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Old 04-11-2015, 10:48 PM
 
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Have new leather purse/bag and wallet. Purchased by mail-order, and didn't know the odor would be so awful and strong. They've been sitting there for a couple of weeks, but it isn't airing out. Would anyone know how to remove the horrible smell without ruining the items?
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Wife owns two pairs of leather jeans (brown/black) and leather skirts (brown/black) that no longer have a strong smell. I would get some leather cleaner and clean them, then some conditioner. Sometimes, it just takes time. I take it that you are smelling that typical "leather" smell and sometimes it just takes a while for that to work its way out. I may be wrong but I think it is the chemicals involved in the tanning/dyeing process that you are smelling. Someone else in the forum could better inform you on that. Am wearing a leather jacket as I type this (as is wife) that no longer "smells". Mine is 20+ years old. One thing about leather, if you take care of it, it lasts.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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I don't see the problem, I absolutely love the smell of leather. you either do or you don't, if you don't like the smell then don't buy leather.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Is it the leather smell that you dislike, or have they absorbed some other odor? Leather is quite absorbent of odorants it gets exposed to (leather jackets and handbags in the era when people could still smoke in bars and restaurants were an absolute nightmare). If they've absorbed some odd odor, use a leather cleaner on them. But if it's just that you don't want leather to smell like leather...well, you bought stuff made out of the wrong material , then. That's how leather smells. It'll dissipate over time as the leather absorbed more smells, but not right away.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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Murphy's soap in the tin container is good and it smells great. Baking soda is a good odor remover. Try leaving a container of baking soda inside for a few days. You may also condiser leaving an open container of white vinegar inside. Candles are also good odor removers.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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What type of odor ? Some lower end leather items are made from tanned leathers from other countries...and lets just say their tanning methods are not like here in the U.S. You will end up with an item that smells like ammonia or urine. If it is just the natural smell of good leather (which is wonderful) it will fade away some in a few days.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Have new leather purse/bag and wallet. Purchased by mail-order, and didn't know the odor would be so awful and strong.
What is the odor?
Leather has a smell of its own that many people love. IF it is that, it will take a very long time to fade.
Or, is the odor something else... a chemical smell? Smoke? Other?
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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That's how my wife can go into a clothing store and tell the difference between a piece of faux leather clothing and the real thing. She hefts it and feels the weight. And she holds it up to her nose and smells it. And of course the price. Some of this faux leather clothing these days is pretty convincing. It doesn't fool her.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:20 AM
 
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Sometimes leather smells good and sometimes it is so bad that it causes a wave of nausea - I don't know why that is. Shouldn't leather be ideally a good smell? I think that some leather materials are treated with chemicals to enhance the leather and that is why some of them stink. I am thinking the higher quality leather goods do not have a disagreeable smell, just the low quality ones that have to be treated to make it look presentable. I don't buy a lot of leather purses (I like using lightweight "parachute" material handbags) because they are too heavy even by themselves so carrying a few extra items in them will weigh a ton.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:23 AM
 
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A lot of fake leather purses have a smell, too - maybe they even try to take on a faux "leather" smell. PVC - Polyurethane something is the material in a lot of the fake leather goods. Some lower priced/quality purses have some parts glued together. I bought a purse a while ago - beautiful looking purse - but quality wasn't that great because I took it home and notice glue residue on the purse at the seams where it should have been sewn. Little pills of glue and streaks at the seams, yuck... I should have checked the inside more carefully instead of just focusing on the outside. Do check the inside of purses, too. It was about 12 bucks, not too bad and I can use it when I don't have to carry a lot. First I will have to remove the sticky residue with Scotch tape.
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