How Do You Deodorize Leather?

If none of the other methods have worked and your leather still reeks of foul odor, try applying Febreze or another professional deodorizer made specifically for leather items such as Febreze. If this doesn’t do the trick, take your item to a shoe cobbler, someone who regularly services and cleans leather items, for further inspection and servicing.

Initial steps in caring for leather include airing it out on a sunny day to release any built-up odors and reduce humidity levels.


Leather can produce an unpleasant odor for some people, often as a result of its tanning process. Tanning involves treating hides with chemicals like salts, oils, dyes and additives to make them durable enough for clothing or accessories use; these chemicals often emit an overwhelming scent that remains on these items until properly cleaned off.

Odors may also be caused by other factors. Pet urine may become trapped within leather jackets or shoes and over time produce an unpleasant odor; smoking indoors may create musty odors; mold may form on leather furniture and clothes and release its spores into the air; etc. If any of these issues is to blame for an unpleasant odor on an item then first it must be thoroughly cleaned and dried prior to deodorization taking place.

Vinegar is an effective natural deodorizer that can be used to neutralize many different odors, from food odors to body odor. Simply placing a cloth soaked with vinegar near its source may suffice in eliminating an unpleasant odor quickly – something which should be done regularly in order to ensure leather smelling fresh and clean.

Mix equal parts vinegar and water together to create a cleaning solution, then spray onto a soft cloth to wipe down your item gently. Keep in mind that too much solution could damage its leather finish!

An alternative approach is to mix two parts linseed oil and one part white vinegar as a cleaning and conditioning treatment, using it with soft cloth rubbing action on leather for 12 hours before buffing it with dry cloth buffing action. This solution should help eliminate odors while leaving leather soft and supple.

Deodorizing leather naturally can also be accomplished by hanging it outside or in a well-ventilated room until its fibers dry naturally – this could take several weeks, but is safe and won’t harm any part of the material in any way.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an ideal product to clean and deodorize leather furniture, as it’s non-toxic, gentle on leather, readily available, and readily affordable. Baking soda can even be combined with other products for use as natural cleaners and conditioners – such as using it alongside vinegar as one way of keeping leather looking clean while eliminating unpleasant odors – especially helpful for faux leather which sometimes smells fishy due to chemicals used during its creation process.

To use this technique, combine equal parts white vinegar and water along with some baking soda in order to form a paste. Apply this to leather surfaces by rubbing in well; the acidity in vinegar will break down any dirt or grime on its surface while baking soda acts as an abrasive that gently scrubs it away. This method is effective against stubborn dirt stains as well as smoke or mildew odors on leather.

Let the leather dry in a sunny spot with plenty of air circulation – outdoors is best, provided it doesn’t rain! This will allow it to absorb all of its own moisture, eliminating any remaining odors. Adding olive oil can soften and protect leather against drying too rapidly in future.

Baking soda can also be used in an effective and simple way: simply sprinkle it onto the affected area of your leather and let it sit for an hour or so – this allows it to absorb any lingering odors that have set in, leaving behind only fresh and clean leather that looks brand new again! This option can work equally well on chrome-tanned or vegetable-tanned leather as long as it is undamaged by cracks.

Baking soda and lemon juice make an effective natural leather cleaner and deodorizer when mixed together in equal parts, then applied using damp cloth rubbing it onto leather surface. Not only will this clean and deodorize, but also brighten it. Just be sure to wipe away any extra mixture after application as too much could harm its surface!

Newspaper or Packing Paper

If your leather wallet reeks of sweat, cigarettes smoke or food odors, there are various methods available to you for eliminating those scents. Cleaning it with vinegar solution or baking soda may do the trick while wrapping or placing the wallet in newspaper can also deodorize it effectively. Unfortunately, throwing your wallet in the washing machine or leaving it exposed outdoors may compromise its beauty over time and damage its material composition irreparably.

To effectively deodorize leather products, the most efficient approach is using a leather cleaner specifically tailored for it. Many of these cleaners include built-in odor eliminators that will eliminate unpleasant odors without harming or discoloring leather material. Because leather absorbs dirt, dust particles, and sweat organically over time, if your efforts do not successfully rid the product of its smell with these solutions then professional assistance should be sought immediately.

Febreze is an air freshener known for deodorizing fabrics and carpets with its proprietary cyclodextrin technology, eliminating odors without leaving behind residue or adding new scents. While safe for fabric products such as clothing and carpeting, Febreze should not be used on leather items as its use may cause discoloration and moisture build-up that causes discoloration and moisture buildup over time.

To deodorize leather, simply ball up some newspapers or packing paper and put it inside the item you wish to deodorize. Leave in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight and other heat sources for several days while the paper absorbs any remaining odors; if needed repeat this process until all odor has been completely eliminated.

Home remedies that can help eliminate leather odors include vinegar, coffee beans and the age-old practice of wrapping the item in newspaper or packing paper. If the problem persists, professional cleaners can restore your leather furniture using products designed not to harm it.

Take it to a Professional

Deodorizing leather is relatively straightforward. Depending on the nature and intensity of its scent, multiple methods may need to be tried before the odors have been fully eliminated. If household solutions like vinegar, baking soda and newspaper fail, professional leather cleaners may need to be brought in.

Professional leather cleaners can help get rid of stubborn odors such as smoke odors or mildew or mold growth without leaving damage or wearing out leather material behind, often made of natural materials that are better for the environment than chemical-based cleaners. Many individuals can find such products at shoe stores, leather goods retailers or hardware stores.

To use a leather cleaner effectively, start by clearing any dirt or dust from its surface. Next, rub leather cleaner into the material using a soft lint-free cloth or brush before leaving it on for up to 15 minutes before wiping off using damp cloths. If there’s an especially persistent scent such as smoke or mildew lingering on your leather, repeat this process multiple times until all odor is eliminated.

After eliminating odors, it is a wise idea to treat leather with a protectant after it has dried, in order to prevent their return and maintain an appealing appearance for longer. A leather conditioner may also help shield against water saturation.

As soon as odors have been eliminated from your leather item, it will become much more comfortable and attractive to use or wear. In fact, you may never want to store it away again even though it still smells. If attempts at deodorization with household items like vinegar and baking soda fail, professional deodorizing services may offer professional deodorization treatments at your local shoe cobbler or leather repair specialist.