How to Clean Suede and Leather Naturally

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Suede is such a great material, but many people avoid it because it needs a bit of special care to keep it looking nice. But I’m here today to assure you that caring for suede isn’t as hard as you might think! The main thing that sets suede apart from other materials is that you don’t use water to clean it. In fact, water stains suede, or at least alters the appearance enough that it will look and feel stained. 

How to Make Suede Look New In 6 Easy Steps


Step 1-Brush Vigorously using a firm clothes brush. You do not need to buy any special suede brush. 

Lightly brush the stained areas in one direction. Brushing in one direction helps to remove the surface layer of dirt from the fibers.

Once you’re done, brush the stains again using a back-and-forth motion. Brush with a little more force too! You’re trying to get to the ground-in dirt that’s trapped beneath the surface.


 Secondly, use a pencil eraser for set in stains. If your suede item isn’t to dirty, you may not need to go further. But for really set in stains or dirt, you’ll want to use the eraser.


Rub the eraser over the stains, and don’t be afraid to apply some pressure! Keep rubbing until the stain is gone (which could take a few minutes, so be patient!) And as a word of warning, this part will be messy. Make sure to do it over a towel, or even take it outside!

Thirdly, if your stain STILL isn’t gone, it’s time to break out the big guns! 😉 Grab some plain white vinegar or rubbing alcohol, and pour a bit onto a white washcloth. (Unlike water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol won’t stain suede!)

Rub the dampened cloth onto the stain, then let the area dry completely. Once it’s dry, use the brush to fluff the fabric back up and brush away any loosened dirt.

Step 4 – Shave with Razor to Restore Smooth Texture to Suede

Suede fabric can start to look a bit stringy after a while, but it’s easy to take care of using a plain old shaving razor. Gently shave the strings off the fabric wherever you notice them. After using the razor, use your brush to brush away the stringy bits.

Step 5 – “Fluff” the Suede Using Brush

After all that brushing, scrubbing, and rubbing, the suede can appear a bit dull. That’s nothing a bit of vinegar or alcohol can’t fix! Rub the suede all over with a white cloth dampened with vinegar or alcohol, then let it dry completely. After it’s dry, fluff up the fabric one last time using the brush. And voila, your suede will look clean, lustrous, and fabulous!

Step 6 – Apply Suede Protectant Spray

The final step is to protect your suede so it won’t get quite as dirty in the future. You can find suede protectant sprays online, and a lot of them are fairly inexpensive. Apply your suede protectant spray according to the package directions. Not only will this extra step keep your suede cleaner for longer, it will also make it easier to clean in the future!

If the stain is old only a dry cleaner can help. If you spilled oil  or grease use a dry towel to blot. Sprinkle baking soda or talcum powder, or if you’re in a restaurant use artificial sweetener to absorb oil right away. If the powder looks oily, brush it away using a soft cloth. Repeat if it still looks like the oil  is absorbing. Let dry and in the morning use a suede brush to buff.

Suede boots, Uggs, Timberlands etc. can get salt marks. Dab at the stain with a towel or cotton ball moistened with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide ( 3%). It should clean up right away. Test a small spot first. When dry you will need a good brush (ours would work great ) to lift the nap of the suede.

How to clean leather organically with three ingredients.

Try this 3 ingredient DIY leather cleaner. It is inexpensive and easy to make. Made with simple household ingredients and a few favorite essential oils it is a safe and cost-effective alternative to commercial products.

Leather can sometimes crack as a result of improper care. Leather  wants to stay moist so that it doesn’t dry out and form small cracks.

This homemade leather cleaner and conditioner removes dirt and stains and leaves your leather shiny and smooth. You will want to test a spot in an inconspicuous area before you begin.

Wipe down with a clean soft cloth to remove excess oil and vinegar.

I like to treat my leather at night, let it absorb until morning and then go back over it with a clean lint free cloth to pick up any excess oil before using it to avoid oil transference.

Mix the olive oil and vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well. The vinegar smell dissipates pretty quickly. It needs to be shaken often as you are working. 

      ½  cup  white vinegar

      ¼ cup olive oil

      ½ tsp. Dawn dish soap

      10 drops orange  essential oil (optional )

      10 drops clove essential oil (optional)