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Rapid response to:


Streptokinase versus alteplase and other treatments for acute and delayed thrombolysis of blood stains in clothing

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1554

Rapid Response:

H2O2 and blood stains

I believe oxygen acts as a bleach for many pigments, yes? And I
believe hydrogen peroxide reacts with hemoglobin resulting in rapid
degradation into H20 and O2, i.e., liberating free oxygen.

The rule I was taught about temperature didn't have to do with
washing, but with soaking--soak the stain in cold water, then wash it
however you normally would.

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02 January 2001
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