Home Remedies For Cleaning Leather Car Seats

The last thing you want on a leather car seat is a spillage of food or drink. It can be a real hassle to get rid of unless you know all the top tricks to fix the problem.

You don’t need to buy chemical-based leather cleaners to do the best job. In fact, most of the essential items needed for cleaning leather perfectly can be found in the kitchen – almost all of us have vinegar, baking soda, lemons, or olive oil available.

We’ve found 5 of the best home remedies for cleaning leather car seats that are certain to leave your car’s seats looking almost as good as new.

5 Top Home Remedies For Cleaning Leather Car Seats

1. Blot Away The Problem

You don’t need anything complicated when leather car seats require a clean. That stain can be blotted away with ease so long as you know what to do and can get clearing up the stain as early as possible.

Really, we can’t stress this enough, the blotting method is the simplest way to prevent leather staining, so whenever possible, take action immediately.

To use this method, ensure you have the following:

  1. Warm Water
  2. 2 Lint-free cloths (microfiber is the best option)

What to do:

1. Blot The Stain

If you are using this method, it should be early on, so the stain should be liquid rather than something that has dried.

With your lint-free cloth, start blotting the liquid, ensuring that as much of the spill is removed from the leather car seat as possible.

2. Dab With Warm Water

Take the second of your lint-free cloths, and dampen it with your water. Remember, this works better with warm water, but if you find yourself in an emergency with no warm water to hand, use whatever clean water is available.

Dab at the area with the stain.

3. Dry Dabbing Repeating

Once you are happy with the result of wet dabbing/blotting, once again, take your dry cloth and use this on the area being cleaned.

4. Air Dry

It would be best if you left your leather car seats to air dry properly. Once dry, there should be no sign of any stain.

2. Simple Soap And Water Does The Trick

We say ‘simple’ for this technique because it is something that anybody can do.

To use this method, ensure you have the following:

  1. Warm water
  2. 2 lint-free cloths (microfiber is the best option)
  3. A mild dish soap

What to do:

a. Prepare Your Solution

You will be making a solution with warm water and soap. The ratio of warm water to soap should be 5:1.

b. Dampen The Cloth

Please take one of your lint-free clothes and dampen it. When we say dampen, we don’t mean it should be slightly damp. Really ensure that the cloth is fully dampened with your soap solution.

c. Wipe

Take that dampened lint-free cloth to your leather can seat and give the seats a good surface clean. When the cloth is dirty, rinse it out, re-dampen if needed, and continue wiping the seats down until you are satisfied.

d. Drying

You’ll need your dry lint-free cloth for this step. Take it, and dry off any excess moisture from your leather car seat. Once that’s done, you’re finished!

3. Brilliant Baking Soda

Baking soda is a remarkable product that can do so many different things. If you’ve never seen a video or read an article about baking soda life hacks, then we recommend that you do so. The knowledge will change your life and the way you clean forever.

For now, we are going to tell you how to use baking soda with your leather car seats. This baking soda method is especially good for removing grease and oil stains.

To use this method, ensure you have:

  • Baking soda
  • 2 lint-free cloths (microfiber is the best option)
  • A soft brush
  • Water

What to do:

i. Add Baking Soda

You’ll need enough baking soda to cover the stain on your leather car seats. Add a healthy layer over the stain.

ii. Wait

Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can leave the baking powder overnight. If requiring a quicker turnaround, try to allow 2 hours before proceeding to step III. Two hours will give just enough time for the baking soda to absorb the grease or oil you are looking to remove.

iii. Brush

Once the allotted time is up, take your soft brush to the leather car seat, and sweep the baking soda away, preferably into a dustpan or something like that. You will notice the baking soda is less powdery and may even be clumpy. This clumpiness is because it has absorbed the oil or grease.

Ensure that the brush used is soft. Hard bristle brushes could cause scratches to your leather car seats.

iv. Wipe (dry)

There will still be remnants of the baking soda on the leather car seat. Removing it will now be a two-step process. The first step involves taking one of your dry lint-free cloths and wiping away as much excess baking soda as possible.

v. Wipe (wet)

The second wipe you give will be with a damp cloth. Take the one you just used for the dry wipe, give it a rinse, and use the damp cloth to remove any baking soda remaining on the leather car seat.

vi. . Dry

You should have a second cloth available. Take this dry lint-free cloth, and use it to dry the leather case seat as best as possible. You should be left with a  fresh, stain-free car seat.

4. The Cream Of Tartar With Lemon Juice Combo

Cream of tartar and lemon juice may sound like something that would accompany an order of fish in a restaurant, but believe us when we say this tartar is different from that.

