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How To Remove Hair Dye Stains From the Skin and Other Surfaces

March 25, 2020

Getting the perfect hair color can be a very lengthy process for all beauty enthusiasts out there. The lengths that one will go to just to achieve the perfect shade of brown or that subtle glow of pink can be very complicated yet ultimately rewarding. By mixing and matching different hair dyes, the perfect hair color can look heavenly on your locks — but not so much when you accidentally get it on your skin and other surfaces.

Since hair dyes are specifically formulated to stay permanently on your hair for quite some time, removing it as a stain on any surface can be difficult. Just like any other stains, although they can be very hard to remove, hair dye stains aren’t entirely impossible to clean and eliminate. With the right set of cleaning ingredients for these common surfaces stained by hair dyes, removing them entirely is within reach.

In this article, we’ll show you how to remove hair dye stains from different surfaces and how to treat them on your fabrics based on the hair dye color.

How to Remove Hair Dye Stains From Different Surfaces

1. Skin - The skin is easily the most susceptible surface to get stained when you apply hair dye on your locks. But since our own skin is a wonderful thing, removing these stains is a piece of cake that can be achieved by using different stain removal techniques. How to remove hair dye from hand? How to remove hair dye from skin? It's pretty simple. One of the more common ways to remove hair dye from the skin is by soaking a cotton ball with a nail polish remover and gently dabbing it onto the skin until the stain is removed. Alternatively, you can also use isopropyl or rubbing alcohol if a nail polish remover isn’t readily available. Ran out of both nail polish remover and alcohol? Just use a non-gel toothpaste or your soap to remove the stain by gently rubbing it away. Additionally, you can also use baking soda by mixing it with dishwashing soap and rubbing it onto the stained area. 

2. Clothes - After the human skin, different types of fabrics and clothes are next on a hair dye’s hitlist when it comes to its usual victims. Although most fabrics have the same material and cleaning instructions, it’s still recommended to treat hair dye stains from clothes in accordance with the dye’s shade or color. Here are just some of the usual hair dye colors that need special cleaning instructions when it comes to clothes.

Brown, Black and Blue Hair Dye

  • Once your fabric gets stained with any of these hair dye colors, quickly rub a generous amount of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent onto the stained area. For stronger stain removal, be sure to use a detergent with advanced stain-lifting enzymes and further clean the area using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse until clean afterwards.
  • After using a liquid laundry detergent to remove the dye, use an oxygen-based bleach to remove any trace and clean the stained area altogether. Just fill a basin or a bucket with cool water and add the bleach and soak the garment. Leave it for at least 8 hours or overnight, depending on the amount of stain left on the fabric.
  • If slight traces of stain still remain, consider repeating the process by soaking the fabric in a basin with oxygen bleach. Additionally, if your fabric is white, try adding chlorine bleach in a gallon of water and soak it for 15 minutes and rinse with water afterwards. 

Red Hair Dye

  • Create a solution in a plastic or glass container using one quart of water, one half teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap and one tablespoon of household ammonia. Soak the fabric’s dye stained area and leave it for at least 15 minutes.
  • Afterwards, remove the fabric from the mixture and rub the stained area to further break down the particles of the hair dye stain. Put it back to the solution for another 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before cleaning it with the next solution.
  • Get another container and begin mixing one quart of warm water together with a ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar. Soak the fabric’s stained area in the solution for another 30 minutes and gently rub it to further break down the stain. 
  • If the dye is still present after the first three steps, try mixing oxygen-based bleach and cool water in a basin or sink. Soak the garment in the mixture and leave it for 8 hours or overnight. 

3. Wood - To remove hair dye on wood surfaces, try looking for common household cleaning items such as baking soda, vinegar and  hydrogen peroxide. For the first cleaning solution, mix the baking soda with water to make a paste and gently scrub the area with the solution using a cloth. For the second solution, mix equal parts of vinegar with the soda bicarbonate and gently rub the area using a clean cloth. If these two cleaning mixtures are still unable to remove the hair dye stain, try mixing the baking with hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the area with a rug and rinse with warm water.

4. Carpet and Upholstery - If you get dye on your upholstery or carpet, make sure to remove them right away to avoid any further spread or damage. Use a spoon or a dull knife to chafe away any solid stains that have formed on the surface. Mix a solution of two cups of cool water, one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean white cloth or sponge into the mixture and apply it to the surface to break down the stain’s particles. Once applying the solution, blot the stain with a clean white paper towel to further separate the stain from the fabric material. If the stain still persists, try using rubbing alcohol or a three percent solution of hydrogen peroxide. Rinse with water afterwards.

5.Bathtub - Apart from hair salons and bathroom sinks, hair dyeing is also usually done in bathtubs to prevent any unnecessary mess. But doing it in a tub also means that dye stains will inevitably blot the corners of the area — a scenario that you need to take control of by immediate cleaning. Since most bathtubs are made of porcelain materials or fiberglass, you can use stronger cleaning ingredients that will help remove the stains faster. You can use a bleach and water solution or an acetone solution to remove these dye marks.

Get Rid of Hair Dye Marks and Keep Your Home Clean

Coloring your hair should be a fun and enjoyable experience. However, after getting the perfect color shade that you've been dying to try out, it is also important to know how to get rid of the dye-stained marks that you've made in the process.

If you need a professional home cleaning service to help you with stain removals, drop us a call here at Homefresh! With the latest cleaning materials to service your home, our team of cleaning experts will leave no stain untouched. Book us now and experience quality home cleaning in an instant.

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