For the last few years our leather couches have been tucked away in a sitting area. But with our new home they are out in the open, by the kitchen, with three little kids and a dog having full access to them.
Are you getting a mental picture of how gross they have become?
I bought some leather cleaner but wasn't very impressed with it, it didn't seem to work very well. Plus it had a warning label that pretty much said if my children come into contact with it then they will die a slow painful death. So I made my own.
Homemade Leather Cleaner
You Will Need:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup regular vinegar
a spray bottle
Just mix the two ingredients together in your spray bottle and shake it
well. Now you just have to spray the leather down and wipe it clean with
a cotton cloth. Please note that this recipe is perfectly safe for regular leather but is it not designed to be used on suede.
I sprayed one section of the couch and wiped it all down. Then I used the store bought leather cleaner on the section next to it to see how they compare.
The Verdict: It was SO much better then the store bought. The first thing I noticed was that the olive oil didn't clog up my bottle. Which was a huge plus.
It went farther. The store bought kind was individual cloths and I had to use 2 of them for just that small section on the couch.
The DIY had the same shine as the store bought but it the shine lasted longer
There wasn't a reside left over
The DIY didn't just shine, it also got off all the gunk from the kids sticky hands and the dogs wet nose.