Remove Smoke Stains from Fingers

If you are or were a smoker, you probably know that the tar and nicotine have stained everything around you, including your hands and fingers. So what can you do to remove smoke stains from fingers? This guide will help you figure that out.

Remove Smoke Stains from Fingers

What is Staining My Fingers?

Many people assume that it’s the nicotine that is staining your fingers, but it actually isn’t. Nicotine is a clear substance, so it may make your skin oily or feel oddly, but the discoloration is actually due to the tar content in what you are smoking. The tar is dark and then ends up getting into your skin and making it look that disgusting yellow color.

The staining is one of those things that you probably don’t think about until you don’t smoke anymore. The staining can be incredibly unsightly, and can cover all of your skin and even start ruining your teeth. What you have to do in order to get rid of these disgusting stains after you’ve quit smoking depends on how long you’ve been smoking. If it’s only been a short while, then it won’t take as much effort as it would if you’d been smoking for decades.

In some cases, the staining is so severe that you may have to go to your doctor in order to get a commercial stain remover. But don’t go to that extreme yet – try the method that we’re going to discuss below. It uses basic household items and doesn’t cost as much money as it would if you had to buy a prescription or over-the-counter remedy. So, try this first.

How to Remove Smoke Stains from Fingers

As mentioned above, this procedure varies depending on the amount of time that you have been smoking. You may not have to go through all of these steps to get the smoke stains off of your fingers; try each step and see how it helps. You may also have to go through some of these steps multiple times over a few days, especially if there seem to be layers of the stains on your skin.

What you will need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Small bowl
  • Old toothbrush
  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • Nail file
  • Moisturizing Hand cream
  1. First, put some of the lemon juice in a small bowl. Do not dilute it. Make sure that the bowl is shallow enough that you can stick your fingers inside of the lemon juice. Keep your fingers in the lemon juice for a few minutes. Lemon juice actually has bleaching qualities, so it can help to bleach your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to skip this step.
  2. Make sure to rinse your hands off well, dry them, and then apply some hand cream to help keep your hands moist.
  3. Then, take your old toothbrush and some whitening toothpaste. This is to help scrub away any staining that may be in your knuckles and other creases in your fingers. Scrub gently at your knuckles and around your nails with the whitening toothpaste.
  4. Rinse and dry your hands, and apply hand cream again (if you couldn’t tell, it’s important to keep your hands moist).
  5. If the toothpaste didn’t help your cuticles, then move on to the nail file. You can also use this on other parts of your fingers, but it may hurt somewhat. File around and over your nails and watch as some of the yellowing starts to disappear.
  6. Repeat any of the steps as you feel necessary. You may not see the results that you hope for on the first go; make sure to give your fingers a rest for a few days in between doing this procedure, otherwise you may end up with really dry hands, which will bring its own issues with it.