How to Clean Leather With Household Products

While many of us are accustomed to thinking of leather as a delicate item when it comes to cleaning, in reality you can clean leather with household products without damaging the finish or shortening its lifespan. Whether you want to clean a leather sofa, leather boots or jacket, items on your bathroom countertop or in your kitchen cupboard can help you keep your leather pieces conditioned, clean and supple.

Keep your leather sofas plush and clean.

Step 1

Vacuum the sofa. This will pick up any dust, dirt and grime that has built up on the sofa due to general wear and tear.

Step 2

Saturate a cleaning rag with water. Wring out the rag so that it is just barely damp, then squirt three drops of gentle liquid hand soap onto the rag. Work the rag so that the soap and water are dispersed throughout.

Step 3

Clean your leather item. Use firm pressure to wipe down the entire leather item with the soapy water. Refresh or replace the rag if it gets too dirty so that you are not just smearing the dirt around.

Step 4

Wipe down the leather with a rag that is barely damp. This will remove any soap residue that is left over after cleaning.

Step 5

Wipe down the leather with a clean, dry rag. Make sure that the leather is completely dry before moving on.

Step 6

Massage a small amount of olive oil into the leather. Pour about five drops on a clean, dry rag and work it into the rag. Use firm pressure to work the oil into the leather, replenishing the oil only when it is clear that all of the oil is out of the rag. When you are done, the leather should not be darker, shiny or sticky. If it is, use a dry cloth to buff off the excess oil.

Carole Ellis

Carole Ellis began writing in 2004 for the "UGA Research Magazine." Her work has appeared in Growing Edge, Medscape and Doctors' Guide publications. In addition to medical coverage, Carole publishes a real estate newsletter called REJournalOnline and is the news editor for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter. She has a bachelor's degree in English and graduate work in creative writing and plant biology.