There is nothing better than settling in for the evening with your pet curled up next to you on the couch.
If you have a pet or a baby, though, you know that they can do some damage to your couch.
Even if you do your best to clean up their messes, the smell of poop can still linger on your couch.
That’s not a pleasant smell and can ruin your relaxing evening.
Now you are stuck with the question of how to get the poop smell out of the couch.
Luckily, we’ve done the research, and getting poop smell out of your couch is easy.
All you need is a little time and some standard household cleaning supplies.
Soon, you will be able to enjoy your couch again without having to ignore any nasty poop smells.
Keep reading to see what items you need to get the poop smell out of the couch.
What You’ll Need
You will need a few household cleaning items to remove the poop smell from your couch.
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cleaning cloth
- Dryer sheets or fabric scent boosters (optional)
Most of the above items are probably lying around in your cleaning cabinet.
If you need to order something, I have attached a link to items that have worked well for me, or you can run to the store and pick them up.
Continue reading below for step-by-step instructions on how to get the poop smell out of a couch.
1. Sprinkle the affected area with baking soda
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so as soon as you start to smell poop smell wafting up from your couch, sprinkle some baking soda on it.
If you can identify a specific area, you can sprinkle baking soda in that area, but if you cannot, just sprinkle baking soda over the whole couch.
Allow the baking soda to sit for several hours and then vacuum it up. Make sure to vacuum the seams and inside your couch to remove all of the baking soda.
Pro tip: Use a sieve or small strainer to sprinkle the baking soda evenly. Doing this will prevent clumps of baking soda, which aren’t as effective as an even layer.
2. Combine 4 cups of water with ¼ cup of Pine-Sol
In a bucket or a bowl, combine a quart of water (4 cups) with ¼ cup of Pine-Sol.
Although this might seem like a robust solution, we have found it to be effective.
As always, test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your couch first before you apply it to the entire couch.
Pro tip: If you do not have any Pine-Sol, you can also use an enzyme cleaner. Do not combine the enzyme cleaner with water; use it as the bottle directs. If you do not have an enzyme cleaner, you can pour a little hydrogen peroxide over the affected area. Make sure to test the hydrogen peroxide on a small part of your couch first and blot it up immediately.
3. Rub Pine-Sol mixture across the affected area
Using a microfiber cloth, rub the Pine-Sol and water mixture onto the affected area.
Because there isn’t a stain to worry about, you can rub it with as much pressure as you would like.
You don’t have to worry about accidentally setting a stain.
This mixture is good to use all over your couch, including on the cushions.
4. Allow your couch to dry
Once you have finished washing your couch, allow it to dry completely.
The drying process will take several hours, so we recommend allowing it to sit overnight.
You can turn on a fan to increase air circulation and help your couch dry quicker.
5. Add dryer sheets Or Scent Boosters to The couch
At this point, your coach should not have any lingering poop smell.
If you choose to use a fabric scent booster, pour some into an envelop and place the envelope inside your couch.
Both of these methods will release a fresh scent every time you sit down on your couch, removing any traces of nasty smells.
Here is a video demonstrating how to get poop smell (and any other nasty smell) out of your couch.
0:15—Sprinkle the couch with baking soda. Use a sieve to make sure the baking soda is distributed evenly.
0:28—Allow the baking soda to sit for 1-2 hours. Then, vacuum it up.
0:58—Mix ¼ cup of Pine-Sol and 1 quart of water.
1:06—Scrub the affected area of the couch with a microfiber cloth.
2:13—While you could wash the seat cushions with your washing machine, scrubbing them with the Pine-Sol and water mixture also works well.
2:21—Allow your couch to dry completely.
2:33—For continued freshness, you can place a couple of scented dryer sheets inside your seat cushions.
2:43—You can also place some fabric scent boosters into an envelope. Place the envelope into your couch for a fresh, pleasant scent every time you sit down.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I remove a poop stain from my couch?
If you find the poop smell is coming from a poop stain on your couch, you can remove the stain by first vacuuming and wiping down the area.
Doing this will help to remove any lingering particulates.
Then, use an enzyme cleaner to remove the poop stain as directed by the bottle.
Depending on how long the stain has been on your couch and how deep the stain is, you may need to clean the area several times before completely removing the stain.
Once the stain is gone, though, you can follow the above steps to remove any lingering poop smell.
What can I do to protect my couch from poop smell?
If your pet or baby has developed the habit of pooping on your couch, try getting a couch protector.
These are easy to wash and will protect your couch from any staining or nasty smells.
You should also make sure your pet is completely healthy; this may signify that your pet is sick and needs a vet’s attention.