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Saks Fifth Avenue is a high-end department store popular for its fashionable items. Leather purses are items you can find at Saks that are undoubtedly a stylish find. If you have a Saks leather purse that was previously owned by a smoker, or perhaps you recently quit, getting that smoke smell out can salvage your bag.

Remove any items from the purse and shake the inside out, as well, to get rid of any debris. Wipe down the outside of the purse with a cool, damp cloth to also remove any dirt and debris on the outside.

Lay square fabric flat and place baking soda in the center, then pull the corners up and secure them with a rubber band to make a small satchel. Make more for larger bags, and place them in the purse. Let sit for a couple of days, and then, replace the satchels as needed if smell persists.

Pour ½ cup of white distilled vinegar with ½ cup of water in a small spray bottle and shake it up to mix thoroughly. Spray down the outside of the leather purse and let sit for a minute, then wipe away.


Remember, smoke is a hard odor to remove, so it may take a few days of repeating these steps before it is fully lifted from the purse.

To freshen up the look of the purse after odor removal, rub on some leather conditioning lotion. Ensure purse is clean and dry before applying.

You can also use other items, such as dryer sheets, potpourri satchels, odor eaters and freshening spray on the inside of the purse to help remove odors.

Don’t soak the outside leather with the vinegar solution, only spray a light layer. When cleaning leather, you never want to let anything soak in, short of conditioning lotion, which helps to reinforce it.

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