How to Make Wood Stain Out of Tobacco

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 can chewing tobacco

  • 1 pint ammonia

  • Plastic or glass container with airtight lid

  • Fine mesh strainer

  • Large bowl or pitcher

To stain your wood furniture on the cheap, you can make a great-looking, rich stain from ordinary chewing tobacco. It requires hardly any work and just a little patience to make.

Step 1

Empty the contents of 1 can of chewing tobacco into a clean, dry plastic or glass container.


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Step 2

Pour 1 pint of ammonia into the container. Cover the solution with an airtight lid and store it in a cool, dry place for 24 hours.

Step 3

Place a fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher or bowl in the kitchen sink. Carefully and slowly pour the solution through the strainer into the second container.

Step 4

Carefully examine the strained solution. If you see dark floating particles, wash out the strainer and strain the solution again.

Step 5

Pour the strained solution back into the airtight container. Keep it covered and stored until you're ready to use it.


When applying the stain to untreated wood furniture, use an ordinary paintbrush and allow at least 3 hours of drying time before applying each additional coat.

You can apply multiple coats until your furniture reaches the right shade.


Ammonia is a toxic household substance that should be kept out of reach of pets and children.


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