Getting rid of cigarette smell from laptop

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  1. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Recently i purchased a second hand laptop ,an Thinkpad X200s.I was thrilled to found it in almost pristine condition and at a bargain price(180 eu).
    When i received the laptop i found out that it reeked out of cigarette smell.So strong the smell was,it gave me nausea.
    My god,only thinking that the previous owner was a medic.The irony.
    I had to found a solution to getting rid of that smell.
    Googling around,i found a mixed bag of home made solutions.
    I decided to clean the laptop first.
    Disassembled the laptop to pieces only to found out that all the internals were clean as a whistle,but smelled like an ashtray.
    After cleaning each piece first with a cloth soaked in distilated water with a drop of clean vinegar,then with a cloth and isopropyl alcohol.
    After that ,the laptop smelled less,but still was more to be done.
    I put the laptop in a bag with 4 cotton ballls in wich i dropped fresh squeezed lemon juice and vanilla perfume,and a sock full of rice and a plastic cup with baking soda.Tied the bag and let it do the magic during one day.
    Whoa,the smell was almost gone.One more day into the bag and i will have a nice smelling laptop.
     
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    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    Lol, I like the story...

    At least you managed to get rid of a bed smell & turn it into a good smell...
     
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    tuco Ancient Guru

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    Brilliant, well done.
     
  4. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Necessity is the best teacher,they say.
    I wanted to have my lappy clean.
    What i found out during cleaning out my laptop.
    Always wear gloves when clean a nicotine-full electronic device.Nicotine penetrates the skin and it is quite harmful.
    More,cigarette smell is a hard to get rid of,after one day i was patting my back that i was winning the war.Boy,i was wrong.
    But there is hope.
    But in a big plastic bag a cat litter with that thing for filling the litter(compost ) ,placed a newspaper on it ,then i placed the laptop on top of it,zipped the bag shut.
    Now let´s see who gonna win the war.
    Meanwhile looking for a decent SSD for it.
     

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    SLI-756 Banned

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    rflair Don Commisso Staff Member

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    Moth balls.
     
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    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Finally got it .
    After a few more sessions in the magic bag and a few nights sitting on a cat litter,my Thinkpad lost its cigarette stench.
    Hooray!
     

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