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So, we move onto leather today. What is the best natural way to clean and restore leather? Well, I have tried all kinds of natural leather cleaners, and in my opinion, nothing beats flaxseed oil (linseed oil if you live in Australia.) or olive oil. Adding in just a little bit of white distilled vinegar helps to cut through the oil and add a cleaning power which prevents an oily residue forming on your leather. I always test each new leather surface by rubbing a tiny bit on with a flour sack cloth (or any other soft cloth) and then wiping over with the other end.
This natural homemade leather solution cleans and conditions in one step. Flaxseed oil is very delicate and should be kept in the fridge. Olive oil can be kept in a cool dark place in the pantry. This natural leather cleaner and conditioner works on leather chairs, sofas, shoes and bags. I always make up small quantities of this cleaning solution as I need it, so as not to waste any. I also don’t have to worry about the expiration date of my product. Store the mixture in a little glass bottle and give it a good shake before using.
Leather chairs and sofas should be cleaned regularly, and kept out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. I always use the soft brush attachment of my vacuum cleaner to clean dust particles off. I then wipe over the leather surface with a soft cloth and then buff with a TINY bit of this solution. It is very important that you only use a very small amount, otherwise it can contribute to the deterioration of your leather. You don't want it to absorb too much oil. If you use just a tiny bit for the whole surface and buff off immediately, the results are spectacular.
How do you clean your leather? Please share your natural green leather tips!