Removing Cigarette Smell from Leather Jacket?

May 3, 2013

A man smoking a cigarette and wearing a black leather jacket.How do I get cigarette smell out of a leather jacket?

By Wendy from Dallas



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Any good leather cleaner should remove both the nicotine and the odor from the leather. The lining, however, is more than likely what is holding the odor-a good dry cleaner certified to clean leather will be able to clean and deodorise the lining as well as the leather.

You can try damp sponging the lining at home if you prefer to avoid dry cleaning chemicals.

Turn the jacket inside out and either hang on a good quality wooden hanger with those supportive wide, thick shoulder areas, or lay it out on a kitchen worktop.

Mix a half-water, half vinegar solution and dip a sponge into the solution.

Wring the sponge as hard as you possibly can and wipe the lining down. Be careful to avoid getting the lining actually wet or touching the leather with the solution.


You may want to test this method in a small and inconspicuous spot on the lining to be sure the solution won't damage the lining, and I can't stress enough that you do not want to get the lining soaking wet with the solution. Very-very-very-very slightly damp is what you are going for here.

Pay special attention to the sleeves and underarm areas, also the shoulders and back top of the lining as this is usually where the odors are trapped and held by the lining fabric. If the first go-round doesn't completely remove the odor you may want to repeat the operation especially in those areas.

When you've damp-cleaned the entire lining hang the jacket (still inside out) in a well ventilated area out of the sunlight-the vinegar smell will dissipate (within 24 hours) and take the cigarette stench with it.

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March 17, 2013

I was given the most beautiful suede fringe jacket I have ever seen. It would retail for $300, but it reeks of cigarette smoke. What can I do? I dearly love this person and they know I love fringe jackets so they gave as gift.

By V.Lenihan


December 21, 20160 found this helpful

honestly I turn my suede fringe jacket inside out and put a heavy amount of fabric softner in a small load for the delicate cycle of the washer and give it ago. i only leave in water for maybe 10 min. let it run threw the spin turn it right side out straighten it out to look "normal" and hang it in bathroom to get. keep in mind my jacket is at minimum 25 years olds and doesn't have a thick inner liner I have only done this method twice once when my dad gave it to me (it was his or my mom's they had matching Brown suede fringe jackets lol) and the second time was when I quit smoking.


it has kept shape, luster and the integrity of the suede. This goes against everything we are told but when I called a leather cleaner they wanted a hundred to do it and i am poor and broke emphasis on both those terms. Please use you r own discretion to decide if this method wiuld work for you. i wish I had a pic with me so I could show u how good it still looks.

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