Owning a leather jacket is always a cool addition to your fashion accessories that make a statement wherever you go. But there is one aspect that nobody is talking about which includes the obvious smells that can build up that make wearing a leather jacket feel gamey and not very pleasant smelling.
Here are several ways to clean and freshen up your favorite leather jackets making them smell fresh and clean once again.
Remove smells from a faux leather jacket
Whatever you want to call it, faux leather has often been called pleather, fake leather, and even Vegan leather, but the fact remains it can absorb scents just like every other leather-like material. The reason that smell gets into faux leather is very simple and has to do with the materials used to make it.
The surface of a material is coated with polyurethane-based plastic and sometimes even has a leather-like surface stamped onto it as it dries.
Polyurethane leather (or PU leather) will absorb smells such as cigarette smoke, and body odors, and typically has a plastic-like smell to it. As this smell goes away, other smells are easy to notice after a short time.
Even the smells from working around a kitchen including cooking oils, onions, and spices will easily be absorbed into PU leather. To get the smell out of this material you can try a couple of different tricks.
Use a household deodorizer
The easiest method is to go to the store and buy a spray bottle of Febreze. This product works wonders at removing unpleasant smells from faux leather within hours and has a very nice scent that smells fresh. It can be sprayed onto the surface of your jacket and also sprayed inside the jacket as generously as you like. It only takes a few minutes to soak in since the spray mist is so fine.
Afterward, all you need to do is to wait until your faux leather jacket is dry, and the smell is completely gone. There is no need to clean the surface unless you want to use a stronger cleaning method to get deep penetrating smells that haven't come out while using Febreze.
Use household kitchen products
A combination of white distilled vinegar mixed 50/50 with water and a bit of lemon juice placed into a sprayer bottle is a natural choice for getting a deep clean. The white vinegar by itself will have an odor that needs time to dissipate, but this is why lemon juice will help neutralize this odor.
This mixture is applied with a spray bottle and is used on the outside first. You can also use a sponge to clean the surface by wiping the outside of your jacket.
The inside of the coat is turned inside out and then sprayed with this solution and allowed to soak in. After this, flip the jacket inside out once again and allow it to dry in a spot that gets plenty of air. It can take at least a day or two before the vinegar smell is totally gone but will completely remove the bad smells inside faux leather after this.
Don't use baking soda, since this can get messy and doesn't work like they say it does for faux leather smells.
Remove smells from a genuine leather jacket
Real leather is made from animal skin, so the chance of getting everyday smells into this material is greater than faux leather. The easiest method may surprise you but is 100% safe and kills the germs that often get into leather skins which typically make odd and funky smells.
All you need to do is find the cheapest bottle of vodka you can find and put it into a spray bottle. Now add your favorite perfume or scent into the vodka and mix this together.
You can then spray your jacket inside and out and everywhere your leather surface is exposed. Vodka is a grain alcohol that works very quickly to absorb through leather skins and even within liners. The alcohol kills bacteria and bad smells that are buried inside the leather skin.
It won't take more than one night for your jacket to smell completely fresh again. One last tip is to add a leather conditioner spray to help refresh the oils in these leather skins.
This will further give your jacket that familiar smell that makes it feel like you bought it when it was brand new. Keep in mind that the smell that most people feel is that familiar new leather smell is actually formaldehyde.
This is the same stuff that helps preserve people at mortuaries. So you can also choose to find a scent that is more suiting to your liking if you don't want a new leather jacket scent.