Although it seems contrary to the core, style can sometimes be messy business. Whether the color of you new shoes has rubbed off on your feet or you’ve made a mess working with hair or clothing dye, you can treat stained skin with safe and common household items — you may even work in a bit of pedi-like pampering in the process.
Things You'll Need
Saturate a cotton ball in your choice of do-it-yourself skin stain remover — household items such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, toothpaste and hair spray all do the trick. These items slough away dead, top-layer skin cells, allowing fresh, unstained skin to shine through.
Rub the cotton ball over the stained area of your foot in a circular motion, applying a moderate amount of pressure. You may have to refresh the cotton ball and the stain-removing agent if the cotton ball picks up too much of the stain.
Apply a light coat of baby oil to the stained area on your feet before heading to bed if any of the stain still remains. Pull on a pair of old socks or place a towel under your feet as you sleep to keep the oil from staining your bedsheets. Rinse your feet clean in the morning. The oil helps break down dye-based stains overnight.
Treat stains on your skin as promptly as you can — as a rule of thumb, it’s easier to remove fresh stains than those that have had a chance to set in.
A cotton ball saturated in milk may remove less intense stains, such as ink.
Exfoliate your feet with a scrub before you rub them with a cotton ball to pamper your feet and remove dead — and stained — cells from the skin’s surface. Soak your feet in warm water and milk for 10 minutes, massage in the scrub with a pumice stone and rinse your feet clean.
References and ResourcesTotal Beauty: How to Get Hair Dye Off Skin
Good Housekeeping: Permanent Marker Stains on Skin
Renee Rouleau: The Importance of Skin Exfoliation
Elizabeth Street: A Homemade Foot Scrub That'll Save You a Fortune
ResourcesOrganic Authority: Three Homemade Foot Soak Recipes to Fight the Summer Stench
Philadelphia Magazine: Fix Your Feet: Six Home Remedies to Get Your Feet Ready for Sandal Season