DIY 2 Ingredient Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

June 2, 2014 7 Comments | Disclosure

I love my leather couches. I’ve had them for around 13 years and lately they have been looking a little worse for wear. I have tried a number of commercial cleaners over the years with mixed results. I decided to look for a homemade cleaner. When I saw this one I knew it was perfect because I had everything on hand and it used just 2 ingredients (that I LOVE).

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You need: 1/2 Cup of Olive OIl

3/4 Cup of White Vinegar

Spray Bottle

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Mix the olive oil and vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well. {Some people call it salad dressing cleaner} If you don’t like the vinegar smell you can add some essential oils to mask the scent. I don’t mind the vinegar spell and it dissipates pretty quickly.

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Here’s some pictures of my scratched up and dirty furniture. You will want to to a test spot in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t ruin your leather.

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It took me a while to get the right spray from my spray bottle, you want a good mist, not a stream. You also want to be constantly shaking it.  I found it worked best to spray about a square foot and wipe with a cloth in circles.

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The vinegar cleans the leather and the olive oil moisturize it. I changed my cloth when it got really dirty and wet.  It took me about 3 refills to clean my couch, loveseat, chair and ottoman.  It dried pretty quickly too.  If you have carpet, I would lay an old towel on the ground to catch the over spray. I have concrete floors so I just wiped off extra spray that got on the floor.

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I was amazed at how much better my furniture looked. I think it is something that would be great to do every month or so to keep my leather soft and supple. It didn’t remove pen marks, I’ll have to find something else for those!

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The scratches don’t completely disappear, but they are a lot less noticeable. It was a lot cheaper than any of the cleaners I have bought in the past and I know exactly what is in it. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Comments

  1. rebecca says:

    I used this on my seats in my truck. I did not care for it. I did use coconut oil and loved it. Leaves my truck smelling great and my seats are conditioned.

  2. Looking to bring some luster to my old car seats and discovered this post. I don’t have coconut oil so I’ll try the original recipe for this. I wonder if most oils will work?

  3. Gene Smith says:

    Any oil will make leather look good until it dries. (Yes, all oils evaporate, some faster then others.) After drying, vegetable oil, leaves a sticky rancid smelling film while coconut and mineral oils leave no undiserable residual.

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