cigarette smoke smell or musty smells from books
Have you ever ordered
a used book and discovered it smells like an ashtray because
the previous owner must have smoked in the same room as the
book? Or a book is just decades old and has picked up a musty
smell somewhere along the way. But you can definitely get
the stinky smells out of books!
Fill a large plastic
box (such as a rubbermaid tote) with a layer of baking soda.
Set a wire rack on top (such as a cooling rack for baking)
and elevate the edges of it with small blocks. Then place
the book in an open position on top of the rack, ensuring
that the baking soda is NOT touching the book. Then put the
lid on top and let the book sit in the box for a week or two.
If the book is thick, open the book to a different section
every few days.