How to Make Leather Smell Better

Written by steve brunolli
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How to Make Leather Smell Better
Leather tends to retain odours. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Leather is a very common material used in everything from furniture to clothing accessories. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to clean and has a bad habit of retaining unpleasant smells, such as smoke. While most serious stains require the expertise of a dry cleaner, minor odours can usually be eliminated by a few days outside. For bulky furniture and more soiled items, however, you can make your leather smell better with the help of a few over-the-counter products.

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Things you need

  • Hanger
  • Leather brush
  • Saddle soap
  • Febreze spray
  • Newspaper

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    Leather Clothing and Smaller Furniture

  1. 1

    Spray the lining, if applicable, of your leather item with Febreze or another odour eliminator. This will remove any smells that have lodged themselves into the cloth.

  2. 2

    Brush the outside of the leather with a leather brush to remove surface dirt.

  3. 3

    Rub the outside of the leather with a liberal amount of saddle soap. This will remove minor stains and help eliminate odours.

  4. 4

    Hang the leather outside in a cool, dry place for two days, or until the odour is gone.

    Leather Furniture

  1. 1

    Rub the leather with saddle soap. This will clean the leather and eliminate some of the smell.

  2. 2

    Rub darker leathers lightly with castor oil and lighter leathers with white vaseline to restore moisture to the leather, after cleaning with saddle soap.

  3. 3

    Open the windows to allow as much air flow as possible into the room -- this will help remove odours and make your leather smell better.

Tips and warnings

  • Saddle soap is a mineral soap safe for use on leather. It can be found at any leather shop, and most larger department stores/pharmacies carry it.
  • Any nylon brush will work for removing surface dirt, even a hairbrush.
  • You can use various oils on the market to condition and add fragrance to your leather.

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