DIY: Odour Removal

This past Style Saturday, I featured a Kate Spade purse I bought off of resell group! To elaborate a bit more on it, when M opened it up, a ton of glitter fell out. I’m not sure why the seller put glitter in it (I would like to think I was a good buyer, I paid immediately), but they did. And when I opened the envelope from M, the smell of Bath and Bodyworks body spray was overwhelming. Given that it is a leather purse, I was a little concerned. However, after much googling, I came up with a plan of attack! 


1.Air bag out, leaving outside 2-3x, for 6-8 hours at a time. This took the harsh edge off of the smell, but it was still quite strong!

2. Use rags to create small satchels for baking soda to place in and around purse. Change baking soda twice a day for 4-5 days.

3. Place purse in box, packed with crumpled newspaper. Change news paper once a day, for 4-5 days.

4.Add open tupperware container of baking soda underneath purse. Change twice a day.

Essentially, you want to absorb as much of the scent as possible. The baking soda and newspaper does a good job, changing it  repeatedly will help with, as well. The purse does smell a little still, but I’m hoping that regular use will help with that.

Things I’ve learned- 1) Old school scent removal techniques are still the best, and 2) Inquire about any scents (or any other descriptions) the item might have. She didn’t mention it at all in her posting, whereas most people do (smoke free/pet friendly/perfume scents). I was so excited to find the perfect purse at the perfect price that I didn’t stop to ask the right questions. Luckily, the purse still works and I was able to get out most of the smell. However, if you are purchasing something from someone online, ask about smells/scratches/marks/defects if they aren’t mentioned. If you are paying someone for something, those are fair questions to ask!

Have you had issues buying items online? Do you have any tips for removing smells or marks from leather?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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