Removing Hair Dye from Wood

November 15, 2015

package of steel scrubbersI 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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May 20, 2015

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.


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January 25, 2014

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, 20143 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. ^.^

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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November 3, 2011

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

By manager


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.

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!

September 18, 20190 found this helpful

3am in the morning and your tip worked after trying to get rid of the damn stain for hours! Thank you!

July 4, 20210 found this helpful

Got Hair Dye on bathroom off white new cabinets ... followed the info for removing fantastic ... brillo an dish detergent walla
thanx out there

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October 30, 2010

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

By Rose Denny


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!



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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

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Works great! Billie

May 4, 20170 found this helpful

It worked ok but then I discovered that if I put a little hand sanitizer on the sos pad, it was magic. "It's like it never even happened!"

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July 9, 2014

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

By Marion H.


December 24, 20141 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!

September 12, 20180 found this helpful

The Oxyclean idea is incredibly effective! I was coloring my own hair tonight (to save money and have control over my hair color, like many of us!) and when I was done and feeling pleased with every-thing, I looked down and saw dark brown stains on our recently refinished dining room floor! I couldn't believe it. But I knew that if I put this problem into a search someone would have had a similar problem and found a solution they were willing to share.


That's what's so great here - people are willing to take the time to tell what solved their problem, so that maybe others will benefit. It sure helped me! Thanks to everyone on this site who is generous with their hard-earned wisdom. I appreciate it! - Donna.Miner

October 17, 20180 found this helpful

Madfaye2, a million thank you's for your advice. I colored my hair tonight in my just remodeled master bath. Was extremely careful and then...... Ugh ! 3 dark brown stains on my light grey new cabinets. The oxy clean did the trick. Im so appreciative of your post. What a relief!

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February 25, 2015

I got burgundy hair color on white cabinets. I tried white paint, but you can still see the burgundy color. What should I do next?

By Diane


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March 14, 20180 found this helpful

Put a primer like Biz or Kilz. Let dry, then paint.

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January 25, 2014

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


February 17, 20140 found this helpful

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

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November 24, 2011

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


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

How do I get dark hair dye stains off my light wood bathroom cabinets without damaging them?



June 5, 20111 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

How do you remove Hair Dye from your wood trim or cabinets in your bathroom?

Kathryn from Wisconsin


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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July 1, 2013

How can I clean off brown hair dye from my wood cabinets that have a clear coat on them?

By Karisa

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July 27, 2012

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.

By Karen K

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April 24, 2010

How do I get hair dye out of beeswaxed wood? It is dark brown dye on light wood. First, I accidentally left kitchen cleaner on the dye which increased the area of stain. Then I tried scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar as suggested on your site, but now it looks worse than ever.

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.


By belle from KY

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