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Subject: Q about Smoke!!
Date Posted: 12/19/2010 2:50 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2008
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Does anyone now how to get rid of the smell of smoke on books? I usually am not that picky about the smell of smoke but I just got to that really really smell of smoke and its making me sneeze! Thanks!!

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 3:10 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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This question comes up now and again, here are links to some previous suggestions:

Any way to remove Smoke smell from books?

How do I get smoke out of books?

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 3:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/19/2010 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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I got a box of books once from eBay that not only reeked of smoke, but had a cigarette butt in the bottom of the box! It was the grossest thing ever :( :( 

I poured baking soda directly on each book, that seemed to significantly reduce the smell after a few weeks. It's a little work to get the baking soda off the books though, so you might want to try some of the other methods first. 

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 8:13 PM ET
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I create a baking soda tent, using a fast food tray and a plastic grocery bag.

Pour a box of baking soda into a container larger than the book's dimensions. Fan the book open (spine edge up, page end down) on the paper towel.Tie grocery bag closed.  I usually leave the book in there for about a week.  It's done a good job on smoky and musty books .