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Removing Hair Dye from Wood

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Young woman dyeing her hair.

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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Tip: Nail Polish Remover for Removing Hair Dye

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.

    By ruby dimension [1]

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    Question: Removing Hair Dye from Wood

    How do I remove dark hair dye off a light colored wood with out removing the paint?

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    Most Recent Answer

    By Ashley C.04/01/2015

    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!

    Question: Removing Dye Stains on Wood Cabinet

    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


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    By maryannemacleod11/03/2014

    The nail file just saved my life! Black hairdye on my mothers good floor! It's now gone thank you!

    Question: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    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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    By Sally [16]07/16/2013

    (Submitted via email)

    Works great! Billie

    Question: Removing Hair Dye from Wood Cabinet

    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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    By madfaye212/24/2014

    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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    By Carrol M.02/17/2014

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

    Question: Removing Black Hair Dye Spots on Light Wood Table

    There are black drops of dye on my light wood table. How do I remove them?

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    By marion [6]11/28/2011

    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.

    Question: Hair Dye Stains on Cabinets

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    By Karen H. [10]06/05/2011

    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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    By Jennifer [9]12/14/2006

    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.
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    Question: Removing Hair Dye from Cabinets

    When I dyed my hair, I found the dark hair dye dripped onto the light oak cabinet door. It was too late when I noticed the stain. How can I remove the dye stain? The cabinets are only 3 months old and I am sick over this.

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    I think some of the surface wax is coming off. I can't leave it like this. I also read you can use lemon juice and vinegar. You can try to sandpaper it out, but I am worried these solutions will only make it worse again. Any ideas? Please help.

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    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Use SOS Lemon Cleaner it gets out really tough stains, it works, trust me! (09/17/2004)

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Wow... that SOS really works on removing hair dye out of wood! Thanks. (02/02/2005)

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    By John

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    What is sos? (11/24/2005)

    By Tanya

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    S.O.S. are soap pads, either steel wool or a scrubby plastic, with soap in them so when you get them wet, they get nice and sudsy. Susan from ThriftyFun (11/24/2005)

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    By melanie

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Wow that S.O.S stuff really works. I recommend it to everyone. It really works and there were no scratches or discoloration on my wood floor. Yay =] (08/29/2007)

    By Nimra

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Thank you for this tip. I dyed my daughter's hair and there were horrible dark brown stains on the wood floor. I tried all kinds of tricks to get it off from white vinegar to 401 cleaner. Nothing helped one bit until I found this site. Within 10 seconds of scrubbing with an SOS pad I could see it was working! Thank you so much. (10/20/2007)

    By Rich

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Thank god for these tips....SOS saved the day it took only a few seconds and the hardwood looks awesome, hair dye gone.. lol "phew".(10/27/2007)

    By miranda

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    My husband was wearing a black jacket and the dye stained a part of his guitar he was playing all night. Do you think SOS would work on his guitar?

    Doesn't it scratch? Thank you. Editor's Note: I wouldn't use it on a guitar, it will ruin the finish. You could try a magic eraser, it is slightly abrasive but not as much, then polish the place where you have cleaned. (11/26/2007)

    By Marla

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    It worked great. I was concerned until I read it wouldn't scratch. Well the hair dye came up with a little elbow grease and it didn't scratch. My husband will not grumble every time he goes to the bathroom now. Thank you again. (11/29/2007)

    By Linda

    Archive: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

    Removing hair dye from wood?

    jbovis from Seattle, WA

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

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

    By Jenny

    RE: 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

    RE: 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

    RE: 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.

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

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

    By Erin

    RE: 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

    RE: 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

    RE: Removing Hair Dye From Wood

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

    By cassieecakess

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