Re: Why Do Old Books Smell?

Jane Nicoll

I am trying a method now for removing musty smell from old Life Magazines. I made the reverse of a humidification chamber. I am using a large Rubbermade box. I bought a coated wire shelf at Menards to hold the magazines up several inches. I have put baking soda in the chamber below. Since these are expendable items, I have also put baking soda on the magazines. I bought activated charcoal in a jar from Walmart. I have put some of that in the chamber. The first batch came out nicely. I have another set in now. I am a volunteer, and I have the chamber outside my collection area. I will have to bruch them clean and use a Hepa vaccuum, then evaluate what can be kept.