Does Weed Smell Stick to Leather? | How to Prevent & Remove It

Having your leather goods smell like weed can take away from the attractiveness of the item. A luxurious leather couch that smells like weed can suddenly make it seem like it came from the junkyard. It’s also embarrassing to wear a leather jacket that smells like weed and people might give you weird looks. Here’s how to remove weed smells from your leather goods.

Does weed smell stick to leather?

The smell of marijuana doesn’t stick to leather as well as it does to fabric, like cloth seats. However, it can still stick to leather and it can be upsetting to have your high-quality leather goods smell like weed. The smell can stick especially well to leather that has been newly waxed as the smoke can stick to the wax or conditioner, much easier than the leather itself.

How to avoid weed smell from sticking to leather

If you frequently take hits around your leather items, it’s best to do what you can to prevent those items from soaking up the smell in the first place. This will limit your need to clean them often as cleaning often can lead to the leather surface being overworked and potentially getting surface damage.

Use an air purifier

Air purifiers are awesome, they can soak up smells well before they stick to anything in your house. If you want no smoke at all, you can exhale directly onto the intake of the air purifier so it can absorb the smoke instead of it going everywhere and potentially onto your clothes and leather items.

We suggest this portable air purifier that you can take with you in your car as well to prevent your leather car seats from smelling like weed.

Open your windows

Opening your windows and allowing the room to be ventilated will prevent the smoke from staying in the room for too long and sticking to your leather items. This will not completely eliminate the smell of weed or prevent it from smelling at all, but it will prevent your leather from smelling strongly of weed.

With good ventilation, the smell of weed will be almost unnoticeable as the air in the space you’re smoking in is constantly being exchanged by the air outside.

Turn on your air conditioner

Using your air conditioner as an air purifier usually isn’t the best idea, but it still has a really good filter inside of it. If you can’t open up your windows or don’t have an air purifier, turn your air conditioner on instead.

This may lead to the filters smelling like cannabis and may result in marijuana smells coming from your air conditioner, but the air filters are probably less valuable than your leather items.

How to remove the smell of weed from leather

Marijuana can be quite strong on the noses of some people. If you don’t want to disturb your surroundings with the smell of weed, here are some of the things you can do to get rid of weed smells from your leather jacket, bag, or furniture.

Using leather cleaners to remove marijuana smells

There are all sorts of leather cleaning products, from liquids, sprays, and wipes. While it’s not a good idea to be frequently using leather cleaners on leather, it is a quick way for you to remove any smoke particles on the surface of your leather item that will emit that smell.

If you’re using a liquid or spray, we suggest using a clean cloth and spraying or pouring the liquid. You can then use that cloth to wipe all the surfaces of the leather to get rid of the smoke particles that have stuck to the leather.

Using leather wipes is the quickest as you can just pull one out and wipe away the marijuana stench from the leather. It’s best to get a leather wipe that can also condition your leather and protect the leather from absorbing the smoke particles directly. The conditioner will create a barrier that can easily be removed if ever it absorbs any smells.

Air out your leather item

Leaving your leather item out in the sun can kill a lot of the smell quite well. We don’t usually suggest letting your leather stay under direct sunlight, but this method is quite effective. Just don’t leave it out in the sun for more than 3 hours.

If you forgot your leather item and it has dried up a bit, you can bring the softness back to life by reconditioning your leather item after it cools down. Don’t condition it while it’s still warm from the sun.

Lemon spray

Lemon sprays are always reliable mixtures to remove all sorts of smells, including weed smells! Here’s how to make your own lemon spray that you can use on your leather items conveniently.

Things you will need:

  • Pure lemon juice or fresh lemon juice
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • Leather conditioner (optional)
  • Leather wax or waterproofer


  1. Mix equal parts water and lemon juice into a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the lemon mixture onto your leather item.
  3. Let it sit for a few seconds and wipe it off with a clean cloth.
  4. Allow your leather item to dry off the absorbed liquid.
  5. After letting the leather dry, inspect if the leather has dried out and condition if necessary.
  6. To protect the leather from future smoke particles being absorbed into the leather, apply leather wax or waterproofer to create a barrier to stop the leather from absorbing smells deeply.

How to mask the smell of weed

If you need to quickly mask the smell of weed in case you have visitors coming over and you can’t clean your leather items in time, here are a few ways you can disguise the smell and cover it up. This won’t fix your smell issue, but these are temporary fixes you can try.

Spray some air freshener into the room

Air freshening sprays won’t remove the smell from the leather, but it can stop the air from smelling like it. Spray the air freshener around the leather couch or your jacket, and try to stop people from getting too close to the leather items.

Don’t spray the leather items directly with the air freshener as it might result in discoloration or surface damage. It can also dry out your leather if it gets absorbed into it.

Light up a scented candle

Scented candles are an excellent way to combat the marijuana smells emanating from your leather goods. The scented candles will easily dominate and take over any other unpleasant odors in the room so long as people don’t smell your leather goods directly.

Light a fireplace

If you have a fireplace and the climate is right to use one, then a fireplace is a great way to mask those weed smells. The fire from the fireplace will attract air toward it and burn off those smells instead of letting circulate around the room.


Smoking a joint and having a good time is awesome, but if it gets all over your leather goods, that could be upsetting. Leather is all about the experience, and the smell of leather is a part of that experience.

We hope this guide has helped you get your leather items smelling great again as well as learned how to prevent it from happening in the first place.


What scents hide the smell of weed

Essential oils are a great way to hide the smell of weed. Strong-scented oils put in a humidifier to circulate around the room is a great way to mask any marijuana scents. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can also spray the essential oils into the room if you dilute it into an atomizer.

How long does leather smell last

If your leather smells because of surrounding influences, the duration of the smell could vary. Some scents stick better than others and could take up to a week or two to lessen. Lighter smells could also almost completely disappear within a day or a few hours. Scents could also be reduced with sun exposure, but we don’t recommend going more than 2-3 hours of full sun exposure as it could damage the leather.


  • Luke

    With a 14-year journey dedicated to preserving and enhancing leather goods, his unwavering passion continues to fuel his expertise. When he's not immersed in the world of leather, you can find Luke enjoying exhilarating bicycle rides or exploring nature through invigorating hikes.

  • Ralf

    Ralf is a multifaceted creative enthusiast with a deep passion for various crafting hobbies, including sewing, pottery, and the captivating world of leathercraft.