Removing Hair Dye from Wood

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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 page about removing hair dye from wood.


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November 15, 2015

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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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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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. ^.^

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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

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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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June 4, 20170 found this helpful

Sos pad worked and didnt take the stain off !

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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.


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!

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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

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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


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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September 27, 2010

Removing hair dye from wood?

jbovis from Seattle, WA


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.


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)

By cassiee

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October 30, 2010

How do I remove hair dye from wood table surface?

By norienna from Bowie, MD

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December 9, 2007

How do I get hair dye off of my wooden mirror?




Removing Hair Dye From Wood

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

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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Editor's Note:
We posted this as a new request: (04/03/2005)

By John

Removing Hair Dye From Wood

What is sos? (11/24/2005)

By Tanya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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