How to Remove Perfume From Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dishwashing detergent or liquid hand soap

  • Bucket or washtub

  • Sponge

  • Paper towels

  • Cornmeal

  • Saddle soap or leather conditioner

Perfume carries an aroma of intrigue and allure, unless it spills on fine leather and puts the owner in a funk. Because many perfumes contain some sort of oil, extra care must be taken to get the perfume smell out of the leather without leaving an oily stain. Cleaning perfume from fine leather is a two-step process involving soap, followed by an absorbent to draw out the oily residue.

Step 1

Add liquid soap to water in a bucket and swirl to create frothy suds.

Step 2

Scoop out only the suds with a sponge and work the soap into the perfume spill on the leather. Scrub gently.


Step 3

Blot the area with paper towels.

Step 4

Sprinkle cornmeal on the stain spot to absorb perfume oils and scent. Leave the cornmeal on the leather for several hours, repeating with another application if necessary.

Step 5

Wipe away the cornmeal with a damp sponge and blot-dry the area with paper towels.

Step 6

Buff the leather with saddle soap or a conditioning product to restore the shine.



James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.