Smokey stink

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    Smokey stink

    Here's a weird question for you all- A friend of mine gave me a leather holster that I like very much. But it stinks like smoke something horrible. It stunk up my entire pistol safe. Does anybody know how to destink a leather holster?
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    Hmmm. I have nothing to add but I will be interested to hear any answers our lether workers provide.
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    I'd say leave it outside (in the shade, as cow hide will tan in the sun like human hide) for a day. Barring that, give it a shot of what the makers use. Kramer recommends Kiwi treatment of some sort. His site will say under FAQs. I am sure the other makers have recommendations. I would shy away from Lexol, saddle soap, and neatsfoot oil for sure. They will soften the leather and blow the molding. I had a friend give me a leather rifle case. A fine gift, but smelled like he had been using it for his ashtray. I wound up giving it back. Hope you get it ironed out.

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    You might try packing it in activated charcoal like they sell for use in aquariums; after all it is used in air filters to remove odors.
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    Does anybody know how to destink a leather holster?
    I think you just need to toughen up a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    You might try packing it in activated charcoal like they sell for use in aquariums; after all it is used in air filters to remove odors.
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    I'll agree with the charcoal recommendation.

    I once had a stinky fridge that smelled about like death, a cut open bag of charcoal and a day later, and it smelled fine.
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    I'm thinking stick it in a bag with an open pack of arm and hammer baking soda,suppose to get rid of odors
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    Charcoal. Works wonders. Absorbs most odors.
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    Lightbulb Saddle Soap

    Saddle soap,a soft brush,and a little elbow grease.Lather,rinse and repeat.Air dry.Will be fresh and clean and smell great.
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    We need a poll just on the recommendations! The activated charcoal idea certainly sounds reasonable but what do I know...
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    Throw it in the dryer with 3 or 4 dryer sheets and a couple tennis balls. Run it, no heat, for about 30 minutes.
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    Activated charcoal cleans up my crappy homemade liquor real nice. It should work on leather too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistola View Post
    Saddle soap,a soft brush,and a little elbow grease.Lather,rinse and repeat.Air dry.Will be fresh and clean and smell great.
    I was always taught that saddle soap was for saddles; it would soften the leather on holsters and ruin the moulding.
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    Baking soda. Seal the holster in a bag with baking soda for a day or two. That should do it.

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