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How to Clean Leather Naturally

Leather products are both beautiful and durable. However, they do require a high level of care when it comes to cleaning. To clean your leather products naturally, start by making a homemade cleaning solution or just using a natural product like olive oil polish. Apply the cleaner carefully and make sure the leather is completely dry. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule will keep your leather looking good over time.


  1. Choose a Liquid Cleaning Solution

Rinse with vinegar. Make a mixture of 50-50 distilled water and white vinegar in a bowl. If you’re only doing light cleaning, reduce the amount of vinegar. As long as you’re not interested in sanitizing leather, apple cider vinegar can also be used as a substitute. Rub the solution on the leather until it is wet. Make sure to mix vinegar with water, as pure vinegar is too acidic for leather.

Wipe with natural oil. Take a bowl and mix together two parts oil with one part water or lemon juice. Any natural oil will work fine, and many people like the taste of coconut, olive or even walnut. The oil will help hydrate your leather, while the lemon will remove any grime or grime. Apply the mixture to the leather until it is wet, then buff with a microfiber cloth. 

If you’re just interested in buffing leather, you can apply the oil directly to the leather. Make sure the coating stays shiny, or you might smudge it.

Massage with essential oils. Put 10-15 drops of essential oil on a microfiber cloth or sponge. Moving in small circles, lightly apply the oil to the leather. Leave no excess on the surface and continue until all visible areas are covered. Make sure to choose your favorite oil scent, such as lemon or lavender.

Use a mild baby soap or cleanser. Take a pint of warm water and add a few drops of baby soap or natural cleanser. You can also add a few drops of vinegar if the leather is particularly dirty. Use it as a leather conditioner as it both cleans leather products and helps prevent new stains. After applying it to the surface of the leather, feel free to let it air dry. In all of these applications it is best to use distilled water as this will prevent you from adding particulate residue to the leather surface.

2. Choose a solid cleaning solution

beeswax. Buy general-purpose beeswax or beeswax specifically for leather goods, usually available at most clothing stores. Carefully heat the beeswax in a pan until it is hot but not liquefied. Add any fragrance you like, such as almond oil. Put this balm on a microfiber cloth and massage it into the surface of the leather. Take a new cloth and wipe off the excess.

Banana peel . Take a fresh banana peel. Place the inside of the peel on the leather surface. Move the peel so that the natural oils inside completely coat the leather. Depending on how many surfaces you need to clean, you may need to peel several times. The oil from the peel will draw dirt away from the surface, leaving the leather looking and smelling clean. If you notice any peeling residue on the leather, take a clean cloth and wipe the entire surface.

Buy an all-natural cleaning kit. You can buy this type of kit at clothing stores or online. It usually contains cleaning solution, cloth and instructions. Make sure to follow any accompanying instructions very closely. If you’re concerned about using only natural products, read the ingredient list carefully.

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