Car Seat Stain Removal Tips and Tricks that Really Work!

Posted by: Bekah Wheeler Jun 27, 2019
Updated Jan 16, 2020


We spend quite a bit of time in cars getting to and from where we need and want to go. Cars are home to lots of activities including eating, transporting, and living. With these activities come stains. Stains are a pain. No one likes them or wants to keep them, but getting stains out of a car seat feels like it is truly the worst. It does not have to be, though. There are quick and easy ways to get those pesky stains out of you car with things you have around the house.

Club soda is a tried and true stain remover. Simply spray club soda on the stain. Using a brush, scrub at the stain. Grab a clean towel, and you can wipe away the stain. It is a simple yet effective stain removing technique.

Baking soda is another grandma approved stain treatment. You’ll need baking soda, a toothbrush (one you won’t use again), and warm water. Combine ¼ baking soda with a cup of warm water. Cover the stain with a light layer of the mixture. You can let the mixture sit for up to thirty minutes. Letting it sit longer will help with harder stains. Using the toothbrush, scrub the stain away.  

Vinegar is another stain remover, but it also helps fight funky smells. If you have a smelly stain, this is a great option. Combine a cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Dab the mixture onto the stain and use a brush to scrub the stain away. Wash the mixture away with clean water. You’ll want to let the seat dry before sitting down, otherwise, you’ll have a damp back side. 

Laundry detergent is a great way to get stains out of seats as well. Combine laundry detergent with hot water and scrub onto the stain with a brush. Clear the suds away with cold water, and you’ll clear the stain away too.

If you have leather seats, you can get stains away too, but it’s a little trickier. Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball will get some stains to come away. The vinegar mixture from above also works at getting stains out of leather. If you use non gel toothpaste on your teeth, you can also use it on your leather seats. Put a little toothpaste on the stain and scrub gently at it with a toothbrush. Just like brushing your teeth. For light colored leather seats, combine equal parts of lemon juice and cream of tartar to form a paste. Leave the paste on the seat for up to thirty minutes, before wiping away with a damp cloth. Do not do this on dark leather because the mixture has a bleaching effect.

Don’t let the stains get you down. Get them out!

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