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Can You Wash Your Leather Jacket?

Leather Jacket

It's a common misconception that washing a leather jacket is as simple as tossing it in the washing machine. While professional cleaning is an option, it can be costly.

There's an alternative way to clean your leather jacket at home.

Can you wash a Leather Jacket at Home without Ruining It?

Washing a leather jacket is usually not recommended, but you can clean it at home and restore its original luster. To learn more, check out this guide. You'll need a clean cloth and a brush, a bowl of clean water, and either baby shampoo or a leather cleaning solution.

So, How to Wash a Leather Jacket?

To get started, buy a good quality leather cleaning solution and a dust cleaning brush specifically designed for leather.

Here are some simple steps:

1. Clean the Dust from the Leather Jacket

Remove any dust from the surface of your jacket. To do this, use a brush designed for cleaning leather, ensuring that it won't cause any damage to the material. If you don't have a leather cleaning brush, you can also use a cloth to wipe away any dust gently.

Cleaning Leather Jacket


Using Baby Shampoo

2. Wash Your Jacket with Baby Shampoo or Leather Cleaning Solution

Using a Baby Shampoo

- Fill a bowl with water and add baby shampoo.

- Dip a cloth, sponge, or towel into the solution and wring out excess water.

- Apply the damp cloth to the leather jacket.

- Wipe the jacket in a circular motion, on the stains.

- Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining shampoo.

- Air dry the jacket in an airy place for 24 hours.

OR

Using a leather cleaning solution

If you don’t want to use baby shampoo, then using a leather cleaning solution can clean your leather jacket. These solutions can be found in leather specialty stores and come in different forms such as bars, sprays, or gels.

To make sure the cleaner won't harm the leather, test it on a little, discrete section of the jacket (like the inside).

Leather Cleaning Solution

3. Apply Leather Conditioner

After you have washed the leather jacket and it has dried, apply a leather conditioner to revive its shine and make it soft and supple.

Hence, by following the above steps, you can keep your leather jacket looking fresh for years to come.

If you're facing other issues like bad odor from leather jackets, then check out this guide.

Frequently Asked Questions


How to wash leather jacket in washing machine?

We won’t recommend putting your leather jacket in the washing machine as it can damage it. Instead, you can clean it with leather cleaning products or spot cleaning with baby shampoo.


How can I wash the inner lining of leather jacket?

To clean the jacket, first, clean the exterior shell. Mix detergent and water in a basin and use a towel to apply the mixture. Wipe the jacket's lining with a moist towel in circular motions, rinse off the soap with a cloth dipped in water, and then hang the jacket to dry for at least 10 hours.


How often should I wash a leather jacket?

It's important to wash or clean your leather jacket every 6 months to maintain its condition and keep it looking fresh.


How to wash faux leather jacket?

Jackets made of faux or vegan leather should be washed by hand in warm water using a mild detergent or on a gentle cycle. Hot water should never be used since it can cause it to shrink.

Applying Leather Conditioner



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