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How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Leather Clothes and Shoes


Leather clothes, shoes and handbags can mildew and mold when the moisture and heat levels are too high in a closet or storage area. Learn how to remove the mildew safely and restore the beauty of the leather.

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Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes plus drying time

Here's How:

  1. Take the mildewed items outside to clean to prevent spreading the mildew spores.
  2. Mix a solution of 1 cup of denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to one cup water. Soak a soft white cloth in the solution and wipe away the mildew.
  3. Allow the leather to air dry away from the sun or direct heat. If the item is leather shoes or a handbag, polish with a good quality leather polish or cream.


  1. If the leather is heavily mildewed, it may need to be cleaned with a solution of saddle soap and water. Use a soft cloth and work the soap in well. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water. Allow to air dry.
  2. If the mildewed leather is on shoes, after they are cleaned stuff them with soft paper - like tissue paper - before allowing to dry. This will help them hold their shape.

What You Need

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Soft White Cloth
  • Saddle Soap
  • Tissue Paper
  • Shoe Polish
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