How to Remove Smoke Odor From a Book

Smoke can cause stains and an odor that is overwhelming and unpleasant.

Smoking isn't good for your health or your books.
Absorbent materials, like the pages of a book, can really hold onto smoke odor. If you've purchased second-hand books with smoke odor, or have books in your house that smell due to the smoker you live with, you can remove the smoke odor from the books. Use simple supplies and techniques to freshen your books so you can enjoy reading them again. .
Defumigate your book using natural deodorizers.

Place the smoky-smelling book inside a plastic zip bag that is large enough for the book to lay open with a little room to spare.

Use one paper towel to protect pages.

Lay a paper towel over the pages to protect the pages. The paper towel will keep the pages from getting any dark marks on them from the charcoal but still allow the pages to deodorize.

Charcoal is a natural deodorizer.

Put three or four charcoal briquettes on top of the paper towel and book. Seal the zip bag and allow the book to remain in the bag for a few days.

Remove the book and all other contents from the plastic zip bag. Smell the book to see if any smoke odor remains. If there is any trace of odor remaining, proceed to step 5.

Lay the book on a paper towel. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda, turning pages to sprinkle throughout the book.

Slide the book into a plastic zip bag and seal the bag shut. Allow the bag to sit for a few days, then repeat step 4.

Wipe the book's pages, gently, using a clean cloth to dust away the baking soda.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic zip bags
  • Paper towels
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Baking soda
  • Clean cloth


  • Fresh air and sunshine help to deodorize books without the use of any products.


  • Avoid using commercial air fresheners as they contain oils that can stain the book's pages.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.