Baking soda is especially helpful for removing odors from many types of leather surfaces, including suede. Before going to bed, sprinkle a generous amount onto the surface and gently rub in with a dry brush.
Typically this chemical smell will go away over time, although this can take five or six weeks which is annoying when you want to use your new bag right away. p>
However, since the leather smell is created by a mixture of the tanning agents, moisturizing agents, dyes, binding agents and preservatives used in the production process, the final leather smell cannot be controlled. Most of the chemical components are necessary to achieve the desired leather quality.
Febreeze is often used to remove odors from fabrics AND it works just as well on leather! Remember to use this product sparingly as most manufacturers don’t actually recommend Febreeze. Removal of stains or dye is very likely.
When it comes to leather, it is better to use either water or cleaning products specifically designed for leather. Popular home remedies like baking soda, white wine vinegar, cream of tartar, and lemon juice can damage sensitive leather and make the problem worse.