How to Remove Permanent Hair Color From Surfaces

By Holly Smith

It is not uncommon to get dye stains on countertops, sinks, tubs and even on your skin after you have colored your hair with permanent dye. The dye can splatter during the application process or pour out of bottle that has not been tightly closed. The first few times you wash your hair after dying it, excess dye may wash out onto your bathtub. Wash away the telltale signs of hair color by following the directions below.

Wear gloves to protect hands from dye stains.

Remove Stains from Skin

Step 1

Apply small dollop of Vaseline to dye stain with fingers.

Step 2

Rub the Vaseline into the dye stain using cloth for a few seconds.

Step 3

Rub off Vaseline using cloth. The dye should come off with the Vaseline.

Step 4

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto finger.

Step 5

Rub toothpaste to dye stain using cloth for a few seconds.

Step 6

Remove toothpaste using damp cloth. Dye should come off with toothpaste.

Remove Dye from Countertops

Step 7

Mix together 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of water.

Step 8

Apply the mixture to the stain using cloth or sponge.

Step 9

Allow mixture to dry onto the stain.

Step 10

Wipe mixture off using damp cloth. If the stain has not budged you will need to continue working on it.

Step 11

Wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover containing acetone.

Step 12

Apply the nail polish remover to the stain. Rub stain off with cotton ball.

Step 13

Rub area with wet cloth to remove any access nail polish remover.

Remove Stains from Sinks and Bathtubs

Step 14

Apply toilet bowel cleaner with bleach to damp sponge.

Step 15

Rub stain with sponge.

Step 16

Rinse off toilet bowel cleaner. If stain remains repeat the process.