I ordered a paperback book from Amazon and the laundry detergent smell is potent. I suspect it must’ve been stored right next to the detergents or other cleaning agents? There’s even a small blue stain on top of the book.
The smell seems to emanate from the cover. Normally, I don’t mind small cosmetic damages but this smell coming from a book is pretty distracting and since scents are often so tied to memories, I don’t want my memory of reading Anna Karenina haunted by the ghost of a laundry detergent.
I’ve tried wiping it with lemon juice to some small degree of success: the back and the spine no longer smells like detergent. But the smell from the front cover remains. I’ve been tackling it with fresh air (for several hours) and a vinegar solution of 2:1 water and (rice) vinegar. Still unsuccessful, although I’d say the smell has gotten slightly less potent.