Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 3 mins

This simple formula will get your upholstered furniture clean quickly, gently, and for a fraction of the price you'd pay for a store-bought upholstery shampoo. From a book by Jerry Baker.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Using a wire whisk or a hand-held electric mixer, whip the solution until dry suds start to form.
  3. With a soft cloth or brush, slowly massage the dry suds into an inconspicuous spot on the upholstery, and let it dry.
  4. If you see no change in color or texture, keep cleaning.
  5. When you've finished the whole piece of furniture, let it dry, then wipe it with a soft cloth dipped in warm water and wrung dry.
  6. Make sure the fabric is completely dry before you let anyone take a seat, otherwise it'll get dirty all over again.
  7. To speed up drying time, open some windows, or use a fan to"blow-dry" the fabric.


Most Helpful

This worked very well on a couch that we purchased at a yard sale. The arms and one cushion were pretty dirty and this worked well. Thanks for a cheap and easy solution.

adena mangis November 09, 2005

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