How to clean leather to get rid of body odour.

Faye Campbell
by Faye Campbell

No stains on the leather recliner..I just want to get rid of the odour of sweat. I've used leather cleaners and Fantastic but the smell persists. Sure hope you can offer some suggestions for cleaning leather furniture. If there are no solutions the chair is going bye bye because I have a very sensitive sniffer.

  17 answers
  • Shari Shari on Nov 13, 2015
    I use a product called "Anti Icky Poo" that I got to use when my cat decided to use an area of my carpet as her littler box. The company says, "Anti Icky Poo uses a combination of enzymes and live bacteria that literally consume most types of decaying organic materials including urine, feces, vomit, sweat, skunk musk and dead animal smells." When I realized it also was suppose to work on leather, I tried it on my husband's leather LazyBoy recliner and got good results, although it did initially take more than one treatment and you have to give it time to work because I guess it takes a while for the enzymes and live bacteria to "eat" the odor. Now I just occasionally spritz the Anti Icky Poo on the chair and let it air dry (don't rub or wipe it off). Like you, I had previously tried other things like leather cleaner, Febreze, etc., that didn't work at all. I've purchased Anti Icky Poo on eBay and Amazon. Here's some links you might find helpful:!treatment/cnj3
  • Kathryn Kathryn on Nov 14, 2015
    As Shari above said....I would use anything that uses enzymes such as Nature's Miracle...if it can remove dog/cat urine stains and scent organically it should work on your leather chair. But I would also suggest a half water half white vinegar solution sprays liberally over the affected leather. After the vinegar scene fades I would be surprised if you still had a lingering 'sweat' odor.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks Janet for taking the time to answer my question..I'll give that a try. The chair is still in excellent shape so I'd like to salvage it if possible.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks Pam for the information. I really appreciate your help. I'm not sure if the leather is finished or unfinished so will have to determine that before using the vinegar treatment.
  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Nov 14, 2015
    Vinegar will also remove hairspray from leather...and ladies don't set in a leather chair with aqua net on and flip your wet sweaty hair across the back of it, especially at a friends house....cause the lady of the house will cringe and run get you a towel ... but at that point it's to least it won't happen to someone else :)
  • Deanna Mills Deanna Mills on Nov 14, 2015
    Cleaned a lot of racing tack and the best thing is plain old saddle soap. Get the rag just barely damp and rub the saddle soap into the leather. It will treat the leather, makes it soft. It has a clean smell to it and if also great for boots, shoes and leather purses you have. Hope it help.
  • Vel1629730 Vel1629730 on Nov 14, 2015
    In the carpet cleaning section at the grocery store they sell "pet odor eliminator" spray...It might be worth a try to get rid of your "people odor"...they are both biological smells.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks for the suggestion Deanna.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks for your suggestion Velen.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 14, 2015
    Many thanks for your suggestions Kathryn.
  • Sue c. Sue c. on Nov 14, 2015
    You should not any product not made for leather. Deanna is right- saddle soap followed by neatsfoot oil. This combo has been used for centuries on all leather used in horsemanship. Horses sweat more than people do! If the soap and oil protect and keep leather clean and odor free around horses they should do the trick for your chair. I don't have horses any longer but I still use saddle soap and neatsfoot on purses, boots, shoes and furniture. You will be happy with the results!
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 15, 2015
    I appreciate the advice you've shared Sue C. and Shari. Sue where would I purchase saddle soap and neatsfoot oil?
  • Susan S Susan S on Nov 15, 2015
    We use a product , ODO-BAN. It is available in Home Depot in the States and Sam's Club. Read the label and see if it leather is good to use. Or considering how cold it is, call or surf!
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 15, 2015
    Thanks for your help Trudy.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 20, 2015
    Kevin Gillan from (leather cleaning and repair) has suggested I try their SG-5 leather cleaner. If the odour is coming from the leather the cleaner will remove it. If the smell is imbedded in the foam padding under the leather, I will have to discard the chair.