1. Home

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Most Emailed Articles

Modular and Manufactured Homes

How to Remove Nicotine Stains and Smoke Odor from Clothes

Submit an Entry: Your Laundry Questions and Answers

By Myra Davis

My Laundry Question

Really bad tobacco stains on my expensive cotton and linen clothing.

Share a Little Background Info

I have just lost some weight and pulled my smaller clothes out of the closet to find horrible tobacco smoke stains. I smoked in my bedroom for one year until I realized the smoke was staining my bedding; I went back outside to smoke. It never occured to me that the smoke was going into my closet, so the stains have been in for about four years. I just graduated from college and need these clothes for interviews and work. Please, can you suggest a gentle but sure way to remove the stains from my no iron and linen colored shirts.( And, yes, my next project is to stop smoking.)

Thank you for any suggestion.

Lessons Learned

  • The whites I soaked in oxy clean, but will need another application. With the colored linens, I hesitate to use oxy. I've always been very careful with my clothes. Outter wear I take off and hang up as soon as i get home, immediately spot clean if necessary, wash in Woolite and hang to dry. My point is that i don't want to further damage these clothes.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

cotton, no-iron cotton, and linen--all colored.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

To remove the yellowing and stains from nicotine and smoke tar, I have a good article that you can follow. For those clothes that don't have stains but have a strong smoke odor, follow these tips.

Good luck!

Be a part of the Laundry Community

  • Sign Up for the FREE Weekly Newsletter
  • Visit the Laundry Forum
  • Surf Mary’s Laundry Blog
  • Follow Mary's Laundry Tips on Facebook
  • Follow @AboutLaundry on Twitter.
  • Explore Laundry & Laundry Rooms
    By Category
      laundryLaundryhomegardenHomeb050265d64000158e780129d30540506900001709c0208dehttp://laundry.about.comod526F6F7452051liveMary Marlowe LeverettelaundryguideM5G0001xzNIP11970-01-0110/od/index.htm0526F6F741approved/od
    1. About.com
    2. Home
    3. Laundry & Laundry Rooms

    ©2015 About.com. All rights reserved.