Nicotine from cigarettes can leave ugly yellow stains on clothing. This is a guide about removing nicotine stains on clothing.
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How do you remove nicotine stains from clothing?
How do I get 15 years of nicotine out of this sweater? My uncle said my aunt wanted me to have it; she passed away 15 years ago. The sweater has been on the top shelf in a closet in the room where my uncle sat, watched TV, and smoked 4 packs a day. Is there any chance of saving my aunt's sweater?
By Judy = Oklahoma11/30/2011
You don't say what it's made of, what color it is, if it's machine washable, hand wash only, or what. So it's hard to know what to tell you.
As long as it's not a delicate hand washable, or something in a bright color that could run, you might be able to soak it in Boraxo & warm (not hot)water to get it clean. I've never had a problem with Boraxo taking colors out, but you have to decide if you want to take that risk.
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I am looking for tips for getting nasty nicotine stains from years of cigarette smoke on an old cotton doll dress. The dress is in good condition except for the browning from nicotine. It has, what was once, white cotton lace trim. The dress is supposed to be a pale pink. Thanks so much!
Sandy Joy from Maine
You can also try soaking the dress in a denture tablet solution, which I have done with whites, but not with colors. In any case, do not despair, the dress is not lost to you. :-) (05/20/2005)
By Gail C