How to Remove Hair Dye Stains

by Kathy Mayse ; Updated July 18, 2017

Hair color stains everything it comes into contact with, including flooring, counters, clothes, skin and nails. Fortunately, stain removal is possible. To remove stains from clothing, simply soak the item in 1 part color-safe bleach and four parts cool water for 30 minutes before laundering. Other items such as carpeting, upholstery, floors, counters and skin require a bit more finesse and scrubbing. For optimal results, address the stain immediately. The longer it sets, the harder it will be to remove.

Fabric, Upholstery and Carpeting

Mix 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid, 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 2 cups warm water. Dip a corner of a clean cloth into the mixture, wring out slightly and sponge the mixture directly onto the stain until it becomes damp.

Wait 30 minutes, blotting the area every five minutes. Wet another corner of the cloth with clean water. Blot the area with the clean corner of the cloth until all cleaning residue and excess liquid are absorbed.

Using another section of the cloth, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol. Blot with clean water to finish.

Hard Surfaces

Pour a small amount of household bleach directly onto the stain.

Wait three to five minutes.

Wipe away bleach with a clean, damp cloth. Rinse the cloth and continue wiping the area until all of the bleach has been removed. If stain remains, repeat steps.


Squirt a liberal amount of color remover into a cotton ball.

Place the cotton ball against the skin, rubbing in small circles to remove the color.

Cleanse the area with a clean, damp cloth.


  • Products marketed to remove color stains from the skin will also remove color stains from hard surfaces such as counters and floors. Purchase these products in the hair-color section of most department stores or beauty supply stores.

    If you do not have hair-color remover for the skin, dampen the edge of a cloth with a small amount of color. Rub the damp color over the stained portions of skin. The fresh color will lift the color stain that has dried on the skin.


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About the Author

Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.