If you’re sharing the couch with your furry friends, there’s a good chance that your couch cushions to smell like crap. Yeah, wet or dirty fur may add a tint of funky odor to the couch. But, not only furry-friends can do that! Human-friends may also contribute to the funky odor. Let’s take my boyfriend’s best friend for example. His smells funny – like sweat – even if he wears perfume! He’s a nice guy with a strange body odor. One night, after they had “the boy’s night out”, Bill crashed on our couch, leaving his body odor impregnated into the cushions. I had Bill’s scent lingering in my nose the entire day. So, when I came back from work, the cleaning begun.

If you have a smelly friend or furry-friends, learn how to remove strange odors from couch cushions.

You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vinegar

Odor-Removing Process:

  • Vacuum the sofa with the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner. Remove all dust, hair and debris. Remove cushions and vacuum both sides.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol and add the solution into a spray bottle. Sprinkle this solution over the entire couch surface and rub it with a cloth or soft bristle brush. Let it act for 15 minutes then apply the next step.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the upholstered areas of the sofa. Remove seat and backing cushions and set them aside. Sprinkle the fabric beneath the cushions. Apply enough baking soda to leave a lightly visible residue on the entire sofa.
  • Leave the baking soda on the sofa for at least 15 minutes, or overnight for severe odors (I left it work overnight). The baking soda absorbs the smells from the fabric and cushions.
  • Vacuum the sofa a second time to remove the baking soda residue. Use a new bag or empty the vacuum’s dusting bag first, since the baking soda will quickly fill it up.
  • If necessary, repeat the process. Odors will be removed like magic!

When in doubt, use baking soda to remove strange odors impregnated deep in the fabric.