How to Clean White Leather

Whether it is a favourite garment, purse or piece of furniture, white leather notoriously attracts dust, causing it to look dirty and dingy sometimes. Cleaning white leather may be difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible.

In fact, not only are many commercial products available, but as many, if not more, home remedies are available. Next time you want to clean or spruce up your favourite leather item, try one of these solutions.

Use plain soap and water. Mix a couple drops of liquid dish soap with warm water, and dip a soft cloth into it. Wring the excess water from the cloth, and gently rub the leather to remove any built-up grime and dirt.

Spray a soft mist of hairspray on your leather item, and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Be careful not to saturate the item with hairspray or to grind the hairspray into the leather.

Mix two parts linseed oil with one part vinegar, and use a soft cloth to buff the leather clean. Use another cloth or paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Repeat as necessary.

Use a Mr. Clean Eraser. According to, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original is safe to use on leather items such as shoes, purses and luggage. It can be used to remove scuffs, pen marks and dirt build up.

Visit a farm supply or outdoor speciality store and purchase some saddle soap. Saddle soap can be used to clean, soften and protect your leather items.

Take the item to a professional leather cleaner. They often have years of experience and products that aren't readily available to the average consumer.