How to Get the Smell Out of a Barbour Jacket

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Things You'll Need

  • Padded clothes hanger

  • Clean cloths

  • Soft brush

  • Spray bottle

  • 2 ounces unflavored vodka

  • Large trash bag

  • 2 cotton balls

  • Vanilla extract

  • Twist tie

Don't let an evening out with friends leave your jacket smelling bad.
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Barbour is a retail clothing company based in the United Kingdom with a variety of jackets and coats for men and women. Made to complement casual wear or dressier outfits, whether you own a leather, suede or nylon puffer-style Barbour jacket, smells are easily absorbed into the material. Ranging from food odors to cigarette smoke smell, any lingering odor in your Barbour jacket makes it smell dirty. You can get the smell out of your Barbour jacket with home remedies and have it in ready-to-wear condition for the next time you head out.


Step 1

Place your Barbour jacket on a padded hanger. Wipe or brush off any surface dirt or stains with a damp cloth or soft brush, depending on the material.

Step 2

Vodka deodorizes fabric and other porous surfaces.
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Pour 2 ounces of water into a spray bottle. Add 2 ounces of unflavored vodka. Shake the bottle to mix the solution.


Step 3

Spritz your Barbour jacket with one or two mists of the diluted vodka solution. Hang your jacket outside or near an open window for three to five hours to air out.

Step 4

Treat any remaining unpleasant smells by placing the jacket and hanger inside a large garbage bag so the hanger is sticking out of the top. Moisten two cotton balls with two drops of vanilla extract on each. Drop the cotton balls into the bottom of the trash bag.

Step 5

Vanilla naturally absorbs unpleasant odors from your Barbour jacket.
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Twist the top of the trash bag around the hanger and secure it with a twist tie. Hang the jacket up and allow the vanilla to absorb the remaining odor for at least five hours.

Step 6

Remove the jacket from the trash bag. Discard the trash bag and cotton balls.


Substitute white vinegar for the vodka to make an inexpensive clothing freshener.


Stay away from smokers. The stale odor of tobacco smoke absorbs into jackets, clothing and hair.


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Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.