We’ve all been there at one point or another: you’ve finally managed to stuff your pockets with dollar bills and plenty of coins. You’re feeling great, but there’s just one tiny problem — it’s all covered in blood!
On days like these, it’s easy to feel like you can’t catch a break. Your bank is being squeamish about taking the deposit and you definitely aren’t going to throw that money away because you obviously worked very hard to get it.
So now what?
The Fed to the rescue
Enter a familiar hero.
Of course, you’re not the first person to ask this question. In fact, the Federal Reserve has had to deal with this topic enough times that they even made a video for it:
The short answer is that you send the money to the Fed for redemption. If you don’t have the time or privacy to watch a video right now, the gist is as follows:
Separate your contaminated currency from normal, then separate it further by denomination. Strap each denomination together in packs of 100, then bundle 10 straps together.
Then, for the love of God, DOUBLE-bag it and write “CONTAMINATED” on the outer bag in big letters with a permanent market, fill out FedCash Services Contaminated Currency form
There are more details at this page on the Fed website
You can’t give contaminated coins to the Fed!
The Fed makes you decontaminate them first according to guidelines laid out by the Center for Disease Control. The steps include cleaning with soap and water, and disinfecting with diluted bleach.
Best of luck!