How to Make Leather Softeners

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Keep your leather soft and supple with a few home ingredients.
Keep your leather soft and supple with a few home ingredients. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Soft, supple leather comes with age and proper care. Commercial leather softeners contain harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals. Instead, make a leather softener at home with ingredients you already have around the house. Homemade leather softener will help prevent your leather from becoming flaky and dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon oil
  • White vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Jar with lid
  • Lint-free cloth

Olive Oil and Lemon Oil

Set up your workspace. Clear off a working space in the kitchen and set out olive oil and lemon oil.

Combine the ingredients. Add ¼ cup olive oil to 1 tsp. lemon oil in a small jar and shake or stir to combine.

Apply the softener to leather. Use a lint-free cloth to apply small amounts at a time to the leather, rubbing in the mixture as you proceed.

Store the leather softener in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. It will keep for weeks if stored in a cool, dry place.

Vinegar and Linseed Oil

Set up your workspace. Clear off a working space in the kitchen and set out vinegar and linseed oil and a small jar.

Combine the ingredients. In a jar, add ½ cup white vinegar to 1 cup linseed oil and shake or stir to combine.

Apply the softener to leather. Use your lint-free cloth to apply small amounts at a time to the leather, rubbing in the mixture as you proceed.

Store the leather softener. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. It will keep for weeks if stored in a cool, dry place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow the leather softener to absorb into the leather and dry completely before using; otherwise the mixture will rub off on your skin or clothes.

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