Got Stink? Rid Your Soft Surfaces of Stale Odors in Three Easy Steps

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We searched Amazon for our favorite products to take the stink out of your living room sofa and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication.

Even with two small children, I am what you’d call a Clean Person. I run a tight ship. Clutter quakes in my presence.

Full disclosure: the one task I can’t bring myself to do on the regular is mopping. Judge away. It just seems pointless while the aforementioned kids still live here. Anyway.

As much as I loathe clutter, I detest odor even more. So I bring you my tried-and-true method of freshening up our family sofa, stopping stink in its tracks.

Step One: Suck it up, Buttercup

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Price: $168.49 (regularly $199.99)

Dyson V7 Trigger

Step two leaves everything a bit… damp, so best to clean up any debris first. My Dyson handily puts an end to cat fur, goldfish crackers, and general fuzz. I am not always completely enamored of Dyson products but this one has yet to disappoint. Set it to ‘turbo’ and de-gunk your sofa in a flash. Get it here.

What buyers are saying: Dyson tends to be very polarizing. Love it or hate it. But I agree with Washwizard who says, “Fulfills our expectations of this product, lightweight, great for small cleanups.”

Step Two: Turn Up the Heat

BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop

Price: $89.99 (regularly $99.99)

Bye bye, stink! Bissel PowerFresh Steam Mop

I learned quickly with my firstborn that the only way to kill odor from say, spilled milk is steam. In my experience, upholstery steamers are cumbersome. But a steam mop is light and easy to run over both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Remove the mop pad, plug it in, and steam away. Let your sofa dry for a few hours before step three. Buy it here!

What buyers are saying: With over 11,000 ratings averaging 4.3 stars, this one hits solidly with buyers. General complaints include the water tank size (too small in some opinions). We need it a bit lighter for our purposes so I don’t share this objection.

Step Three: Give it Some Stink Insurance

Caldrea Linen and Room Spray, Lavender Cedar Leaf

Price: $12.97 (regularly $14.00)

Stink insurance: Caldrea Room Spray

If you live in a scent-free household, skip this. But I like to give the sofa a quick spritz of some natural scent like lavender or citrus. Think of it as stink insurance. You essential oil folks probably have your own concoctions but this is my go-to. Again, let it dry for a bit or your backside will come away a bit fragrant. Purchase it here.

What buyers are saying: Look, smell is totally subjective. People either love this or hate this. Buyer Seekinghim says, “I use this to freshen our bed sheets, the microfiber furniture, throw pillows, and throw blankets. The light scent is not overpowering.” But you do you.

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Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

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