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DIY How To Clean Upholstery

DIY Upholstery Cleaner That Works!

Learn how to clean upholstery naturally with this DIY upholstery cleaner. The homemade cleaner works great and the ingredients are natural and inexpensive.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Dry Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Author Katie Vance



  1. Begin making your DIY upholstery cleaner by combining water, laundry detergent, and vinegar in a large bowl or bucket. Stir gently to combine
  2. Soak a microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution, then wring out some of the liquid.
  3. Clean furniture by rubbing gently in a circular motion, soaking the cloth every so often as needed.  You don't want to soak your fabric, but you do want to get enough of the solution on the surface to clean.
  4. Allow the furniture to air dry.
  5. Repeat as needed.
  6. For stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub gently over the area. Repeat steps 1-4 to wash off the paste.


My chair's fabric is 100% polyester, and this method worked well. However, if your upholstered furniture is made of another material or color, I encourage you to test this method out on a small, inconspicuous area before continuing.

By testing a small area, you can check to see how the cleaning liquid works with your particular piece. Material variations and different fabric colors can stain or become discolored with some cleaners. Better safe than sorry!