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Subject: Getting rid of smoke smell
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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I got a WL book today- but it stank so bad of smoke, that I had barely opened the wrapper when that lovely nicotine stink hit me. Honestly, if the book itself were smoked I don't think it could stink more.  However, it is WL and  want to read it- any suggestions how I can get rid of the smell?

I am usually not sensitive to smells- but this book made me want to put a RC on my account. I wish I could do an RWAP for a smell. Also- she mailed it 2 weeks late! I wish it had gone lost so I wouldn't have to give a credit. GRRRRR....


Date Posted: 2/24/2009 9:46 PM ET
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Even if it had gone lost you would still have to mark it recieved when you recieved it.

I'm not sure how to remove the smell, but I know it has been discussed before, did you try searching the forum?

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 10:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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There was a post here a couple of weeks ago with lots of good suggestions.  You could search for that and find something that would work for you.  I always put any smoky books in a tied up trash bag with some newspaper crumpled up in there with them.  It works to get the smell out, but it's not a quick method (in case you're wanting to read the book right away).

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:49 AM ET
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Ashley's suggestion is a good one, and it's one I would use.  Another (messier) option is to put it into a bag of unscented kitty litter or baking soda for a couple of weeks.  You can also try putting the book into a plastic bag with one of those net bags of activated charcoal.  Unfortunately, I don't think there is a way to get the smell out quickly; this is an exercise in patience.

Whatever you do, don't use dryer sheets or stuff that has fragrance to it because if you later decide to post the book, the next person may have an allergic reaction to either the smell or the dryer sheet residue.  It also doesn't do anything to remove the smokey smell- it's just going to smell like a perfumed smokey book. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:45 AM ET
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I've put some of mine in a ziploc bag with baking soda, the kind you put in your fridge.  The baking soda absorbs the smoking smell.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 5:01 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2009
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I had this problem a few weeks ago. I used the baking soda in a ziplock bag for a few days. It took half the smell away. You could probably replace the baking soda and let it spend another few days. But, after that I tried a trick someone else recommended and it worked even better than the baking soda. You need to have an ionizer. I have a small one that fits in the cigarette lighter socket in my car. I put the book in a trash bag and wrapped the open end around the ionizer and taped it shut. Left it there for about 3 days. It took out the remaining smell. Hope this helps. Christina

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 2:15 AM ET
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Part of the theory is to dry out the book with something to absorb odors.  Absorbents would be newspapers, baking soda, cat litter, or charcoal.  A black box or plastic bag in the sun speeds the process up as it heats up, drying it faster.  (Heating too fast or hot damages the spine, so please, no ovens or heaters.)  I use those fridge packs of baking soda so the powder doesn't get on the books.

An ionizer works differently, it breaks down the molecules.  Works better on moldly books.  But may damage older books.