Disinfecting Leather Without Ruining It

Updated on April 08, 2009
C.A. asks from Plano, TX
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Hi! We have some viral illnesses going on around my house and I've had to make several trips to the doctor in my new car which has a nice charcoal colored leather on the seats and steering wheel.

In my old beater, I never would have batted an eyelash at disinfecting it with lysol or clorox wipes, but I am afraid I'll screw up the leather if I do that here. Yet I KNOW the car is covered in germs and it's making me nuts.

Any ideas??!!!??

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answers from Dallas on

I've had good luck disinfecting leather using white vinegar- it is a good antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal and far safer than clorox anyways.

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answers from Dallas on

I use clorox wipes. My Sport Mercedes I drive all the time has an almost white/creme leather interior and I use the clorox wipes all the time. No issue so far.

I do follow up with a trip to the car spa.



answers from Austin on

I use clorox wipes on our black leather furniture without any problems. The bleach in the wipes usually isn't concentrated enough to bleach things, even regular clothes.


answers from Dallas on

I have used clorox wipes on leather and it has never messed up the leather.

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