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How to Remove Glow Stick Stains

Updated February 21, 2017

Glow sticks are transparent plastic tubes filed with chemicals that are separated but when combined produce a reaction making the materials glow. Simply snapping or bending a glow stick causes this chemical reaction. Glow sticks provide hours of entertainment for kids but if broken open can cause stains on fabrics. Nearly all glow sticks contain hydrogen peroxide, phenyl oxalate ester and a fluorescent dye and these ingredients are why stains often occur.

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  1. Rinse the glow stick stain in cold water as soon as the stain happens, if possible. Cold water will help lift the stain before it sets in the fabric.

  2. Create a solution of equal parts colour-safe bleach and cold water. Soak the fabric overnight in the solution.

  3. Pre-treat the stained area with a stain stick or spray and wash normally. If you still notice the stain, repeat steps 1 and 2 before drying.

  4. Tip

    If the stained fabric is dry-clean only, be sure to point out the glow stick stain to a professional dry cleaner. Before you attempt to treat the fabric at home with a home dry-cleaning kit, read the home kit instructions thoroughly prior to use.


    When a glow stick breaks, be sure to check for any shards of glass or hard plastic from the inside capsule. Heat helps stains to set. Examine the fabric carefully to ensure the stain is completely gone before drying. Air drying is best if you can.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Colour-safe bleach
  • Pre-treat stain stick or spray

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