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Removing Hair Dye from a Bathroom Sink

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Many people that dye their own hair have had the challenging task of removing hair dye from their sink. Hair dye stains in your sink can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing hair dye from a bathroom sink.


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By 2 found this helpful
November 3, 2011

This works perfectly! After searching web sites to find out how to remove hair dye from the bathroom sink, I finally found the perfect solution on my own! Take pure liquid bleach. Pour it on the dye stains on the sink. DO NOT dilute the bleach. Let it stand for 30 minutes and the dye will be completely gone! You can let the bleach stand longer if it's a deeper dye stain. Make sure to open the bathroom window and close the door, so that the fumes don't escape and you don't inhale them. =)


By Ms. Domestic from Los Angeles, CA

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July 25, 20161 found this helpful

It worked...thanks for the reminder about bleach!

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November 4, 20110 found this helpful


Mz. Undomestic Goddess ( I try, I really do!)

I once colored my hair and got dye all over sink. I used comet powder, did not work

then I used 3 other cleaners from under bathroom sink , did not work

then thought "bleach will work" sure did. 6 hours later, my date came to pick me up and as we sat in the living room in front of fire place with my roommate there also drinking a glass of wine, we hear an explosion and we ran down the hall. Well I blew up the sink ~ugh~ very embarrassing explaining what I had done. I thought my roommate would die from laughing so hard at me!

Just thought to share it with you


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February 3, 20160 found this helpful

No its not

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By 0 found this helpful
December 23, 2014

I was dying my hair recently and freaked out when I got hair dye on my bathroom sink. We rent our place and I was worried the landlord would have a cow! I tried Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner and almost cried when it didn't work. I didn't have any bleach and didn't want to go to the store but thought of something.

Since I was dying my hair, of course I had to bleach it. I took my cream developer and my powdered bleach and mixed them together to make a creamy paste and coated the dyed areas with it. I let it sit for 30 minutes or so and BAM! I was so happy it all disappeared and looks great!

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October 30, 20160 found this helpful

Never mix bleach with anything, especially ammonia, which creates deadly chlorine gas.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

Wow! Would have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 20, 2011

Hair dye has stained my bathroom sink. Any ideas of how to get rid of it?

By Breea

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful
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VERY, very carefully. Years ago I stained my sink with hair dye. Well my roomie was having a party that eve so I hurried. I first used ajax then comet no change. Then I used amonia still stain remained. I used 2 other cleaners before it finally came out. Hours later during party a loud popping and cracking sound was heard from bathroom. The sink blew up! Shards of porcelain were in hall and everywhere! How embarrasing. That is my tale so be careful.

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March 22, 20111 found this helpful

20 mule team borax, this stuff is amazing on porcelain. Sometimes you have to let it sit on the stain a while (overnight) but it makes your porcelain sparkle. Some stains will respond more quickly to baking soda and coarse salt paste scrubbed on the stain then rinse it off with white vinegar (it's also fun to watch it bubble) and follow the whole thing with a boiling water rinse. This will also clean your drain. If all else fails use a magic eraser from Mr Clean, that will get any stain off, but be careful using it on painted surfaces cause it will remove paint.

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April 22, 20161 found this helpful

Use bleach or nail polish remover

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Once got it on the floor and did not notice till it was dried on. The Quick Blue hair bleach worked on the floor but I don't know if it will damage your sink.

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

All I did to get rid of electric blue dye was full up my song with water and pour a crapton of bleach in and let for sit until it's gone,you may need to run at it but it should work,also be care full around the bleach fumes

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By 0 found this helpful
April 5, 2016

I will really appreciate it if someone has advice on how to take out hair color from a white basin top?

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April 6, 20160 found this helpful

I don't know what you mean by 'basin top'. If the basin is vitreous china and has been stained with regular (not metallic) hair color, pure household bleach should remove the color completely. If the stain is small, the bleach can be applied with a cotton swab. You should see results in a matter of minutes.

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May 18, 20160 found this helpful

pure bleach WORKS I just did it with burgundy dye lol put it on generously with a Q-tip and let it sit for 20 minutes or so then wipe it off then voila it's gone!!!