We’re talking about the cream of tartar ordinarily used in baking; it’s a white powder, not the white sauce often used as a condiment for seafood.

Cream of tartar combined with lemon juice is an incredible cleaner. It is so good, in fact, at removing stains that we recommend only using this method on light leather, as the pH levels are high enough to bleach darkened leather.

To use this method, ensure you have:

  • Lemons
  • Cream of tartar
  • A mixing bowl and a mixing tool
  • 2 lint-free cloths (microfiber cloths are the best  option)

What to do:

a. Create The Paste

Combine the lemon juice and cream of tartar in your mixing bowl. The ratio should be 1:1. Mix this combination until it forms a paste.

b. Apply Paste

Put the paste onto the stained area. Allow it to rest there for at least 5 minutes, but no more than ten minutes. Remember, this is a very powerful paste that could bleach your leather.

c. Remove Paste

Do this with you’re a dampened lint-free cloth. Keep rinsing the cloth and repeating this step until all the paste has been removed.

d. Dry Wipe

Take your dry lint-free cloth and wipe the surface of your leather car seat to ensure the leather car seat is dried.

5. The Olive Oil And Vinegar Combo

You may see the word vinegar above and wonder if we’ve gone crazy. After all, you pour some vinegar out of the bottle, and it absolutely stinks, so why would you want that on your car seats?

Well, vinegar works as a natural deodorizer, so any bad smells your leather will have will quickly disappear. Also disappearing is the smell of vinegar, so all you will be left with are beautiful leather seats with a natural leather smell.

Olive oil is also part of this process – oils act as excellent leather conditioners, and olive oil especially so. It will get into the pores of your leather, keeping the leather fibers healthy and assisting in the breakdown of any stains.

To use this method, ensure you have:

  • White vinegar (distilled)
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 lint-free cloths (microfiber is the best option)
  • Spray Bottle

What to do:

i. Create The Solution

You will need to mix the white vinegar and olive oil in your spray bottle. The ratio of vinegar to olive oil should be 2:1. Ensure you shake the bottle well so that the ingredients mix properly.

ii. Spray

Do not spray directly onto the leather. Instead, please take one of your lint-free cloths and spray the solution onto it. Wipe the leather seats with this damp cloth.

iii. Allow To Rest

Let the solution rest on the leather for at least 10 minutes. Please don’t leave it on for more than 15 minutes.

iv. Use Dry Cloth

Take the second lint-free cloth to wipe the surface down. The result should be soft, shining leather.

Do’s And Do Not’s While Using Home Remedies For Cleaning Leather Car Seats


a. Try to use lint-free microfiber cloths. These are less likely to cause scratches on your leather car seats.

b. Check to see if there is any damage to the leather seats before adding any substances to them. Damaged leather should not be saturated by any solution, as this means the fluid will harm the leather. Furthermore, it is better to work with cloths with light dampness rather than fully wet when working with damaged leather.

c. Know what type of leather your car seat is made of. Some homemade treatments can be harsher than others, especially if it is delicate leather. Knowing the type of leather you have will help you better understand which home remedy to use.

d. Test any home remedy you intend to use on a small portion of leather, preferable one a bit out of view most of the time, to ensure that there is no adverse reaction when the remedy is applied to your leather.

e. Absorb all cleaning solutions using a lint-free cloth. Never let any moisture remain on the lather car seat, as this will lead to further staining or damage to the leather.

f. Clean only small portions of the leather at any one time. This will reduce the chance of leather becoming discolored.


a. Spray any cleaning solutions onto the car seats directly. Direct spraying can lead to oversaturation of the leather, which could cause problems in the long term.

b. Give the wrong ratio of ingredients, especially when using harsh substances such as vinegar, cream of tartar, or baking soda. The wrong ratio can lead to problems with your leather car seats.

c. Use bleach or anything containing ammonia. These chemical-based cleaners are guaranteed to cause damage to your leather.

d. Oversaturate your leather with any substance. Oversaturation will weaken the leather, stain the leather, and ultimately damage the cushions that the leather is protecting.

e. Use brushes with hard bristles. These will damage your leather. You will find many soft bristle brushes available in the shops that are designed specifically for cleaning leather.


You now know how to clean leather car seats with household products, so you’ll never need to buy expensive chemical-based cleaners from the shops again.

Not only are these home remedies good for your bank balance, but they are also better for the environment as well.

Therefore, using any of the methods shown to your today will provide incredible outcomes all around.

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