How to get dog smells out of the couch

Guys, I LOVE my dog. Buddy stole our hearts and became a member of our family last December. He’s an old fella and because of that, I’ve been a bit lax in forcing him off our living room couch.

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Seriously, Buddy is my first dog ever in my life. I never thought I’d have a dog, let alone a giant slobbery one who takes up ALL the space on the couch. But having him has literally changed my life in ways I can’t explain. He’s been one of the brightest spots in what has been a difficult year for us…and my daily walks with him are an endless source of adventure and inspiration… alas, I digress…I love him…but

Buddy smells.Buddy the Dog wearing his DIY Christmas Bandana

So Here’s How to get Dog Smells Out of the Couch!

While we do use blankets all the time, his distinct doggy smell does permeate into the upholstery. So not cool.

Here’s the BEST, non-chemical solution I have found!

Fair warning, this definitely will not work for dog or cat pee – that’s a whole different ball of … well, stink. This works for ridding that plain old dog odour.

All you need is a spray bottle, some sort of measuring cup, water and Vodka. Yes, vodka. Drink up! Cuz your house isn’t gonna smell anymore! 🙂

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Living Room Refresh

Mix three parts water to one part vodka in the spray bottle.

Disassemble the couch or chair and vacuum it out. Test first in an inconspicuous spot, but there was no problem with our dark grey micro fibre couch at all.A Christmas Letter to my dog via DIY Passion

Spray down the cushions, and the body of the couch and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Repeat.

You might want to repeat it a third time if it’s particularly smelly.

Before putting it back together, vacuum it one more time. Or you can actually just run your hand over the dirty areas and the dampness of the spray will pull all the dog hair and dirt right to the surface. Yucky – but it works REALLY well.

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To give you a sense of how much solution you’ll need, I used approximately 1/3 cup of vodka and 1 cup of water for one pass on our couch. Even though the pillow covers and blanket are machine washable – I always spray them down too and let them dry out. It just freshens them that much more. 

Now, keep the dog off the couch until the guests come and go!

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One thought on “How to get dog smells out of the couch

  1. Hi, I was wondering if you have tried this trick on carpets? My old girl is too old to get up the couch any more (kind of sad really) but is stinking up the carpets. I would like to use this trick on my carpets, so that I would not have to shampoo them so much. I do not want to cover the smell, but to eliminate it altogether.

    Thank you, Tammy

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