If you dyed your hair and got some of the dye on your skin or if you have colored your hair but aren’t pleased with the result, you might think that you have to fork over big bucks at the local salon or, at the very least, spend some time with some funny purple spots on your hands or face. However, you can easily remove hair color with lemon juice and baking soda, so before you drag out your appointment book and your savings, try this home remedy for removing hair color from skin and hair.

Things You'll Need

Make a paste of the lemon juice and baking soda. Start with 2 tbsp. of baking soda and 2 tsp. of lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice at a time until you have a thick, but spreadable, paste.

Apply the paste to the discolored area on your skin. If the color is on your arm, for example, then smooth the paste onto the area with the soft washcloth. If you are treating your hair, then work the paste through your damp hair, getting every strand covered. If necessary, make more paste.

Let the treatment sit for 10 minutes. The lemon juice will lighten the hair and remove built-up product on the strands.

Scrub the paste off. If it is on your skin, use lukewarm water and the soft cloth to rub the stain away. The baking soda will scour off the stain without scraping your skin. If the paste is in your hair, then use lukewarm water to rinse the paste out. Your hair will be lighter and shinier.


  • Be sure to get all of the baking soda out of your hair, or you will create matted locks.