I have a 14 year old teenage boy. Teenage boys are dirty. Mine has a favorite chair that he sits in to watch TV. I'm going to be straight up with you here...he sometimes uses the chair arms as a napkin. The chair is so dirty. It's a pretty off-white and grey IKAT cotton (when clean)...and it's desperate for a cleaning.
So, yeah...I could go buy some Resolve and spray it on, but I am on a mission. A mission to use only natural products in my house. So, I get to thinking about how I'm going to clean this chair...of course, I head right on over to Pinterest to find some concoction someone already tried and is deeming it best. The first one that catches my eye is this one titled Homemade Upholstery Cleaner - 3 Simple Ingredients. Awesome. Vinegar, Alcohol (yes, alcohol), and essential oil. Hmmm, I can do that. I have all 3 ingredients. And the alcohol! Who knew! I've never even considered cleaning with it! AND...it will sterilize this dirty chair, too! So, I follow her recipe, make a batch, put it in a mister bottle, and spray it on. Wait a few minutes and take a sponge (one side has a roughness to it...this is the side I use to start. I mean, this chair is dirty.) And I scrub away! ...and all the while, thinking there's no way this is going to get this chair clean...it's ruined forever!
But....Oh. My. My chair and ottoman look almost brand new! I now wish I had taken a before picture. I'll share my after picture with you. (I was so skeptical...well, because, ya know...the ingredients are so simple...and it's homemade). This is the real deal, y'all. Give it a try. You'll be happy (and healthier!) that you did!