Removing the Smell of Downy Unstoppables from a Leather Couch?

I recently bought a new couch that is leather. It is a one piece sectional and by that I mean the cushions can't come off. My stepkid came home from her mom's and sat on my couch leaving it with the smell of Downy Unstoppables and basically super scented laundry soap and fabric softener. Long story short I no longer can sit on the couch because I break out in a rash really badly. Does anyone have any idea how I can clean this? I have tried spraying it down with leather cleaner, but that did not help.


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February 26, 20180 found this helpful
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Baking soda works wonders. You'll need to sprinkle this all over the couch and let it sit there for a few hours. Afterwards, use your vacuum cleaner and vacuum it up.

White vinegar is another great product to use on leather to get rid of the order and clean the surface. Use a mixture of half and half in a spray bottle and spray it on the sofa. Use a soft cloth to wipe it off.

You can use a combination of the baking soda and vinegar. Start with the vinegar and after use the baking soda.

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful
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Well - you said you had already used leather cleaner so no need to repeat that process but you might want to use a leather conditioner after you remove the odor.


  • You might want to try baking soda sprinkled all over first; vacuum after 20-30 minutes and then wipe down with vinegar and water.
  • Vinegar and water (half & half) will generally always remove odors like this but you have to be sure to wipe wherever the odor is located - maybe all over?
  • Some sites say to stuff newspaper in the crevasses but do this only if you wrap the newspaper in a cloth so the ink will not transfer to your couch.
  • It does not matter if your couch is real leather or faux leather as the cleaning is the same.
  • Just do not leave wet - dry immediately any type of liquid you may use (in the crevasses also).
  • If all else fail you might want to try an enzyme cleaner (made to remove pet odors mostly).
  • Follow package instructions for the correct use of the particular brand. Generally, these products are sprayed on the leather and allowed to dry. The enzymes break down odor-causing bacteria.
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  • You can find this type cleaner in most big box stores in the household cleaner section.
  • Here is a site that has other suggestions.
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February 26, 20180 found this helpful

Use a leather cleaner.

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February 26, 20180 found this helpful

You'll need to use the right type of leather cleaner for the type of leather couch you have. Or a leather conditioner.

You want to make sure to spot test on an area before trying to attempt to clean because some products can make your leather darker (depending on the color you have).

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