How To Clean Milk Out Of Couch Cushion

Couches are the location in your homes that get a lot of action.

Even if you try to avoid it, you will eventually get food and drink spilled onto your couch.

Unfortunately, you spilled some milk, which soaked in the couch cushions.

You do not want to get that spoiled milk smell on your couch, so you need to be sure to get that out.

If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t worry.

We have done some research and can help.

While learning how to clean milk out of couch cushions, you will also learn how to get the spoiled milk smell out of couches and surfaces, like carpet as the methods below work really well for both surfaces.

What You’ll Need

Now that you have assembled all of the above items, you are ready to start the process of removing milk out of your couch cushion.

1. Mix Warm Water With Dish Soap

In a bowl or other container, mix two cups of warm water and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap.

Mix the solution so that the soap is dispersed throughout the cleaning mixture.

2. Soak Up Any Remaining Milk

Dip a clean cloth into the soapy water.

Apply the damp cloth to the milk stain on the couch cushions.

Doing this will begin to soak up the remaining milk.

Continue to blot the milk stain on the cushions until you see the milk stain has been removed from the couch cushions.

3. Mix Warm Water With Ammonia

If you note that the milk stain is still on your couch cushions, mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia.

Be careful with Ammonia and ensure that the room is well ventilated. 

4. Apply Water And Ammonia Mix With Sponge 

Blot the milk stain with the water and ammonia mix using a sponge.

Continue to blot the stain until the milk stain has been completely removed. 

5. Blot With Cold Water 

Using cold water and a different clean cloth, blot the area where the milk stain was.

Blotting will help rinse the remaining cleaning solutions of ammonia and the dish soap.

If the stain is gone, you can go ahead and allow the couch cushions to dry.

If the stain remains, continue with the following steps for a different method to remove the milk stain.

6. Soak In Cold Water 

Wet the milk stain on the couch cushion with some cold water.

Doing this should help to dilute the stain allowing the milk to be more easily removed. 

7. Scrub Area 

Scrub the milk stain on the couch cushion using a clean cloth or another tool. 

8. Sprinkle Cornstarch Over Area 

Take some cornstarch and sprinkle it over the milk stain on the couch cushions.

The cornstarch should pick up and absorb some of the water and the milk stain from the cushion’s fabric.

Sprinkling the cornstarch will help to leech out the milk from the cushion.

In addition, the absorption of the liquid will help in the drying process of the cushion.

9. Let Cornstarch Sit 

Allow the cornstarch to sit for about 30 minutes.

Letting it sit will allow the cornstarch to absorb as much milk as possible from the couch cushion. 

10. Vacuum Area

After the cornstarch has completely dried and absorbed all of the water and milk from the couch cushion, vacuum it entirely from the couch.

After this, the stain should be gone. 

Video Instructions

  • Step 1 (:02) — Mix water with dish soap
  • Step 2 (:15) – Soak up remaining milk
  • Step 3 (:26) – Mix water with ammonia
  • Step 4 (:32) – Apply water and ammonia mix with a sponge
  • Step 5 (:42) – Blot with cold water
  • Step 6 (:50) – Soak in cold water
  • Step 7 (:52) – Scrub area
  • Step 8 (:59) – Sprinkle cornstarch over the area
  • Step 9 (1:06) – Let cornstarch sit 
  • Step 10 (1:12) – Vacuum area


How Do I Remove The Smell Of Milk From My Couch? 

There are different ways to remove the smell of milk.

One effective way is by using baking soda.

Sprinkle some baking soda onto the area of the couch cushion or carpet that smells like milk.

Allow the baking soda to stay on the spot for about 30 minutes.

Doing this will help to absorb the smell from the couch.

Then you can vacuum the baking soda off of the material.

You can use this process to remove the smell of milk out of couch cushions and carpet. 

You can liberally spray the cushion or carpet with vinegar and then let it sit for 15 minutes.

After the time has passed, you can add baking soda to the white vinegar and scrub the spot.

Blot the area to remove the baking soda and as much vinegar as possible with a clean sponge and water.

You can allow some white vinegar to stay on the spot once it dries.

If the smell remains, you can also use white vinegar to remove the scent.

It will no longer have an odor.

How Do I Help My Couch Cushions Dry Faster?

By adding the water to your couch cushions, they are now going to be somewhat damp.

They may take some time to dry.

It is not recommended to put them in the dryer, as the heat may cause them to shrink.

You could allow them to go into the dryer with the heat off and tumble.

A better method would be to hand the cushions outside or inside on a clothesline.

If you do place the couch cushions outside, do not leave the cushions out in direct sunlight for too long, as this may cause your couch cushions to fade.

You can, for a time, place the couch cushions in direct sunlight if you wish to sanitize the couch cushions naturally.

The sun should help remove any lingering smell from the milk or any cleaning products.

However, it must be direct sunlight outside and not through a window to do this.

If you clean these cushions during the winter, this method will not work from the inside.