My wife and I buy a lot of used books. The problem is, often the books have been in storage, or in a smoker's home (no offense to any smokers), or in other conditions that have left behind odors. I used to apply Febreze to rid books of these smells, but I've found a much cheaper way.
Simply take a sample perfume strip such as are found in many magazines and slip it into the book. Place the book in a sealable storage bag for a day or so. I've found that this will replace odors with the scent of the strip.
Of course, use a scent you don't mind smelling!
Source: My personal experience
By Mad Rabbit from Lovington, IL
Try putting the book in a zipper-lock bag with either a new, unused fabric softener sheet or with about a teaspoon of fresh, dry, unused coffee grounds. Leave the book in there for at least 8 hours. Good luck!
Unfortunately, I'm allergic to most perfumes and laundry fragrances. And I don't drink coffee, so I don't have coffee grounds on hand.
Any other suggestions?
I haven't done this following suggestion myself, but you may want to consider dusting all of the pages with baking soda, and let the soda sit on the pages for several days. First, test a small area of a page in each book to make sure that the soda can be easily brushed away without ruining the look of the books pages. Maybe use a clean dry soft makeup brush to brush the soda off the pages.
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