How to Clean Inside a Leather Purse

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How to Clean Inside a Leather Purse
Clean inside a leather purse (Bag from a black leather on a white background image by terex from

A leather purse tends to accumulate a large amount of debris, as it can be a convenient place to put your litter when there isn't a dustbin handy. You can easily clear your leather purse of dirt and debris and get rid of any lingering odours.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose (optional)
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Water
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Empty the purse of everything. Leave the smaller pockets open.

  2. 2

    Turn the purse upside down over the trash and shake vigorously. This should remove most of the larger pieces of debris, crumbs, etc.

  3. 3

    If the purse is big enough, vacuum it.

  4. 4

    Turn the purse inside out and pull the lining away from the leather, if you can. The more you can separate the lining from the leather, the better.

  5. 5

    Hang the purse upside-down over a sink and hand wash the lining.

  6. 6

    Let the purse dry completely, then replace the lining.

  7. 7

    Place a few charcoal briquettes in the purse for about a week to remove odours. Wrap them loosely in paper towels to prevent charcoal dust from getting into the purse.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to use more than one purse on a regular basis. This will prevent excessive wear and tear and soiling.

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