Leather and Mr Clean
I have a favorite white Furla bag I use throughout the summer… which since I commute between SoFlo and Chicago, means I use it year-round. This bag is a special souvenir purchased 2 years ago on Paris’ Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, on a trip with a favorite fairy-godchild who was born in Paris 10 years earlier. It replaced a similar version which I had retired immediately after a 3 week trip to India. Note to self: don’t take a white purse to India.
In addition to the memories, why do I love my Furla bag?
- its a soft, fold-able, smooth leather that weighs practically nothing
- its large enough to hold everything and anything, but when empty hangs smoothly and compactly
- the shoulder strap fits easily over my arm or a coat shoulder
So what’s the problem? In the past few weeks both moi husband and daughter have said repeatedly: That bag is filthy. You need to retire it. I hate to think what everyone else was too polite to say!
So, I grabbed a bottle of leather conditioner/cleaner and a soft rag, then scrubbed and scrubbed. A few days later: Retire that bag!
Next brilliant idea: searching for a leather cleaner who could return my purse’s creamy white color. No such luck.
Then, my brilliant husband did what I typically do: he Googled it.
Voila! According to Google, the best things to clean a dirty leather purse are:
- saddle soap: tried
- Dove soap: tried
- Nivea lotion: tried
- window cleaner: No way! did they see My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
- rubbing alcohol: no
- nail polish remover: NO WAY!!!
- Mr Clean Magic Eraser
Whoa! I love Mr Clean Magic Erasers, and I’ve talked about them with you before. But for leather purses??? Hmmm, what have I got to loose? And I have a new box under the sink.
1 hour later, I have a fairly clean while leather Furla bag. I’m going to clean the bag with Magic Erasers again next week. It’s not perfect, but I don’t think I’ll get any more mean comments from family members. And I have some time to search for another perfect white leather purse.
Mr Clean Magic Erasers safely clean leather. Who Knew?