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How to Remove Tobacco Stains From Clothes

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Once you light a cigarette, it releases smoke as it burns. Such smoke contains many chemicals that are made of numerous components.

Though the smoke naturally varnishes and becomes airborne, most chemicals cling to areas they come into contact with, including your clothes. With time, you will realize yellowish-brown stains on your garments. Such stains are difficult to remove.

Therefore, use stain removers such as chlorine bleach, vinegar, dishwashing detergent, and glycerin to effectively remove tobacco stains. Below are the steps to follow when cleaning your clothes using these stain removers.

Check the Product Care Label

According to Cleanipedia by Unilever, find the item’s care label and note the suggested water temperature, water cycle, and drying technique. You must take the item to a specialist for care if it is just dry-cleanable. Be sure to refer to the instructions if the clothing is washable before implementing any of the stain removals and laundry tips below. Furthermore, avoid using excessive heat to soiled garments until all stains have been effectively cleaned and eliminated.

Here are some efficient stain removal strategies that guarantee you remove these annoying cigarette stains to help you in this troubling scenario.

Method One

This technique is rather straightforward, but if used correctly, it can guarantee the effective removal of cigarette stains from clothing.

Things that you need:

  • Water
  • Bar of soap
  • Chlorine bleach


  1. The stain must first be wetted with water in the first phase. Take hold of a bar of soap and rub the stain once it has become damp. The stain particles will become agitated when you rub the stain, which will cause them to come off the fabric’s surface.
  2. After that, thoroughly rinse the stained area with clean water.
  3. Get your hands on an enzyme-based laundry product after making sure the soap has been sufficiently washed out of the tobacco stain. Use this to pretreat the stain for a while, perhaps 30 minutes.
  4. Wash the material as you normally would.
  5. Before putting the fabric in the dryer after washing, ensure the cigarette stains are gone. If the stain is still present, apply chlorine bleach to remove the tobacco odor before washing the item.

Method Two

Because vinegar is a well-known cleaning agent, it is used in many stain removal strategies. Similar to the last treatment, this one uses the same chemical to remove lingering cigarette stains.

Things that you will need:

  • Glycerin
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water
  • A large jar
  • Sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Cotton pad/white cloth
  • Water


  1. Preparing a cleaning solution is the first stage. To create this solution, you’ll need to mix one part glycerin, one part dishwashing soap, and eight parts water. Store this cleaning solution in a jar with a tight-fitting cover to prevent evaporation.
  2. Using a sponge, apply the cleaning solution to the stained area. Carefully rub the sponge in a circular motion for the cleaning solution to work well into the stain.
  3. After that, dab the tobacco stain with a few drops of white vinegar and cover it adequately with a cotton pad or white cloth.
  4. Let the stain sit on this pad for a while so that it can pick it up.
  5. Once the stain has come off the surface of the clothing, remove the pad. Once you’ve done this, rinse the garment with water and wash it later as usual.

Hot to Remove Tobacco Stains From Washable Fabrics

You may read the garment care labels to find out if a fabric is washable. Cotton, linen, and numerous varieties of polyester, nylon, acrylic, and spandex are all washable fabrics. To get tobacco stains out of various fabrics, just adhere to these simple steps:

  1. Mix one liter of warm water and half a teaspoon of a high-quality liquid laundry detergent, like Persil Bio, in a large enough basin or sink.
  2. Allow the stained materials to soak for at least 15 minutes or longer for more severely stained fabrics.
  3. Wring or squeeze off the excess water after removing and rinsing with warm water.
  4. If the stains continue, wet a sponge with surgical spirit (also known as rubbing alcohol) and dab at them until they disappear. Because rubbing alcohol can fade colors from some materials, it is important to first spot-test for colorfastness. You can also use a product specifically designed to remove stains, but always follow the label instructions and test it first on a tiny area.
  5. Rinse once again in freshwater, then squeeze or wring out any remaining water.
  6. As usual, wash the clothing in your washing machine at the temperature recommended on the care label.

How to Remove Tobacco Stains From Delicate Fabrics

Wool, silk, rayon, and acetate are some more delicate textiles. Always read the care label before using a product or technique, and test it on a tiny area first.

Using a clean sponge or towel, water should be repeatedly dabbed at the spot. This can be sufficient to get rid of a lighter stain.

Use a commercial stain remover made for that type of cloth if the stain doesn’t go away. Be sure to follow the label’s instructions and try the product on a tiny area first.

If it is appropriate for the fabric type, soak the item in water before washing as advised.

Next, you can check out my article on how to get insect stains out of your clothes.


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