Removing Nicotine Stains on Clothing

November 21, 2011

Ashtray Full of CigarettesHow 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


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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.

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.

January 21, 20180 found this helpful

Did it work for you

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.

March 28, 20190 found this helpful

They are cotton shirts

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

January 3, 20210 found this helpful

I know this is far too late to help the original poster, but hopefully it will help someone browsing looking for answers. Krud Kutter cuts through nicotene stains like nothing you've ever seen. It works better than any of the dozens of things i've tried. Just make sure to wear rubber gloves as it will dry your skin out.

January 26, 20210 found this helpful

You don't have to spend tons of money I'm cleaning products. You can go to a Dollar Tree they have a purple bottle not purple liquid purple bottle called awesome bang it cost a dollar sprayed on your walls and you'll just watch it and drip off.


I actually found this on accident cuz I brought the wrong thing but when I found out how well it works every time I go I buy like 10 bottles of it. I hope this helps!

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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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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.

November 2, 20180 found this helpful

dollar store also carries it

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March 31, 2012

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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I am looking for tips for getting nasty nicotine stains from years of cigarette smoke on an old cotton doll dress.

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