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How to Clean Car Seats With OxiClean Upholstery Cleaner

We most often think of OxiClean for our laundry stain removal needs but OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover is more than just for removing dirt, grass stains, and spaghetti sauce from your laundry.  It certainly can be added to every load with your laundry detergent for better stain removal, brighter colors, and whiter whites.

OxiClean can be used to clean up after your pets, remove juice stains on the carpet, or clean hard surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom. OxiClean is also a great car upholstery cleaner for those hard-worked interior surfaces! No need for fancy car upholstery cleaners, special stubborn stains remover or costly foam sprays. I love versatile cleaning products!

How to Clean Your Car with OxiClean versatile stain remover

Clean Your Car with OxiClean

Cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Our vehicle’s upholstery is very light, and I’ve been meaning to clean it for a while now. To be honest, this isn’t our favorite car ever and we kind of had a “whatever” attitude about it, but I sincerely do believe in taking care of what you have.  

Whose idea was it to use such a light-colored car fabric? My husband is the car washer and detailer around here, but he tends to specialize in exterior cleaning rather than interior. I put the job off, feeling skeptical about how well it would clean up.  I didn’t want to waste my time if it wasn’t going to look any better afterward anyway. 

Have tough stains? Car seat stains are a given with kids and car seats! Pets are hard on car interiors too. Next time you need to clean your car seats, follow these easy steps to clean your car with Oxiclean. Deep clean car seats and even floor mats. First, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the loose dirt, cracker crumbs, and pet hair.

Cleaning soft surfaces with OxiClean:

Mix up the cleaning solution:

  • 16 ozs of hot water
  • A scoop of OxiClean powder up to the #2 mark
  • Stir to dissolve the powder
Mixing Oxiclean powder with water to clean the Car upholstery with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

To be honest, this isn’t our favorite car ever and we kind of had a “whatever” attitude about it, but I sincerely do believe in taking care of what you have.  Also, I know I put the job off, feeling skeptical about how well it would clean up.

I didn’t want to waste my time if it wasn’t going to look any better afterward anyway. This is a bit embarrassing – it’s disgustingly dirty. Makes for good “before” photos! 100% real, that’s for sure.

dirty car upholstery and how to clean the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

That doesn’t look so bad huh? I thought it would look worse too. Let’s take a closer look:

Dirty car sets and floor - Cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Oh, that’s bad! Remember, I said disgustingly, embarrassingly, dirty!

Steps to Cleaning Your Car Upholstery Yourself

  1. Clean microfiber cloth and a bucket of OxiClean solution.
  2. Apply solution with a saturated clean rag to saturate the stain. Allow to stand 1-5 minutes.
  3. Blot until the stain is removed and rinse with clean water and blot until dry. Because my seats needed to be fully cleaned, I used my stain remover machine to rinse, brush and then suction up the solution. For best results, be sure the cleaning solution is completely removed from the upholstery.
How to Clean Your Car with OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover
How to Clean Your Car with OxiClean

How did it do?  Excellent! Amazing! It’s very clean and I’m impressed! It was as easy as the process can be and I didn’t have to reapply the stain remover or scrub, scrub, scrub. 

I could practically see the stains and dirt removing after I applied the solution to the seat. My experience was that it was an easy way to clean the car and OxiClean makes a wonderful car seat cleaner. It can be used for your total interior carpet as well.

Clean car upholstery and carpet by cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Ah, clean cloth car seats! So much better, we will enjoy our car again! Let’s get ready for a road trip!

Very clean car upholstery - Cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Add Cleaning Power with Bissell Little Green Pro

I’d have to say the portable but powerful Bissell Little Green Pro I used to suction up the cleaning solution was the best method for helping the upholstery dry quickly and preventing residue from being left behind in the seats. I’d definitely recommend one for spot cleaning around the home and using it on a regular basis to freshen up your car upholstery. That way cleaning doesn’t take a lot of time.

Spring cleaning the car with Cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

About OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover
Cleaning the Car with #OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Not all fabric cleaners are like this one multi-purpose cleaner. OxiClean is a chlorine-free stain remover and color-safe, hydrogen peroxide oxygen-based stain fighter designed for maximum strength stain removal in your laundry and around your home. OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover has the most stain-fighting oxygen power of any OxiClean product. 

Activated by water, its unique ingredients go to work, unleashing bubbling oxygen power for safe, effective cleaning and stain removal. In the wash, it enhances your wash water pH to improve your detergent’s cleaning ability and also contains special ingredients to help rinse soils away. 

I could totally see this happening right before my eyes as I was cleaning the car upholstery! No spot scrubbing! I like that no odor was left behind like I’ve noticed with other cleaning agents. Be sure to completely remove the OxiClean solution from the  Find OxiClean online. Try OxiClean on chocolate stains, blood stains, coffee stains, or even pet stains. Obviously, OxiClean could be used in the washing machine to clean your removable covers as well. Here’s a full guide on how to clean your car inside and out.

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Joe Southard

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I was given oxi clean spray to clean my car seat what is best way to use it? I have sprayed it on and scrubbed it with the brush that cam with it but did not clean it up like the pics


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

@Joe Southard, I haven't tried a spray with a brush, but I imagine your car seats may need a deeper cleaning with more water.

Car Tailing

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Hi Stacy, the idea to have the stain removed from things that cannot be thrown in the wash is a lifesaver! Thank you for the tips and idea of how to care for your car, with children a ton of stains could be made or even work stuff can cause stubborn stains. What are the products you used usually? All the best!


Friday 27th of February 2015

What is the stain remover machine that your using? I'm interested in purchasing one!


Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I used a Bissel Little Green


Saturday 20th of September 2014

Did it today. After putting on with clean rag I went over with clean water rag and used shop vac to get out some water. It cleaned the seats but some stains are reappearing. I plan to do just the stains again. It took me several hours to do by hand and then I read to avoid prolonged contact with skin. No problem so far but if doing by grab a pair of gloves.


Sunday 12th of October 2014

Yes! Wear gloves!

Mariam alma

Monday 8th of September 2014

Thank you very, this helped me alot