How to Clean the Smell From the Inside of a Leather Jacket

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Things You'll Need

  • Empty spray bottles

  • White distilled vinegar

  • Hanger

  • Baking soda

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Baking soda and vinegar remove odors from leather jackets. Odors come from everyday wear, sweat, spills and environmental smells. Types of environmental smells include cigarette smoke, bonfire smoke, musty closets and paint fumes. Baking soda and vinegar do not stain the inside of the jacket, regardless if it's made of leather or cloth. In addition to absorbing odors, baking soda also removes stains. Both options are environmentally friendly and cost around a dollar a piece (as of 2010).


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Step 1

Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Fill about halfway.

Step 2

Spray the inside of the jacket until it is soaked.

Step 3

Hang the jacket on a hanger. Hang up to dry.

Baking soda

Step 1

Turn the jacket inside out. Lay it on a flat surface.


Step 2

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the jacket. If the smell is stronger in specific areas, like the armpits, use a thick layer of baking soda.

Step 3

Fill a spray bottle halfway with water.

Step 4

Spray the baking soda with the spray bottle to lightly wet it. Use your fingers to mix the baking soda and water. Rub the paste into the jacket.

Step 5

Let the jacket sit out to dry. Once it's dry, the water leaves the baking soda. Brush off the baking soda.