Get Jam Out of the Couch

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 6, 2010)

Who doesn't love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Not only are they particularly tasty, they can fill you up like no other snack can. However, there is one slight problem with them though, which is that they tend to be extremely messy. Children in particular have a tendency to drop messy things where we least want them to go, like the couch for instance. When a peanut butter sandwich gets dropped on the couch, it can often be a major hassle to get the jam out. That doesn't need to be the case anymore. Here is a fairly simple method that you can begin using to get jam out of the couch.

Be careful when using this method for getting ham out of the couch. Certain ingredients could cause the fabric to loose its coloring. Always test out any new cleaning method in an innocuous, or inconspicuous location so that you can see what the immediate effect is going to be. Allow the test area to completely dry prior to proceeding with your cleaning. If there is no change to the area, then that means it is safe to proceed.

  1. Remove all peanut butter. Use a dull butter knife, and scrape up as much of the mess as you can before you begin doing anything else. By eliminating and removing as much of the mess as you can, you will make the whole process a lot easier. If necessary, use an ice cube to freeze the peanut butter which should make it easier to scrape off of the couch.
  2. Create a cleaning solution. In a small mixing bowl, create a cleaning solution that you can use to get the jam out of the couch. Do this by mixing together one tablespoon of white vinegar (because white vinegar has a less potent scent than regular vinegar), and 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
  3. Sponge the stain. Use a clean, white cloth and begin sponging the cleaning solution onto the stain. Continue to blot and sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain, until either the stain disappears or until the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Rinse the area. Use another clean, white cloth and begin sponging the area with some cold water. Continue to do this until you have completely rinsed the cleaning solution from the material of the couch.
  5. Blot the stain dry. While you can always allow the wet area to dry by leaving it alone and letting the air dry it, there is a better way. Grab another clean, soft cloth and begin blotting the wet area. Continue to blot the area until you have dried the water.

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