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provines
08-14-2013, 11:08 AM
Does anyone have a good remedy to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from a uke? I picked one up and when you hold it, it smells. If you dare and sniff the soundhole......

Any ideas?

Ted4
08-14-2013, 11:15 AM
How many cigarettes does your uke smoke a day? Have you tried getting him onto nicotine patches?

Five Ways
08-14-2013, 11:28 AM
Maybe an air freshener in the case might help it to go away in time.

Lori
08-14-2013, 11:32 AM
Some people have suggested filling the soundbox with dry rice, and let it sit for awhile (like days). I haven't had to try it yet, but it is worth a look.

–Lori

mm stan
08-14-2013, 11:36 AM
Yes rice and baking powder ....and get a new case.....

ryanshanabarger
08-14-2013, 11:52 AM
Ok, this may be a silly question, but why do you want to remove it? Are you trying to sell it, or did you just buy it?

Honestly, if you are the one who gave it that smell - and you're keeping the uke..... I would let it stay smokey. It's character, completely harmless to the uke itself. Part of it's history.... Unless you just can't stand the smell?

haolejohn
08-14-2013, 12:00 PM
That is a bummer about the smell. I once dropped a uke off with a luthier and he smoked. The uke took on his smell. I let the uke air out over a week and it finally got rid of the smell. But it was contact smoke smell.

connor013
08-14-2013, 12:04 PM
+1 for rice.

It got a smoke/must odor out of an old uke.

I only used a cup or two; then I taped the uke's sound hole, put it in a clean case, and forgot about it for a couple of days.

The only hiccup was that I used some rice I found in the back of the pantry. And while back of the pantry signifies -- to me -- something we haven't used in a looooooong time, back of the pantry signifies -- to my wife -- something that's too good to be used on a regular basis. I short, I used the fancy rice!

RyanMFT
08-14-2013, 12:41 PM
Part of the rice trick is to put dry rice in the ukulele, tape the sound hole with blue painters tape, and then shake it all around to clean off the inside of the ukulele a bit. You will be amazed at how much dirt and filth this will remove from the inside of a dirty uke. I have done it with three ukuleles and it made a world of difference.

Also, have you really cleaned the outside of the ukulele really, really well? I had a uke that arrived just reeking of cigarette smoke. I cleaned the outside of the uke several times before I got all the stench out, but then when I played a song, stink just came shooting out of the sound hole. That is when I went to the rice trick. It worked extremely well, and I had to do it three times before the rice came out clean.

kvehe
08-14-2013, 12:56 PM
I've had the issue with one uke, and Bounce sheets in the sound hole and in the case took care of it.

Cheeso
08-14-2013, 01:08 PM
Does anyone have a good remedy to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from a uke? I picked one up and when you hold it, is smells. If you dare and sniff the soundhole......

Any ideas?

I had one that smelled from 3 feet away. The luthier was a heavy smoker and didn't disclose that in his sales ad. I liked the sound of the uke so I had it sitting in a box of rice for about a month and the smell never went away. Sadly, the uke is sitting in my garage un-played because the smell of smoke just ruined it. I hope you have better luck than I do.

RyanMFT
08-14-2013, 01:58 PM
I had one that smelled from 3 feet away. The luthier was a heavy smoker and didn't disclose that in his sales ad. I liked the sound of the uke so I had it sitting in a box of rice for about a month and the smell never went away. Sadly, the uke is sitting in my garage un-played because the smell of smoke just ruined it. I hope you have better luck than I do.

Maybe I am mistaken, but somehow people seem to think that rice will "absorb" the smell, but the way I have had it be effective is to have it inside the soundbox and shake the heck out of the uke....causing the rice to gently scour the inside of the ukulele.

Cheeso....I think you should send that un-played, stinking uke to me! :rolleyes:

blue_knight_usa
08-14-2013, 02:08 PM
Get back to work! ;-=)


Maybe I am mistaken, but somehow people seem to think that rice will "absorb" the smell, but the way I have had it be effective is to have it inside the soundbox and shake the heck out of the uke....causing the rice to gently scour the inside of the ukulele.

