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Mothball Smell on Leather

I need to remove a moth ball smell from a leather purse. I've tried cleaning it and using leather cream, but it still smells bad. Please help.

By Michele

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October 11, 20100 found this helpful

If you did not store it with a resin packet in it, put one in it now. Buy a small bag of charcoal briquets and slice it open in the middle of the bag, just enough to expose them but not enough to spill them out. Do this in a small space that is not ventilated, such as a large plastic box. The charcoal should absorb the odor in 1-2 days. It may also work with a charcoal-based kitty litter.

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October 9, 20100 found this helpful

How do you get the smell of moth balls out of leather?

By Larry from Hampton, VA

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December 22, 20090 found this helpful

During a 900 mile trip and a 4 month stay at my house, my stepmother stored their leather jackets, chaps and other items in a container with mothballs! Now she cannot get the smell out. Does anyone have some ideas for us to try?

Trina from Cleveland, TX

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Mothball Smell in Leather Purse

You might try wadding up some newspaper and stuffing the purse with it for a day or so. I did this in my son's stinky tennis shoes and it worked great. (10/13/2004)

By raeboz

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