We have several members who use the library and are smokers.
I have asthma which is triggered by my allergies. I am highly sensitive to smoke of any kind.
What do you recommend to get rid of smoke odors in books.
I've tried drier sheets in a zip lock bag, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
I have a large cookbook collection and often when I purchase these very old books at auction they smell like musty basement or worse. I read (also on Google) to put the book in plastic bag that can be sealed like a gallon size Zip Loc for instance with baking soda which seemed to work. I can at least handle the book without an allergic reaction. I would not think this would be practical for a large number of books but for the occasional smelly book you might encounter it could work well enough as it would not cost much to give it a try.
I appreciate all the good tips.
I'll let you know which one works and what I did.
Sorry for the late reply but I'm sick. The fourth time since the first of the year.
All due to my asthma/allergies (asthmatic bronchitis)
Prayers are very much appreciated.
Just recently I was posting in big letters to stay away from ozone.
Now today, I am suggesting trying the Amazon $20 battery operated O3 generator. It's claims only 2 mg per hour ozone production, compared 1000 mg/hr for large units, so I don't think there are health problems. I'd suggest a plastic box with air tight lid. Fan the book and place in the box with the gadget.
Whatever you try keep us posted as to results.
Kimberly: In no way was I intending to suggest that ozone be used to remove smoke odors. Google ozone dangers and leave its use to those trained in its use.
Do not try OZONE!
I started to direct you to a site "Things to make and do" that describes a home made ozone generator, but decided you didn't want to work with high volt projects.
A google for "smoke removal" gave a pointer to:
Google is a good friend. Find the magnifying glass and type your questions.
Thanks for helping me with this.