Go Natural, Go Clean: How to Clean Leather Furniture, Minus the Harmful Chemicals
Let’s face it: No matter how we try to protect our fully-polished leather furniture, there will come a time when we will come home to a stained or mildewed couch. And while this may not be convenient, there is nothing for it but to grab a chemical cleaner in the grocery store. But wait, do we really have to? Yes, this might be your first thought, but the truth is, there are so many natural alternatives just sitting on your kitchen cabinet. Safer and more convenient to use, these natural remedies can work wonders on your couch.
If your leather furniture requires basic cleaning, mix equal parts vinegar and water. Then, dip a cloth into the mixture and use it to clean the furniture. Afterwards, wipe off any excess solution with a dry cloth.
For leather conditioners, on the other hand, you can make a solution either from the following options:
- Two parts flaxseed oil and one part vinegar; or
- ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil or lemon drops
After mixing up the conditioner of your choice, you just have to wipe the conditioner on the leather in circular motions and let it sit overnight. Then, in the morning, remove the conditioner with a clean cloth. It’s simple, right? Right!
Final Pointer to Consider: You don’t really have to clean your couch with your home-made cleaning solutions every day. For regular cleaning, use either a feather duster or a clean dry cloth. However, once you find heavy dust in the sofa, use a vacuum cleaner to ensure your leather furniture is in tip-top shape. By cleaning your furniture on a daily basis, you would be able to ensure its longevity.