September 30, 2019

Fighting Indelible Ink or Fighting Dye From Water Cannons

How to fight against Indelible Dye fired from Police Water cannons

First we should understand what is in the Blue dye fired by Police at Protesters.  The Indelible dye has a component in it called Silver Nitrate.  This is the component of the dye that causes burns to the skin.  The silver nitrate also has a UV component.  So that even if the surface dye is washed off some sort of way, the UV reactive component of silver nitrate remains.  This is because it seeps into your cells and dyes it at a cellular level.  This sort of dye is used for elections and in science departments to increase visibility under magnification.

Typically it takes around a week for your body to naturally expel these dyes.

Once we realize what its made of, we can work to create solutions for the protesters as to how best to clean some items and themselves to avoid arrest.

According to Westlab:

Silver nitrate is water soluable. This, if you get to the stain immediately it could be simply removed by washing with lots of water irrespective of the item or object that is directly affected.

Use of Potassium ferricyanide, potassium permanganate or potassium dichromate has been found to be successful in reducing the intensity or removing the stain altogether.  Potassium Permanganate is the least harmful solution.

Harsh Chemicals are often implemented as a last resort to clean up silver nitrate spills.  So unless the spill is so bad, stick with water based solutions.  For stubborn silver nitrate stains, diluted ammonia and hydrogen peroxide can help.

Silvosol a liquid stain remover available in some countries can help to remove stains from clothing.

For the Potassium permanganate solution, it MUST be diluted in water.  Most medical uses require a dilution of 1 part potassium permanganate to 10 parts hot water using a 0.1% potassium permanganate solution. UNDILUTED SOLUTIONS CAN CAUSE SKIN BURNS.

Potassium permanganate also comes in 400-miligram tablets.  To utilize a bath soak, dissolve 1 tablet in 4 liters of hot water before pouring into the bath.  The bath soak can be repeated twice daily.

Potassium permanganate solutions should NEVER exceed a 1 part Potassium permanganate at 0.1% concentration to 7 parts hot water.

Additional methods of removing the COLORING component of the dye (but not the UV aspect) is utilizing different mixtures of white vinegar and water and soaking for 15 to 20 minutes.  Additionally, mixing vitamin C tablets and hot water to form a paste will help if left on the area for an hour or better.  One other method that may work is a 1 to 1 ratio mixture of baking soda and anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo.  This method requires multiple applications and rinses with hot water.

Perhaps the safest and most readily available method would be to flush the effected area with Hydrogen peroxide and water.  With more stubborn spots, use a limited amount of ammonia and liquid hand-soap and a cloth using a scrubbing motion.  This may be especially useful for areas like the fingernails.

It may be useful to designate individuals or even homes or other popular places where baths and plenty of water can be found as wash stations.

In all, I was upset to hear about the tactics being used by the Government against protesters in Hong Kong.  I hope these methods will help protesters in their fight for Liberty, Freedom and Justice.  I must also mention that I have not tested any of these methods so please use them with caution.  Continue the fight!

















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