Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Obtain A Nicotine Stain From A Whitened Dress

Finished smoking

When nicotine is released from tobacco smoke it can create yellowish stains on walls and fabric. If you live with a smoker or are around a lot of smokers, you may discover hard-to-remove nicotine stains on white clothing. Fortunately, you can remove such stains using ordinary laundry detergent and a potato. Note that nicotine is a sticky substance, so it is important to treat stains as soon as possible.


1. Lay the white dress on a table so that the stain is clearly visible.

2. Soak a sponge in hot water. Do not wring out the excess water.

3. Squeeze the sponge over the nicotine stain. Don't rub the dress with the sponge; simply squeeze the water onto the dress until the stain is completely saturated. If necessary, soak the sponge a second time.

4. Peel the potato and slice it down the middle. Gently roll one half of the potato back and forth over the stain. Press firmly but do not scrub. Roll the potato over the entire nicotine stain. Do this for nearly six minutes.

5. Cut two to four slices from the unused half of the potato. Place the slices on the stain and let them sit there for approximately 20 minutes. Remove the slices from the fabric.

6. Pour a quarter-size drop of detergent on the sponge. Blot the nicotine stain, but do not wipe. This will leave a soapy residue on the dress.

7. Soak the sponge in hot water, thoroughly rinsing out the detergent. Dab the moist sponge over the stain once again to remove the remaining soapsuds.

8. Hang the dress to dry.

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