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Subject: Ciggarette odor on book
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 7:48 PM ET
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I received a book a couple of days ago.  It's an ex-library book which I don't mind; however, it smells like ciggie smoke.  I'm not sure this book is a keeper so I may list it.  It's a wishlisted book however I don't know about listing it since it smells like ciggie smoke.  Do y'all have any tips on getting rid of the odor?

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 7:51 PM ET
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Unless the requester has an RC about smoke/smells that doesn't make it unpostable. I wouldn't worry about it.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 8:34 PM ET
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Kay, the easiest suggestion is just to put it in a gallon sized ziploc bag (or other airtight container) with some sort of odor absorbing material.  Cat litter (my preference is Fresh Step), baking soda, activated charcoal or odor eaters (which have activated charcoal in them), or a mix of the above.  General consensus is that dryer sheets are a big NO, and don't spray it with Lysol or Febreeze.  Some people recommend sitting the smelly book outside on a sunny/breezy day, and some say that they just sit them in the garage for a few days to air out.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 8:54 AM ET
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Just be sure that no matter how well you think you have "covered up/disposed of" the cigarette smell that you don't send it to someone who specifically states they do not want books in that condition. Non smokers can detect that smell no matter what you do to hide it ......it just lingers under the nice smells!

I am personally one of those picky "no smoke smelling books" swappers and I have recieved a few that people tried to "clean up". It was disappointing to recieve a book I would n't read but had been waiting for. I will say though the senders hung their heads in shame and nicely returned my token!!!  I in turn quickly swapped the book off to someone who didn't mind the smell.

Good luck!


Date Posted: 5/17/2010 4:42 PM ET
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I once bought a box of books from someone on eBay, and was disgusted to find that not only did they reek if cigarette smoke, there was a cigarette butt in the bottom of the box!!


I aired them all out for a day or two, then sprinkled them all with baking soda and let them sit in that for a few days. It helped a lot, but I still would not send one to someone with an RC about it. 

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:55 AM ET
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Yep, as long as when you post it, the requestor doesn't have any RCs about smoke, then you are fine. You only need to worry about those that have the RCS.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:24 PM ET
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I agree with not trying to clean it up and then send if someone has RC against it. I am a "non-smoking home" RC person and can detect the slightest hint of cig smoke. Some people think if they spray it with an odor eating freshener or room spray product that will help but it only makes it doubly offensive to those that have sensitive sniffers. Who wants to be inhaling room freshener as they read??

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:52 PM ET
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I've found that even if you think you've successfully gotten rid of the tabacco smell wrapping it up in a mailer of any sort will cause at least a faint remnant of the smell to return.  So be sure you mark that book with a post-it note and a note attached to it on PBS so that you remember it and don't send it to a person with the no smoking RC.


Date Posted: 5/18/2010 5:29 PM ET
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Ditto with not sending it to someone with a smoke RC in any case.  What people report as successful attempts to rid books of smoke odors is purely subjective.  They may think something works perfectly just because they can't smell smoke on it, but that doesn't mean than nobody else will.