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Published on July 6th, 2014 | by Irev

How to Clean Leather Belts

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It’s fun to shop for accessories and create different looks to match our personality and fashion style. Leather belts, for example, can be used to show toughness or playfulness, depending on the clothes they are matched with and who’s wearing them. Eventually, leather belts can also get soiled like other pieces of clothing or accessories. There’s no need to fuss over this, though, as cleaning leather belts can be an easy task.

You won’t need fancy or expensive materials to clean your leather belt; common household products will do. You’ll need to prepare the following:

  1. Soft pieces of cloth (make sure they’re clean!)
  2. A bar of castile soap
  3. Castor oil
  4. Saddle soap
  5. Dry-cleaning fluid
  6. Lukewarm water

With those products, you can clean your leather belt in two ways: the castile soap method and the saddle soap method.


Castile soap is made from vegetable oil, but more commonly with olive oil. Because of this, it is a very gentle kind of soap that won’t harm leather belts. It can be bought at discount stores and pharmacies. To begin the castile soap method of cleaning your leather belt, wet a piece of cloth with lukewarm water. You don’t need a dripping wet cloth, so make sure to wring out any excess water. Gently rub the cloth over the castile soap. When you have enough soap on the cloth, briskly rub the cloth over the leather belt. To rinse off the soap, use another damp piece of cloth to rub the leather belt. Repeat the process as needed, especially when the belt has stains or glosses.


Saddle soap is technically not a kind of soap; it is a compound containing mild soap and softening ingredients like lanolin, glycerine, and neatsfoot oil. Additionally, it also has beeswax, which is helpful in protecting leather. It is named so because it is commonly used for cleaning, softening, and conditioning leather saddles and other horse accessories & equipment. It is no surprise, therefore, that it can also be used in cleaning leather belts. The saddle soap method is recommended if your leather belt is extremely old or very soiled with stronger stains or dirt. Begin restoring an old leather belt by rubbing it using a piece of cloth with some saddle soap, and then rinse it by gently rubbing it with another damp cloth. For oily or greasy leather belts, use a cloth dipped in dry cleaning fluid. Once all dirt, grease, or oil has been removed, rub castor oil on the entire belt for reconditioning and keeping its supple feel. Use a clean and dry cloth to buff it afterwards.

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Regardless of the cleaning method you’ll be using, make sure to always wipe your leather belt dry after cleaning it. It would also help if you could ensure the proper care and regular maintenance of your belt for you to use it longer, be it for holding up your pants or accessorizing your look for any kind of event.

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