DIY Leather Care Ideas

Buying a new leather purse, or gorgeous pair of shoes is a great feeling; the look, the feel, the colour, everything about it screams "you" right?  Well leather care is the next step in making sure that your new leather goods remain as bold and beautiful as the day your bought them.

Over the counter sprays are available, but we thought it would be interesting to share some of the DIY ideas we've gathered over the years for taking care of your precious cargo.


DIY Ideas For Maintaining Leather:

*Before trying any of these ideas, I recommend trying it in an inconspicuous place first to make sure that your specific leather product is not negatively affected by the treatment.

1. Mix  1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (for smell and totally optional)  in a clean empty spray bottle and lightly spray your leather surface. Doing this will give life to any dried out leather, and make it looks brand new once again.  The vinegar acts as a cleaning agent, while the oil moisturizes and replenishes the surface.

2.  Using 10-20 drops of lemon essential oil, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of water, 1.5 tsp of dish washing liquid, paper towels, and voila!  You've got yourself another leather care recipe that takes years off the age of your prized leather possession.

 

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Overall, using olive oil is key in moisturizing the leather to give it back the same shine and life it had the day you bought it.  When it comes to actually cleaning the leather, the best homemade recipes use white vinegar, or a quality dish washing detergent to remove any grime or dirt. 
Typically, the small of white vinegar will be present for 24 hours-ish so to counter-act this, a lot of people choose to add their choice of essential oils.  This can be anything from lemon, vanilla, lavender - anything that provides the incredible scents you're seeking. 
No matter what, before you try anything at home, remember to test a small spot first to make sure that your specific ingredients are not reacting to your leather in a negative way. 
If you have any comments, or recipes of your own, feel free to comment!  Know anybody who could use this information?  Feel free to share this on Facebook, or pass on the link.
Cheers,
The Crush Crew

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