What's the best way to clean wood blinds yellowed with nicotine?

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I need advice on cleaning blinds. The bathtub is out. I have bad knees. HELP!icon


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  • Jan Carver Jan Carver on May 31, 2017
    DOW Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner melts nicotine stains! Take down the blinds, lay them in the yard, spray with scrubbing bubbles, let sit for 15 minutes or so. I would scrub them with a scrub brush, but with bad knees, maybe try using a mop or broom. Then rinse with garden hose. Shake excess water off and rehang. Make sure you use DOW...the imitation at dollar store does not work.

  • Mary Courtney Mary Courtney on Jun 01, 2017
    Agree! It works great!

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Jun 01, 2017
    I have hung blinds outside on a chain link fence to clean.

  • Tam13317878 Tam13317878 on Jun 01, 2017
    Can this be used on the plastic vertical blinds as well?

  • Treva Kirby Adams Treva Kirby Adams on Jun 01, 2017
    I used Formula 409 and one of the blind brushes with the washable cover - worked great. I draped the blind over my outdoor deck rail and cleaned while sitting on a high stool. This worked to give a flat surface for scrubbing and the yucky residue went into the lawn. Then I rinsed with a garden hose and let it dry in the sun.

  • Karen Bradshaw Smith Karen Bradshaw Smith on Jun 01, 2017
    Thank you all so much! I'll use my outdoor plastic table for the job.

  • Karen Campbell Karen Campbell on Jun 01, 2017
    clamp on fence with slats flat (closed). Spray with bleach cleaner spray. Lightly wipe. Stains should run. Then rinse with hose. U can turn around for cleaning other side. Let sun dry. Done this every year for 10 yrs. Blinds still white and never rusted!

  • Lynette Boehmer Link Lynette Boehmer Link on Jun 02, 2020

    Can you soak them in the tub with oxyclean?