Home remedies to clean leather purses

Updated March 23, 2017

It's frustrating to spill food or wine on a purse or to watch it become grimy over time. Fortunately for owners of leather purses, there are many household cleaning substances that remove stains and dirt for a fraction of the cost of commercial cleaners, and they are much cheaper than the cost a new purse.

Baby Wipes

Owners of leather purses can perform everyday cleaning with alcohol-free baby wipes, which remove the surface layers of dirt and oil that gather naturally on the purses with use. While alcohol in large amounts can cause leather to dry and crack, cotton swabs dipped in small amounts of alcohol are useful for the spot cleaning of ink stains.

Dish-Washing Soap

Another household solution is dish-washing soap, which cleans stains and surface dirt effectively when mixed with water and applied with a cloth or towel. After you remove any stains, dry the leather purses thoroughly using a circular hand motion while rubbing a soft, dry cloth over the surface. The drying step is important, because water weakens leather after prolonged contact.

Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar, when mixed with an equal portion of lemon juice, becomes a non-abrasive cleaner that is strong enough to remove deep-coloured stains, like wine and blood stains, from leather purses. Simply apply the tartar and lemon mixture, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe it off. Dry your leather purses after moistening them with the cleaner.

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