Vehicles are part of our daily routine because we use them from going to offices to dropping kids to going out on vacations. During the time we spend in our cars, we eat and drink tea/coffee leaving a dirty interior of the cars with stains, dust and spillage stains. There are several special products available in the market, to remove stains, but the best way to remove them is through natural ways because they will be less harmful.  Following are some useful ways to remove stains from the leather car seats:

How to Remove Stains from Leather Car Seats

Simple Stains: Toothpaste


Toothpaste is best to remove simple stains from the leather seats. Apply a small amount on the stain and gently rub it with a soft toothbrush. When the stain vanishes, clean the surface with a damp towel and let the surface naturally dry.

Tougher Stains: Isopropyl Alcohol

For tougher stains, you can use Isopropyl Alcohol. First, test a small area under the seat to check how your leather reacts with the alcohol. If it doesn’t effect, then use it on the stain. Dab it gently on the stain but try not to soak the area with the alcohol as it can fade the leather.

Toughest Stains: Cream of Tartar & Lemon Juice

For toughest stains resistant to the methods above, you can use cream of tartar and lemon juice. Make the mixture by mixing equal parts of cream of tartar and lemon juice. First, test it on a small area and then apply the mixture on the stain and leave it for 10 minutes. With the help of a damp cloth, wipe off the excess mixture. Check if the stain has been gone or not. If the stain has become lighter, then reapply the mixture for 10 minutes. Once you remove the stain successfully, clean the area with a damp towel and let the seat dry.

Types of Stains & How to Remove Them:

  • Water Stains:If water leaves a stain on your leather seat and but it hasn’t puckered the leather, then you can easily remove it. It is very simple, just go to your kitchen and grab a piece of bread. Then, roll it up a make a ball of it, with the bread ball now blot the water stain on the seat. It is effective in removing minor water stains.
  • Mold or Mildew Stains on Leather Seat:To remove the mold stains, make a mixture with equal parts of water and alcohol. Then, with a towel apply a small amount of the mixture on the stain and rub it until the spot is gone.
  • Food stains:For simple food stains apply mild dish soap with warm water, then gently rub it with a rag, and the stain is gone. If you come across a stubborn stain, then apply a little all-purpose degreaser on the stain and gently rub it to remove the stain.


  • Immediately remove stain when it happens because if you give stain enough time, it will shift into the fabric and consequently, it will be difficult to get rid of them.
  • Before applying any of the stain removing product or method, first test each on a small leather area, mainly under the seat to see if it have any adverse effect on leather, like fading color or not.

There are several natural ways of removing stains from leather car seats beside using special products. Chose a method according to the type of stain and do not rub or use mixture too much else it will damage the leather. If the stain is harsh and has embedded in the leather, then you might need a professional leather dye to restore the original look of your car seats.