Unlike your bedding and clothes, mattresses and sofas can be a little more difficult to clean.
Luckily, cleaning enthusiasts have taken it to Reddit to share their recommendations for combating lingering odors — and it’s the secret key that’s a hugely popular cocktail ingredient.
Some of the most used items in every home, mattresses and sofas, accumulate a large amount of unsightly stains of various origins and unpleasant odors.
While soaking them in soapy water might seem like a good idea, doing so can risk mold growing inside – and throwing them in for washing isn’t really an option either.
But fear not, as there are a few ways you can tackle this issue, The Express reports.
On a dedicated Reddit forum, an anonymous user shared his favorite homemade mix that can be sprayed over “mattresses, sofas, and chairs” to banish odors.
“Simple vodka with a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle is extremely effective at removing bad smells,” revealed the wizard.
“I use it on mattresses, sofas, chairs and anything that can’t be put in the washing machine.”
Due to its high alcohol content, vodka works well as an odor eliminator.
Similar to hand sanitizer, alcohol kills any bacteria that cause the unpleasant odors that often linger.
According to experts at Home Steady, this spirit is also a great replacement for cleaning products that are loaded with harsh chemicals.
To make your own DIY vodka spray, start by mixing 1 part vodka with 3 parts water in a spray bottle.
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However, don’t worry if you overdo it a little with each one, as the measurements don’t have to be exact.
When you’re done, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture.
Secure the cap and shake to mix the solution completely.
Before you get to work on your furniture, it may be worth testing the solution on an inconspicuous area of the fabric.
“In general, if the fabric is washable or can be wiped clean with water without staining, it should also stand up to alcohol.”
Then simply spray onto the affected area to give it a fresh feel.
Cleaning hacks and tips
Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5446830/clreaning-sofa-mattress-vodka-hack/ Cleaning fans share a simple trick to removing odors from sofas and mattresses using a favorite cocktail ingredient