Hibiclens topical application only
Does Hibiclens stain textiles such as wash cloths and/or towels etc.?
- 8 Sep 2009 by wlj002
- 25 October 2014
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... "
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.
The only staining problem I've had with Hibiclens or any other product containing Chlorhexidine Gluconate is the Chlorhexidine Gluconate itself. I use various various products from containing this product like Chloraprep One Step, to a Peridex oral rinse. When Chlorhexidine comes in contact with bleach on say a white towel it will leave a permanent red stain. For clean up after using this chemical I use either disposable paper towels, or white wash clothes that have seen better days and are designated for the "rag bag" anyway. You can also get white (sometimes blue) utility hand towels from your major hardware stores. They are like a cheap version of a hand towel, have a long life, and can be used and laundered much like a mechanics hand towel until you are ready to toss them out.
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