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Subject: Please don't use fabric softener sheets in books
Date Posted: 3/12/2008 7:57 PM ET
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I have traded books on here for a year and I love, but I dislike getting books that has a fabric sheet tucked into the package.

The first time I got this I thought it was a good idea since it prevents the book from smelling funny, you know? But then I quickly remembered my allergy and sinus problems!

I've suffered years with allergy and sinus problems but things got better some what after switching to scent free Bounce (fabric softener sheets). Some smells will just clog up my sinuses and start my allergeries going like crazy! I know this is common problem too since my poor mother in law avoids all kinds of scented candles and other pretty deco stuff that "smells". Even bathroom spray bugs me.

I have thought about putting this in my RC but due to hearing stories of people who refuse to send books to people who even have the simplest RC I fear putting it in there. Even though it is a pretty simple request that I have.

I just wanted to share my info with people who put a fabric softener sheet in with their books. I wanted thank them for being kind enough to do that, it is nice to get a nice smelling book instead of one that could have smoke or some other odd "house" smell on it. lol But please remember people like me with allergies, trouble breathing and sinus problems.

This is just a kind reminder, I am in no way venting or complaining. ; )



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Date Posted: 3/12/2008 8:02 PM ET
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I agree with you 100%.  I also have allergies to many smells and have to be careful which ones I am around or I will end up having an asthma attack.  I haven't been a member very long and didn't realize that people put dryer sheets in the books that they send.  For some reason that thought never occured to me.  I may have to add that to my RC because going around wheezing while trying to read a book is never a good time:)

Thanks for the heads-up Ashley!!

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 8:11 PM ET
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Unfortunately, yes, Heather, some people do not realize that the oils from a fabric sheet cannot be aired out like the odors from smoke! And they are just as offensive and bothersome to people as smoke. Thanks for posting this, Ashley.

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 9:10 PM ET
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Yes, things like smoke, perfume, scented dryer sheets send me into severe respiratory distress (I have medication I keep nearby all the time just in case)...I hadn't thought about people sending them with the dryer sheet in the package...ugh!!!  I'm already getting declined for not wanting MMPB guess I might as well add this.

thanks for the heads up!!


Date Posted: 3/12/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Ick, I can't stand scented dryer sheets either.  I use unscented ones but I couldn't imagine sending out a book that smells of anything in the first place.

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 9:36 PM ET
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Not to hijack the thread, but I quit using Bounce fabric sheets in my dryer when I learned they (and other) brands use animal tallow in them.  I'm not a vegan or anything, but I just didn't think it was necessary.  Am I the last one on the planet to learn about it?


Date Posted: 3/12/2008 10:07 PM ET
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I just hang my laundry up, so quit using dryer anything!

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 10:16 PM ET
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No Catt...you aren't the last...I hadn't heard that so, perhaps I'm the last person on the planet to learn that. :D

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 11:44 PM ET
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Why does someone think our clothes need anything animal in them? I didn't know.

But I will put a smokey book in a freezer bag with a bar of soap until the stinky smoke is gone. I haven't put the no smoke in my RC yet either.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 12:44 AM ET
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Help my thread has been hijacked! lol

I didn't know this either. We too use unscented ones. My husband once picked up the scented ones by accident and when the box was opened it smelled up the whole house! EW! I tossed them out pretty quick.

Seriously though, I can't tell you how many books I've gotten with those things in there. I trade on Bookmooch, Paperback Swap, Swap a CD & Swap A DVD.


Date Posted: 3/13/2008 7:53 AM ET
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Ashley:  You can ask people not to put dryer sheets in books they send you, but that very same book may have been received by them with a dryer sheet tucked inside. 

As far as I'm concerned, you can never get that smell out of a book.  Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with me.  Even though I have it as a RC, I still receive these highly scented books, which I am unable to read.  So far, all sellers have refused to refund my credit.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 3:41 PM ET
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I know someone that rubs dryer sheets on their dog so it smells nice..LOL

I also hate those dryer sheets and use unscented ones, not due to allergies but because I have yet to find one I like that doesnt remind me of mothballs..hehe

I found that getting those fridge bubbles of bicarb soda (arm and hammer) stuck in a plastic bag works the best for removing smoke smells AND I do not get the bi carb soda everywhere.  Those dryer sheets just cover the smell anyways.   Activiated charcoal in a cheesecloth bag can work well and be mess free.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 3:51 PM ET
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I can see why you are hesitant to put that in Readers Conditions due to the strong "anti" RC forums and posts we often see here.  However, you could you PM the sender when you first place your order

.... I have been getting a lot of dryer sheets placed with books recently.  If you happen to do this, I would appreciated that the book be sent without a dryer sheet...

Not sure if folks would be offended though.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 4:50 PM ET
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I had a book, unbeknownst to me, to have a dryer sheet in it.  I opened up the package and about had my socks knocked off, the smell was soooooo strong!!!!

I had an rc for a book order once, the requestor would only take a book if a dryer sheet was put in it.  I haven't used them in a while and didn't have any so I turned her down but I hadn't seen an rc about ONLY taking books if they had one inserted in them.

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Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:38 PM ET
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I have no idea why someone would WANT to put dryer sheets in a book. I never even heard of that until I came here.  hhmmm...I thought I read somewhere that it wasn't allowed anyway?  Maybe not, it may have been mentioned in another thread or something.  I don't use them either, I use liquid softener in my Downy Ball  : )  I sure hope I don't get a book with one in it.