leather sofa

There are several furniture pieces in my home that I love, my leather sofa and my leather office chair.

While they are great, they seem to get the most dirt, and I’ll admit, coffee spills from me especially on my office chair.

We paid the extra money to buy the bottle of leather sofa cleaner when we bought it. It was $12. Who pays $12 for leather sofa cleaner?!!

After we quickly used it up, there was no way I was paying that again.


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So during my fall clean up, I was determined to find a great leather sofa cleaner recipe that I could easily make at home.

But I was worried that it would be gentle enough for my leather sofa and office chair.

There had to be an easy recipe that was cheaper than a store-bought cleaner. And I got it!

Vinegar is one of those great all-purpose cleaners that is also gentle. It’s a perfect cleaner for a leather sofa when diluted with water.

So roll up those sleeves and let’s get busy making this inexpensive leather sofa cleaner you’re gonna love!

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Ingredients & Supplies:

This cleaner is made when you go to clean your leather items (sofa, purses, suitcases… whatever) because it needs to be used while the water is warm. That means you don’t want to make it up ahead of time.

Thankfully, it only takes seconds to make, minutes to use, and seconds for the leather to dry. Win! Win! Win!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this leather cleaner:

  • 4 Cups WARM Water
  • 1 Tablespoons Dish Soap
  • 1 teaspoon White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
  • Microfiber Cloth

Since you are not storing this liquid for future use, you do not need to have Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water for this leather sofa cleaner recipe.

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Mix all of the ingredients of the leather sofa cleaner in a large bowl to thoroughly combine.

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Dunk a microfiber cloth or sponge in the mixture.

Wring it out so it’s damp (not wet) and clean the leather sofa or furniture. Use entire mixture while warm. Reheat if needed.

Let dry.

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What Does It Cost?

It’s not even fair to compare the cost of the leather cleaner we purchased at the furniture store. I’m sure they would say that it’s not the same product, and I understand that we might need to use a conditioner on our leather also.

Bob Villa (a home renovation expert I’ve watched on TV for over 20 years) recommends simply using 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oils on a clean cloth. So that’s all I do, and my furniture still looks good as new (aside from the kid and cat scratches). At least the leather hasn’t cracked yet!

Here’s how much my leather sofa cleaner costs:

  • 4 Cups WARM Water = $0
  • 1 Tablespoons Dish Soap = 13¢
  • 1 teaspoon White Vinegar = 1¢
  • 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (price varies)

Total Cost = 14¢ per use

You’ll be amazed at how well this cleaner actually works.

It gets off all the dust and grime (and spilled coffee).

And just look at all the money you’ll save over the years not having to buy any more leather sofa cleaner from the store! Score!

Although this leather sofa cleaner recipe requires a little elbow grease, it’s a great recipe that anyone can make at home.

It’s so easy and at just 14¢ per use, there’s no way a bottle of store-bought leather cleaner can compare.

Plus, it’s so gentle on your leather sofa and office chairs. You’ll be glad you made it!


YOUR TURN: What else are you going to try this leather sofa cleaner on? The leather seats in your car? If you try it, please let me know in the comments below!

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