How to Remove Pink Stains From White Clothes With Hydrogen Peroxide

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How to Remove Pink Stains From White Clothes With Hydrogen Peroxide
Add household ammonia for greater effectiveness. (James Woodson/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective bleaching tool sometimes used as a green alternative to chlorine bleach. Since hydrogen peroxide is not colour safe, you should not apply it to coloured clothing for stain removal. If, however, you have a white garment with a seemingly-impossible pink stain, such as the type resulting from lipstick or blood, you can use hydrogen peroxide to remove the discolouration. Since pink stains are especially visible and difficult to remove, hydrogen peroxide may succeed where other cleaning products fail.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Eyedropper
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle. Use 3-percent household peroxide and do not add water. For stubborn stain removal, you want to use full-strength hydrogen peroxide.

  2. 2

    Lay your white garment on a flat surface. Hold your spray bottle 3 to 4 inches away from the garment and spray it once, misting the peroxide directly over your stain. Hydrogen peroxide is a very powerful bleaching agent, so avoid overuse.

  3. 3

    Pour household ammonia into an eyedropper. Hold the eyedropper over the stain and place exactly one drop on top of the peroxide. Allow the peroxide and ammonia to absorb into the stain. Wait about five minutes before proceeding.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 to further dissolve the stain. After the first application of peroxide and ammonia, you should notice a lightening of the stain but not complete removal. Continue to apply peroxide, one spray at a time, followed by a drop of ammonia, until the stain disappears.

  5. 5

    Rinse your white garment and dry. You can rinse the garment by hand using your sink, or place the garment in a washing machine and wash with washing powder. To dry your garment, you can use a commercial dryer or hang in the sun.

Tips and warnings

  • If you notice pink stains on your white clothing, do not attempt to wash the clothing before applying the peroxide. Washing a garment with difficult stains (such as protein-based stains like blood) may cause the stain to set, making it considerably more difficult or even impossible to remove.

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