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.
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Things you need
- Olive oil
- Lemon oil
- White vinegar
- Linseed oil
- Jar with lid
- Lint-free cloth
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.
Olive oil and lemon 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.
Vinegar and linseed oil
Tips and warnings
- 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.
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