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    Default how to get rid of smells?

    I got a cd player that has a funny smell to it. Its like a musty or mold kind of smell but I dont see any mold inside it anywhere. The box and manual have the same smell but its melowed out just leaving it in the sun for a day or 2. How do I get rid of the smell from the cd player itself?

    I like the unit too much just to ditch it. I thought maybe put it outside but im afraid with the cover off, it might get too much dust and crap inside of it. Any tips on getting the smell out of it would be helpful.

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    How about trying to put it in a large sealed plastic container with a few sheets of fabric softener for a day or 2.
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    Also I've read to try some apples cut in half in a sealed container. I'd prob try that first!
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    So take the cd player and open it up and put it in a big bag with dryer sheets. That sounds like it might work actually. The person I got it from house must have a mold or musty smell to it. the box, paperwork and the unit itself all have the same odor. I thought when I opened it up I would see mold in the box or the unit itself but, its all clean so its driving me crazy! The cd player weighs in at 50 lbs but I can use a bigger garbage bag. thanks for the idea!!

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    Put it in a garbage bag with a small bowl of coffee grounds. Seal it up for a few days.
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    take it into the shower with you and give a good soapy wash, couldn't resist. Maybe the previous owner was a smoker? I would try the fabric softner sheets, or ozone that car detailers us to get rid of smoke smell in cars that has been smoked in

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    Yup I've heard of the coffee grounds as well. All those should work.
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    Thanks I will give it a shot. Its crazy how the metal holds the odor! I thought after a week or 2 of being out of the box it would mellow out but, its just making the room smell!

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    The smell is prob deep down in the PCB.. prob in the resin on the boards. IF that don't work remove the boards from it and clean then with q-tips and isopropyl alcohol 99% and scrub the boards. Do that last though if nothing else works.
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    If you can set your oven under 200 degrees. You can put in there and bake the smell away.

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    You can also try a good electronic contact cleaner safe for plastics. Brands like CRC, LPS, Chesterton. I like the Isoprpyl alcohol idea too.

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    Or how about putting it in a sealed container with an open box of baking soda for a few days?

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    The airlines always use fresh coffee when someone can't keep the contents of their stomachs down. I think putting your gear in a bag and opening a fresh can of coffee and putting about half in with it should work.
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    It sounds like the prior owner may have had it stored in a basement. That happens to books when they are kept too long in a damp and humid basement. It is hard to get rid of that smell, at least in books. I have heard about baking soda but have never tried it. I have a Parasound HCA 1200 amp I recently got and the prior owner was a smoker so the amp has a slight smell of smoke to it. Let us know if any of the tips offered by the other posters work. I am curious myself and would like to try to do something to get rid of the odor of smoke to my amp. Good luck.
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    The garbage bag idea is good. Would recommend using vinegar instead of drier sheets/coffee though. Vinegar is probably one of the best de-oderizers/cleaners known to man.

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    Id try dryer sheets first. But In my 48 ft trailer i use coffee grounds and it does a WONDERFUL JOB even when i used after i hauled fish to the fish market in NYC....then pick up a load back of frozen food for Shaws/Hannaford supermarkets in Maine..coffee grounds work wonders.... DARN SMELL

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    ^ That is where my experience with coffee ground comes from. I've also used it in guitar cases before to remove smoke smell. Works great.
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    Paint it with Kilz. Works every time...

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    All good ideas. I will try the coffe / dryer sheets in a bag with the cd player top off. I went to the store and got some sheets.

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    Eh, just give it a new smell. Pop the top and place in the kitchen while roasting a few heads of garlic. At least those old Dean Martin tunes will sound.....and smell authentic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Eh, just give it a new smell. Pop the top and place in the kitchen while roasting a few heads of garlic. At least those old Dean Martin tunes will sound.....and smell authentic.
    Now that's funny!

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    Not pulling my finger............................will greatly decrease the occurence of smells!

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    If OZIUM can clear a room of that immediate tell tale oder of weed ,it's got work on most other oders. If and it's usually a spray aply then either air dry or take a fan to it.This I know from the former not about the electronics....lol

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    Should of thought of this before ending my 1st post.While coffee is used to mask other oders if you put it w/ the unit naked then the grinds will get all over the place. If you bag it 1st then you defeat the whole pupose of your exercise to begin with.The old apple and orange peal thing is also done to keep canned tobacco fresh as I remember some of my pipe smoking friends used to do
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    Get a good sized bag of charcoal, slit it open on one side, put it in a large garbage bag with the gear on top of the bag of charcoal, seal it, come back in a few days. I've un-stunk many speakers that came from "smoking" homes this way.
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    Try putting it in a closet with an ozone generation machine.

    I have one and it is incredible in removing any kind of organic smell such as cigarette smoke, mildew, musty basements, barf, pet urine or worse.

    It's what they use to get rid of , you know, "that dead body smell" out of car trunks, motel rooms etc.

    You can rent one at most rental places and some hardware stores.

    May not be worth the rental for one CD player, but you will find other uses. Put it in a bathroom with whatever you want deodorized, shut the door and let it run overnight. Then turn on the fan for a while to clear out the ozone (it is can irritate your eyes/ears etc. No more smell.

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    I've purchased a number of funky smelling pieces of electronics from Craigslist, and the best treatment is airing them out. If you can pop the top and blow it out with a can of air, then vacuum it out, and it should loose its smell within a week.

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    Other than fire, ozone is the most oxidizing thing in nature. Ozone will neutralize any odor. Auto Dealers often use what is called an "ozone bomb" to eliminate odors in a used or rental car. They work like an insect spray bomb. I think I saw some on Amazon. I would put the unit in a small room, say your bathroom, and release the ozone bomb there. A smaller room will make the ozone more concentrated. Ozone will not hurt electronics in any way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatFox View Post
    why dont you spray up some rose water on it that would work well here and will also give it a fresh fragrance to it
    I dunno about that one. You think spraying water on electronics is a good idea ?

    I like my garlic idea so far. But, other options are still available. For instance, he could snag a hookers underwear and rub it all over the inside. the smell may not go over too well with the wife however.

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    That's some deep thinking, lol
    I would try Mothballs..


    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    I dunno about that one. You think spraying water on electronics is a good idea ?

    I like my garlic idea so far. But, other options are still available. For instance, he could snag a hookers underwear and rub it all over the inside. the smell may not go over too well with the wife however.

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