# How do you clean counterfeit money?

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## What does it mean to wash counterfeit money?

Counterfeiters have figured out how to fool this detection method by bleaching or washing genuine one dollar bills or five dollar bills and re-printing these bills as twenty or hundred dollar bills. The paper is still good! The pens will give you a false reading that the bill is acceptable.

## Why do counterfeiters wash money?

Counterfeiters have figured out how to fool this detection method by bleaching or washing genuine one dollar bills or five dollar bills and re-printing these bills as twenty or hundred dollar bills. The paper is still good! The pens will give you a false reading that the bill is acceptable.

## Why do people bleach counterfeit money?

Police say counterfeiters will place low values bills in a bleaching solution, dry the bleached paper and print a higher face value on the blank bills using a small laser printer. Criminals then attempt to use the counterfeit bills for low dollar purchases in order to get real change

## Can dollar bills be bleached?

What is the advantage of bleaching the dollar bill over just printing the higher denominations bill onto clean paper? The bleached paper will pass the counterfeit pen test.