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How to Clean a Leather Handbag

Looking after leather handbags

There’s nothing like a great leather handbag for an instant style boost. Aside from making a stylish statement, and whether it’s structured or slouchy, a great handbag can help you look pulled-together and do double duty for work or the weekend. The thing is, as they’re often placed on floors, dirty tables etc, then they are prone to picking up dirt and stains. Here are our money-saving tips on how to keep your tote in tip-top condition and get the best bag for your buck.


About once or twice a year, wash your leather handbag – and yes, we said wash, hand wash that is, in some Liquid Soap Flakes. Liquid Soap Flakes contain only pure soap with no additives or fragrances, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin. They do not contain palm oil – the soap comes from sunflower and coconut oil. Liquid Soap Flakes is well-suited to washing leather handbags as it doesn’t dry out the leather.

Use a basin in which you do your regular hand washing. Pour in a capful of Liquid Soap Flakes.


 Then wash the bag as you would a delicate fabric like silk or wool. You can remove light dirt stains by gently rubbing the soiled areas.


Cleaning a leather handbag with Liquid Soap Flakes

Once you’ve washed it, rinse the bag by dipping it in clean water to remove all traces of the Liquid Soap Flakes. Then leave it to air-dry overnight, or for as long as required and reshape the bag when you do so.

This should do the trick and keep your bag looking as good as new. Here are some final tips on storing leather handbags.

Leather handbag

  • Do not store leather handbags in plastic, as they can dry the bag out or
    stick to the leather.

  • Stuff the bag with tissue paper or an old T-shirt to maintain its shape.

  • Place the handbag in the felt bag it came in or a pillowcase and store upright.


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