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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 16, April 20, 2008, Article 10

ELIMINATING SMOKE ODOR IN BOOKS

Joe Boling writes: "On removing odor from books - do NOT put
them out in the sun. Just look at your daily newspaper after
it has sat in the sun for a few hours."

Robert Rhue writes: "Regarding smoke smell in books, I do
have a possible solution in response to your query.  A couple
years ago my daughter broke a jar of pickles in her car, which
then reeked of garlic.  I loaned her my portable, battery
powered wardrobe ionizer which I'd bought at Sharper Image
(recently bought out by Brookstone I think I heard).   She
put it in her car for a week or two, and walla! Smell gone
forever.   They also sell bigger units for rooms, which you
plug in the wall."

Peter Mosiondz, Jr. writes: "Kim Ghobrial laments the smoke
odor in the books she loaned out. I was at the car wash yesterday
and saw a neat product on display named 'Odor Out'. It's a mist
aerosol bottle available in 15 scents and claims to take the
smoke odor out of anything. While I would certainly not attempt
to spray this product directly on the pages of any book, I
thought that a simple test on a very cheap book could be in
order.

"Perhaps spraying the product on a cotton t-shirt or towel and
then draping the unsprayed side of the cloth over the book might
work. Else laying the book (opened) on a shelf or work counter
and then spraying around (but not on) it might be helpful. I
did not notice a price on this product but can't imagine that
it would be much over $5 or so. I would imagine that most car
washes will carry this or a similar product.

"Another possibility is laying some moth flakes or moth balls
along side the book and then covering it with an aluminum
pan (easily obtainable at Dollar Stores).

"I haven't tried either of these methods since I do not have
this problem. If I ever loan a book out it is with the clear
understanding that the borrower or any other household member
does not smoke. Also, when I buy or bid on books it is with
the understanding that smoke odor books will not be accepted.
Hope this helps. Remember to try it first on a cheap book that
would not be missed."

 QUERY: GETTING SMOKE SMELL OUT OF BOOKS
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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