Grovedaughter Witchery

Practical Magic - This Book Stinks!

It’s a problem you’re likely to run into at some point in your witchy career: you’ve just purchased a book from an occult shop or an online vendor, and when you get it home, you suddenly realize… “This book STINKS!”

Whether it’s improper storage, poor housekeeping, a smoking habit, or just a storekeeper who loves exactly the wrong kind of incense way too much, some books will carry a fragrant reminder of the places they’ve been. Even leather journals from chain bookstores can carry a funky smell if the leather wasn’t treated properly.

Lucky for all of our noses, there’s a simple and inexpensive way of ridding our beloved tomes of these wretched odors!


Here’s what you need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Lavender Flowers (or Dry Potpourri of Choice)
  • A Plastic Shopping Bag

Note: The Lavender or Potpourri is not strictly necessary, but it does give the book a nice scent. If you’re allergic, you can just leave it out.


Create a mixture of 2 parts Lavender to 1 part Baking Soda. You will need about half a cup or so, depending on the size of the book you’re treating.

Sprinkle a few pinches of the mixture inside the front and back covers. If it’s a large book, or if the pages have a cloth-like or linen texture, or if the odor is very strong, sprinkle a few pinches of the mixture at intervals through the book or in natural page sections. (To find natural sections, hold the book halfway open and see where the pages tend to gap on their own.)


Place the closed book inside the plastic shopping bag and pour in the remainder of the mixture. Tie the bag tightly shut, hold the closure with one hand to make sure it doesn’t open, and shake vigorously for several seconds to distribute the mix evenly.

Put the bagged book somewhere it won’t be disturbed (or worse, accidentally discarded) and leave it overnight. Check the smell the next day to see if it has diminished. If the odor has dissipated, clean the lavender and baking soda off the book with a dry paper towel and you’re good to go!


You may want to give the book a good shake over a bathtub or sink to keep the debris from flying everywhere. For remaining mixture that stays stuck between covers or page sections, scrub it out gently with a dry paintbrush. DO NOT use water, as it can damage your book. The plastic bag and the mixture inside it should be discarded.


Pro-tip: This mix also works great for getting stubborn odors out of clothes! It’s the same process, just shake the garment out after treatment and wash it as you normally would.

The views expressed on this website are the Unshared Personal Gnosis of the witch known as Bree NicGarran. They are not intended to be taken as absolute truth, nor are they intended to invalidate the religious views of the reader. They are meant only as a suggestion and are limited by the knowledge of the writer. Please always be sure to double-check your sources, refer to medical texts, and read critically before using any information in your own practice. 

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