The following was taken from the Fiction_L Discussion Group. It is a compilation of solutions offered by several librarians.
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Thanks to everyone who suggested ways to remove smoke (and
Try the local dryer cleaner and see if he/she has an ozone
Seal up in a plastic bag with charcoal briquets and/or baking soda
Our circ staff sometimes just opens the really offensive smelling
What we have done sometimes with things we've gotten back through homebound
service is use some of those perfumed dryer sheets, like Bounce - a
couple to a book - between some of the pages, and then close the whole thing up in a
plastic bag for several days. It works about as well as anything. We
have also used the "close the book up in a plastic bag" approach using kitty
litter in the bag for things that are musty smelling. No joke!
The "Today" show recently featured a segment on fixing "stinky"
books- -they recommended sealing in a plastic bag with kitty litter and a
little charcoal powder until the smell is gone.
I've had some success using Bounce dryer sheets. Put a couple sheets
For mold or mildew smell:
Seal the books in a box with several crumpled sheets of newspaper
This works for newpapers (for those sensitive to newsprint) so maybe it will
work for a cough/sneeze situation. Heat your oven to 250
degrees and SHUT IT OFF, then put the book in, flairing the pages as much as possible.
Let the oven cool and this should help the situation. It's
probably not dust mites but mold. Hope this helps!