How to get rid of new luggage odor

Travelling is something most of us do on a regular basis, whether it is for business, a vacation or just to periodically go home and visit relatives on holidays and special occasions. If you are travelling with new luggage, you may be concerned about the smell new luggage often has. The new luggage odour can hang on for a very long time if the luggage is not aired out properly. Fortunately, there are products in your home that are effective at removing odours from your new luggage.

Place sachets filled with cat litter into your suitcase, as suggested by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Litter box filler is an effective odour remover.

Punch holes into the lid of a small jar or container such as a baby food jar or a small empty margarine tub. Use a nail or something similar to puncture the lid. Fill this container with baking soda and place it in the closed suitcase so that it won't accidentally spill. Baking soda neutralises and absorbs odours. If any baking soda does spill in the luggage, just vacuum it up.

Dampen some paper towels with white distilled vinegar and tuck them inside a plastic bag that you leave open. Close the suitcase and leave the paper towels overnight. The vinegar works to absorb and neutralise the odour. The next morning, unzip the suitcase and let it air out for about an hour; the vinegar odour and the new luggage smell should be gone.

Collect the travel size soaps that hotels provide and slip them into the pockets and larger areas of your luggage. They will replace the luggage odour with a fresh, clean scent.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat litter
  • Empty sachet bags
  • Baking soda
  • Small container with a lid
  • Nail or something similar to poke holes in container lid
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • Travel size soaps
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Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.