Ellie Levenson

Tips and Tricks

Removing hair dye stains from clothes, carpets, and upholstery

If you have ever dyed your hair then you know that hair dye stains are probably one of the worst stains you can deal with – and when the hair dye has landed on your favorite shirt, on your carpet, or sofa than I honestly can feel your pain. It is annoying and stressful. But there are actually many different ways you can remove these types of stains regardless of how bad they are. And, of course, the most important thing is to make sure you are fast and you immediately remove the stain. Waiting for it to dry will only make the situation worse, trust me!

And, please, try the following tips only if the clothing isn’t labeled as “dry clean only”.

Here is how to remove black, blue, or brown hair dye stains from your clothes

– Grab your laundry detergent

As soon as the dye drips on the clothing you need to grab the liquid laundry detergent and apply it on the stain. Start rubbing with a soft brush or your fingers.

– You need oxygen-based bleach

Then you need to fill a bucket with cold water and add an oxygen-based bleach. Soak the clothing in it overnight. If the stain is still visible the next day fill in another bucket with cold water and bleach and soak the clothing piece again.

Here is how to remove red hair dye stains from your clothes

– You need dishwashing liquid and ammonia solution

Mix water, liquid dishwashing soap, and household ammonia in a bucket. Soak the stained area in it at let it stay there for 15 minutes.

-Rub the stain

Take out the clothing from the mixture and rub the stain with your fingers. Then put it back in there for another 15 minutes. Then rinse it well.

– Grab vinegar

What you need to fo next is mix warm water with white vinegar and soak the stain for another 30 minutes in there. Then wash the clothing.

How to remove hair dye stains from carpets/ upholstery?

Obviously, you cannot soak your carpet or upholstery in the solutions I mentioned above. We will use a different method here.

– Use a spoon

You want to lift off any residue from your carpet/ upholstery so grab a spoon and be gentle.

– Mix a solution

Mix two cups of cold water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Grab a sponge, cloth, or even cotton swab if the stain is little and make sure you work the solution into the stained area.

– Blot and repeat if necessary

Grab a paper towel and blot the stain. If it isn’t completely gone repeat the last step. You can also leave the solution for 15 minutes before you start blotting.

– Use rubbing alcohol

If the stain hasn’t already fully been removed then try another cleaning method – dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and apply it to the stain.

– Rinse

When you finally managed to fully remove the hair dye stain make sure you sponge the area with a damp cloth in order to remove the solutions.