Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Get Nicotine Off Cabinets

To control where nicotine residue ends up, designate one room for smoking.

The addictive ingredient in cigarettes, nicotine is not only harmful to your health, it is also harmful to your cabinets. Nicotine leaves a smelly, difficult-to-remove residue on the cabinets as well as any other surface it comes in contact with. Furthermore, the nicotine will cause the cabinets to have an unpleasant odor. All-purpose cleaners do little to remove nicotine stains. However, either vinegar or ammonia will cut through the nicotine and remove the odor.


White Vinegar

1. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a bucket filled with 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Add three drops of dish soap, and stir the solution.

2. Submerge a cloth in the diluted vinegar mixture, and use it to scrub the nicotine off the cabinets. Start at the bottom of the cabinets and scrub while moving up toward the top.

3. Rinse the vinegar mixture off the cabinets with a clean cloth dampened in water. Dry the cabinets with a soft towel.


4. Dilute 1 cup of ammonia in 1 gallon of cold water. The colder the water, the fewer fumes will be produced by the ammonia.

5. Dampen a clean sponge in the ammonia mixture, and use it to scrub the nicotine off the cabinets. Rinse the sponge under running when it becomes soiled. Continue scrubbing until you have removed all traces of the nicotine.

6. Remove the ammonia mixture by wiping the cabinets with a clean, damp cloth. Dry the cabinets with a towel.

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