Some products that remove the leather odor from purses, couches and other items include baking soda, leather conditioner and ammonia. Consumers must take care when using chemicals and other products on leather, as some substances can damage or stain the leather.
Depending on how the leather was treated, it may contain a number of odors. Leather naturally loses its odor as it ages, but there are ways to speed up the process. Packing a leather bag with newspaper allows the paper to absorb the odor. Store the bag in a box or drawer overnight to allow the odors to work themselves out.
Applying a leather conditioner or oil to the leather removes overt odors and restores the appearance of older leather items. It is important to avoid getting leather wet as this can make the odor worse. If a leather item does get wet, dry it as soon as possible. One way to to do this is with a hair dryer set on low or placing the item near a window where it will be out of direct sunlight.
If the item is small, place it inside a bag and sprinkle it with baking soda. Allow it to sit for 24 hours to absorb the smell. Diluting vinegar and warm water and using the solution to clean the item also works, but users should check the material first to make sure that the vinegar does not damage it.