Cheeso....I think you should send that un-played, stinking uke to me! :rolleyes:

RyanMFT
08-14-2013, 03:05 PM
Get back to work! ;-=)

You know I do all my exotic dancing at night...

blue_knight_usa
08-14-2013, 03:15 PM
And quite trying to cut me out of my 50% of the tips!


You know I do all my exotic dancing at night...

Doc_J
08-14-2013, 03:29 PM
There are a couple of older threads on this that might help.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?45143-My-uke-smells-like-cigarette-smoke-what-to-do&highlight=remove+smoke
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?77920-New-Uke-Case-Bad-Cigarette-Smell&highlight=remove+smoke

Nickie
08-14-2013, 03:48 PM
Peeeyeeew! Good luck! If my uke smelled like tobacco and I couldn't get rid of it, I'd GET RID OF IT!

provines
08-14-2013, 04:07 PM
Thanks for the ideas! I'll try a few and let you know how it turns out.

Radio Flyer
08-14-2013, 04:43 PM
pour some beer in it and let set for a while. think of the stories it could tell!

igorthebarbarian
08-14-2013, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the advice Ryan. This seems like something I can do. I even have the painters tape already! I need to give this a shot on an old Harmony baritone, which kind of smells like my grandpa. Just a little musty.



Part of the rice trick is to put dry rice in the ukulele, tape the sound hole with blue painters tape, and then shake it all around to clean off the inside of the ukulele a bit. You will be amazed at how much dirt and filth this will remove from the inside of a dirty uke. I have done it with three ukuleles and it made a world of difference.

Also, have you really cleaned the outside of the ukulele really, really well? I had a uke that arrived just reeking of cigarette smoke. I cleaned the outside of the uke several times before I got all the stench out, but then when I played a song, stink just came shooting out of the sound hole. That is when I went to the rice trick. It worked extremely well, and I had to do it three times before the rice came out clean.

ralphk
08-15-2013, 04:17 AM
In the past I bought a home where there were very heavy smokers. A repaint helped but we also used a product recommended by the fire department for removing smells after a fire -- "Unsmoke" by Rep A Inc. The label called it "Crystral Odor Counteractant". Put in a sock or something like that, inserted into the body, will likely remove a lot of the odor.

Skitzic
08-15-2013, 05:01 AM
In the past I bought a home where there were very heavy smokers. A repaint helped but we also used a product recommended by the fire department for removing smells after a fire -- "Unsmoke" by Rep A Inc. The label called it "Crystral Odor Counteractant". Put in a sock or something like that, inserted into the body, will likely remove a lot of the odor.

That's what I was going to suggest. I see 'smoke smell eliminator crystals' all over the place, even the dollar store. I'd chuck some of that in a closed case and let it sit for awhile...weeks.

Ukelix
08-15-2013, 05:05 PM
Coffee, preferably freshly ground coffee, will also take away most smells from ukuleles and cases.

But, other thank rice, you'd rather not pour it in and shake it, but use a cotton sock or something similar.

garyg
08-15-2013, 05:26 PM
I just went through this ordeal with a very musty smelling uke. Here were the steps I had to take. After every attempt the smell was reduced but still strong enough that I had to try something else.

1. Sprayed some Ozium inside the uke.

2. Filled up the uke with an entire box of baking soda and let it set overnight.

3. Put about 10 charcoal briquettes in the uke and let it set overnight.

4. Filled a small plastic container with vinegar. I placed a lid on it that I punched holes into then put inside the uke overnight.

5. Left the uke out in the sun for an entire day. WARNING: I did have a few cracks develop but I was expecting it and they were easy fixes.

6. Set the uke on top of a fan pointing upwards overnight

7. Sprayed the inside of the uke with Ozium again.

Not saying you'll have to do all of this to get the smell of smoke out of your uke just letting you know everything I tried. By the way, the uke I did this to is now an active and healthy contributor to society.

Musta been one helluva case! <g>

garyg
08-15-2013, 05:42 PM
Glad you found a remedy Captain!