Couch cushions can get dirty. Here are 6 wonderful ways to clean them

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Our couches get used a lot, and if you have kids and pets your couch may be subject to even more wear and tear. Since the couch is the centrepiece of the living room, it's great to keep it clean and looking fresh and new. So it's a good idea to clean your couch regularly, and even more often if you have kids and pets. Just make sure you look at the cleaning directions on your couch before you use any of the cleaning tips and natural cleaners in this list. There should be a tag on your couch with cleaning instructions or guidelines telling what is best to use and not to use on your couch fabric. Microfibre can be a bit trickier than other fabrics too so make sure you're careful when cleaning it. These cleaning tips from 1k Recipes teach us some simple ways to clean our couches and other furniture using natural cleaners. So if you're couch is looking pretty shabby, bring it back to life by trying a couple of these cleaning tips.

1. If your couch is made from a traditional fabric, then the 15 minute couch cleaning process should work just fine for you. All you do is 5 minutes of vacuuming to remove all of the dust, hair and crumbs from your couch. Then, use a natural stain remover to pretreat any stains you can see. Use the last 5 minutes to scrub your couch with the bubbles from the cleaner or another natural cleaner you like to use. Last, wipe it clean with a cloth and your couch will look as good as new.

2. When you have a microfiber couch the best natural cleaner to use to clean it is rubbing alcohol or vodka. Both of these natural cleaners will clean and disinfect your couch material without leaving any discolouration behind like water can. They key is to use a shoe brush or something similar to fluff up the fibres after the alcohol dries.

3. A leather couch might be the easiest type of material to keep clean. All you have to do is give your couch a good wipe down with a natural cleaner that's okay for leather and then do a deep clean about every six months. Vacuum the couch, then create a leather cleaning solution using vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the couch and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Just be sure to dry the entire couch after you're done, so there are no wet spots leftover.

4. To polish leather couches and other leather furniture, forget about the commercial leather cleaners and polishers and just use simple natural coconut oil. Coconut oil will not only polish the leather making it look nice and new again it will also remove dirt and condition the leather. Use a clean, soft cloth and a dollop of coconut oil and rub it on as you would with any other conditioner or polish. The dirt and any sticky grime will come right off. Once you've finished rubbing the coconut oil on, take a clean, dry cloth and then work in the rest of the coconut oil and remove any excess oil. It helps to work in sections so that you cover the entire couch with the oil.

These are just a few of the cleaning tips shared on the 1k Recipes website so for more cleaning tips make sure you visit their website to see the entire list. They also have other cleaning tips and some great recipes you can try out too.***

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