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Banish Pet Smells With These Common Pantry Staples

A dog rolls around on a couch.
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Somehow, despite all of your best efforts, your pet’s scent has permeated your upholstery. While sure, you love that adorable dog smell, your guests might not. Thankfully, getting pet odors out of your couch isn’t as difficult as you think.

To deodorize your couch, all you need is some baking soda and rubbing alcohol.

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Much like how baking soda can be used to prevent odors in your fridge, it can also be utilized on fabrics. Thanks to its weak base, baking soda can absorb the commonly acidic fragrance molecules trapped in spaces. As for rubbing alcohol, it can kill odor-causing bacteria, fighting the very thing causing your couch to smell.

So, how do you use them? Content creator Carolina McCauley illustrated how to make this fridge deodorizer and common first aid work for your fabric.

First, you’ll spray your couch with warm water. Then, sprinkle baking soda over top and use a damp towel to rub it into the fabric. Allow it to dry. Next, vacuum your couch. Finish the process by spraying a bit of rubbing alcohol over top (though we do recommend patch testing first), and you’ll have a fresh couch once more.

The next time you start to notice your couch or chair smelling a bit funky, look to your pantry. If pet hair is also an issue, go ahead and add some static fighter to the mix as well.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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