If you ever buy used books from a library book sale or a garage sale, you might wonder how to disinfect them. Musty books can be a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and even for dust mites, but you can easily get them clean-smelling and germ-free. Use a damp towel with a little white vinegar to wipe the covers; the mild acid from the vinegar will disinfect, and the towel will wipe away dirt and smudges. To clean the paper inside, keep books away from humidity and heat. Instead, place smelly books in a freezer bag, and let them chill inside the freezer for 24 hours. They’ll smell fresh and clean in no time.
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