How to Remove Glow Stick Stains

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.

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.

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

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.

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