Problem: Burlap smells.Solution: The jute fibers will always retain some of their scent, but you can lessen it with a little work. Try washing the burlap. (Because of the loose weave, machine washing can damage it. Ideally, you should spot wash it by hand and then let it dry outside in the sun.) Once indoors, spritz it occasionally with some Febreze or perfume to give it a more pleasing aroma.Design detail: Add it as a key detail in just a few places. For example, wrap scrap burlap around your indoor plants to cover up unattractive plastic pots. Not only will you have a chic new container, but the material acts as a great insulator for plants during cold weather.