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How to Remove Odor from Bags

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Gym bags, backpacks, and pocketbooks can all start smelling unpleasant over time. Fortunately, there are many ways to remove this odor and keep your bags smelling like new. Most pocketbooks and handbags aren't washable, so use a variety of home deodorizing methods to absorb or mask unpleasant smells. If your bag is washable, a thorough cleaning in the machine can keep it smelling fresh.


[Edit]Deodorizing Non-Washable Bags

  1. Leave the bag outside to air it out. Sometimes, a good airing out is all a bag needs to smell better. Open the bag up and leave it outside for a day. Check it after a few hours to see if the smell has improved. If so, you don't have to take further steps to mask odors.[1]
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    • Pick a nice day to air the bag out so it doesn't get rained on. Alternatively, you could leave the bag in your garage with the door open or a covered porch for a similar effect.
    • Remember to bring the bag back inside to really test the smell. You might not fully smell odors outside.
  2. Wipe the inside of the bag with a vinegar solution to remove smells. Make a 1:1 solution of warm water and white vinegar. Add a drop of dish soap and stir it to make some suds. Then dip a clean sponge or rag into the mixture and squeeze it out. Scrub the inside of the bag with the damp sponge or rag, rewetting it as needed.[2]
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    • Remember that the sponge shouldn't be soaked. Make sure it's only damp.
    • If you aren't sure what type of material the bag is made of, put a small dab of this solution in a hidden spot and let it sit for a few minutes. If you don't see any discoloration or damage, then it should be safe for the rest of the bag.
    • You can also load some plain vinegar into a spray bottle and lightly spritz the inside of the bag.
  3. Apply a store-bought deodorizing spray if the smell remains. Open the bag up and spray a commercial odor eliminator, like unscented Febreze or Lysol, inside. Keep the bag open and let it air out. Once the spray dries, check to see if the odor is gone.[3]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 3.jpg
    • You could use a scented product as well, but the smell may be a little overpowering.
    • If you're cleaning a handbag, only spray the interior. It could leave a mark on the exterior, especially if the bag is leather.
  4. Sprinkle household baking soda into the bag to absorb leftover odors. Baking soda can neutralize odors throughout your home, including inside your bags. Either sprinkle some into the bag, or put some in a plastic bag and leave it open inside the bag. Close the bag and give the baking soda a few hours to absorb the odors.[4]
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    • You can also use a baking soda pod designed for refrigerators. This keeps the baking soda contained and you won't have to worry about making a mess with it.
  5. Leave kitty litter inside the bag for 1 week to absorb bad smells. Kitty litter contains deodorizing elements and can work similarly to baking soda. Place some in a cup or open plastic container and leave it in the bag. Seal the bag up and let the kitty litter absorb the odor for up to a week.[5]
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    • Place the bag somewhere it won't get knocked over. If the kitty litter spills out, it'll be difficult to get it all out of the bag.
  6. Use dry coffee grounds for a potpourri effect. Coffee grounds can absorb the odors and also provide a pleasant aroma to cover any remaining smells. Take a coffee filter and fill it halfway with dry coffee grounds. Twist the top and seal it with a rubber band. Then close the bag and leave it overnight to see if the smell improves.[6]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 6.jpg
    • If you like the smell, you can leave the coffee grounds in the bag for a continuous effect. Put the filter in a safe place where it won't break open.
    • You can try different coffee flavors, like French vanilla or hazelnut, for an even stronger effect.
  7. Leave a dryer sheet in the bag to mask remaining unpleasant smells. If cleaning and deodorizing didn't remove the smells completely, then leaving a dryer sheet in the bag at all times can mask any odors that are left over. Open up the sheet and spread it on the bottom of the bag.[7]
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    • Take out the old sheet and add a new one when the fresh smell starts fading.

