How to Remove Musty Smells Out of Leather Clothes

Remove musty smells from leather jackets with rubbing alcohol.

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After gliding into your leather jacket, a funky odor begins to twitch at your nose. On further smell examination, you discover your leather jacket infested with a green fungus and smelly undertones. Musty smells originate from mildew or mold, which inhabit warm and moist areas such as damp leather clothing. As the mildew secures a foothold in your garments, the fungus leaves a distinctive pungent odor behind. Stamp out mildew growth and its accompanying stenches with your own odor-defeating tactics.

1.

Lay a towel on an outside patio table or chair. Turn your leather garment inside out and lay it across the towel. Let the sun's rays zap the fungus on the item for two hours. Turn the it right side out and lay it so direct sun then shines on the exterior for two hours. The sun destroys the green slime on contact.

2.

Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water in a bowl. Moisten a clean cloth with the mixture and wring out the excess liquid.

3.

Scrub mildew stains with the cloth, rubbing out the alien green spots. Moisten a new cloth and wipe it over the entire leather piece, inside and out. The alcohol kills any remaining mildew, removing the musty odor in the process. Wipe the leather dry with a clean cloth.

4.

Spray the clothes with a leather conditioner. Wipe the conditioner into the leather with a soft cloth. The conditioner restores oils removed from the material during the cleaning process with the rubbing alcohol.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Towel

3.Bowl

5.Leather conditioner

2.Rubbing alcohol

4.Cloths

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Wipe your leather clothing dry with a clean cloth if it becomes wet from a rain storm or spillage, to reduce the chance of mildew growth.

 

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