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Our college daughter who lives with us bought a used car, and realized afterward (when it heated up and especially when the seats are heated) that it has been treated with a fragrance. It does not seem to come out of the heating and cooling system, however, the surfaces smell like this fragrance when heated. Especially the leather seats. Then the fragrance sticks to the clothing wherever the clothing is in contact with the seats. Is there a way to get this fragrance out of the leather seats?  Our daughter is not wanting to cover up her nice leather seats, so we’re hoping to find a way to remove the fragrance. The fragrance doesn’t bother her as much as it bothers me,  as I am chemically sensitive and she is not. The fragrance sticks to her clothes, and then to the furniture in the house. Any suggestions? Thank you!!!!

Lisa’s Answer

If you can tolerate vinegar, you can wipe the leather with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.  Test it on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage the leather.  If you live in a warm climate, try leaving the windows open for several days.  Readers, other suggestions?




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