By taking good care of your leather, you can make it last longer, look better and prevent it from cracking. Here are 5 essential oils safe for leather that you can incorporate in your DIY leather cleaning products.
Cleaning Leather with Natural Products
There are so many highly priced conventional products with fancy names and fancy packaging that claim to clean, shine, polish and condition you leather items.
I remember when we went to buy my friend some expensive leather shoes for a special occasion and the sales man at the counter did his best to try and get us to buy a small bottle of highly priced ‘leather conditioner’. My friend almost gave in but I convinced him that we could clean leather safely and naturally at home with household products and essential oils.
Making your own leather cleaner at home is easy, toxin free and comes without the burden of synthetic chemicals. You can make unbeatable leather cleaners using just a few drops of essential oils.
Which Essential Oils Are Safe for Leather?
Most essential oils can be used safely with leather. Look out for an essential oil that smells aromatic such as citrus oils and that has anti-bacterial and cleansing action such as lavender and eucalyptus. Here are some of my favorite essential oils for leather cleaning:
1. Lavender (where to get it)
2. Lemon (where to get it)
3. Orange (where to get it)
4. Vanilla (where to get it)
5. Eucalyptus (where to get it)
6. Cedarwood (where to get it)
7. Citronella (where to get it)
How to Use Essential Oils Safe for Leather in Cleaning
You can use any of the above essential oils safe for leather in your own diy recipes. Here are a few you may want to try out:
1. DIY Simple Leather Cleaner
You only need a couple of ingredients to whip up a safe yet effective leather cleaner with household ingredients.
What you need:
- ½ cup warm water
- ¼ cup of white vinegar (where to get it)
- 6 drops of eucalyptus oil
- A cotton cloth
- Microfiber cloth (where to get it)
- First begin by dusting the leather to remove surface dirt.
- Now mix the vinegar, water and essential oils in a bowl and dip your cotton cloth into the bowl.
- Squeeze out the excess water and wipe the surface of the leather firmly, repeating several times if necessary.
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe dry the damp surface.
2. DIY Lemon Leather Polish
Give your leather that brand new shine and well-maintained look using a homemade lemon leather polish.
What you need:
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter (where to get it)
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax pastilles (where to get it)
- 6 drops of lemon essential oil
- In a double boiler, melt the shea butter and the bees wax pastilles.
- Take off heat and pour into a glass jar
- Pour in the essential oil and stir to mix everything up.
- Allow to set overnight in the refrigerator.
- Use on dry and dusted leather, after cleaning with the DIY simple leather cleaner above.
Note: These DIY leather cleaners may not be suitable for suede or other types of unfinished leather varieties. Always test the product on a small patch before using everywhere.