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Help! How do I get tobacco smell out of headphones?

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Greetings All,

I bought a pair of ATH-M50's this week in a pawn shop for $35 out the door.  They are in excellent condition and I was very proud of my purchase until I realized after I got home they had a very pronounced tobacco smell to them that is horrible.  I tried soap and water and Febreze without any noticeable difference.  I can buy new ear pads on eBay for $7 but that leaves the rest of the headphones with the smell.  They sound awesome but I can't stand the smell.  Should I sell them?  Or is there some magic cleaner?  The smell acts like it is deeply embedded into them.  Thanks for responses.

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Put them in a Lock and Lock box with some baking soda for 24hrs, then take out the baking soda, put in a fresh batch along with a lot of drier sheets (like Bounce; this time around the baking soda will protect the headphones from moisture on the drier sheets).

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Not sure if this is going to be particularly helpful, but as a researcher I have access to nonpolar solvents.  Seeing as Nicotine and most tobacco compounds are nonpolar, Id try using one.  At least Nicotine is highly soluble in Ethanol, available at your local drug store as that kind of alcohol you use to treat your scratches.  I might try that if the Baking Soda doesn't work. 

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