I spilled a few drops of bleach on the rug, and immediately flushed it
with water, but the thought came to me that there might be an instant
chemical "antidote" to bleach (like there is with an acid:base).
Is there something (other than water dilution) that counteracts bleach?
On Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:11:10 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
The only thing I can think of is Unbleach.
My ex-girlfriend, who had no sense, used to use Anti-bleach, but like
I say, she was pretty stupid.
In my mother's day, all they had was Non-Bleach, which my mother used
at first, but then she told me that water was cheaper and just as
Yes, that was what I was thinking too. Sodium thiosulfate is used
to lower the level of chlorine in a pool. I've never used it, but I
it's for folks who shock it with chlorine and get it high before they
need to use it and they can't wait. The other question is what
sodium thiosulfate itself might have on the carpet? Going back to the
acid/base thing, lye will neutralize acid. That works great in a test
tube. But probably not very practical for a carpet.
On Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:10:04 -0700 email@example.com wrote:
I don't have a picture yet because I just now put the test towel
towel in the wash, but here's what I did as a basic experiment.
(I'll have a picture in about an hour when it's all
washed and dried.)
As a very crude test, I placed a blue bath town on a slight
slope outside and started dropping bleach drops onto it, but
then I realized the bleach drops were spreading and coalescing
into one another and I hadn't thought ahead to mark the spots
anyway ... so I got a bit impatient and just dumped about a
cup of the household bleach onto the bath towel.
I waited about two or three minutes (which is about the right
amount of panic time were that to happen on my carpet), and then
I poured an equal amount of white ammonia onto the same area.
I waited about an hour, and, to stop the reaction, I flooded
the whole thing with a strong stream of water from a garden
hose (which turned out to be a mistake as it made the towel
Then, I put the mess in the wash with other soiled clothes;
so it's in the middle of its 90-minute cycle right now. In
hind sight, I should have done a control, but I didn't
think of that at the time of the test earlier today.
When it's all done and dried, I'll snap a photo and post
the results. I guess what I'm looking for is for bleach spots
to NOT show up - but I'll wait for the test results before
making any assumptions.
I think the problem here is that you said you were
looking for an "instant" antidote to bleach. But in the test, you
waited 2 or 3 mimutes. Pure bleach out of the jug is powerful
and the damage is very likely done long before that amount
of time has elapsed. In the household accident scenario, if
you spilled just a few drops, ie a small amount, then flooding
it immediately with water is what I would do. Spill a few drops,
put a quart of water on it. It would not surprise me if even that
doesn't work, because the damage is already done.
Putting ammonia on it would be the last thing I'd do.
I think ammonia by itself could harm the carpet. And if you're
counting on it reacting with the bleach, like and acid and
lye would, you don't know the proper amounts, can't control
the area where it goes, etc.
On Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:58:00 -0700 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That much is true!
Most of the tear damage to the bath towel happened in the wash
cycle - but certainly the bleaching of the color happened from
the time the bleach was on the towel.
One lesson learned is don't spill bleach! :)
you didn't say what the fabric content of the towel was. looks right.
I expect a hole to be eaten through when a cup of bleach is poured
onto fabric and allowed to sit.
your photo looks a lot like what the carpet in the flat looked like
I found that all the new recycled cotton fabrics dissolve with bleach
fast! but the old original cottons are a bit more robust. just a
OT - is the website you posted the picture at a public site? how to
gain access to post a picture?
On Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:17:23 -0700 Robert Macy wrote:
The label says:
Fiber: 100% Cotton
Only non-chlorine bleach, when needed.
Avoid contact with products containing Benzoyl Peroxide.
I was surprised it mentions benzoyl peroxide (acne creams?)
as they could have mentioned a thousand chemicals - but why
On Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:45:21 AM UTC-4, Danny D. wrote:
If you get a chance try again with vinegar. I think it is more likely to work
fast than ammonia.
Of course the flood with water approach sounds good but you are going to spread
the bleach that way if there's enough of it.
Hydrogen peroxide--though you would probably need it in industrial
Hydrogen peroxide combined with sodium hypochlorite produces oxygen gas,
water, and chlorine gas. Chlorine gas can be toxic, but since you're
only neutralizing a few drops of Clorox, just keep the place well
ventilated and you'll be fine.
On Friday, April 12, 2013 4:41:31 PM UTC-4, Steven L. wrote:
Very, very bad idea.
Not because it will release chlorine. There isn't that much chlorine avail
able in a few drops of bleach. And really that's what we want - to get rid
of the chlorine so it doesn't bleach the carpet.
No, it's a bad idea because hydrogen peroxide ITSELF bleaches fabric. This
is true even for a few drops of household strength hydrogen peroxide. We'
ve used it to soften wax in the ear. That only takes a few drops, but it i
s guaranteed to stain clothes unless you wrap up well in a towel. (white t
I didn't want to say this, but I must agree.
H2O2 is an oxidizer, in and of itself (think rocket fuel).
I use it for mouthwash, and I've spilled some on towels, and it has
bleached those towels a yellowish white color.
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