How to Remove a Strong Leather Smell From a Coat

by Alicia Bodine

Leather is produced from the tanning of animal skins. It is used to make furniture as well as jackets. The material is very durable when cared for properly. Leather also produces a strong odor. Many individuals enjoy the smell of new leather. If you are not one of them, you will want to take a few actions to reduce the odor coming from your jacket. You must be careful, however, so that you do not damage the leather in any way.

Items you will need

  • Clothesline
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Large bowl
  • Sponge
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups linseed oil
  • Lint free cloth
Step 1

Hang your leather coat outside on your clothesline. Make sure that the coat is covered by shade. The sun can actually discolor the leather coat. Air the coat out with some fresh air to help rid the coat of the strong leather smell.

Step 2

Squeeze two drops of dish soap in a large bowl, and add lukewarm water.

Step 3

Dip a sponge in the water, and wring it out well. Wipe down the leather jacket with the sponge. Take your time to cover the entire outside of the jacket.

Step 4

Empty your bowl, and fill it back up with plain water (no soap). Rinse your sponge out to remove any soap, and dip it in the water. Wring it out, and wipe down the coat to remove some of the smell of leather.

Step 5

Hang the coat out to dry in the shade.

Step 6

Mix the vinegar and linseed oil together. Vinegar is well known for its ability to get rid of strong odors. The linseed oil will recondition the jacket.

Step 7

Apply this mixture to your leather coat with a lint-free cloth. Let the jacket sit out overnight, and buff it with a dry lint-free cloth in the morning. The strong leather smell should be gone.


  • The more often that you air out your jacket, the less likely you will be to become overwhelmed with the leather smell. A leather reconditioner just adds to the strong leather smell.


  • Don't clean your leather jacket too often. Only clean it about once per year.

About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.