Removing Nicotine Stains from a Sweater?

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

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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 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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March 28, 20190 found this helpful

They are cotton shirts

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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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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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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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