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    Default Removing a musty smell from a uke

    Do any of you have experience in removing musty smells from a ukulele? I have a solid mahogany soprano which, due to unexpected circumstances, sat in its case for a couple of years and has developed a noticeable, although not overpowering, odour. There are no signs of mould or similar.

    Generally I could deal with this sort of thing using baking soda and other trusty remedies, but naturally I'm a little cautious given that I don't want to damage or dry out the instrument. At the moment I have it and the case (which doesn't seem to smell) airing in the house. Thoughts?
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    Thanks for the links. Much of that tallies with what I've found myself: the majority of suggestions seem to fall into the "I once heard this guy say a friend of his swears by…" category, whereas I was hoping for more first hand experience of what definitely doesn't damage the instrument (which is my concern, as I can certainly remove the smell were that not a worry).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJackBrass View Post
    ...the majority of suggestions seem to fall into the "I once heard this guy say a friend of his swears by…"
    Right. That's why I don't expect to get definitive answers from a forum. I prefer to read an article written by an "expert" who actually knows what he's talking about.
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    There’s some old threads here that have first hand experience and here’s one with the solution and results. HTH.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-my-stinky-uke
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    There’s some old threads here that have first hand experience and here’s one with the solution and results. HTH.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-my-stinky-uke
    This post about removing a bad smell was made by - OldePhart.
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    I've had good luck with activated charcoal in a cloth bag placed in the sound hole for a while followed by ceder chips. Don't forget to wipe down the outside of the instrument too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    I've had good luck with activated charcoal in a cloth bag placed in the sound hole for a while followed by ceder chips. Don't forget to wipe down the outside of the instrument too.
    The charcoal works well...……...and you can buy various sizes on Amazon. The case should be done similarly and separately.

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    Ionized air works well to remove cigarette and other funky scents in hotel rooms. I used an ionizer on camera bags and old guitar cases and it helped considerably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    Ionized air works well to remove cigarette and other funky scents in hotel rooms. I used an ionizer on camera bags and old guitar cases and it helped considerably.
    One of the links I posted said something like this worked.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Gideon-Puri...6679558&sr=8-7
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