Friday, May 6, 2011

Home made leather cleaner

For several years Christian and I lived with family and much of our stuff was in storage, this included Christian’s golf bag.  When we moved to our current apartment we noticed that the bag looked mildewy and dry. To be completely honest, it looked disgusting.  So we did what any normal people would do. We stuck it in a closet and tried to pretend it wasn’t there.

It worked too, well that was until Christian and a friend of his decided to go golfing a few weeks ago. We pulled the long forgotten golf bag out of the corner of the closet and quickly decided that it was not fit to take golfing.

I knew that vinegar would clean mildew off leather. I also knew it would dry out leather. So I did some research on how to clean leather and found this super simple recipe.

1 part vinegar and 3 parts olive oil.  It couldn’t be easier. All you do is dip a rag into the mixture wring it out so it’s not dripping and wipe down whatever you are cleaning. Use a clean rag to wipe off the excess oil.

I don’t remember what blog I found this recipe on (sorry to that author) however, that person said they use it to clean their leather couch. I am sure you could use it to clean jackets, car seats.

It was amazing the difference it made in Christian’s golf bag! It looks brand new now. I did have to wipe it down twice because it was so dry. The leather licked up the oil in no time. I hope you don’t have anything in your house as gross as the golf bag, but if you do, you now have the knowledge to make it look brand new again.

So I hope I didn’t embarrass Christian too badly. If I go missing in the next few days, you’ll know why.  =)  As always, your comments and suggestions on improvements are always welcome. 

Happy polishing!

"Then they (older women) can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:4-5


  1. What a great result! I hope I can remember this when I need it. Seems like we have a leather briefcase stashed somewhere around here that could use that treatment!

  2. Going to try this on a pair of kids sandals. Really hoping I can restore them! Now, if I could just figure out where I put them!