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    Default Eliminating cigarette smells!?!

    EEEk! I need help!!! I purchased a toy set through local unnamed online selling site and the ad claimed to be a smoke free home. The house was beautiful/clean and no smoke smell. They showed me that all pieces were in the bag and everything seemed fine. I get home and open the bags and ooouuuwhee could I smell cigarette smoke in the plastic. I don't know if it was given to them from someone who did smoke or if they have a basement room/garage where they smoke but needless to say the toys reek.
    WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THE SMELL OUT OF THE PLASTIC!!??
    For now I stuck the toys out in the deep freeze of my backyard hoping that will help but I would be open to any suggestions. I would really like to keep the toy.

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    lysol/ febreeze.

    use caution if your LOs will be sucking on them.

    also could try filling the tub with water and vinegar. let soak for an hour or so. rinse and voila.


    hope that helps
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    eBay Guides - How to Eliminate Smoke Smell from Your eBay Purchases

    For toys - Bleach and vinegar won't get to some smells that plastic absorbs.

    Try using kitty litter confined with the plastic item. Pack it as for books (above) pack it in there and leave it for a few days. If the toy is small enough, put it in the kitty litter bag from the store.

    Dump them in the bathtub, with soap and vinegar.

    Run them through the dishwasher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by candies_61 View Post
    lysol/ febreeze.

    also could try filling the tub with water and vinegar. let soak for an hour or so. rinse and voila.

    Water and vinegar (lots of vinegar) worked when I had to get the ciggy smells out of a wooden dresser.

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    I heard lavender oil on a show last night, but haven't used it myself.

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    Thanx everyone...I will try anything! It's alot of pieces (farm set) so I can submerge most of it and I will try some of the other suggestions with barn since it has sound effects etc. The kitty litter might work for that part. Great to have a place to go and know there would be advice. THANX MOMS!!!

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    The vinegar totally helped. I soaked the pieces in a mixture with hot water then scrubbed each individual piece with vinegar and a toothbrush. As for the larger pieces..sitting out in the cold for several days and a vinegar scrub really helped too.
    My next question....how on earth do I squeeze the water out of the "little people" toys ?! LOL but really there is no way to get every last drop of water out.....

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    I had that once....I tried vinegar and water, dishwasher and outside in the winter for a few weeks and I could still smell the smoke! Hopefully one of the suggestions here work for you.

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