Leather items are both nice to look at and durable; mostly, the reason they are our favorite. However, they do require a proper cleaning. This is why I find natural ingredients to be the best. Keeping to a regular cleaning schedule will have your leather looking good in no time. So, check out these 8 natural ingredients to clean your leather items safely.
1. Use a vinegar rinse
Prepare a solution of distilled water and white vinegar in a bowl. Also, you could substitute the white vinegar with cider vinegar. Now, no matter your leather item, you can wipe it with this solution until it is damp.
2. Wipe down with a natural oil
A natural oil is always a good cleaning option. Thus, mix two parts oil with one part water or lemon juice in a bowl. Depending on the smell you like, you can choose from olive, coconut, or walnut. This will help to hydrate the leather items and the lemon will remove any dirt or grime.
3. Massage with essential oils
The easiest and comfortable method is by massaging with a few drops of essential oil onto a microfiber cloth. Working your way in small circles, gently massage the oil into the leather but be careful to not leave any excess.
4. Mild baby soap
A few drops of baby soap in a lukewarm water will also work wonders. You could also add a few drops of vinegar if you need to get rid of stubborn dirt. This is basically like using a leather conditioner because it will clean the leather and it will prevent new stains.
You could also use beeswax to carefully clean the dirt from your leather. First, you need to heat it up in a saucepan until it is warm, but not liquefied. You can apply this like a balm onto a microfiber cloth and massage the leather until you wipe away any dirt.
6. Banana peel
It won’t get more natural than this; here’s to using a fresh banana peel. Clean the leather with the inside of the peel. This way, the natural oils inside the banana will fully cover the leather. This is beneficial mostly because they will attract dirt away from the surface, leaving the leather looking and smelling clean.
7. Tartar paste
In a bowl, add together one part cream of tartar and one part lemon juice. Stir them together until they form a paste. Place the paste directly on top of any stains or problem areas. Wait a few minutes and then wipe the paste away with a damp cloth. Repeat as necessary.
8. Dry it off
As the finishing touch, get a dry sponge or microfiber cloth and go over the leather a final time. Look to see if there are any stains that need additional treatment. Removing any cleaning residue will help to prevent dust from sticking to the surface.