How to Remove Hair Dye Stains

When you dye your own hair, there’s often a risk of getting the dye all over your bathroom, kitchen, or wherever else you spent time while you dyed your hair.

Unfortunately, hair dye can be extremely tricky to get off of most things, especially red, orange, blue or other bright colors. Here are some tips and tricks to clean up hair dye!

Hair Dye In The Bathroom

When I dyed my hair the last time, I managed to get dye everywhere. There was dye on the walls, on the tub, on the counter, and all over my skin!

The best way I found to get hair dye off of my purely granite counter was with nail polish remover. I put some acetone on a cotton pad and rubbed at the stains. Everything came off perfectly.

With the tub, the easiest removal methods are Scrubbing Bubbles or bleach. A bleach soak is best for white tubs, but if you have an older one it may be pink, blue, or some other color. Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom cleaner is the best in that situation.

On the walls, I found a magic eraser (or the off brand equivalent) is the best way to get the dye off. Just dampen the eraser and rub the color off.

Hair Dye on Fabrics

Obviously, if the fabric is white, you can just soak it in bleach water and the stain will lift. However for other fabrics, it may be trickier. Ion sells a dye remover that seems to work well.

Oxy-Clean or a White Vinegar solution can also get dye out of your clothes. I’ve found that this PreWash Spray can also do miracles for stains from ink and dye to grease.

However, prevention is the best option for this issue so stay in your bathroom or kitchen when you’re dying your hair, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained.

Hair Dye on Skin

The best way to deal with this is prevention. Wear gloves when you dye your hair, and use something like Vaseline around your ears, neck, and hairline to prevent dye from adhering.

However, if you have longer hair, you’re likely to end up with dye on your arms and more of your neck. It can be almost impossible to remove.

Mixing rubbing alcohol and soap is a good start, or dish soap and baking soda. Lava soap, a coarse soap used to remove oil and grease stains, can be a good option for hands and/or arms – though use on your face isn’t recommended.

Sally’s sells wipes that are designed to remove dye from skin, which is probably the best option for your face.

Ultimately, the dye stains will fade, so if you don’t do anything they’ll eventually go away.

What’s your favorite way to remove hair dye? Let us know in the comments!