Say Goodbye to Stains: Cleaning Your Car’s Upholstery with Natural Products

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Cleaning the upholstery of your car can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to tackling stubborn stains. 

However, with the right approach and the right products, it is possible to achieve spotless results without the need for harsh chemicals. 

In this article, we will be discussing some of the best natural products for cleaning car upholstery and providing you with a step-by-step guide to getting your car’s seats, carpets, and upholstery looking like new.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush or sponge
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Club soda


  1. Start by removing any loose debris or dirt from the upholstery using a brush or vacuum cleaner.
  2. To tackle light stains, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Use a scrub brush or a sponge to gently scrub the area, then wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.
  3. For stubborn stains, create a paste by mixing baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before scrubbing it with a brush and rinsing it off with water.
  4. As an alternative, you can also use lemon juice to remove stains. Mix lemon juice with equal parts water or with salt to create a paste. Apply it on the stain, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then scrub it off with a brush.
  5. To remove odors, use Club Soda, pour it over the stained area, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub the area with a brush and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.

Important Reminders:

  • Before using any of the solutions above, test a small inconspicuous area first to make sure it won’t cause any discoloration or damage to the upholstery.
  • Avoid using any solution that contains lemon juice on any colorfast or delicate fabrics, it could discolor or damage them.
  • Avoid using any abrasive tools or harsh scrubbers as they can damage the fabric.
  • If you have leather seats, make sure to use a leather cleaner that is suitable for your type of leather, and be aware that natural solutions may not be effective or safe for cleaning leather.
  • Always check your car’s manual and warranty before using any cleaning solution.
  • Avoid using any of the solutions above in areas where there are seams, buttons, or other types of hardware that could be damaged by water, vinegar, or citrus.
  • Also keep in mind that the instructions above are for general cleaning, if you find that your car upholstery is heavily soiled or stained, it may be best to seek professional cleaning services.

How Often Should You Clean Your Car Upholstery?

The frequency of cleaning your car upholstery depends on various factors, such as how often the car is used, how many passengers ride in the car, and personal preference. 

Here are a few general guidelines for cleaning your car upholstery:

  • For general maintenance, it is recommended to vacuum and wipe down your car’s upholstery every few weeks or every time you notice a buildup of dirt or debris.
  • If you have children or pets, it is a good idea to clean your car’s upholstery more frequently as they may be more prone to spills and stains.
  • If you use your car frequently or have a lot of passengers, you may want to clean your car’s upholstery more often to keep it looking fresh and to prevent odors from building up.
  • If you do not use your car frequently, you can clean your car’s upholstery less often, but it’s a good idea to still vacuum and wipe down the seats and carpets every few months.

Keep in mind, If you’re dealing with heavy stains and odors, it’s a good idea to clean the upholstery as soon as possible to prevent the stains from setting in. 

Also, if you notice any signs of mold, mildew, or bad smell, it’s best to clean your car upholstery as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and causing health issues.


In conclusion, cleaning your car’s upholstery with natural products is a great way to effectively remove stains and maintain their appearance without causing damage to the fabric and harm to the environment. 

Incorporating the tips and solutions outlined in this article into your car cleaning routine will ensure that your car’s upholstery stays in top condition for the long term. 

It is important to note that the frequency of cleaning will vary depending on usage and personal preference. It is also crucial to be aware of the type of fabric of your upholstery, and test the solution in a small inconspicuous area before applying it to the whole upholstery. 

Additionally, always check your car’s manual and warranty before using any cleaning solution to ensure you are following the recommended cleaning procedures. 

Overall, natural products are a cost-effective, safe, and eco-friendly solution for keeping your car’s upholstery clean and looking great.

Looking for a cleaner for a specific type of fabric? See Different Types of Sofa Fabrics and Tips On How to Clean Them for more tips.   

Thanks for reading!

-Baking Soda Guy

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