How to Remove Permanent Hair Color From Surfaces

By Holly Smith

Even with the best laid hair dying plans, you're likely to wind up with dye on more than just your hair-- like the counter tops, tub, and even your skin. Dye can splatter during the application process, drip from the bottle, or excess dye may run from your hair during the first few washes. Here are a few surefire ways to rid your skin and other surfaces of hair-dye stains.

Professional hairdresser dyeing hair of her client
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Removing Stains from Skin

Vaseline Method:

Apply a small dollop of Vaseline to the area that's stained. Using a cloth, rub the Vaseline around the area for a few seconds. Wipe the Vaseline off; the dye should come off with the Vaseline.

Toothpaste Method:

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto finger, then rub it around the stained area for a few seconds. Remove the toothpaste. The dye should come off with the toothpaste.

Removing Dye from Counter-tops

Baking Soda:

Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of water. Apply the mixture to the stain using cloth or sponge. Allow mixture to dry onto the stain. Wipe mixture off using damp cloth.

If the stain has not budged, repeat the process.


Wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover that contains acetone. Apply the nail polish remover to the stain and rub vigorously. Rub area with wet cloth to remove any access nail polish remover.

Removing Stains from Sinks and Bathtubs


Apply toilet bowel cleaner with bleach to damp sponge. Rub the stained area with sponge. Rinse off toilet bowel cleaner. If stain remains repeat the process.