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Subject: worse than smoke
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:36 PM ET
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I've received one package of smoky-smelling books since I've been a member, and the smell dissipated fairly quickly. I would no longer be able to tell you which books they were.

But once someone sent me books in which she had placed *perfume samples*.  They stank to high heaven and the smell never went away.  When I decided to repost one of them, around a year later, I felt obligated to PM the requestor to make sure she wouldn't mind, since it's not covered in the guidelines.

Some things are worse than smoke! ;-)

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:51 PM ET
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Yes, that is at least as bad as smoke for those of us with allergies.  Some of the heavily-scented dryer sheets can also have the same effect.  I know that people mean well with these things, but I wish they would consider that some of us can literally become sick when exposed to those things.  As far as deoderizing books that may have a smokey/musty smell, baking soda does the trick pretty well- just close the book up in a ziplock bag with 1/2 cup or so (making sure not to get any in between the pages) and let it sit a couple of days.  Much more allergy-friendly!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 2:14 PM ET
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It may actually have been dryer sheets, now that you mention it.

I once did a swap for some sippy cups for my son (not here, of course) and the person mailed them in an old detergent box. I washed them and washed them and was never able to get the smell out - had to throw them away.

Subject: dryer sheets
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 2:17 PM ET
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i seen on a tv show just last week for

books that have oders you can take a dryer sheet put in the book and close it up in a bag for a wk as well.

might work !

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 2:24 PM ET
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Wende, for those of us with allergies those dryer sheets can cause issues as bad or worse than smoke...the best is the baking soda mentioned above.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:09 PM ET
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I had a book that had a slight smell of Lysol.  Every so often when I read it, I would get a whiff of it.  It drove me crazy, so I finally got rid of the book. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:40 PM ET
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why would someone spray lysol on a book?  i don't even want to know where it had been.  when i was a kid my sister puked on my copy of charlie and the chocolate factory...i still have it. lol!  don't worry, i won't post it. lol!

 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Lysol actually makes sense to me since I work in a library and I have SEEN monsters using a book to cover their mouths and noses to cough or sneeze EEW!

I too get effected by smells, we have to get the low or no scent dryer sheets as the smell of it on my clothes drives me nuts. Most flowers with a scent will give me a bad headache. Magazines with samples in them I dont even bother buying any more, I used to buy Cosmo but gave up after not being able to read the stupid thing. I know at work we remove these samples so it does not effect the patrons (as much). 

Please use the bi carb soda trick before anything else or even active charcoal, it also is better for your health then the dryer sheets and whatever chemicals they use. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:47 PM ET
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It was one of those Bathroom Readers.  Believe me, I'll never order a used Uncle John book again!  LOL ;)

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Can you hear me say EWWWWWW!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 7:19 PM ET
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We have had only a couple of smoky books that we ended up throwing out, and we have no RCs, but the dryer sheets or perfume samples are, I think, far worse. Instant headache.

Baking soda can help, sometimes, as can some time on a back porch or similar where there is exposure to fresh air.

Les