How to Remove Gentian Violet

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How to Remove Gentian Violet
Wash hands immediately after using gentian violet, unless the treated area includes the hands. (washing hands image by Julia Britvich from

Gentian violet may be a strong staining agent, but it can be treated. The best strategy is treat the stain quickly by soaking it in cold water and pretreating it with a pre-soak product. However, if you cannot get to the stain quickly, or if the stain is on skin instead of clothing, other stain-removal methods are available.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mild soap
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Soak a portion of a cloth with the alcohol. Dab the stain with the cloth, allowing the alcohol to soak up the violet.

  2. 2

    Dab at the stain until it begins to lift.

  3. 3

    Wash the stained area with warm water and a mild soap. If the stain hasn't completely dissolved, repeat steps 1 and 2.

Tips and warnings

  • In place of alcohol, try vodka to remove the violet stain. For fabric, also try to spray hairspray onto the stain before washing regularly.

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