How to Make Your Suitcase Smell Better


Whether you're a busy traveler 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.

Things You'll Need

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


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

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

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


  • Empty out the suitcase completely.

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

  • Let the excess residue dry with the suitcase open overnight.

Dryer Sheets

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

  • Line the inside of the suitcase with fresh dryer sheets.

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

Tips & 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 colorless fragrances only, so clothes do not become stained or discolored.

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