Easily clean your car seats with these great tips!

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Info on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 6:40 am

How to Clean Car Seats with Household Products

Spills happen.  But when they happen, your car seats can become quite messy and stained.  So, to help you keep your car clean and mess-free, we have some useful and easy-to-do tips on how to clean car seats with household products. You’ll notice that the cleaning items needed are linked so that you can easily purchase them.

Cleaning Cloth Seats

Hand holding vacuum hose cleaning car interior

Instead of taking your car in to a cleaning service, there are several ways that you can clean your cloth seats on your own.  For instance:

    • Use club soda.  Lightly spray it on the stained area and use a brush to scrub away the stain, then wipe it away with a clean towel.
    • Use a baking soda solution.  Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with a cup of warm water, then use a light layer of the solution and a toothbrush to scrub away the stain.  If the stain is difficult, let the solution sit for around 30 minutes.
    • Use a vinegar mixture.  Mix a cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap and about a gallon of hot water in a bucket.  Then dab the mixture into the stain and use a brush to scrub it out of the seat, use clean water to rinse the seat off.
    • Use laundry detergent.  If you don’t have a specific upholstery detergent/cleaner, you mix some laundry detergent with hot water and dampen the stains with it.  Use a towel with cold water to rinse the detergent off the seat and scrub the stain away.

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Cleaning Leather Seats

Close up of worker hand using a brush to clean the leather car seat and remove dust or dirt

Leather seats need extra care compared to cloth upholstery because of the premium quality of the material.  To clean messes and stains off of leather, try one of these do-it-yourself ways:

  • Use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.  Blotting the stain with a cotton ball that dipped in the alcohol will slowly lift the mess from the leather.  And once the stain is lifted, clean the alcohol off the seat with warm water and dish soap.
  • Use a non-gel toothpaste.  A more unique technique, dab a bit of toothpaste on the stain and then use a clean toothbrush to gently scrub away the stain.
  • Use a lemon juice and cream of tartar paste.  Mix an equal portion of lemon juice and cream of tartar into a paste and apply to the stain.  It should sit for about 30 minutes and then you can wipe it away with a damp sponge.  The paste has a bleaching effect, so it should only be used on light-colored seats.
  • The vinegar mixture works on leather seats as well!

We hope these household products help keep your car seats looking like new.  Continue to follow our blog for more useful tips. This post contains affiliate links to help you shop for the items in this post.

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31 Responses to “Easily clean your car seats with these great tips!”

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  2. Fran says:

    My cloth light gray seats are horrible they have water stains looks awful do you think I can get them clean I’m 73 and can’t take these seats can’t afford seat covers I have Mazda 5 thanks

  3. Jordan20 says:

    A product that I swear by for cleaning practically everything is OxyClean. Mix a 1/4 cup of the granules into a quart of hot tap water in a bowl and stir till dissolved. Wear rubber gloves cuz it can irritate your skin. Dip a little scrub brush into the solution, wing the area well. Scrub surface to be cleaned in a circular motion and stains vanish. Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in plain cool water then a final wipe with dry cloth.
    I use the same for cleaning my carpets and removing stains from clothing. The OxyClean is a little pricy, but it’s well worth it and will last you a long time! How it works out for you!

  4. I think you made a great point by cleaning with detergent. This is a great way to make sure that you are getting the right kind of clean on your seats. My cousin might like knowing this as she looks into truck seats for her truck.

  5. Erwin Magalang says:

    Very informative! It’s interesting to know that you can use nail polish or rubbing alcohol to remove stains from leather seats! This stuffs are good to know because it can save you an expensive trip to the shop. This shows that it pays to do your research about car maintenance tips online!

  6. Kiana says:

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  7. Manuel Hoover says:

    When it comes to cleaning, many operatives forget to clean their car seats. Either they don’t know how clean the upholstery or they don’t know that the seat becomes dirtier than the toilet after getting used on a regular basis. Whatever it may be, a motorist needs to clean his car seats systematically, as a dirty car seat will never allow a car to look fresh and boost your vehicle’s appeal. Yes, you can clean the seat using household products. Better you follow the owner’s manual to get some knowledge about the right cleaning stuff.

  8. Ary says:

    I have a huge stain in my car using the baking soda soulution it was gone this website did wonders.😁

  9. Alex Robert says:

    Do you recommend the same way to clean stains from “fabric” seats?

  10. Vinegar really has a lot of use! Do we use it for dishes, skin care, and now for cars? Just wow. Great read

  11. getting used on a regular basis. Whatever it may be, a motorist needs to clean his car seats systematically

  12. many operatives forget to clean their car seats. Either they don’t know how clean the upholstery or they don’t know that the seat becomes dirtier than

  13. grego says:

    great tips helped me a lot, thanks

  14. William Northrup says:

    I want to clean my car interior cloth . I have read a few ways what should I do. And how to do it

  15. For fabric car seats, I always use lukewarm water with baking soda and vinegar. It gives me better results.

  16. Teresa says:

    My daughter has a 2017 vw jetta with heavily stained microfiber seats how do you suggesr cleaning them

  17. Thank you for the great tips , very useful to me your point of how to clean leather car seats.

  18. Daniel Adamo says:

    Regularly , i use vacuum cleaner to clean my car seat. By vacuum is easy to clean. It work super.. Sometimes, I use different tools for leather seat. thanks

  19. Thank you for sharing the following steps on cleaning the car seat in cloth and leather.

  20. Aulyver says:

    So i was just wondering if my car seat covers can be washed in the washer without damaging the washer…

  21. URBAN says:

    Good evening. Thank you…Useful article!

  22. We liked reading this post, its really good. I would have a couple suggestions though, but dont want to cause a quarrel :p Anyway, keep up the nice work, and til later! Regards

  23. Car decor says:

    These tips are indeed very useful to remove dirt from car sheet. Laundry detergent and vinegar are useful ingredients to eradicate stains from car sheets. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

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  29. Saddle says:

    It varies from fabric to fabric on how you should clean them. Like leather, you can easily clean them by wipe out a dry or slight wet cloth. The same goes for other fabrics, but with different cleaning options.

  30. Kellie Preston says:

    Amazing tips thank you worked wonders!

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