How to use olive oil to clean leather jackets

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It's important to clean leather clothing, particularly jackets, with some degree of regularity, as leather, which is a highly porous material, absorbs odours, pollution and dirt rather easily. While you can clean leather by purchasing a special cleaning agent made especially for leather, you can also cleanse and refresh it at home by using ingredients found around your house, including olive oil.

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Things you need

  • 3 soft cloths
  • Gentle hand soap or white vinegar
  • Olive oil

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  1. 1

    Dampen two soft cloths with lukewarm water. Make sure the cloths are just barely wet.

  2. 2

    Pour three drops of gentle hand soap onto one cloth, and rub it in until it is well-combined. Alternatively, you can use 2 tbsp white vinegar.

  3. 3

    Pour 3 tbsp olive oil onto the other damp cloth. Rub it in until olive oil saturates the cloth.

  4. 4

    Rub the first cloth all along the surface area of the leather jacket, wiping away dirt. Follow immediately with the cloth dampened with olive oil. Repeat once.

  5. 5

    Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

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