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 Author: uwjedi View Messages Posted By uwjedi
 Posted: Jun 29, 2020 18:31
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uwjedi (1746)

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Hello all.

Just bought a lot off ebay that reaks of cigarette smoke. I'm sure this
has come up before but what is the best remedy to remove the smell? Just washing
them with dish soap doesn't seem to do much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ben
 Author: Brickitty View Messages Posted By Brickitty
 Posted: Jun 29, 2020 18:58
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In Help, uwjedi writes:
  Hello all.

Just bought a lot off ebay that reaks of cigarette smoke. I'm sure this
has come up before but what is the best remedy to remove the smell? Just washing
them with dish soap doesn't seem to do much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ben

Soak in a mix of white vinegar and water for around 4 to 7 days.

My process is to put around 5 pounds of pieces into a laundry bag, fill the industrial
sink just enough to cover the pieces with somewhere around 5 parts water to 1
part vinegar (you can buy white vinegar in bulk in grocery stores for a few dollars),
then sink the pieces. Swish them around a little every day. After a week, drain
the vinegar water, rinse the pieces in clean water, then lay them out on a towel
to dry for 2 to 3 days. There shouldn't be even a hint of nicotine after
that.

This process may not work with rubber parts like tires, and it obviously won't
work with paper. Stickers seem to be fine, and even a week of soaking doesn't
damage them.
 Author: Brickitty View Messages Posted By Brickitty
 Posted: Jun 29, 2020 19:01
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In Help, Brickitty writes:
  In Help, uwjedi writes:
  Hello all.

Just bought a lot off ebay that reaks of cigarette smoke. I'm sure this
has come up before but what is the best remedy to remove the smell? Just washing
them with dish soap doesn't seem to do much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ben

Soak in a mix of white vinegar and water for around 4 to 7 days.

My process is to put around 5 pounds of pieces into a laundry bag, fill the industrial
sink just enough to cover the pieces with somewhere around 5 parts water to 1
part vinegar (you can buy white vinegar in bulk in grocery stores for a few dollars),
then sink the pieces. Swish them around a little every day. After a week, drain
the vinegar water, rinse the pieces in clean water, then lay them out on a towel
to dry for 2 to 3 days. There shouldn't be even a hint of nicotine after
that.

This process may not work with rubber parts like tires, and it obviously won't
work with paper. Stickers seem to be fine, and even a week of soaking doesn't
damage them.

Forgot to mention: It's VERY important to separate every single piece before
soaking. Take all chunks apart, take hinges apart, remove hands from arms --
basically separate every individual part that you can (although you can leave
arms attached to torsos and legs attached to hips).
 Author: psusaxman2000 View Messages Posted By psusaxman2000
 Posted: Jun 30, 2020 10:08
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  My process is to put around 5 pounds of pieces into a laundry bag, fill the industrial
sink just enough to cover the pieces with somewhere around 5 parts water to 1
part vinegar (you can buy white vinegar in bulk in grocery stores for a few dollars),
then sink the pieces. Swish them around a little every day. After a week, drain
the vinegar water, rinse the pieces in clean water, then lay them out on a towel
to dry for 2 to 3 days. There shouldn't be even a hint of nicotine after
that.

This process may not work with rubber parts like tires, and it obviously won't
work with paper. Stickers seem to be fine, and even a week of soaking doesn't
damage them.

I recently went through this as well and found that White vinegar and water worked
great. I let mine soak for about 24 hours, agitating every couple of hours and
then rinsing thoroughly when done. After that I found a nice long table, laid
out a beach towel and spread out everything with a fan blowing over top of the
lot.

Keep in mind that pieces with bricks and deep pockets or ones that get laided
on the "drying station" face up will tend to still have some water inside if
you can't let them sit for multiple days. Just take a look before you put
them into your stock.
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
 Posted: Jun 29, 2020 19:10
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In Help, uwjedi writes:
  Hello all.

Just bought a lot off ebay that reaks of cigarette smoke. I'm sure this
has come up before but what is the best remedy to remove the smell? Just washing
them with dish soap doesn't seem to do much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ben

Yeah, ebay takes returns. That will get rid of the smell quick!



Sadly the only times I've gotten cig lots, the items were such a good deal
I kept them.


Washing twice by hand worked for me, used laundry soap
 Author: zzed View Messages Posted By zzed
 Posted: Jun 30, 2020 07:13
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In Help, Adjour writes:
  In Help, uwjedi writes:
  Hello all.

Just bought a lot off ebay that reaks of cigarette smoke. I'm sure this
has come up before but what is the best remedy to remove the smell? Just washing
them with dish soap doesn't seem to do much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ben

Yeah, ebay takes returns. That will get rid of the smell quick!



Sadly the only times I've gotten cig lots, the items were such a good deal
I kept them.


Washing twice by hand worked for me, used laundry soap

It's at your own risk, but I routinely cure nasty smelling Lego by soaking
overnight in water with dish soap (after taking all the bits apart). Then rinse
and air dry another day. After that, if it still smells, alcohol has worked
for me. But be careful of any sticker pieces.
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
 Posted: Jun 30, 2020 07:27
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  It's at your own risk, but I routinely cure nasty smelling Lego by soaking
overnight in water with dish soap (after taking all the bits apart). Then rinse
and air dry another day. After that, if it still smells, alcohol has worked
for me. But be careful of any sticker pieces.

Same here, if you drink enough of it you tend to not notice the smelly bricks.
 Author: zzed View Messages Posted By zzed
 Posted: Jun 30, 2020 07:30
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In Help, yorbrick writes:
  
  It's at your own risk, but I routinely cure nasty smelling Lego by soaking
overnight in water with dish soap (after taking all the bits apart). Then rinse
and air dry another day. After that, if it still smells, alcohol has worked
for me. But be careful of any sticker pieces.

Same here, if you drink enough of it you tend to not notice the smelly bricks.

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 Posted: Jun 30, 2020 18:58
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In Help, yorbrick writes:
  
  It's at your own risk, but I routinely cure nasty smelling Lego by soaking
overnight in water with dish soap (after taking all the bits apart). Then rinse
and air dry another day. After that, if it still smells, alcohol has worked
for me. But be careful of any sticker pieces.

Same here, if you drink enough of it you tend to not notice the smelly bricks.


Wouldn't it be great if every crappy ebay lot came with a premixed margarita?