When a leather jacket or pair of shoes gets wet, the natural material has a tendency to stink. Wearing clothing that smells is unpleasant enough, but the moisture can also damage the leather. Preventing your leather goods from getting wet is the best way to maintain your leather, while avoiding the unpleasant smell of a wet animal hide. But if your leather goods have gotten wet, prompt action to remove moisture and smell will successfully return your leather to fresh, usable condition.
Things You'll Need
- Clean towels
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 oz. castile soap
- 20 drops essential oil
- Spray bottle
- Clean cloths
Pat dry the wet leather item with clean towels. Press the towels into the leather surface to absorb as much moisture as possible. Allow the leather to air dry completely, away from direct sources of heat.
Create a solution to clean and deodorize the leather. Combine 1 cup olive oil, 2 oz. castile soap, 20 drops essential oil of your preferred fragrance and 2 2/3 cups of water in a large bowl. Mix the solution with a spoon, then fill a spray bottle with this leather cleaner and deodorizer.
Spray the leather surface lightly with the cleaner and moisturizer. Rub the solution into the leather to deodorize it. Buff the leather surface to remove excess cleaner.
Place the leather item in a dry location to allow the solution to be absorbed into the leather.