How to Remove Shoe Polish From Hair

by Alicia Bodine

Applying polish to your shoes can be quite messy. If you aren't careful, you can end up rubbing some in your hair with your hands. This happens when you get an itch and you forget that you have shoe polish on your hands. You don't need to worry, however, since you can easily remove the shoe polish from your hair.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bowl
  • White towel
  • Baby shampoo
  • Sink
Step 1

Mix half a cup of rubbing alcohol with half a cup of cold water. Pour the mixture in a bowl.

Step 2

Soak a white towel with the alcohol/water solution. Take the hair that has the shoe polish in it and place it in between your towel.

Step 3

Pull your hair through the towel leaving the shoe polish in the towel. You may need to repeat this a few times to get the shoe polish out.

Step 4

Shampoo your hair in a sink or shower with baby shampoo. Baby shampoo is the harshest shampoo you can buy and can strip out any leftover shoe polish.

Step 5

Dry your hair with a towel and finish off with a blow dryer.


  • Try to remove the shoe polish while it is still wet. This will make removing it much easier. If you don't have any rubbing alcohol, you can substitute vinegar.

Photo Credits

  • olivia castells

About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.