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How do you remove smoke smells from a leather jacket?

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To remove smoke smells from a leather jacket, simply rub the surface of the jacket with a vinegar and water mixture, allow the jacket to dry completely, and then condition the leather. You need a small bowl, access to water, vinegar, a soft cloth, a hanger and leather conditioner.

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  1. Apply vinegar and water

    Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a small bowl. Dampen a clean, soft cloth with the mixture, and gently rub the leather jacket. Do not saturate the leather.

  2. Allow the leather to dry completely

    Hang the damp jacket on a clothes hanger or drying rack, ensuring it retains its shape while drying. Dry it outdoors if possible, but keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent discoloration.

  3. Repeat as necessary

    Reapply the vinegar and water mixture, allowing the leather to dry completely between each application, until the odor has disappeared.

  4. Condition the leather

    When the smell is completely gone, the leather jacket needs conditioning to prevent the leather from drying out and cracking. If there is residue on the leather from the vinegar, rinse it off with a clean cloth dampened with mild soap and water, and allow the jacket to dry once more before proceeding. Apply leather conditioner following the instructions on the package.

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