what is best for removing nicotine from white min blinds?

United States
June 13, 2007 6:13pm CST
These blinds are worth saving but need the nicotine cleaned off. What will bring them back to white without damaging them? They have turned like a pale brown.
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@mommy_uv3 (110)
• United States
14 May 08
wellmy mother in law who is a very heavy smoker, will take her blinds 2 at a time and soak them in the bathtub with a water and bleach mixture, i was shocked when she took them out and they looked brand new. and her's were a really dark brown color.
• United States
17 Oct 08
Oh yea, the bleach is an excellent cleaner. It is amazing how it does bring the white back out. I think its good that bleach kills all the germs too! Its a big helper with all the cleaning and the laundry!
@superbren (861)
19 Feb 08
i just washed mine in the washing machine.however they might not be the same type of blinds as yours.mine are vertical and wasahable.easypeasy.
• United States
17 Oct 08
I wish I could put my blinds in the washer, nut no can do! So this is roll up the sleeves and do it the hard way!lol Appreciate the idea and happy mylotting!
@carolscash (9506)
• United States
19 Feb 08
I always found that vinegar water worked better than anything for this. I have actually sprayed my walls down with vinegar water to rid the smell of the smoke after the house has been closed up all winter. I like it as it is a more natural cleanser and it won't ruin the paint.
• United States
17 Oct 08
I like the way the vinegar takes away the staleness and odors. Its better to go with natural cleaners, whenever possible. Appreciate your response and happy mylotting!
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I would try either ammonia water (Fabuloso is excellent with a delightful scent) or plain white vinegar. Vinegar is an excellent cleanser and comparatively inexpensive. you can spray the solution on while hanging the blinds over the tub or shower - then wipe gentle with a soft cloth or sponge - then simply hose down with the shower head.
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• United States
17 Oct 08
That is true that vinegar will be the cheapest way to clean, I am glad that vinegar has such strong cleaning power. Appreciate your response, Happy Mylotting!
@citygirl (1083)
• Canada
17 Oct 07
I promise this will work and turn them white again. You can buy this in most hardware, or paint stores. It is called TSP that is short tri-sodium phospate. Desolve into your bath dub the amount directed and soak them over night then take a gentle brush to them. If the are really had rinse well and soak over nite again. this has worked well for me over the years. You can also use TSP as a cleaner for your walls and floors or any tough cleaning job it works like magic give it a try and it is not expensive either.
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• United States
17 Oct 08
I had never heard of tsp. I will have to give it a try. Its always good to find out about a new product that will work. APPRECIATE THE RESPONSE AND HAPPY MYLOTTING.
@emeraldisle (13163)
• United States
15 Jun 07
It depends on what type of blinds you are talkign about to be honest. If they are the vertical vinyl/plastic type the easiest I have found is to fill the tub up about half way up with hot water and then add some bleach, vinegar, or oxi-clean to the water. Put them into the tub and let them soak for a bit and then just wipe them down. If they are the horizontal, the individual blinds come undone and you can do them the same way. If they are cloth ones or cloth covered good luck. Those are hard to get clean.
• United States
17 Oct 08
No, they are not cloth so I am luvky there. I wonder how long each one will have to soak just because there are quite afew! Vinegar , what we do without it? I prefer vinegar to clorox if it will do the job by itself. I will have to do some tests.
@rusty2rusty (5779)
• Defiance, Ohio
14 Jun 07
You will have to soak and scrub them. To be honest..It is cheaper to replace the blinds than clean them. I have thrown all the blinds away in my house for that very reason. The person who owned the house before we moved in was a very heavy smoker. You move a picture and you can se where it was because the nicotine is so bad on the walls and blinds. makes the house stink as well.
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• United States
17 Oct 08
Your right, its better to just to replace the cheaper ones. It takes too much time. Some of them have stubborn areas and they are harder to clean then others. Yep, considering replacing them is a really better idea.!
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
13 Jun 07
What I use is 409 cleaner it workes very well.It gets all the brown and yellow off the blinds
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• United States
17 Oct 08
I will have to give that a try. I am happy when anything works. Appreciate your response and hapy mylotting!
@webeishere (36378)
• United States
13 Jun 07
A water and vinegar mixture works. Thats how I get the smoke stains off mine. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@webeishere (36378)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Mic like 3/4 ths water with 1/4th vinegar. Add a drop or 3 of regular liquid dishsoap in a spray bottle. best cleaner in the world I feel.
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26 Feb 11
my blinds have also tyrned a pale brown.do you use white vinegar or brown.