Cleaning Nicotine Stains From Appliances

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 30, 2015)

2

It's pretty common that a long-time smoker feels free and unburdened for a while after kicking the habit. This feeling can go on for a long time, until the realization that there is still a long way to go to become truly smoke-free. What many long-time smokers do not realize is that the cigarettes they smoked for years has left a caked-on film of gummy nicotine residue over everything in their home, including their kitchen appliances.

When cleaning appliances, a different approach is often needed than what you would do when cleaning other items. Here are a few ideas that any former smoker can use to get their appliances clean from any nicotine residue and finally move on with their smoke-free life.

  • Degreaser. Nicotine is a fairly greasy substance, and as such it only stands to reason that a de-greaser will help to clean your appliances. Before applying the degreaser, make sure you read the instructions provided with the product. Instead of applying the degreaser directly to the appliance though, apply it to either a sponge, green scrubby, or washcloth and scrub till the appliance is clean.
  • Window wipes. Products like Windex have wipes out on the market. These pre-moistened cloths are perfect for cleaning nicotine stains off of small appliances. As each wipe becomes too dirty to use, just throw it away and replace it with a new one. This type of wipe is best suited for dealing with a lighter encrusting of nicotine stains.
  • Baby wipes. Those pre-moistened cloths that many people use to clean up after a baby's mess, or to help remove make-up, are also perfect for removing nicotine stains from small appliances. As each wipe gets too dirty to use, throw it away and replace it with a new one. These types of wipes are almost perfect degreasers, so they are great to use for cleaning nicotine-stained appliances.
  • Magic Eraser. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and similar products are perfect for the tough scrubbing that some nicotine encrusted appliances are going to need in order to get properly clean.
  • Replacements. The easiest, but by far most expensive, way to get rid of nicotine stains on your appliances is to purchase replacement appliances. Since this is the most expensive method for removing nicotine stains, use this one only as a last resort.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Finding an Honest Repair Shop

Finding an honest repair shop is a lot like finding the best slice of pizza. There are some things anyone can do to find the ...

Discover More

Cleaning the Hot Tub

Hot tubs can be, and often are, wonderful things to have in the yard of your home. However, if you don't take care to ...

Discover More

Installing Track Lighting

Track lighting is a wonderful lighting option that you can have in your home. Not only does it provide much needed ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Heat Exchanger Cleaning

Heat exchangers are an important part of certain appliances. To help these appliances run efficiently, be sure to clean the ...

Discover More

Appliance Cleaning

To keep your appliances working correctly, you should take proper care of them. Clean them regularly to help them last.

Discover More

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

If you're not careful, "stainless" steel can actually garner stains. Keep your stainless steel appliances looking like new ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five minus 0?

2016-03-13 10:08:36

Elizabeth

What is best way to remove nicotine stains from Melmac cabinets and the edges of Melmac shelves?
Also wallpaper?
Window treatments such as fabric blinds?
We have purchased a house that was owned by a heavy smoker and no one has lived in this house for 8 years but has been taken care of by housekeepers. I love the wallpaper and would like to keep it if possible. Also, don't want to repaint everything right away. Thank you.


2015-03-30 08:01:27

June

As a smoker, I am aware of the film covering everything, the cheapest and easiest way to remove nicotine, off almost everything is plain old ammonia. I have used a 50/50 mix of water and ammonia to clean everything including upholstery and curtains. Works like a champ, cost is minimal.


Newest Tips
Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.