Clean your bag thoroughly if it has been lightly soiled. Leather handbags can get dull over time from oils on the skin and exposure to environmental factors such as perfumes or hairspray. Clean your leather bag once a week to reduce light soiling.
Empty out the contents of your purse to clean it. Run a lint brush or vacuum hose along the inner lining to collect dust. Add a few drops of mild liquid soap to two cups of warm water and mix until suds form. Dip a soft cloth in the water. Use the wet cloth to clean the outside of the leather handbag. Buff dry with another soft, dry rag.
Heavy staining can be removed in different ways. Grease stains can be simply wiped off. Ink stains can be removed by dipping a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol. Rub the stain with the dipped swab until it disappears, and then let dry.
Deep stains, such as blood, wine and food, should be cleaned with a paste. Mix together one part tartar with one part lemon juice and apply the paste liberally to the stain. Let it sit for ten minutes; then wipe it off. Finish by cleaning and drying the handbag as described above.
Recondition your leather twice a year to help it maintain flexibility and resist staining. Mix one part white vinegar with two parts linseed oil in a plastic bowl. Dip a rag into the solution and rub onto the leather in small circular motions. Let the vinegar solution soak into the leather for 15 minutes; then use a dry cloth to buff the leather to a beautiful shine.