Secret Hair Care Ingredient Turns Yellow Plastic White Again
Marilyn Caylor 5/4/2017
No matter where you look, there is likely some form of plastic in your field of vision. The bad news is that pristine white plastic tends to take on a dingy yellow look over time.
That's because plastic is coated with yucky, but totally necessary, flame retardant chemicals. When that chemically coated plastic is exposed to ultraviolet light, it gets an unwanted "tan."
Don't worry though - you don't have to choose between having a sparkling white home and one that doesn't catch fire!
That's because there's a secret ingredient found in a common hair care product that brightens lawn chairs, air vents, and even athletic shoes!
Keep reading to find out what it is and why you need it in your life.
If you've ever visited the salon or colored your hair at home, then you're probably already familiar with peroxide creme developer. It's responsible for lifting the cuticle layers in your hair so that the hair dye sticks around for a while.
Well, it turns out that peroxide creme is living a secret life as a whitening agent for plastic! Folks everywhere are using a 40 volume strength creme developer, in combination with natural sunlight, to make plastic look new again.
You can find it at beauty supply stores, like Sally's Beauty, or it can also be purchased online.
There's only so much dusting that can be done on air vents before you start to realize it's not really the dirt that's making it look brown. But, that's no problem! Put the duster brush away and pick up a paint brush instead.
Thoroughly "paint" the peroxide cream onto the air vent, but don't forget to wear gloves. Cover it with plastic wrap or stuff it inside a large Ziploc bag, and let it sit in the sun for about 8 hours.
Remember, sunlight is the second magic ingredient! The whitening reaction won't happen without it. Flip the vent over onto its backside to make sure both sides get the spa treatment.
If you use a desktop PC, then you know how dirty the keyboard can get. Food and finger grime can make it look and feel disgusting. Wiping it off with a wet cloth will help with the stickiness, but it won't take away the Mello-Yello hue.
One thing that can help restore the keyboard is a nice slathering of creme developer. It's time to give this puppy a reverse tan!
For this project, you'll need to remove the keys one by one. Dunk them in creme developer, place them in a plastic bag, and let them hang out in the sun for a bit. After a good rinse, they'll look brand new!
Pretty much everyone has a pair of athletic footwear sitting in the closet. You may even lament about the good old days, when it "used to be" bright white.
Sure, a couple of spins in the washing machine can remove a lot of that dirt, but to get it supernova white, nothing works better than peroxide creme! It also works really well on the mid-soles that trim the bottom edge of your footwear.
Grab an old toothbrush or fingernail brush to apply the creme developer. The gentle brushing action will help get the peroxide into the fibers, where it needs the most help.
After you're done applying the lotion, wrap the shoes in plastic wrap and use a rubber band to keep it in place.
Leave the shoes out in the sun for about an hour, then wipe the creme off with a wet cloth.
The same process that's used to whiten the plastic air vents can also be used to un-yellow plastic lawn chairs. Use a large paint brush to apply a thin layer of creme developer to the chairs. Cover the furniture in plastic wrap, and let them brew in the sun all day, just like a good ice tea!
When it reaches the level of whiteness that you're after, then take a garden hose and wash the creme off. Be sure to do this on the driveway or sidewalk, so the grass doesn't accidentally get a dose of that toxic tea.