Sometimes altered books have musty odors, or other unwanted smells.
None of these suggestions are guaranteed to work under all conditions. Howver, they have been known to work and are all worth trying.
Old books could contain a white powder that is actually a mold. Avoid touching this mold, or inhaling it. Place your book in the microwave. Nuke it at high heat for 10-15 seconds, then place the book in the sun to air.
- Baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda throughout the book's pages. Place in a zip-lock back and leave for a week or so.
- Cat litter. Place your book in a zip-lock bag. Bury it with deodorizing, fresh cat litter. Check after a few days.
- OdorCide. This product comes in a spray bottle. It's available in places like Walmart. For more information, check www.winstoncompany.com.
- Coffee Grounds. Remove smoke scents by sealing your book in a zip-lock bag along with some coffee grounds. (Not used grounds).
- Fabric Softener. Remove smoke smells by sealing your book in a baggy with some fabric softener sheets.
- Potpourri. To get rid of mothball smells, try storing your altered book in a ziplock bag along with some potpourri. Place the potpourri in an unsealed bag within the ziplock bag.
- Newspapers. To get rid of a musty smell, try fanning your book's pages a few times to allow air in, then place your book in a zip-lock bag with old newspapers.
- Sunshine. Try placing your book in the sunshine for a few days to get rid of odors.
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