Homemade Leather Furniture Cleaner

Leather furniture is an excellent investment that is both beautiful and comfortable. With good care, leather furniture can last for generations. One good way to ensure that the furniture will wear well is to keep it clean. Homemade leather furniture cleaner can be a big part of leather care.

Homemade Leather Cleaner Recipes

There are a number of good "recipes" for cleaning leather furniture. Although it isn't a recipe, some people report good results with using baby wipes to clean leather furniture. With this or any of the following recipes, it is very important to test the process and cleaner on a small section that isn't readily visible to check for color changes.

Recipe 1: Cleaning & Conditioning

One part white vinegar Two parts either Neat's foot oil or raw grade linseed oil

After mixing, swirl the cleaner on the furniture with a clean lint free cloth and leave on the furniture overnight. After eight hours or so, buff the furniture thoroughly.

Recipe 2: Mold & Mildew

Use equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water. Spray the mixture on the surface. Wipe off with a clean, lint free white cloth. Replace the cloth if it gets dirty. Allow the surface to dry, a fan may help.

Stain & Spot Removal

To remove a stain or a spot, mix equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. This will make a paste. Use a soft, white lint free cloth to work the paste into the stain. If the stain is still there after the first application, apply the paste again and let it sit for a few hours. Apply a bit more paste and then wipe it clean.


There are almost as many ways of finishing leathers as there are leather chairs and sofas. Although these recipes are simple and gentle, it is very important to test them on a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture being cleaned to see if they change the color of the furniture. Once the test has been completed, if there is no color change, the cleaners should be safe for that particular piece of furniture.