Make Your Own Homemade Leather Cleaner

Red Leather Chair

Red Leather Chair

Leather is one of the most durable and stylish materials available, but this does not mean it is not going to become dirty from time to time. Whether you are showcasing the perfect leather jacket or enjoying your designer leather boots and purses, the material has long been a popular option for a wide assortment of clothing and accessories.

Making a homemade leather cleaner allows you to save money and produce an all-natural produce that you can use on all of your leather goods. Keep in mind when ever using a new leather cleaner or leather conditioner, whether it’s homemade or not, test the mixture in a hidden area of the leather before applying it to the entire item to prevent any discoloration or damage to the leather.

Additionally, always remember to condition your leather after you finish cleaning your leather goods with the homemade leather cleaner. Lastly the following recipes are only for finished leather and not for unfinished. Therefore, make sure to know what type of leather your product is made out of before using any of the following recipes.

 

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 Leather Cleaner Recipe for Removing Oil, Dirt & Food Stains

 Homemade leather cleaner

  Ingredients 

”    1 tablespoon baking soda

”    1 /2  teaspoon white flour

”    1/8 cup of  sea salt

”    3/8 cup of distilled water

  Tools:

”    Microfiber cloth

”    Spoon

”    Bowl

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour all ingredients ( baking powder, flour, sea salt, and distilled water) into the bowl.
  2. Using spoon, stir well.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the leather
  2. Dip the microfiber cloth  in the mixture
  3. Gently rub the stain with the cloth
  4.  Pat the area dry with dry cloth before attempting to clean again, because it might take more than one application to  remove the stain

   Alternative recipes

  • Take a pinch of cornstarch  and apply directly on to the stain let it sit for about 15 to 20 mins
  • Equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar
  • One part of vinegar to two parts of linseed oil

 

Leather Cleaner Recipe for Removing Mold & Mildew

 

Vinegar

Ingredients 

”    1 tbsp. baking soda

”    1 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)

”    2 tbsps. vinegar

”    2 cups water

   Tools:

”    Microfiber cloth

”     Spoon

”     Bowl

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour all ingredients  (baking powder, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and water) into the  bowl.
  2. Using spoon, stir well.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the leather 
  2. Dip the microfiber cloth into the leather cleaner mixture.
  3. Apply mixture on the area affected by mold or mildew.
  4. Using the microfiber cloth gently rub on the stain. If that doesn’t work, try brushing the area.

 Tip

  1. If you have a lot of mold on your leather clean it outdoors 
  2.  Make sure to wear a mask on your mouth so you don’t breathe in any mold particles  

 

Leather Cleaner Recipe for Removing Salt Stains

 

Before and After salt stains

 Ingredients 

”    1 cup vinegar

”    2 cups water (distilled)

    Tools

”    Microfiber cloth

”    Spoon

”    Bowl

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour all ingredients (vinegar and distilled water) into the bowl.
  2. Using spoon, stir well.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the leather 
  2. Dip the microfiber cloth into the mixture.
  3. Apply mixture on the salt stain and gently rub in circular motions,  repeat procedure if the salt stain does not go away 
  4.  After the salt stain is removed you can wipe your leather with a slightly damp cloth 

 

 Leather Cleaner Recipe for Cleaning Pet Urine Stains

 

Dog laying on a leather sofa

   Ingredients 

”    2 tbsps. brown sugar

”    1 cup orange peel (preferably chopped)

”    2 cups water (distilled)

      Tools:

”     Pet deodorizer

”     Paper towel

”     Microfiber cloth

”     Blender

”     Bowl

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour all the ingredients  (brown sugar, orange peel, and distilled water) into the blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients, then, transfer into a bowl.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture  in an inconspicuous area of the leather
  2. Dip the cloth into the mixture.
  3. Apply the mixture on to the urine stain.
  4. Using the cloth gently rub on the stain.
  5. Let area dry for 1-2 hours.
  6. Spray the clean area with pet deodorizer

 

Leather Cleaner Recipe for Cleaning  Water-Based Stains

 

Brown boot with a water stain

  Ingredients 

”  Mild moisturizing liquid soap ( Ex: Dove,  Neutrogena)

    Tools:

”    Microfiber cloth

”    Spoon

”     Bowl

 

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour the moisturizing liquid soap into the bowl.
  2. Using spoon, stir well.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the leather
  2. Slightly wet the microfiber cloth and then dip the cloth into the moisturizing liquid soap 
  3. Then gently rub the stain for about a minute or so,  repeat the procedure if the stain does not go away

  Alternative recipe 

1. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl
2. Dip the cloth in the mixture and gently rub it on the water stain 

 

Leather Cleaner Recipe for Cleaning Blood Stains

 

Liquid detergent and water mixed in a bowl

Ingredients 

” 1 tbsp. liquid detergent  

( Choose a soap that is mild enough for the leather such dish washing  liquid soap) 

”   2 cups water

   Tools

”    Microfiber cloth

”    Spoon

”     Bowl

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make the Leather Cleaner

  1. Pour all ingredients ( dish washing  liquid soap and water) into the bowl.
  2. Using spoon, stir well.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Before applying the mixture on to the stain, spot test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the leather 
  2. Dip the cloth into the leather cleaner mixture.
  3. Apply mixture on the area affected by bloodstain.
  4. Using the cloth gently dab on the stain.
  5. Wipe the area with a dry cloth

 

 Leather Cleaner Recipe For Removing Ink Stains

 

Ink stain is being removed off a leather handbag

Ingredients 

”  Isopropyl alcohol ( rubbing alcohol) 

Tools:

”  Microfiber cloth or cotton swab

Types of Ink

  • Ballpoint pen: proceed with cleaning method.
  • Felt tip marker: proceed with cleaning method.
  • Permanent ink or marker: do not proceed with this cleaning method because it’ll only make the ink stain worse. For this type of ink stain it’s best to dye your leather  yourself or by a professional. 

Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Leather Cleaner

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol on to the cotton ball or cloth
  2. Before applying rubbing alcohol on to the stain , spot test rubbing alcohol in an inconspicuous area of leather
  3. Then gently rub on the  stain in circular motion 

 

Conclusion 

Now that you know how to remove almost every type of stain you no longer have to rely on professionals to remove the stain for you. Instead whenever you’re faced with a stain you can easily get rid of it at by making your own  leather cleaner right in the comfort of your own home. Lastly to learn how to make your very own leather conditioner at home you can read our post homemade leather conditioner