Instead of purchasing expensive leather cleaners, take care of your leather home furnishings by using simple, gentle methods and natural ingredients. Regular dusting and cleaning helps keep your leather furniture looking its best at all times.

Dust Busting

Dusting the leather makes other forms of cleaning go more easily.

  • Gently dust furniture and home accent pieces with a feather duster.
  • Vacuum larger pieces of furniture using an upholstery brush attachment.
  • Remove cushions and vacuum beneath them, or use a crevice attachment to reach between cushions and the frame.
  • Wipe delicate leather furnishings down with a soft lint-free cloth to remove any additional dust.

Gentle Cleaning

Sometimes, a little moisture comes in handy for cleaning leather.

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water.
  • Dip a lint-free white cloth into the solution, wringing out most of the moisture.
  • Moisturize the leather if it seems a bit dry, mix 1 part flax oil with 2 parts white vinegar to clean the upholstery without removing its natural oils.

Deodorize Naturally

Remove unpleasant odors, such as pet smells with everyday ingredients.

  • Sprinkle the leather with baking soda.
  • Allow the powder to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Vacuum it up.

Mold, Mildew and Marker

A generic substance -- rubbing alcohol -- comes in handy when you need to remove mold, mildew and ink spots.

  • Pour a small amount of the alcohol onto a lint-free white cloth to wipe mold and mildew spots away.
  • Remove ballpoint pen and permanent marker ink by blotting the ink spot with a white cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • Lift the cloth and rotate it to a fresh area frequently to avoid spreading the ink stain. Alcohol absorbs the ink into the cloth, away from the leather.