How to Clean A White Leather Bag

Dear Budget Fashionista

I love the inexpensive white leather handbag I bought several weeks ago. But what’s the best way to clean white leather? Is old-fashioned saddle soap be appropriate, or is there something more gentle I should look for?

A:There are many over the counter products made to clean white leather (one is called White Wizard), however most of these cleaners were made to clean grimmy leather sneakers, not fine leather handbags. You also run the risk of damaging the leather of the purse by using water based products like baby detergent. So my advice is to try the saddle soap and for any scuffs use the Kiwi brand liquid shoe polish in the squeezable plastic bottle. But remember to proceed at your own risk and next time remember to scotch guard your leather purse!

If you have great advice on cleaning a white leather purse—please post it below.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    After cleaning, use Kiwi Shoe Whitener. The website cliams that the same will keep your white leather shoes looking white like new

    where oh where can i purchase kiwi renovater???i have been looking and looking, to no is the only polish that really works. the other stuff is to thin to do any good. but you could do with a different container, i have to cut the bottom to get the polish out.  how about a tube?

    they say a white toothpaste can do the trick.

    Kiwi is the way to go. Last year I had navy blue color rub off [ from a stripped cotton t-shirt] on my pearlized white bag and was devastated! I took a wee bit of the Kiwi with a soft face cloth & it all came out & looked like new!

    I read your response and appreciate the mention of White Wizard Spot Remover. I just want to clarify: White Wizard works great not only on white leather, but on all leather. Our product is non-abrasive, odorless, and non-toxic, so it’s ideal for fine leather, including fine leather handbags.

    For more information, or questions, please visit us at

    Thanks again!

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