[Edit]Washing Nylon and Canvas Bags

  1. Check the care tag to see if the bag is machine-washable. Some bags, especially gym bags made of nylon, are machine-washable. Check the bag label for text saying "Machine Wash," or a symbol showing a bucket of water. Both indicate that you can put this item in the washing machine.[8]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 8.jpg
    • Most gym bags and backpacks are machine-washable, but check the label to confirm. Handbags usually aren't machine-washable.
    • Washing tags may also have a symbol showing a bucket of water with a hand. This means handwash only. A bucket of water with an X over it means do not wash. These items are dry-clean only.
  2. Shake the bag out to remove any solid material. Before placing the bag in the machine, make sure nothing is inside it. Turn the bag upside down over a garbage can and shake it to clear it out.[9]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 9.jpg
    • This may also remove any fragments that were causing the odor.
    • If the inside of the bag is very dirty, use a handheld vacuum to clean it out before washing it.
  3. Put the bag in the washing machine and run it through a normal wash cycle. Wash the bag by itself, not with a load of laundry. Close any zippers first so they don't get caught. Use normal detergent and set the machine to a standard wash cycle with warm water.[10]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 10.jpg
    • Make sure to remove any attachments, like detachable straps, before putting the bag in the washing machine. You can wash these attachments separately if you want to.
  4. Add of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to kill the odor. White vinegar has odor-fighting properties. When the machine reaches its rinse cycle, pour in to remove any lingering odors.[11]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 11.jpg
    • This is optional since normal detergent might get rid of all the odor.
  5. Air-dry the bag completely before using it to prevent musty smells. Most bags aren't dryer-safe, so place the bag outside to air-dry. Open the bag so the inside dries and you don't get a lingering, musty smell.[12]
    Remove Odor from Bags Step 12.jpg
    • For faster drying, use a hair dryer on a low setting.



  • Wash your bag as soon as it starts smelling to prevent smells from building up. If you use the bag regularly, this will be every few months.


How to Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 01:00 AM PDT

Many people use St. Patrick's Day as a reason to dress up in festive green and gold and celebrate Irish cultural traditions. You can complete your St. Patrick's Day look and stand out from the crowd with this makeup look that incorporates green eyeshadow, neutral lips, defined lashes, and a subtle highlight!


[Edit]Preparing Your Skin

  1. Cleanse and prime your face thoroughly. A clean face is the best canvas for any kind of makeup look. Priming with a product for your skin type will help your makeup stay on your face all day. Products such as cleansers, toners, and priming lotions can help to protect and prepare your skin and should be applied all over the face in any place where you will be applying a makeup product.[1]
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    • Most skin care products will have specific directions that vary by product. Try to select products that have formulations specific for your skin, such as oily, blemish-prone, combination, or normal.
  2. Apply your foundation. Foundation helps to correct blemishes and discoloration in your skin. Follow your usual makeup routine. Applying foundation will give you a more professional look to complement your festive eye makeup.
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    • If you haven't applied foundation before or do not do it regularly, make sure you pick a shade that matches your skin tone. Apply small dots of foundation all over your face and blend in using a beauty sponge, large brush, or your fingers (after washing your hands) until you can't see any lines.[2]
  3. Apply a dot of skin-colored concealer to your eyelids. Blend it in thoroughly with your pinky or ring finger. This will create a neutral base for your eyeshadow so the pigments of the colors show up brightly, and it will help the shadow stick to your lid.[3]
    Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Step 3 Version 2.jpg

[Edit]Applying the Shadow

  1. Apply a medium-toned green all over the lid. Pack the color from the pan onto a medium-sized brush and tap lightly to remove any excess so that it doesn't fall onto your cheeks. Using the brush, pat the color onto your lid and carefully blend the color up to the crease of your eyelid in small circular motions.
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    • It might help to learn the best ways to apply eyeshadow for your eye shape and practice a few times before trying a new look.
    • When it comes to shadow, less is usually more. Take small amounts at a time onto the brush and continue build on top of the color until it is the desired shade. For lighter skin tones, this might be a light green achieved after the first application, and for darker skin tones it may require more building to get the desired color.[4]
  2. Blend a smoky gray shadow into the outer corner of your lid. Using the same process as earlier, plat the shadow just in the corner of the eyes and blend. This will give the effect of the lighter green fading into darker gray. Be careful not to apply too much of the gray or it will become very dark.[5]
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    • If you find that you used too much shadow, blend it out with a brush until you have the desired look.
  3. Apply a small amount of gold shadow to the center of your lid using a shader brush. Gently blend this shadow into the green to create a shimmer in the center of your lid. This shadow should be about halfway to where the dark gray begins. The gold will add a subtle shine and give you a 'pot of gold at the end of the rainbow' look.[6]
    Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Step 6 Version 2.jpg
  4. Apply a white eyeshadow mixed with light green to your brow bone. Blend it down to almost meet the shadow on your lid. The light shade will act as a highlight to your eye with a subtle tint of green. Like the gold, this should be subtle and fade into the shadow on your lid.[7]
    Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Step 7 Version 2.jpg

