How to Clean Leather and Wool Gloves

It’s finally March, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve worn the same pair of gloves all winter… and they’re getting  a little grimy. But what if you can’t just toss your gloves in the wash, because they’re made of a lovely combination of leather and wool? leather and wool gloves   Here’s how to get rid of the grime without ruining your gloves.

  1. Turn your gloves inside out to clean the wool first. Then spray a bit of water and squirt a couple drops of no rinse wool cleaner (I like the Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash) onto the palm of each.
  2. Push your hands back into the leather so that you can massage the soap and water mixture onto each as if you were washing your hands.
  3. Hang to dry on a regular drying rack or a lingerie drying rack like this one from The Container Store. Do not wring dry.
  4. Once completely dry, it’s time to turn them outside in and clean the leather. Dampen a clean cloth and apply a couple drops of leather cleaner (or Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash) to the cloth.
  5. Gently wipe the soapy cloth on the leather gloves, then dry with a separate clean, dry cloth. Dry completely as with the wool above.

All that said, if you have really fancy leather gloves – take them to a professional leather cleaner. My leather gloves are lovely, but I bought them at Costco last fall, so a simple home cleaning will do.

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