Home Remedies for Leather

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There’s nothing like the sleek look of a comfy leather couch or fashionable leather jacket. However, the downside to owning objects made out of this material is that it is typically harder to maintain and clean. If you’re looking for ways to protect, care and recondition, it’s time to get acquainted with home remedies for leather.

Common Issues with Leather

Before investing in leather goods, you should know some of the common issues facing this type of material. They include:

• Dust can dull the appearance of your leather
• Leather is susceptible to mold growth and musty scents
• Leather can easily pick up certain odors, such as cigarette smoke
• Body oils, hair, and perspiration can stain the material
• Leather can crack when not conditioned
• Sun damage

Leather Home Remedies

Before you sink money into sending your belongings to a professional cleaner, there could very well be a home remedy for leather cleaning, care, and maintenance to consider. Below are a few suggestions to mull over:

a) Cornstarch:

With the ability to effectively absorb oil, rub a small amount of cornstarch into the stain until you feel the leather “warm up.” Repeat with an additional dusting of cornstarch if the stain proves stubborn.

b) Molasses:

If you’ve been playing in the grass with your leather athletic shoes on, you probably need something to help remove green stains. Some say that the thickness and ingredients of molasses can remove this type of stain. Massage the sugary syrup into the stain, and leave on overnight. Wash off the shoes in the morning with soap and water.

c) Bath Soap:

To clean off your running sneakers or football cleats, give your leather athletic shoes a bath using the same kind of moisturizing soap you do.

d) Hydrogen Peroxide:

Treat blood stains on leather shoes with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Use a paper towel to blot the stain until it disappears after you see the foaming action of the peroxide.

e) Rubbing Alcohol:

When mildew has attacked your leather belongings, apply a solution of rubbing alcohol diluted with water. Allow the treatment to dry before washing with soapy water.

f) Pillowcase:

You can prevent dusty leather purses (and other items) by storing in a pillowcase.

g) Spray Cleaner:

Clean a dusty leather jacket by applying a spray cleaner and rubbing down with a light cloth.

h) Petroleum Jelly:

To remove an ink stain from leather garments, it is suggested to apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly. Leave the jelly on the garment for several days, and then wipe clean. You can also lengthen the amount of time your patent-leather shoes shine by polishing with petroleum jelly.

i) Cooking Oil/Vinegar/Alcohol Blend:

A blend of cooking oil, white vinegar, and a small amount of alcohol mixed with a bit of liquid soap is said to help remove a stain from leather. Sponge over the stain with the ingredients, and then wipe away.

j) Pencil Eraser:

To clean stains from a leather jacket, use a white pencil eraser.

k) Cold Water and Mild Soap:

Clean a pair of leather gloves by washing with cold water and mild soap while your hands are inside. Lay flat and let them air dry.

l) Baby Oil:

Freshen up the appearance of your leather bags and shoes by using a soft cloth to apply a couple of drops of baby oil. Wipe any remaining oil after a treatment. This home remedy also works well for patent-leather shoes.

m) Banana Peel [1]:

It is said that you can use a banana peel to polish leather shoes. After removing the stringy material hanging off of the peel, rub the inside of it against your leather footwear. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to buff the shoes.

n) Shampoo:

Add a small amount of shampoo to a clean rag and rub into the worn parts of your leather shoes and purses. Use a circular motion. The color of your leather objects should come back to life. Sometimes, the shampoo will protect against salt stains.

o) WD-40:

That infamous all-purpose spray that you may find in your garage could rejuvenate, soften, and preserve your leather furniture. Spray a small amount and buff with a soft cloth.

p) Frequent Dusting:

When dust particles accumulate on a leather object, they can have the same effect as sand paper. Dusting on a routine basis will help keep dust away and add years of life to leather goods.

q) Avoid the Heat [2]:

Placing leather furniture close to fireplaces and radiators will have a drying effect on leather. The material starts to lose moisture and causes the leather to stiffen and become brittle. It is suggested to position leather goods at least 12 inches away from heat sources.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 77.