How 2 Cleaning Rocks with Hydrogen Peroxide Easily

Cleaning Rocks with Hydrogen Peroxide

When it comes to cleaning rocks, the rockhounding community advises suggests more ways (and products/strategies) than someone new to the hobby can sift through.

Many of the suggested products sound like they would be more at home in a chemistry lab than in a hobbyist’s garage.

In this article, we’ll talk about what you need to know when trying to clean your rocks with hydrogen peroxide.

What Does Hydrogen Peroxide Do To The Rocks?

Honestly, what peroxide does to rocks depends on the concentration of the solution and the type of rock. In some cases, the answer is “nothing” or “not a dang thing.”

On the other hand, a high concentration of peroxide will react violently with asphalt, thus the answer is “a lot.”

Cleaning Rocks with Hydrogen Peroxide

Cleaning Rocks With Hydrogen Peroxide: How to Remove Stains

The easiest way to see whether hydrogen peroxide will do anything to clean up your rocks is to test it out:

  1. Grab some of the rocks you’ve recently picked up
  2. Rinse them off with water
  3. Brush them off with a toothbrush to loosen any dirt or other particles
  4. Rinse again
  5. Dry
  6. Place the rocks in container (clear is best so you can see the rocks underneath if you are packing them in)
  7. Pour grocery store grade hydrogen peroxide into the container until the rocks are submerged
  8. Watch the foaming until you get bored or the foaming stops give the rocks 2-3 days to sit in the solution, unless you see something happening in the bowl that looks alarming (like a growing chemical reaction, dark smoke, etc).

If the rocks look exactly the same, you can do one of two things. One, you can move on to other cleaning products to try and clean up the rocks some more. Two, you can try peroxide at a higher concentration.

If you are planning to use a higher concentration, we recommend that you slowly increase the concentration levels. If the rocks look exactly the same, you can do one of two things.

One, you can move on to other cleaning products to try and clean up the rocks some more. Two, you can try peroxide at a higher concentration. If you are planning to use a higher concentration, we recommend that you slowly increase the concentration levels.

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