Remove Tefillen Smell

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  • #1544130

    notarebba
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    Anyone have any ideas on how to unobtrusively remove the smell from tefillen, other than replacing the retzuos completely and redoing the whole bayis? There has to be something to put in the bag or to use in order to just remove the odor (not add any smells).

    Anyone have any ideas or have tried anything that worked in the past?

    Thanks!

    #1544205

    Toi
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    Soak your batim in tomato juice for a week.
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    This is a joke. I normally would not write that my post was a joke, for nearly all my posts are joke posts, but I do not want my joke post to passel your tefillin.

    #1544216

    DovidBT
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    Saddle soap is effective for cleaning and deodorizing leather. Is it permissible for use on tefillin?

    It has a slight odor, but it’s a clean, “soapy” smell.

    But I’m not sure it would be safe to use it on the batim, since the soap or water might penetrate the leather and damage the parchment.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by  DovidBT. Reason: grammar
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    #1544227

    notarebba
    Participant

    What about something that can be put in the bag along with them to absorb odor?
    Would something like that work? Without having to actually chemically treat the tefillen themselves?

    #1544238

    Midwest2
    Participant

    Why not ask a sofer? The person who made your tefillin is probably the one who would know how to fix them.

    #1544252

    Neville ChaimBerlin
    Participant

    Anyone who doesn’t like new-tefillin smell must be erev rav. New-tefillin smell is the best!

    But, joking aside, the smell will go down over time. It comes from the straps, not the batim, but new ones would only be stronger.

    #1544255

    DovidBT
    Participant

    What about something that can be put in the bag along with them to absorb odor?

    You could try baking soda, maybe wrapped in some tissue paper or a paper towel.

    Or Odor-Eaters Insoles. Would it be disrespectful to put in a tefillin bag something that’s intended to worn in a shoe?

    #1544289

    Gadolhadorah
    Participant

    Perhaps having the “smell” of new teffillin with you is a positive and removing it will have negative vibes….

    #1544303

    notarebba
    Participant

    Who in the world doesn’t like the smell of new tefillen?! I am talking about tefillen that has been worn daily for a number of years. Contact with skin and hair and being stored in a small leather bag imbues it with a less desirable odor. Are there small items that can be placed in the bag to absorb the smell without imparting a foreign smell into the tefillen?

    #1544309

    notarebba
    Participant

    That’s what I was thinking? Would little pod-like ones work?

    #1544319

    DovidBT
    Participant

    Contact with skin and hair and being stored in a small leather bag imbues it with a less desirable odor.

    What about replacing the bag with a new one, and leaving the bag open overnight so the tefillin can have more exposure to fresh air?

    Would little pod-like ones work?

    There’s only one way to find out.

    #1544277

    zlaty
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    leather that is moist smells. some from the leather itself, and some from the wearer that sweats so if you put your tfillin in the plastic shidel and into the tfillin beitel when it is moist, smelly bacteria will grow on it,and it eventually penetrates the batim and pasels the parshios so i f you are sweaty,don’t put your tfillin, in a place where it can’t dry out’, if you are a heavy sweater, then when your tfillin are dry completely.smear them litely with kosher olive oil, and let them dry again,some people need to do this every day, but only dry them in room temp. air,
    heat can pasel the parshios/and mis/shape the batim /or exact rubiah i’ve found parshios that here mouldy and posul on a few occasions info by Eli Teitelbaum/sofer stam

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    #1544497

    Pinchas
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    Regarding suggestions above about placing something else directly in the bag with the teffilin please see the Shulchan Aruch (או”ח סי’ מב:ג ) as that make be halachiclly problematic. As always as you LOR.

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