A little ammonia, a little white vinagar, a squirt of dawn dish soap, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and some hot water. At least one gallon of hot water. This takes it off fast and you don't have to go back over it to rince. I have even used Easy Off Oven Cleaner in the blue can on stubborn areas on the wall. With that though, you have to work very fast because it will remove the paint right off of the wall.
I use a cleaner called awesome, sold in dollar general family dollar etc stores, very cheap yet very good
Half vinegar half water will not only cut the nicotine from the walls while leaving the paint on, it will also remove the odor of the nicotine. Yes, the vinegar smell will dissipate overnight. Promise.
TSP or Tri Sodium Phosphate is the best thing I have used, and I was a painter. It's either available in dry form to mix with water or liquid. Use a mask and goggles, as it's not good to breath it in much or splash in your eyes.
It works really well. Hope that helps. PBP
What are the walls made of? I did ours first with pine oil and water, using a squeezed out sponge mop. Then the last cleaning was with Murphy's oil soap.
Then the very last was with Old English or Scott's Liquid gold furniture oil (I had little bits of both). The walls in the home we had at that time were 70's wood paneling, and some were painted.
It worked great!
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