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Getting stains off dollar bills

JavenJaven Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
The other day someone decided to be nice and do my laundry for me while I was out. Unfortunately they didn't check my pockets, so my wallet was put through the wash. After it was done, my bills were coated with a nice thick layer of black that leaves the money almost completely illegible. I doubt the bank would take it in such a fashion (it's mostly larger bills, 20s and up) so I'd like to at least try to make them look more presentable. Are there are tried and true methods of cleaning out there?

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  • meekermeeker Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    You put your money in the wash and it came out covered in black?! You need to do laundry more often...


    Take the cash to the bank, they have ways of telling what the money is. It will be marked for destruction and you will get new bills as long as 75% of the bill is intact.

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  • JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    meeker wrote: »
    You put your money in the wash and it came out covered in black?! You need to do laundry more often...


    Take the cash to the bank, they have ways of telling what the money is. It will be marked for destruction and you will get new bills as long as 75% of the bill is intact.

    It's a black leather wallet, so I'm assuming some of the dye rubbed off on the wallet and onto the bill.

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  • EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I would also suggest simply taking it to your bank; either deposit it or get smaller bills.

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  • CoJoeTheLawyerCoJoeTheLawyer Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    EggyToast wrote: »
    I would also suggest simply taking it to your bank; either deposit it or get smaller bills.

    Don't simply deposit it via ATM or automated teller. The bank might decide that it's counterfeit (or simply too damaged to accept) and you'll get nothing but trouble.

    Meeker had the best idea: take it to the teller, explain what happened and they'll give you fresh cash so long as 75% of the bill is available.

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  • EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Right, ATM is a bad idea. Arguably if you're a customer and you're simply depositing money in your bank account (and not "switching bills"), you'll run into even fewer problems.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    If the stain is too dark or there's too much of it to trade them in, I'd try some oxyclean in a bowl of warm water and agitate by hand (money is more cloth than paper, it's not going to disintegrate). Spot test with it first on one of the bills to make sure it won't take out the actual ink.

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