Removing Nicotine Stains on Clothing

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November 21, 2011

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 Debra


November 28, 20110 found this helpful

Have you laundered it? Or, taken it to the drycleaners if it is dryclean only? I would try that first.

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November 30, 20111 found this helpful

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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November 5, 20171 found this helpful

I wouldn't suggest washing in Gain & Bleach...It doesn't work at all.
I plan to try baking soda & cider vinegar next & see if that works.

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

Did it work for you

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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

Tried this on a red and white striped night shirt. Worked great, had to soak twice because the stain was so bad.


Thanks you for this great idea.

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March 28, 20190 found this helpful

They are cotton shirts

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

Use O-Do-Ban concentrate add 10% to a spray bottle and fill with distilled H2O. Spray idem all over from a distance let dry. This is an enzyme eradicator. It does not cover odors. It will remove any odor including cat or dog accidents. It will remove all scents as if they were never there. You can use concentrate in washer. Hope this works for you.

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June 21, 2004

I would like some kind of way to remove many years of nicotine stain from linen curtains, please help.



June 22, 20040 found this helpful

I have tried Castro heavy duty degreaser. You can find it in a local car parts store.From what I understand nicotine is an oil- grease base.


I have washed my husbands work clothes with it many of times. You do not need much of it and do a double rinse. I hope that helps.

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September 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you Cindie I'll try anything my ex husband smoked as well as my boyfriend now.
My bf I'd almost three years. Does smoke constantly I'll try anything. Do you have any advice for getting the smoke stain off of walls?

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December 8, 20180 found this helpful

First, the stains you have are TAR from tobacco. Nicotine has little to no color. Best thing for walls (painted or hard surfaces) is TSP, trisodium phosphate. Look at Home Depot, Lowes, or paint stores. Not available in all states.

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December 13, 20180 found this helpful

Orangesolve. It is in the automotive section. It works on walls and Ive taken tar spots out of my light carpet!!


It has the added benefit of leaving a fresh citrus smell.

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January 19, 20190 found this helpful

To get nicotine stains off of paneling, painted walls, blinds etc...anything you can wash, use Dow Bathroom Cleaner. You know Scrubbing Bubbles. It's the only thing that really works. Spray it on and just watch it drip down the walls! It's pretty disgusting.

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August 27, 2012

How do you remove nicotine stains from clothing?



February 4, 20175 found this helpful

I dated & lived with a guy who smoked 2 packs a day in the bedroom..all my whites & colored clothes were ruined..I thought... I bought a big container of Oxy Clean. ( I found name brand worked better in this case during this ordeal) I grabbed a bunch of buckets & the soaking process started.


Depending on color & type of fabric I started soaking overnight..then running thru wash with detergent & another scoop of oxygen clean. I swear by this!! Some clothes were orange in spots it was so bad. Even mom was shaking her head saying it was a lost cause before the oxyclean..Well, it saved my entire wardrobe!! Thousands of dollars in clothes!!

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March 29, 20170 found this helpful

How do I remove yellow nicotine stains from white cotton pants?

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

No thanks

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January 31, 2007

How do you remove nicotine stains from faux fur white jacket?

Evelyn from Westland, MI


December 17, 20162 found this helpful

I have found a not so well known cleaner that will take the place of all your other cleaning solutions. I had pet stains on my carpet and nothing would remove them. So I bought this cleaning solution and diluted it, put it in a spray bottle, and the pet stains are gone. I have white and color dress shirts that hung on the hangers for years. I had been a heavy smoker and the shoulders and cuffs were nicotine stained. I sprayed this one the stains and presoaked and then washed as usual. The stains are gone.

I found this solution at Lowes and Home Depot. A gallon of concentrated solution is about $9.00. It's called Greased Lightning. The number of uses for this will eliminate many different cleaning products and can be used for a variety of different stains.

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November 2, 20180 found this helpful

dollar store also carries it

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How do you get old nicotine stains out of clothes? I smoke in my house and the nicotine has stained some of my clothes I had hanging in my closet for a long time. So the nicotine stains are probably really set in the fabrics. I wanted to know the best thing to try to get the stains out of whites and colors. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

By Renea A


March 31, 20120 found this helpful

I bought towels like that from Goodwill. I soaked them in Biz, cold water overnight, and added detergent also. Then washed as usual. Or try rust remover from Rit in cold water.

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October 25, 2014

I have a white cotton blouse that I tried to get nicotine stains out of. A lot of the stain was removed, but you can still see yellow. Can I dye the blouse black to cover it?

By Michele R

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January 31, 2007

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


Cleaning Nicotine Stains Off Old Doll Dress

I don't know if this will help or not but I used to smoke in the house untill I got married and my wife used 409 the orginial and that just cut the nicotine off the walls. Maybe you can soak it overnight in it but I would call the 800 number on the back B/4 doing something like I suggested. Good Luck (03/29/2005)

By jeff burnett

Cleaning Nicotine Stains Off Old Doll Dress

You didn't mention how old the doll dress is. I use two products from Twin Pines for cleaning my Vintage Barbie doll clothing. They are Formula 9-1-1 and Perk! and can be ordered online. Do a google search for Twin Pines. They are very gentle and specifically made for this purpose.

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 Ruth

Cleaning Nicotine Stains Off Old Doll Dress

You also might try soaking the doll dress in a gallon of water with 2 scoops of OxyClean overnight. This stuff works *wonders* - I've used this method on almost every collectible in my house, and have never had a problem with bleeding colors - test an inconspicuous spot before dunking though, just to be on the safe side. Good luck with it :) (06/02/2005)

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