Things You'll Need
Bars of wrapped soap
Baking soda or cat litter
When that nose-wrinkling aroma is emanating from your bag, it may seem like you will never get rid of it. Fortunately, many natural odor eliminators are available that will remove the bad leather smell from your bag without harsh chemicals that simply mask the odor.
Remove all items from inside the bag and hold it over a trashcan. Shake the bag gently to remove any debris from inside the bag.
Secure the upholstery brush to a vacuum. Turn the vacuum on and clean the inside of the bag with the upholstery brush.
Dampen a sponge in white vinegar and wipe the inside of the smelly bag with the sponge. The white vinegar will deodorize the inside of the bag. Let the vinegar dry.
Place several bars of wrapped soap in the bag and secure it closed. Leave the bars in the bag for 24 hours, or until you are ready to use it.
Crumble newspapers into several small balls. Fill the bag with the balled up newspapers and secure the bag closed. Leave the newspapers in the bag for three days.
Lay several fresh dryer sheets inside the bag. Leave the dryer sheets in the bag for 24 hours. The dryer sheets will help eliminate the bad leather odor and fill the bag with a clean, fresh scent.
Fill socks with baking soda or clean cat litter and tie them closed. Place the socks in the bag. Leave them, until the odors are no longer present.
- University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service; What's That Smell?; Linda R. Adler; January 1997
- Good Housekeeping; Smelly Lunch Bags/Boxes; Heloise
- Apartment Therapy; 20 Household Uses for Used (Yes, Used) Dryer Sheets; Abby Stone; April 2008
- SixWise.com: Nine Tips to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Common Household Locations