[Edit]Complementing Your Eyeshadow

  1. Apply a light or dark pink lip stain or lipstick to your lips. Pink and peachy colors will give your lips a hint of color without overpowering or clashing with the green tones on your eyes.[8]
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    • Choose a shade that complements your skin tone but doesn't stand out too much. If your skin tone is lighter, you might opt for a lighter pink, or a darker pink for a darker skin tone. This will ensure that the focus of the look is your eyeshadow rather than lip color.
    • If you are planning to wear this lip color all day, it may be helpful to set the shade with a clear gloss.
  2. Apply your mascara. For this look, use a mascara that is lengthening and volumizing for a more dramatic effect. If you want to opt for a more subtle look, use a mascara that is separating.[9]
    Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Step 9.jpg
    • To maintain focus on the eyeshadow, you should refrain from using eyeliner. It will cover some of the green eyeshadow and take away from your hard work.
  3. Set your makeup with a setting spray or powder. Since you'll be celebrating, a setting product will make your makeup last as long as you need it to without running. Simply spray or brush lightly all over your face to keep everything in place. If using a spray, let the product dry for about 30 seconds before touching your face.[10]
    Do a St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Step 10.jpg



  • Remember that the focus of the look is primarily green, and the other colors should not overpower the green.
  • Be sure to blend your eye shadows. Colors should smoothly transition into one another. If the colors look blocky or very distinct, keep blending.
  • Make sure you are using the right brushes for the look. Preferably, you should use a blending brush and a shading brush, but there are a number of different options that will work.

[Edit]Related wikiHows


How to Repair a Luggage Tear

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 05:00 PM PDT

Torn luggage is more than just an eyesore—if not addressed right away, it has the potential to lead to more severe damage, or even lost belongings. That's why it's important to act fast if you notice that the exterior of one of your bags or suitcases has ripped. Fortunately, all it takes is a needle and thread, a little fabric glue, or a suitably-sized patch to seal the breach and ensure lasting durability.


[Edit]Sewing Small Tears

  1. Thread a sewing needle with a heavy-duty type of thread. Most suitcases and travel bags are constructed of thick, hard-wearing fabrics, so it's a good idea to use a thread that can hold up to the physical demands of constant packing, loading, and shuffling from place to place. Multi-ply polyester, cotton-wrapped polyester, or nylon upholstery thread should do the trick nicely.[1]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 1.jpg
    • You'll find many different varieties of thread at your local craft store, or any shop that carries sewing supplies.[2]
    • If all you have is regular thread, double it over on itself and tie the ends together to beef it up.
  2. Weave the needle back and forth through both torn edges in a zig-zag pattern. Keep sewing until you reach the far end of the tear where the material is still intact. The closer together you situate your stitches, the more you'll be able to make room for, and the more durable the finished seam will be.[3]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 2.jpg
    • Avoid inserting your needle too close to the frayed edge of the tear, or the resulting stitch could come out easily.
    • This is nothing but your basic straight stitch, the most elementary technique in sewing.[4]
  3. Tie off your thread 2-3 times to make sure the knot will hold. There are a couple of ways you can do this. The first is to slip your needle under your last stitch and pull it through the loop formed by the thread before snipping off the excess length. The other is to cut your thread a little long, then gather up the loose ends and tie a series of half knots by hand.[5]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 3.jpg
    • Either of these methods will work just fine, as long as your knots are tight and neat.

