Natural Ways of Removing Odors From Upholstered Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

All types of odours accumulate in your home, originating from pets, cooking, and smoking and even illness. These odours can cling to furniture, especially upholstery, making them difficult to remove. However, there are natural ways of removing odours from upholstered furniture that work well and will keep your home smelling fresh and clean.


Combine equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on the upholstered furniture to dampen and allow to air dry. Open the windows if you can to speed up drying time. If the odour is particularly strong, mix one part water with two parts vinegar. Always test colour fastness by spraying the solution on a small inconspicuous part of the furniture first.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda on upholstered furniture and allow to set for 30 minutes, and then vacuum up. Baking soda absorbs odour and therefore will absorb any odours lingering on your upholstery.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Combined

If you are dealing with tough odour, use a combination of vinegar and baking soda to tackle the smell. Use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and spray on the upholstered furniture. Sprinkle baking soda on the solution and use scrub gently with a scrub brush.

Steam Extractor

For odours that just do not seem to go away, use a steam extractor to deep clean the upholstery. You can rent a home steam extractor at a home equipment rental store or you can hire someone to steam clean your upholstered furniture professionally.

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