White leather purses are so chic for spring and summer; they’re bright and complement just about any outfit. The only problem? They seem to be a magnet for dirt and stains. Have no fear—it’s possible to restore your white leather purse to its former glory. It’s not just about removing the stains; you’ve got to use the proper materials and cleansing solutions to avoid damaging the quality of your leather.

Things You'll Need

Tip

You may have heard that bleach is too harsh to use on white leather; this is only if the leather has a finish. If it does, use a gentle liquid soap instead of bleach. Otherwise, break out the big guns. Make sure to dilute the bleach with water, though. Using undiluted bleach directly may harm the quality of finished or unfinished leather. When diluted with water, bleach can be a safe and effective cleaning solution for your unfinished white leather purse.

Instructions

Empty your purse of all belongings. Turn the purse upside down over a trash can and shake to remove any and all dirt. Then close all exterior zippers to prevent any of the cleaning solution from getting on the interior fabric.

Lay a white towel on a flat surface to use as your cleaning station. This protects the surface from the bleach and cleaning solution and prevents your purse from acquiring any more stains during the process.

Cover your hands with clear or white plastic gloves and mix 1/3 cup bleach into 1 cup hot water.

Submerge a soft, white cloth into the solution. Wring out excess liquid from the cloth before applying it to your purse. With the damp cloth, begin rubbing the stained areas of the purse until clean. Use clean parts of the cloth as you cover new areas.

Take a clean, dry, soft, white cloth and soak up excess moisture from the entire surface of the purse. Once the purse is completely dry, spray a water-based leather protector or conditioner all over as a finish. Hang dry.

Tips

  • If your white leather purse is very expensive and you don’t want to risk cleaning it on your own, bring it to a local cleaner who specializes in leather.
  • Try to avoid touching your white leather purse right after applying lotion to your hands. The transference of oils can cause discoloration and stains on your purse.
  • For ink stains, submerge a cotton swab in non-acetone nail polish remover and rub it only on the area of the ink stain.
  • Always store your white leather purse in a dust bag in between uses.