[Edit]Gluing Clean, Straight Tears

  1. Apply a small amount of high-strength fabric glue to both sides of the tear. Start by separating the two sections of fabric as much as possible without doing any further damage. Then, carefully dab some glue onto the top of one section and the bottom of the other. Be careful not to accidentally spread the glue to any other part of your luggage.[6]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 4.jpg
    • Make sure the glue you're working with is suitable for use on fabrics. Many ordinary superglues aren't effective on woven materials.[7]
    • Gluing both sides of the tear rather than just one will improve its chances of staying closed.
  2. Align the top and bottom sections of the tear. Doing your best not to get glue all over your fingers, position the two edges so that the one with the glue on the bottom is directly above the one with the glue on the top. There should be a small amount of overlap between the sections.[8]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 5.jpg
    • If you don't overlap the fabric, the glue will have nothing to stick to but itself, and the tear will likely open back up before long.
  3. Press and hold the two sections together for at least 2-3 minutes. Once you get the edges of the tear lined up properly, clamp them together between your fingers and apply firm, steady pressure. It should only take a few minutes for the glue to dry to the point where you can let go of the fabric without it coming apart.[9]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 6.jpg
    • Be sure to apply additional glue as needed to any gaps or openings you notice in the mended fabric.
    • Keep in mind that the more glue you slather on, the longer it will take to dry.

[Edit]Patching Large Rips and Holes

  1. Purchase a fabric patch that matches your luggage. Shop around for a patch that approximates the look of your bag as closely as possible. Fabric patches come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one that fits the bill.[10]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 7.jpg
    • Most fabric patches are made from cotton or polyester, and aren't recommended for use on materials like nylon or rayon.
    • There are also leather patches available for renewing leather bags and suitcases.
  2. Sew around the edges of ordinary fabric patches. Straight-stitch your way along the outer perimeter of the patch until you get back to your starting point, then snip your thread and tie it off 2-3 times to secure it. Provided you do this correctly, your finished patch should stand up to even the most crowded baggage claim terminals.[11]
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    • For maximum durability, use an extra-thick type of thread, such as cotton-wrapped polyester or nylon upholstery thread. You can also double-up a strand of normal thread to increase its strength.[12]
    • Sewing your patch is the best way to guarantee that it will stay on.
  3. Stick on patches with flat backs using fabric glue. Spread a liberal amount of high-hold glue onto the backside of the patch and carefully move it into place over the tear. Press down firmly on the patch for 30-60 seconds to make sure it will stay put. Afterwards, avoid handling the patch for at least 10 minutes as the glue begins to set.[13]
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    • Other types of flexible, waterproof glues, like Gorilla Glue, multi-purpose industrial glue, or hot glue sticks, may also work for this project.[14]
    • Once the glue has had a full 24 hours to cure, it will be safe to expose your luggage to rain, sleet, snow, and other adverse weather conditions.
  4. Heat iron-on patches for quick and easy repairs. Place the patch on the damaged spot and take a moment to get it positioned right where you want it while your iron heats up. Place a thin piece of cloth (such as a bandanna or pillowcase) over the patch and press the hot iron into the cloth for 30-45 seconds. If possible, flip the luggage fabric over and iron the other side as well to further cement the bond.[15]
    Repair a Luggage Tear Step 10.jpg
    • Spraying the backside of the patch with a bonding agent can help lock it down for good.[16]
    • The backs of iron-on patches are coated with powerful adhesives that form a strong bond when activated by heat.


  • Each of the methods described here will work for rips, tears, and holes in your luggage's inner lining as well as its outer shell.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Sewing Small Tears

  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty thread (optional)

[Edit]Gluing Clean, Straight Cuts

  • High-strength fabric glue
  • Heavy object (optional—for clamping tear)

[Edit]Patching Large Rips and Holes

  • Matching fabric patch
  • Sewing kit or needle and thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Clothes iron
  • Hand-cut custom fabric patch (optional)


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