Musty Smell... How do I get rid of it???

plumbly22November 11, 2009

I have a cloth/leather pocket book, cloth lining, that smells musty... I've tried febreze on it (4 heavy sprayings a day apart for each) and it doesn't seem to be any better yet? I did hang it outside the last 'nice' sunny day we had, but I live in New England so those days are going to be few and far between soon. I'm open to suggestions. I was wondering if putting it in my freezer for a few days would "kill" off the smell or whatever is causing it to smell... would that be totally crazy?

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graywings123

It isn't crazy, but I don't think it will work. :)
It is possible the odor is in the leather and it just isn't going to come out.

If it were mine, I would use a leather cleaner that has some sort of scent to it. Then I would buy several bars of soap with a strong scent - Irish Spring or some nice lavender soap - and unwrap the bars of soap, put them in the bag and leave them there for a few days or a week. Or sachets sold in places like Yankee Candle company - that would give you a choice of scents. The idea is to overwhelm the current scent with a new scent.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 10:44AM
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jannie

Try filling it with baking soda. If you have a warm dry spot in your home, leave it there for several days. I'd put it near my gas furnace. I use my burner room for drying herbs and flowers. It's about 80 degrees and very low hunidity. But the dryness may effect the leather. Try this at your own risk.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 11:14AM
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