How can we clean the objects like wallets and belts that are made from leather and similar substances, that absorb impurities and that are almost impossible to squeeze?

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How can we clean the objects like wallets and belts that are made from leather and similar substances, that absorb impurities and that are almost impossible to squeeze?
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When these objects are washed three times and dried, they are regarded to be cleaned virtually even if they have absorbed impurities.

The skins of the animals that can or cannot be eaten except the pig are regarded clean if they have been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic rules unless some dirt like blood, etc smears on them. Prayers can be performed on such a skin.

* The skins of all of the animals except the pig are regarded clean when they are slaughtered or when they are tanned. The skin of an animal that die spontaneously without being slaughtered can be used after it is cleaned through tanning.

According to what is reported from Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him),

One of the goats of Sawda bint Zama, one of the wives of the Messenger of Allah, died spontaneously. She said to the Messenger of Allah:

O Messenger of Allah! My goat died”. The Messenger of Allah said to her:

Why did you not take its skin?

Sawda said:

What shall we do with the skin of a dead animal?” Thereupon, the Prophet said:

Allah states: ‘If you tan the skin of a dead animal, it becomes halal for you and you can use it.

Hazrat Sawda sent someone to flay the animal and then she tanned it on her own. She used that skin as a lyster bag until it was torn.

* Tanning can be applied in two ways:

1. Real Tanning: Tanning through chemicals and medicine like alum, salt, etc.

2. Virtual Tanning: Tanning the skins and hides by sprinkling soil onto them or drying them by laying them under the sun air or wind. The skin is regarded clean after tanned by either method. Prayers can be performed on it.

* The skins that are known to be tanned by some dirty substance in foreign countries can be cleaned by being washed 3 times. If it is not definite whether a skin was tanned by some dirty substance or not, it is regarded as clean. However, it is better to wash it in order to get rid of doubts and delusions. In fact, if there is no clear sign or state causing doubt, there is no need to search more. The skin is regarded as clean.

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