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How to make leather softeners

Updated April 17, 2017

Soft, supple leather comes with age and proper care. Commercial leather softeners contain harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals. Instead, make a leather softener at home with ingredients you already have around the house. Homemade leather softener will help prevent your leather from becoming flaky, cracked and dry.

Olive oil and lemon oil

Set up your work area. Clear off a working space in the kitchen and set out olive oil and lemon oil.

Combine the ingredients. Add 50 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil to 5 ml (1 tsp) lemon oil in a small jar and shake or stir to combine.

Apply the softener to leather. Use a lint-free cloth to apply small amounts at a time to the leather, rubbing in the mixture as you proceed.

Store the leather softener in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. It will keep for weeks if stored in a cool, dry place.

Vinegar and linseed oil

Clear off a work space in the kitchen and set out vinegar, linseed oil and a small jar.

Combine the ingredients. In a jar, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) white vinegar to 250 ml (1 cup) linseed oil and shake or stir to combine.

Apply the softener to leather. Use your lint-free cloth to apply small amounts at a time to the leather, rubbing in the mixture as you proceed.

Store the leather softener. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Tip

Allow the leather softener to absorb into the leather and dry completely before using the item; otherwise the mixture will rub off on your skin or clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon oil
  • White vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Jar with lid
  • Lint-free cloth
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About the Author

Veronica Maier has been an active online writer since 2010. She has been a contributing writer to eHow and Answerbag. Maier holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history and visual culture with an emphasis on the American modern from the University of California, Santa Cruz.