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Nicotine Stain Removal

Updated February 21, 2017

Nicotine products can stain teeth, fingers and clothing. Some retail products claim to remove nicotine stains, but they often are expensive and contain potentially harmful chemically based ingredients. Instead, remove nicotine stains with inexpensive, natural products found in your home.

Stains on Fingers

Cigarette smoking can cause yellow stains on fingers and fingernails. A simple solution is lemon juice or fresh lemon. If using a fresh lemon, slice in half, and rub the fingers in the fruit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until stains disappear. If using lemon juice, pour 1/2 inch of juice into a small dish, and soak fingers in the juice for 10 minutes. Rinse afterward, and repeat once to twice per week, or as nicotine stains develop.

Stains on Teeth

Teeth also become stained yellow when using nicotine products on a regular basis. This typically requires a tooth-whitening products. Whitening strips can be purchased from your local drugstore, as well as tooth-whitening mouthwash. Whitening toothpaste is also available, and when none of these products work, consult your dentist for a professional tooth-whitening. This can be costly, but it may be the only way to remove the stains.

Stains on Clothing

Soak the garment overnight in a basin of cold water and washing powder. Pour a capful of liquid or powdered detergent into the water, and stir until soap suds form and the soap has dissolved into the water. Place the garment in the basin, submerge under the water, and let soak overnight. The next day, launder as usual. Alternately, soak the garment overnight in a basin of water, and add a denture-cleaning tablet. These tablets are designed to break up residue, including nicotine stains. Launder as usual the following day.

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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.