How can I make my leather car seats smell good?

I just bought an old BMW for something to work on during weekends. It has these great leather seats, but man, do they stink! How do you get a bad smell out of leather?

Chloe Jenkins · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear about the stinky leather seats… Most of the time, odor in leather seats is indicative of bacteria growthgross, I know. But if you can successfully kill that bacteria, you’ll kill the smell with it.
Here’s how to make leather car seats smell good.
Start by mixing one part white vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the seats and let them sit for at least five minutes. Be careful not to soak the leather, as you can cause water damage.
Wipe away the vinegar solution with a clean cloth and allow it to fully dry. Repeat as necessary until the smell is gone.
Steam cleaning is another great solution to killing odorous bacteria. What’s great about it is it won’t harm your leather seats! However, it may require you to rent or buy the proper equipment.
To keep your leather seats smelling good, be sure to wash and condition them at least twice a year. Again, always allow them proper time to dry if they become wet.
Hopefully, now that your seats are smelling good, you can get to work on your BMW and it’ll be up and running in no time! When you do, get a great price on car insurance with the
The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance—and the savings don’t stop there! Before every policy renewal period, you’ll be presented with new competitive
, which means you’ll always have the best coverage at the best price.
View full answer 
Jerry partners with more than 50 insurance companies, but our content is independently researched, written, and fact-checked by our team of editors and agents. We aren’t paid for reviews or other content.

Join 4M+ members in lowering their car insurance

Browse By Topics

Easiest way to compare and buy car insurance

No long forms
No spam or unwanted phone calls
Quotes from top insurance companies
Find insurance savings — it's 100% free