When it’s clean, leather is a naturally beautiful material. It’s used to make everything from shoes, sofas to interior for high-end luxury and sports cars. The problem is that leather can get really dirty.
Fortunately, you can make homemade leather cleaner to clean it up. If you own leather furniture, then you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of a DIY cleaner. There are several different recipes that you can use to make your own effective cleaning solution.
For a very simple homemade cleaning solution, just mix ½ cup of regular vinegar with ¼ cup olive oil inside of a spray bottle. You’ll need to shake the spray bottle well.
To clean with this formulation, just spray it onto your favorite leather furniture, car interior or other product and wipe everything clean with a cotton cloth.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil can make everything smell much fresher. The vinegar smell can be quite repulsive, but it won’t linger for too long.
2-in-1 Homemade Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
Here is a 2-in-1 cleaning mixture that both cleans and conditions your leather. It’s especially beneficial for use on your couch. A lot of homeowners claim this natural cleaner works better than commercial-grade alternatives.
The recipe above that consists of olive oil and vinegar is great for cleaning and conditioning leather, but experts say olive oil can damage it over time.
The better option is this recipe containing lemon essential oil. Keep in mind that this is mostly for conditioning the leather, so you’ll want to clean it first. All you need is about 15 drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth. All you have to do is wipe everything down with the cloth.
Other Leather Conditioners
You can also use beeswax and mild baby soap to condition your worn leather. The beeswax mixture should contain beeswax, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil inside of a saucepan, making sure to use a 1-1-2 ratio of these ingredients.
Mix everything in a pan and apply medium heat. Once the fats have melted, remove the pan from the burner. Let everything cool for about 40 minutes, and you’ll be left with a thick balm.
The majority of soaps don’t condition leather well at all. The only exception is mild baby soap, which should be natural. It’s best to make sure it doesn’t have additives that will irritate your skin.
To make this conditioner, just mix 1 tablespoon of the soap with a couple drops of vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Dip a cloth into the mixture and use as needed.
Tips for Leather Cleaning, Maintenance and Protection
If you own any leather products, they should always be kept out of direct sunlight because the light can cause it to fade. It’s important to clean it regularly. To remove spots from your leather products, just rub the spot with rubbing alcohol using a cotton swab.
You’ll find this spot removal technique to be especially useful for removing ink stains. If this doesn’t work, you might find better success with a non-oil cuticle remover.
Normal spots can be removed using a mixture of 1 part cream of tartar with 1 part lemon juice. Use a soft cloth to work the mixture into the spot. Removing water spots is as easy as applying water and wiping them away.
These are some of the best, simplest homemade leather cleaner recipes that you will find. They work well on shoes, sofas, furniture and virtually all leather products. After cleaning, make sure to follow our tips to protect your newly-beautified material.