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March 20, 20110 found this helpful

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

How do I remove black hair dye from my sink? Usually, I am able to remove hair dye from the sink after coloring my hair using Ajax. This time (I don't know if it is the color, black, or what) I cannot get the stains out at all. Any ideas?

Thanks so much.
Anjeena from NY


Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

I take Clorox Softscrub with bleach, put a squirt on it and leave it there to bleach it out. (06/12/2006)

By Tina

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Anti dandruff shampoo strips colour from your hair so try it on the sink. Black is especially tricky to remove though. (06/13/2006)

By Luci

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Clorox CleanUp is my answer to almost any stain. Works great! (06/14/2006)

By Claudia-MD

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Did you try one of the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers? They seem to work well on a lot of things. (06/14/2006)

By dosize

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Thank you all for your replies. I can see I'm not the only one with this problem.
Finally, I have made some progress. Have done the following 3 times and most of the stain is gone.

  1. Clean the sink or area and thoroughly dry.
  2. Make a paste of pure chlorine bleach and Ajax.
  3. Apply to the affected area with a dry white cloth (something absorbent, such as an old cotton towel). Apply liberally, gently rubbing in as you go.
  4. Leave on for about 30 minutes/more if needed.
  5. Rinse with the cloth you used thoroughly and allow to dry.
  6. Do again the next day and so on.

Now the big question is: How to avoid getting stains in the sink when I dye my hair? Any ideas anyone?

Thanks again for all your suggestions. I hope these have helped us all.


By Anjeena

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

About your request to prevent future stains:

I had this crazy thought. It might work or it might not! Try drying your sink very thoroughly, maybe even using the blow dryer on it! Then spray the dried sink with Pam or some other type of non-stick cooking spray. As long as you don't get the spray in or on your hair before the coloring process it shouldn't affect your color. If you try this let us know if it works. (06/19/2006)

By Grandma Margie

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

I had the same problem. Try nail polish remover. (06/23/2006)

By Katie

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Thank you so much. Mr. Clean eraser worked like magic! (06/09/2007)

By Sonia

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Oh my gosh. I was staying with some family for a few months out of state and accidentally got hair dye on their counter and could not get it out! It's been there for 3 months now and I've been covering with a soap thingy. (I have my own private bath) I've been so uncomfortable whenever they would go in my bathroom and I dreaded the day they found out! Well I'm leaving tomorrow and I was positive they would find it shortly thereafter. In desperation I Googled how to get this stain out and came on this site. I didn't have Mr. Clean eraser, but I did have a Clorox bleach pen. The stain came right out. I love all of you dearly.

By amazed!

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Spritz some hairspray where the dye dripped, and let it soak for five minutes before wiping away. Works every time for me! (08/06/2008)

By Heather

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

To avoid it, put down a trash bag over the sink. Then put your hair color and stuff on the trash bag. It will protect you sink from getting a gloppy (09/10/2008)

By Kathleen

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

Just use fingernail polish remover for your sink, counter top, or vinyl flooring. It comes right out! (10/08/2008)

By TeQuerra

Hair Dye Stain in a Sink

I ended up getting hair dye on the lino floor. We tried everything from Olay facial cleanser to nail polish remover and nothing seemed to work so we tried Lysol with bleach toilet bowl cleaner and it worked. We had it sit on for 30 minutes and the stain was gone. The linoleum was a white with beige speckles and all it took out was the hair dye. Best thing ever. (11/24/2008)

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May 2, 20160 found this helpful

The comet and nail polish remover worked for me got the stains right out with little scrubbing with a paper towel

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June 26, 20160 found this helpful

I dyed my hair in a dorm room and got it on the lino floor, we took alcoholic pads you used for cleaning your face and scrubbed it and it came right out. It was dark purple hair dye as well.

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July 2, 20160 found this helpful

Well í just. Got finished dying my hair. And got dye all over my sink.... .. I started to panic.. But. I grabed the first thing in my reach..... Dont ask me why but. I grabed Colgate toothpast and it ACTUALLY works. Got the whole stains out.. Just by rubbing it.

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November 2, 20160 found this helpful

Before I dye my hair, I place newspaper or paper towels across the entire sink. Any splashes or drips will be collected on the paper products. When done, just throw it out. Its too easy not to try it this way. It will save your sinks and eliminate the need for harsh products on your hands too.

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