So my Grandma bought me this beautiful bag for Christmas. She took me shopping to the nearest shopping mall, and I saw this beautiful galaxy print rucksack with (what I think is genuine) leather straps and flaps. She bought it for me and I didn't see it again until Christmas.
I first noticed the fish smell when I had unwrapped it and sat it down next to where I was sat. At first I thought I had started my period, and I was panicking that everyone could smell me. I was confused when I figured that I hadn't, I couldn't find the sours of the smell.
I got home and took it out of the bag I put all my gifts in and instantly I was confronted with the strongest smell of fish ever. Everything that was next to it also had started to smell too, it was just awful!
I didn't know what to do with it at first so I wrapped it up in a plastic bag and left it, then my house started smelling of fish! I looked up this method where you put a load of bicarbonate soda in a sock and then put it in a plastic bag with the smelly bag, the soda is supposed to absorb the smells but it hasn't worked.
A few people have suggested I just spray it with perfume and ferbreeze but it already smells so much I don't want to make it smell more. And I don't want to ruin the leather either! I would stick it in the washing machine but its brand new and that would also wreck the bag. I thought about hand washing it with a sponge and a little bit of dish soap but apparently this can also wreck leather.
I found out the reason it smells so bad is because they sometimes treat leather with fish oil, so this can't be a rare problem! I just want to be able to use my bag without it making everything I put in it smell, or make it look like I'm on my period and I smell.
I can't take it back because it was a gift, and I don't want to tell my grandma out of embarrassment because I asked her to buy it for me.
Any ideas on what I can try?
Most Helpful Guy
Saddle soap is made for cleaning leather. Try a small amount in an inconspicuous area of the bag first to make sure it will not cause any problems with leather dyes and finishes.1
Most Helpful Girl
Girl, I have the same problem with my purse, at first I couldn't understand where that smell was coming from but then I realized it was from leather handles. The rest of my purse is made from fabric so I washed it and air dried for 2months, nothing helped now I just hope that the smell will fade away in some time. Please let me know if you find a way to get rid of it.1