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Removing Musty Smell From Books

Would anyone know how to take the musty smell out of books?

Loretta from Windsor


Removing Musty Smell From Books

Hi Loretta. To remove musty smell from a book, put a sheet or two of newspaper in between every few pages. Also wrap the book itself loosely in newspaper. Put it in a box for a few days. Change the newspaper a couple times every few days. Takes a little time, but it works.


By Jayne

Removing Musty Smell From Books

Caution regarding the newspaper tip. The newspaper print might possibly get on the pages of the books.

Another good way to get rid of the smell is to put the offending book in a sealed plastic bag of dry cat litter (dollar stores usually have it).

Depending on how "bad" the book is, it usually comes out good as new without some horrible chemical smell. Try a couple of days for medium smell, maybe as long as 3 weeks for a really bad smell. Lots of other ways, but this one is cheap.

Hope this helps

By Anna

Removing Musty Smell From Books

In a large paper bag put a layer of Charcoal (not quick light) then, lay two sheets of typing paper, then the book, fold over top wait 5 days before opening.

bottom of bag

By AnaLisa Moyers, NMSU Library Tech


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