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How to Get Rid of Nicotine Stains

Updated February 21, 2017

Nicotine from cigarette smoking can cause unsightly stains on surfaces within your home, as well as on your teeth and fingertips. Homes with nicotine stains have a yellowish film on walls and ceilings, and they tend to smell stale. Teeth and fingertips that become stained with nicotine look yellowed and dingy. These simple tips will help get rid of nicotine stains in your home and on your person.

Mix a solution of one part ammonia to three parts hot water in a plastic bucket or basin. Wearing rubber gloves, rinse a sponge or rags in the solution and scrub walls or ceilings that have become yellowed and smelly from nicotine. Rinse and repeat the process as necessary.

Spray a bathroom cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles on vinyl wallpaper or plastic surfaces inside your home that have become stained with nicotine. Allow the formula to stand for a minute or two and wipe away with a damp sponge or cleaning rags.

Set out opened containers of baking soda in rooms that still have the lingering smell of nicotine, or the odour of the ammonia or bathroom cleaner. The baking soda will help absorb the odours.

Make a paste of baking soda and a few drops of water. Put this on your toothbrush and brush your teeth twice daily with this paste to help remove nicotine stains from your teeth. Although the paste will taste salty, it will help remove the stains and isn't nearly as abrasive as some toothpastes on the market that are specifically for cigarette smokers.

Pour hydrogen peroxide into a basin or bathroom sink, creating a formula of one part peroxide to one part warm water. Soak fingertips that have become stained with nicotine in the solution for five minutes. Repeated treatments will remove nicotine stains from fingertips. Be sure to use ample hand lotion after these treatments as the peroxide may cause the fingers to become exceedingly dry.

Follow these simple, cost-effective steps to to get rid of nicotine stains in your home, on your teeth and on your fingers. The removal of the unsightly yellowing and stale smell will be refreshing changes for you as well as for those around you.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia
  • Bathroom cleaning solution
  • Cleaning sponge or rags
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hand lotion
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About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.