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Cleaning Nicotine Stains on Blinds

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December 27, 20060 found this helpful

How do you clean nicotine stains on vertical blinds?

Paul from Ocala, FL


December 27, 20060 found this helpful

Try Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner.

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By Judy (Guest Post)
December 28, 20060 found this helpful

I've used laundry detergent and oxy in the bathtub. I drip dry them off the edge of our deck in the good weather. They seem to come pretty clean but not "new" looking.

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December 29, 20060 found this helpful

I like Fantastic cleaner. Spray it on and hose it off!

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By Arlene (Guest Post)
December 29, 20060 found this helpful

I use powder dishwashing detergent dissolved in hot water to clean my blinds. Perhaps you could use the liquid dishwashing detergent also. Lay newspapers under the blinds and spray the detergent full strength or diluted in hot water on the blinds. Spray with clear water to rinse if necessary. Wipe excess moisture from bottoms of blinds as they drip dry.

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December 29, 20060 found this helpful

If you dont want to take them down, just use bathroom wipes. They work great on blinds.

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December 29, 20060 found this helpful

I took mine down, hung them on the line outside (or on your bathroom shower curtain pole) & sprayed them with straight SIMPLE GREEN, waited about 1/2 an hour then hosed them down. Amazing! They looked like new (My blinds were made from fabric)

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By Donna (Guest Post)
August 9, 20080 found this helpful

For vinyl blinds, I used baby wipes dipped in a mixture of Borax and water, and it did a very good job of getting nicotine off the blinds.

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September 30, 20140 found this helpful

I've tried everything I've read on the internet with not much success. The cigarette build-up was pretty bad to the point the plastic/vinyl blinds were dark brown and icky. The only solution I found to work was running hot water in my bath tub, placing the blinds in the hot water and adding pure bleach!


Swish them around some, let sit a while then rinse and wipe dry. Super easy (compared to a lot of elbow grease). If I have only a couple of blinds I want to clean, I fill my kitchen sink with hot water, add the blinds then add the bleach. Swish & let sit for a bit, checking to see if the stains are gone. When gone, rinse and dry.

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September 28, 20130 found this helpful

I have vertical blinds, made of some plastic mash, to let some light through. Over some years nicotine (smoke) has stained the verticals. I have tried soaking in vinegar/water, no success. Help!

By didi

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