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Subject: Getting smoke smell out?
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 8:59 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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I recently received a very smokey smelling book - I don't want to put an RC on about smoking, because I've received I don't know 8 or 10 books and this is the first one that really has an odor - but it's strong enough that I can't read it.  (no offense to the sender, nothing personal against smokers, who knows it may have been sent to them infused with smoke...)


I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do to "encourage" the smell to move on from this life, so that I can read the book...


any ideas?

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:14 AM ET
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I had this problem once and I found that just leaving it alone for a couple weeks basically took care of the odor.  Others have had success by sticking a dryer sheet in the book and putting it in a plastic bag.  However, I know some people are allergic to the dryer sheet scent, so if you go that route, you may not be able to re-post it.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:18 AM ET
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You can try placing the book in a box or bag with some crumpled newspaper or clay kitty litter.  Both will help remove the smell.   Don't use a dryer sheet or some other sented item to try to cover the smell.  The smoke smell will fade with time, but a strong perfume will stick around.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:34 AM ET
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I have received two smokey books recently, and have had both of them in a closed plastic bag with baking soda for 3 weeks now.  (The 'soda' is in a small cup.)  Still has strong smoke odor.  Am I doing this wrong?

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I've hear baking soda and kitty litter in a paper grocery bag work best.  Just sit it in your garage or other out-of-the-way place and let it sit for a couple weeks.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Awww, the smelly book question again-

I have received books that smelled of tobacco smoke, mildew,  cooking oil, moth balls, etc.

Smell is very subjective- What smells offensive to me may not be offensive to another person-

Try these remedies if you have a smelly book-

Put book in large ziplock bag for a few days with

-a bunch of crumpled up newspapers ( this worked for me)

 The newsprint  obsorbs odors !


Date Posted: 2/27/2008 8:04 AM ET
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Thanks for the helpful replies, sorry to ask a tired question!  I'll try the newsprint and then if that doesnt' work toss it in the garage for a while...

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 8:05 AM ET
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if you can set the book on end with pages sort of open, that will help since the pages can air out better than lying flat

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Date Posted: 2/27/2008 12:23 PM ET
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A few hours in the sunshine helps too. But not so long as to fade the book.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I leave it fanned out on top of a shelf and find that the smell diminished greatly over time. I got two that were kinda smokey and left them out for a while... weeks?... and when I smelled them afterware I was hard pressed to find the smoke odor... it was certainly much less than at first.

I also go one that smelled of moth balls ( a kid's board book)... I fanned it out in the garage and left it for months...I had it on my freebie list because of the smell... when some said the wanted it smell and all (months later)...the smell was almost gone.

Time and air seem to be really good in getting smells out.