I looked on pinterest and combined some recipes to make the almost perfect couch cleaner.
What you will need:
1 bottle of rubbing alcohol (size of the bottle will depend on the size of your couches)
1 pack of sponges (I choose a color that was close to the color of my couches, you should try to do the same)
1 soft white brush for after
Elbow grease (think of this as an arm workout)
Disclaimer- always test a small spot on your couch first
You will want to leave windows open as the rubbing alcohol has a pungent smell. Rubbing alcohol is used as it evaporates much quicker than water and is able to remove inks/ water rings. You can also spot clean with rubbing alcohol as long as you thoroughly scrub the area.
This removed water rings, crayon, marker, ink, greasy hand prints and whatever else my children smear throughout my house.
comparison of wet versus dry sides
Now using your elbow grease and sponges, begin scrubbing your cushions, You don't have to use any particular pattern (strokes versus circles) as long as you are through. I used the soft side of the sponge initially but decided that wasn't good enough so I switched to the rough side and am very pleased with the results.
We also implemented a new house rule- no sippy cups or snack hands on the couch.