How to Remove Hair Dye Stains

The darker hair dye is, the harder it can be to remove
stains, from your skin, towels and other textiles or surfaces. Even with the
most steady hands, you can still end up with highly pigmented hair dye in
places where it doesn’t belong.

Find out how to remove hair dye stains in the most effective
way, whether they happen on your hairline, on your clothes, on wood or on white
surfaces like your bathtub and sink. Use these simple tricks to get rid of the
stains quickly.

How to Remove Hair
Dye Stains from Skin

Whether you stain your scalp, your ears or other areas while
you apply the hair dye, there are quite a few simple solutions that you can try
right away:


If you have an old toothbrush, all you need is
a little toothpaste. Make sure it’s a non-gel one for the best results. Gently
scrub the stain on your skin with the toothpaste and toothbrush until it’s

Nail Polish Remover

When stain don’t come off with
toothpaste, other options include nail polish remover and isopropyl alcohol.
Simply soak a cotton ball with either one and gently rub at the stain. If your
skin gets red and irritated, you should stop and try a different approach.

Baking Soda

One of the best answers to the question of how
to remove hair dye stains is baking soda. All you need to do is mix it with
water to make a thick paste. Rub it on your skin without pressing it on too
hard. After a couple of minutes, rinse it off to see if the stain is gone. If
not, try again.

Heavy-Duty Hand Cleaner

A regular soap won’t usually help
you get rid of hair dye stains, especially if you don’t lather them right away.
Try a more heavy-duty solution, like Lava soap, and gently scrub the skin to
remove all the pigment from the dye.

How to Remove Hair
Dye Stains from Towels and Clothes

Bleach and ammonia are the best ways to get rid of hair dye
from your clothes and your towels, but remember to never use them together.

Oxygen-based bleach

From OxiClean to Clorox, oxygen based
bleaches are the best way to tackle hair dye stains, particularly if they’re
darker in color. Chlorine-based bleach should only be used on white textiles or
as a last resort, since the risk of color fading is much higher. Use half a cup
of oxygen-based bleach for one gallon of water and soak it for 30-60 minutes.
Leaving it overnight is also an option, but it can also also irreparably damage
the fibers. Rinse well and launder.


When you’re wondering how to remove hair dye
stains with ammonia, the process is very similar. It can work particularly well
for red hair dye. Mix one cup of ammonia per gallon of water and soak for 15
minutes. Afterwards, you can rub the stain (on the back of the fabric), then
soak it for another 15 minutes, before rinsing and laundering. You can also add
an oxygen-based bleach, but only if you made sure that you rinsed all the
ammonia out.

How to Remove Hair
Dye Stains from Wood

Baking soda is the star when it comes to cleaning wood
surfaces that have been stained with hair dye, but it doesn’t work wonders on
its own.

Baking Soda and Dishwashing Detergent

With one tablespoon of each in two cups of water, you’ll get the perfect cleaning solution for wood
floors or furniture. Rub with a soft cloth, then rinse well with warm water.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

The classic combo can be the best answer to the question of how to remove hair dye stains from wood floors or
furniture. Mix them in equal qualities, rub the paste on the wood until the
stain is gone, then use warm water to rinse.

How to Remove Hair
Dye Stains from the Sink and Tub

When you get hair dye on ceramic surfaces, cleaning up may
be easier, since you don’t have to be so gentle. Rubbing alcohol, mail polish
remover and hydrogen peroxide are all excellent cleaning options, but rub with
a soft cloth to make sure you don’t scratch these surfaces.

Oxygen-based bleaches like OxiClean are another great
option, and so is WD-40, as long as you make sure it never gets on your skin.
Wearing gloves is very important when cleaning hair dye stains from your
bathtub and sink.