Your bag is supposed to hold a lot of things, but odor is not one of them. From storing your bag in a musty closet to forgetting a snack inside one day too many, bad smells can easily linger deep inside our favorite purses, backpacks, and work bags, passing unpleasant odors onto the items you place inside.
Occasionally, a foul smell is easily eradicated with some gentle soap and elbow grease, but more stubborn and elusive odors like those from smoke may require a little extra effort to get out bad smells and keep them from coming back.
Find out how to fight odor when your bag or purse smells like smoke and other techniques for keeping your bag, and the items you store in it, smelling fresh.
First, Research Your Bag’s Material
When something has a foul-smelling odor, our reaction is to reach for the first product with claims of odor-eliminating powers and blindly spray it everywhere. While this might temporarily solve the problem, when a bag smells like smoke or mildew, it’s much more effective to neutralize odor at the source than reactively spray.
However, before you scrub anything into the lining or wipe down the exterior, it’s important to research the care instructions of your bag’s materials first. Bags constructed from sturdy nylon, faux leather, or canvas will be able handle soap and detergent, but a purse made of real leather or with a silk lining may need special products to fight odor without causing damage.
Once you know exactly what the shell and the lining of your bag or purse is made of, there are a few natural options you can turn to to fight odor when your bag smells like smoke.
Clean Your Bag’s Lining and Shell
We seldom think about the type of stress our environment can have on the items we use every day. From smog in a bustling city to the sticky bar top at a local dive, our purses, wallets, and backpacks can come into contact with harmful substances.
For cannabis lovers in particular, your favorite bag or purse may have transported the occasional joint or come into contact with smoke residue in the house, causing a faint odor. When your bag smells like smoke, the easiest way to fight microscopic odor molecules is to begin with a thorough cleaning.
Remove everything from inside your bag. The contents of your purse — especially items that are porous — may be as guilty of holding on to smoke molecules as the bag itself. Let your bag air out thoroughly before cleaning.
If your purse smells like smoke once everything has been taken out, wipe down the outside and lining with equal parts water and vinegar using a lightly damp rag and allow the mixture to dry. Vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer, easy on fabrics, and a great place to start fighting nuisance odors.
Neutralize Odors with Baking Soda
When your vinegar and water solution has dried, follow up with other odor-eliminating solutions. Like vinegar, baking soda is a common household item with effective odor neutralizing attributes.
The secret to baking soda’s odor eliminating prowess resides in its crystals. Baking soda is made up of small crystals that attract acids and bases — the building blocks of odor molecules. When these unstable odor molecules come into contact with the crystals in baking soda, they turn into salt and neutralize.
When your purse smells like smoke, you can easily get rid of any remaining odors by sprinkling baking soda in the lining, pockets, and along seams to supplement the vinegar and water mixture after it has had a chance to dry. This combination of vinegar and baking soda should be very effective for beginning to remove odors, but it won’t necessarily freshen the inside of your bag.
Fight Lingering Odors with Odor Eliminating Spray
If your preferred method of cannabis consumption is to smoke it, fighting lingering smoke smells in the house may be a common occurrence,. You may already be familiar with Cannabolish’s ability to fight odors in the air. What you may not realize is Cannabolish Smoke Odor Eliminating Sprays are great to fight odors in fabrics, as well.
With a safe, proprietary formula of natural ingredients like plant oils and extracts, Cannabolish sprays are safe to use on fabric and around articles of clothing. To use, hold the bottle of Cannabolish Odor Eliminating Spray a few inches away from your bag’s lining and evenly distribute the formula throughout the inside of your bag. You can also spray the bag’s shell, pockets, and decorative stitching to ensure odor molecules are fully neutralized.
Cannabolish Odor Eliminating Spray comes in 2 oz. or 8 oz. bottles and is easy to store in a purse or a car to freshen and fight odors on the go. It’s perfect for daily Cannabis users or the occasional concert goer.
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