@sly55573- sweet! they also have all the stuff i need for making other fun things.
@juregolec- that's possible but for some odd reason alot of the stuff in european pharmacies is illegal in the states. probably cause some of it can be used for other nefarious deeds. but it's worth a check.
did you ask in pharmacy or in a drugstore
Almost all applications of potassium permanganate exploit its oxidizing properties
As a strong oxidant that does not generate toxic byproducts, KMnO4
has many niche uses.
Potassium permanganate is one of the principal chemicals used in the film and television industries to "age" props and set dressings. Its oxidising effects create "hundred year old" or "ancient" looks on hessian cloth, ropes, timber and glass.
It was used on props and sets in films such as "Troy", "300" and "Indiana Jones".[citation needed
 Disinfectant and water treatment
As an oxidant, potassium permanganate can act as an antiseptic. For example, dilute solutions are used to treat canker sores
(ulcers), disinfectant for the hands and treatment for mild pompholyx
infections of the hands or feet.
Potassium permanganate is used extensively in the water treatment industry. It is used as a regeneration chemical to remove iron
and hydrogen sulfide
(rotten egg smell) from well
water via a "Manganese Greensand" Filter. "Pot-Perm" is also obtainable at pool
supply stores, is used additionally to treat waste water. Historically it was used to disinfect drinking water.
It currently finds application in the control of nuisance organisms such as Zebra mussels
in fresh water collection and treatment systems.
 Biomedical uses
Related to the use of KMnO4
for water treatment, this salt is often employed as a specialized disinfectant for treating human and animal ailments. In histology
, it is used to bleach melanin which obscures tissue detail. Potassium permanganate can also be used to differentiate amyloid
AA from other types of amyloid pathologically deposited in body tissues. Incubation of fixed tissue with potassium permanganate will prevent amyloid AA from staining with congo red
whereas other types of amyloid are unaffected.
Permanganate washes were once used to treat gonorrhea
and are still used to treat candidiasis
 Organic synthesis
Aside from its use in water treatment, the other major application of KMnO4
is as a reagent for the synthesis of organic compounds.
Significant amounts are required for the synthesis of ascorbic acid
, isonicotinic acid
, and pyrazinoic acid
 Fruit Preservation
Addition of potassium permanganate substrated to banana shipments adsorbs the ethylene and doubles the fruit ripening period (see banana
entry for more details).
 Survival kits
In the past potassium permanganate was included in survival kits: as a fire starter,
water sterilizer and for creating distress signals on snow.