How to Clean Smoke Stains off Plastic

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are able to salvage some items from a fire, they likely will be covered in black and brown smoke stains. Plastic items in your home may also get covered in cigarette smoke stains. Some gentle smoke stains will be easy to clean, while others will take more effort to remove. Clean the smoke damage as soon as possible. If you let the smoke stains set in, they will be more difficult to remove.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar.

Spray the plastic with white vinegar until it is completely coated.

Let the white vinegar sit for several minutes to loosen the smoke stains and smells.

Scrub the plastic with a soft-bristled brush until the stains are gone or until you've removed as of the stain as possible.

Mix 1/2 gallon of water with ¼ cup of Borax, ½ tbsp of ammonia and ¼ tsp of liquid dish soap in a container.

Put on gloves to protect your hands from drying.

Dip a brush into the solution and scrub it over the plastic until you remove the rest of the smoke stains.

Rinse the plastic with clear water and let it dry completely.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Container
  • Borax
  • Ammonia
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Scrubbing brush
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.