DIY Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

We've had our leather sofas for about 6 years. For the first couple of years I used the Leather Wipes that came with the furniture to keep the sofas clean and conditioned. Somewhere along the way I stopped using them and my sofas have suffered because of it.  I went researching (Pinterest) and found something that seems to work pretty well... this DIY Leather Cleaner and Conditioner. Here was the sofa on the showroom floor. Yikes! Did we really pay that much, only to have cracked leather?
When we lived in Arizona, the cushions sustained some water damage from the kiddos sitting on it when they were wrapped up in their towels after being in the pool. They have been kind of cracked-looking for quite a while. With the recent addition of Oliver to our family, I started noticing just how bad the leather is looking. Now that Oliver and Scamp are playing tag, I'm seeing lots more scratches on the sofa as they jump up and launch themselves from the sofas. I'm pretty sure it's because I haven't been a good leather owner. That, and the animals shouldn't be on the furniture in the first place. :-(
So, are you ready to see how to make your own DIY Leather Cleaner and Conditioner? Here's what you need to start making salad dressing... and this leather cleaner ;-) Well, I wouldn't suggest the essential oil in your salad dressing.
Simply mix up 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil in a clean empty spray bottle and lightly spray your leather surface. See how dry and cracked it is?
*Before doing this, I recommend trying it in an inconspicuous place first...just to make sure it is safe for your leather.
Wipe clean and dry with a cloth. (Sorry it's a bit blurry...I was movin'!)
The vinegar acts as the cleaner, while the olive oil moisturizes the leather. I put in the essential oil to cut down on the vinegar smell, but truthfully, it disappears shortly anyway.

It didn't totally repair the cracks and scratches, but I do see improvement. I think if I am consistent with using the DIY Leather Cleaner and Conditioner the leather will improve and maybe not break down so quickly over the next six years. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  1. Great tip Nici! I SO need to do this. We have a red leather couch in our hearth room that I've been thinking of slip-covering, but this would be a much easier solution. I had never seen a DIY version of leather conditioner, so I'll for sure give this a try. Thanks for sharing it!


  2. Thanks for the great tip and encouragement to clean my leather chairs :)

  3. Oh, I needed this so badly! I've pinned it and will make it and use very soon! My sofa is very thirsty!!!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  4. Ohhh....I must try this! We have a leather sectional with a cat and dod....needless to say it gets many nose, paw and but marks :) I have tried oil& essential oil mixes, but none with vinegar. Pinning & stopping by from Lakeshore Drive.
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

  5. Really nice to know, I'll have to try it!

  6. This is very nice!! I will try to make those later and try it on my leather couch. This is much better because the ingredients can just be found in our kitchen. We don't have to pay much for this.

  7. TY so much for this tip I have a leather couch that I had no clue how to clean!

  8. Wow, sounds like you've some wonderful ideas about leather cleaner and plans, sounds like the end result will look very nice! Best of luck with the changes

  9. This is a really great leather cleaner from products that can be found at home! I just picked up a couple of leather chairs from the 70's and this concoction worked wonders. Repeated the process several times to clean off the heavy build-up of dirt and dust. Definitely will be recommending this to others. Thank you!


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