Removing Hair Dye from Wood

Dyeing your hair at home can save you a lot of money. However, sometimes there are accidents. A common unexpected outcome of the home dye job is stains on the woodwork or cabinetry. This is a guide about removing hair dye from wood.
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January 25, 2014 Flag
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What is the best way to get black dye stains off a bathroom wood cabinet that is a very light wood?

By Marion from Parsippany, NJ

February 22, 20141 found this helpful
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I was in the same exact predicament just a few hours ago. I had just dyed my hair dark brown and it got on my cabinets. It had stained really badly and it was very noticeable. All I did was take an old fingernail file and file the spot, then I wiped over it with a wet cloth and it was as good as new (:This method is very good on stains that have been very set in. Hope this helps. ^.^

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June 12, 20162 found this helpful
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Hello! I feel like a just created actual magic!!! Blue dye that was somewhere on the towel that i had under my coloring area in the bathroom, got moved to the unfinished hardwood floors!!!

** Magic RECIPE: bleach spray(bathroom type), baking soda to cover stain, and then alcohol on top.

I suppose i dont know what specifically brought it up, but i ran a clean cloth over the pile and MAGIC it was gone!!

Also did this again the next day, after i swept and discovered another blue hair dye speckle.

Magic i say! I am amazed, thought i would be ripping up the unfinished hardwood floor!

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

I tried peroxide and baking sofa paste on brown hair dye that splashed on a hollow wood door . It didn't work. Then I tried to lightly sand the hair dye off . All that did was ruin the door by taking the finish off down to the flake board. But , on another splashed area , I brushed on clear varnish, waited a few seconds and lightly sanded. It worked. Now , how do I make the other area match?

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October 31, 20160 found this helpful

November 15, 2015 Flag
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I really like the idea of some of the suggestions. I have no SOS pads so I used the curly metal pot cleaners from the dollar store. Norwex also makes them. I used them with rubbing alcohol. Gently rub along the grain of the wood, not against it. The dye came off instantly

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

It actually worked ! I just colored some extensions red and got it all over my grandmothers counter top . I used the alcohol and SOS pad and it came up instantly.

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October 7, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for the advice on that it worked big time, now I don't have to worry about getting im trouble

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May 20, 2015 Flag
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I just did this and it worked perfectly! Use nail polish remover, a Brillo pad and makeup remover wipes. After you are done, go over the area with wood floor cleaner to make it shine. You would never know there was hair dye on the wood. There was so much of it before I cleaned it this way.

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July 4, 20150 found this helpful

Yes this works! It's best to scrub the way the wood grain is (vertically for example), as opposed to against it (horizontally).

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November 23, 20160 found this helpful

You saved the day! Thank you!

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November 3, 2011 Flag
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How do I remove dark hair dye off a light colored wood with out removing the paint?

By manager

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November 7, 20110 found this helpful

If the wood wasn't sealed then I would suggest you stain it the color of the dye.

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November 7, 20110 found this helpful

If the dye has stained the wood, you may be stuck with it. If the paint is good quality, you should be able to wash the dye off with something like Dawn dishwashing soap. If the dye has stained the paint, and by that I mean, combined chemically with it, you will not be able to get it off. However, I have no problem with staining on towels that I use when I dye my hair. The hair dye washes right out in the laundry.

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April 1, 20150 found this helpful

After failed attempts trying to use color remover for skin and trying to use nail polish remover on my wooden steps, I was beyond surprised that Dawn dishwashing soap and a brillo pad actually got my black hair dye out. It takes some good scrubbing but it worked. Hope this helps!

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July 9, 2014 Flag
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When I dyed my hair the plastic bottle went flying, and spattered the side of my bathroom wood cabinet.

By Marion H.

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December 24, 20140 found this helpful

I got hair dye on my hardwood floors earlier tonight. My DH and I used OxyClean powder. We sprinkled the powder on the spots and added a tiny bit of water then scrubbed it with an abrasive dish pad. It took a little elbow grease but it worked like a charm and it didn't discolor my wood at all! The trick is to not add too much water. The more abrasive, the better. Hope this helps...good luck!

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January 25, 2014 Flag
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I left a can of hot pink hair spray on my window ledge and didn't realize it had leaked for the longest time. (It was laying on it's side) and I am unsure on how to remove it. How can you remove it without causing damage to the ledge?

By Anna from Paris, TX

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February 17, 20140 found this helpful

Try using rubbing alcohol or white vinegar. The alcohol works great for regular hairspray.

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October 30, 2010 Flag
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How do I get hair dye out of wood bathroom cabinet? It's light maple with black hair dye. Ugh!

By Rose

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

I tried the SOS Pad, it works. You definitely have to use elbow greese, but it works! Thank you so much!

Rivkah

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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

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Works great! Billie

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November 24, 2011 Flag
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There are black drops of dye on my light wood table. How do I remove them?

Thank you in advance. I just love this site.

By Marion

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November 28, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you so much for solutions for Hair Dye on light wood table. A soapy brillo or sos pad was the only thing that worked. Thank you again.

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June 2, 2011 Flag
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How do I get dark hair dye stains off my light wood bathroom cabinets without damaging them?

By CVB

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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

You could try Magic Eraser by Mr.Clean-it worked for me.Can buy off brands at dollar stores too,like I do & they also worked for me. Good luck. : )

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December 7, 2006 Flag
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How do you remove Hair Dye from your wood trim or cabinets in your bathroom?

Kathryn from Wisconsin

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December 14, 20060 found this helpful

Most likely have to sand and restain.

That's what I ended up doing years ago. But Home Depot might have a product that might do the trick. I'd go to a home improvement store first. It's always a good idea.

Jennifer CA

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October 30, 2010 Flag
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How do I remove hair dye from wood table surface?

By Norienna from Bowie, MD

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September 27, 2010 Flag
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Removing hair dye from wood?

jbovis from Seattle, WA

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Removing Hair Dye From Wood

SOS totally works! Even on old stains, Thank you! (12/09/2007)

By Jenny

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

This really works. Put Jif's lemon juice (the one you use on pancakes) and white vinegar in a bowl then get a sponge and scrub where your hair dye is. I did it and it worked. (02/16/2008)

By Alex

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

The Mr. clean magic eraser worked great! in less than a minute the stain was gone and my wood floor looks good. Thanks.

(03/26/2008)

By Gale

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

I used a regular SOS pad on mine and it worked like a charm. Thank you! (04/10/2008)

By Anna M.

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

An SOS pad did nothing, but take the paint off. Thanks. (10/02/2008)

By Erin

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

Took a lot of elbow grease, but the combination of baking soda and vinegar did work well! (02/03/2009)

By NancyQ

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

Baking soda and vinegar worked great. It didn't remove finish. It took a while. I put on rubber gloves and worked baking soda and vinegar paste into the grain of the wood w/ my fingers, then sprayed with vinegar and wiped clean. I had to do it several times. You can't see any sign of stain or discoloration from scrubbing. Thanks. I didn't think it would come out! (02/08/2009)

By Acorn Noel Choir

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

Wow, I never knew hand sanitizer would take off the stains, genius people, seriously thanks. :) (07/05/2010)

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