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How To Clean A Microfiber Couch/Sofa

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When we bought our Microfiber couch two years ago I figured it was the first new couch I’d ever had as an adult. I was so excited by the purchase that I never stopped to think about my kids destroying it. So, here we are two years later and it was starting to look (and smell!) not so new. When I found this tip on Pinterest I HAD to try it. My results were not nearly as noticeable as the results from Pinterest but there’s a couple reasons for that . 1. My couch is only two years old 2. It isn’t as light of a color 3. I don’t have pets (the Pinterest link photos involve dogs). Needless to say, I noticed a difference in the look of my couch and the smell! It really neutralized the odors.

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This one you could easily already own the needed materials. A vacuum, spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, a white sponge and a white scrub brush. Note: They should be white in order to insure that no color bleeding occurs.

1. Fill the spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.
2. Vacuum the couch to rid it of all loose particles.
3. Work I’m sections spraying an area with the rubbing alcohol and then using the sponge to clean it. I worked in a circular motion and it worked well and actually rather quickly.
4. Let it dry and then if your material is stiff once dry use the scrub brush to loosen it up again.

Before Picture:

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After Picture:

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Gross, but here’s the proof it worked:

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No, the sofa doesn’t smell like rubbing alcohol. It really neutralized the odors in the couch. It also got rid of a two month old formula stain.

Homemade Mattress Deodorizer

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If you couldn’t tell already–I’m on a huge essential oils kick. This next one was a super easy leap for me. I’m a co-sleeping mom to a baby with severe acid reflux. This means I get spit up on my bed nightly (among other gross baby stuff). Plus, I was grossed out about dust mites, etc. I’d never cleaned/deodorized my mattress (yes, that’s gross). So, I found this Pinterestlink and knew I had to try it.

It’s insanely simple. I used about two cups of baking soda and 10 drops of essential oil.

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Mixed this all together and use something to sprinkle the mixture all over your mattress (I used my powdered sugar shifter). Leave it on for an hour or longer and then use your vacuum attachment to vacuum it off.

Next time I’ll try lavender as it’s supposed to be calming but I must say lemongrass smells AMAZING. It just makes me happy.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

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Rory had the typical toddler reaction to having a sister–she reverted back to having potty accidents. ALL THE TIME. ALL OVER HER FLOOR. Needless to say I’m not ready to pay to shampoo them because I’m not yet sure she’s finished with the accidents but I needed something to make her room no longer smell like a urinal. Using three of my favorite ingredients I hit the mother load of deodorizers and I owe it all to yet another Pinterest find.

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Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

1/2c Borax
1/2c Baking Soda
20-25 Drops of your favorite essential oil OR 1tsp. Ground Spices

Mix it all together, pour into a shaker or some sorts (an empty Parmesan Cheese shaker is perfect). Sprinkle onto the carpet and let it sit for 20 minutes before you vacuum up. I used lemongrass (one of my favs) and it smells so clean and fresh upstairs. I’m seriously in love with how easy this is and how clean it all smells.