Hibiclens topical application only
20 Sep 2009
Hibiclens contains the dye Red 40. Red 40 is an acid dye and it will stain nylon and other polyamide fibers. Washcloths and towels should be okay.
"... Hibiclens contains 4% w/v chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemically unique cationic bisbiguanide with inactive ingredients: Fragrance, isopropyl alcohol 4%, purified water, Red 40, and other ingredients, in a mild, sudsing base adjusted to pH 5.0-6.5... "
22 Jun 2011
it does in a apparent indelible way. red dye 40 is not the problem as chlorehexidine without the dye will stain linen. the stain becomes visible when bleach interacts with it. nothing i have ever seen will remove the stain once bleach has "set" the stain. the only way to remove the stain is to get a pair of scissors. it can be masked with various reagents, but the stain will reappear if bleach is used.
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