Sometimes if a bag has not been used for a long time and stored properly, it could have a musty/old-ish odor, which is not that pleasant. What would you do if your designer bag smells a little? It is easier to just forget about it if it’s no longer wanted but if you are still emotionally attached to it and would like to still use it from time to time, you might want to try to give it a new lease of life. Here are a few tips on how to remove odor from designer bags:
- Put the bag outside when the sun is strong (need to do it at least a few days).
- Wash the lining with mixed white vinegar and water and let it dry in the sun.
- Put grounded dry coffee inside the bag and seal the bag in a plastic bag for a few days.
- Put baking soda and charcoal in the bag and seal the bag in a plastic bag for a few days.
- Stuff newspaper inside the bag and seal the bag in a plastic bag for a few days.
You see, our beloved designer handbags are just like us, in need of sun and lots of fresh air. If the smell is minor, plenty of sun and fresh air will just do the trick. My personal favorite to treat a stronger odor is coffee though every time I have to keep fighting with my mind that I’m not wasting good coffee!
If the lining is washable, white vinegar and water is a very effective way. And if you don’t like the smell of coffee, use baking soda and charcoal. But it has to be a special charcoal not the kind used for BBQ. I only managed to find that special charcoal in Japan, not here in Sydney. If you know where to get some in Sydney, I’d love to hear from you!