All kinds of unfavourable odours can come from leather bags. A new one may smell like chemicals, urine, manure, or fish, depending on its treatment. An old leather bag, on the other hand, may smell like mould, mildew, or smoke, to name a few that the material can absorb. This is why sometimes you may not feel completely confident and beautiful accessorising with your leather purse.
Fortunately, there is no need to throw away your leather possession if it smells terrible. That's because it is possible to eliminate the nasty odour it is giving off.
It may seem like the use of a commercially-available leather deodoriser can get rid of the problem without delay. Using this product, sadly, may cause all kinds of unfavourable issues. For instance, a deodoriser may cause skin and eye irritation. If it's ingested accidentally, it may cause mouth and throat irritation, as well as digestive upset.
Luckily, it's easy to deal with unwanted odour coming from a purse out of leather naturally. It may not be as quick and easy as using a leather deodoriser, but it can spare you from encountering unfavourable reactions to harsh chemicals.
Here are the steps to take to make your leather bag smell better:
- Remove the bag's contents. Sometimes it is not the treatment of leather that can make your purse smelly, but what you put in it. This is why it is important to remove all items from inside the bag when deodorising it. Make sure that all the pockets and compartments are empty, too. After removing the contents, hold it upside down over a trashcan and shake to remove any remaining debris.
- Use a vacuum cleaner. To make sure that nothing that could cause the smell to remain, clean the inside with a vacuum cleaner. For this task, use the vacuum's dusting brush or crevice cleaner attachment.
- Wipe with diluted white vinegar. The unfavourable smell of a purse out of leather may come from the inside and outside, too. No matter the case, the problem is something that white vinegar can deal with. In a small bowl, combine equal parts of white vinegar and water. Dampen a sponge or a soft cloth with the mixture. Wipe the inside as well as outside of your purse. Allow it to air-dry completely. Refrain from placing the bag under direct sunlight. Similarly, you should avoid placing it near any source of heat.
- Deodorise with baking soda. It's no secret that baking soda is a cheap and all-round deodoriser. It also works well for getting rid of any unfavourable smell coming from the leather bag. Fill an old sock with baking soda and tie a knot at the open end. Place it inside your bag, or inside a Ziploc bag or a garbage bag if it's big. Keep the baking soda in your bag for 24 hours.
- Count on newspapers and soap. Is there a bar of soap whose smell you love? You can use it to make your leather purse smell pleasing. Chop up the bar of soap into small pieces. Place each piece in a crumpled newspaper, and then put inside the bag. Place your purse inside a plastic bag (Ziploc or garbage bag, depending on the size) and allow it to remain there overnight.
Ridding your leather bag of any unfavourable smell is safe, easy, and effective using the simple steps above.