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quornflour
    it is different and does not work the same, you can use cheap vodka.
    I remember that episode- the one with the stinky feet and the vodka. Hey, it's worth a shot.


 
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