Sweat Smell on Leather Belt?

I have a strange problem. The other day, I was returning from the mall. I closed the front door and all of a sudden smelled something. I checked all over the room for the source of the smell. I sniffed everything in the room, and finally resorted to smelling my clothes.


When I got to the article that was causing the sweaty smell, I nearly passed out. The smell was so stinky and horrible. And what was it? It was my favorite leather belt. My question is this: Does anyone know how to get a stinky, sweaty smell out of a leather belt? The belt is made of very smooth brown leather. The belt is stinking up my house and I don't know what to do. Please help me fix my sweaty stinky smelly leather belt.


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July 18, 20050 found this helpful

Try hanging the belt outside in the hot sun for an hour or so. Keep a check on it to make sure it won't fade if it is dyed. Maybe something was spilled on it and it needs to be dried out. Another idea if the belt is dry not damp, is to put it into a large airtight container with an ample amount of newspaper.


Wrap the belt loosely with a paper towel first so the ink doesn't transfer onto the belt. Leave it in the container for one week. This method is useful for other things that have absorbed unwanted odors.

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July 19, 20050 found this helpful

Try saddle soap to clean it.

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By sara (Guest Post)
July 19, 20050 found this helpful

Vinegar - water solution???

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By EJK (Guest Post)
January 12, 20080 found this helpful

Would the above methods work for a leather strap for a watch that has absorbed sweat as well?

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June 12, 20170 found this helpful

I have same problem with my watch. Sour smell from sweat!

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