How to Make Your Suitcase Smell Better

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How to Make Your Suitcase Smell Better
Tuck some potpourri sachets into your suitcase to make it smell better. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Whether you're a busy traveller or just travel once a year, your suitcase could probably use some refreshment. You can do a number of things to freshen the scent of your suitcase, using items found right in your home.

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Things you need

  • One or more sachets of potpourri
  • One bottle of perfume or body spray
  • One or more dryer sheets

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    Purchase one or more sachets of potpourri from a local store or from an online store.

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    Place the sachet inside the suitcase before you put clothes or other items in the suitcase, ideally in the corners of the suitcase.

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    Replace the sachets every six months to make sure the scent stays fresh.


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    Empty out the suitcase completely.

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    Spray the inside of the suitcase with a few spritzes of your favourite perfume or body spray.

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    Let the excess residue dry with the suitcase open overnight.

    Dryer Sheets

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    Empty the suitcase and rub one or more dryer sheets all over the interior of the suitcase.

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    Line the inside of the suitcase with fresh dryer sheets.

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    Place clothes and other items you are packing on top of the dryer sheets to keep the fresh scent.

Tips and warnings

  • If a suitcase is really smelly, it might be time to throw it out and get a new one. You could also try bringing your suitcase to a dry cleaner for a professional cleaning.
  • Make sure to use colourless fragrances only, so clothes do not become stained or discoloured.

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