How do you get a cigarette smoke smell out of a used purse or bag?
Sometimes I buy vintage bags and have had some with a cigarette smoke odor that is difficult to remove.
You really need to try to clean it as the spray-on air fresheners and fabric refreshers can just make the smell worse. What you wipe it clean with will depend on the fabric. After this peg them on the clothes line for a good few hours in fresh air and the breeze. Finally put a spray of perfume on paper and put it inside the bag when you store it... From my own experience from handbags and smoke filled night-clubs (In the past!!!).
Set it out in the direct sunlight. Let it sit overnight one time to sit through dew-fall. Then let the sun dry it out. The fresh air and sunlight will do the trick. A little shot of Lysol will help, but that is not organic.
Vintage purses are fun. Baking soda is the safest thing to use in any purse or bag. Some vintage bags are sensitive. Care should be taken when cleaning them. There are chemicals, but that is not safe for you.
Do not put fabric vintage bags out in damp air. This will destroy the fabric.
Sprinkle backing soda inside the bag, let sit for a few days. Dump and brush out. You can also place the bag in a dry plastic bag with baking soda in the bottom of the bag or fill it. Let it sit over night, test, if it still smells, let it sit longer.
Cigarette and pot smoke are two fo the toughest odors to get rid of. Especially tobacco.
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