In most hair salons the stylist places a protective cape over your clothes to protect them from hay dye stains. At home many people wear old clothes that they really don’t care about when coloring their hair. Sometimes, the hair dye makes its way around the cape and onto your clothes or if you are at home you may think to you are very careful when applying hair color so why bother changing clothes and then the inevitable happens. Hair dye stains leave an ugly blotch on shirts, pants, scarves or coats, ruining them item. Not necessarily. Sometimes you can remove its left by hair dyes without ruining the clothes. The key to success is fast action.

Hair Dye on All Types of Fabrics

Remove the item immediately.

Turn the shirt or pants inside out. If possible stretch it across a sink.

Run cool water onto it from the wrong side of the clothing. Sometimes the water will push the hair dye back out of the fabric and rinse out it. This is effective if it is still wet.

Remove Hair Dye From Cotton

Add ½ teaspoon dish washing detergent and 1 tablespoon of household ammonia to 2 cups of warm water.

Dip a clean, white rag into the solution and place the wet rag onto the hair color stain.

Press the rag into it to thoroughly saturate it. Let the solution remain on the dye stain for one to two minutes.

Rinse the clothing under cool water for three to four minutes.

Dip a clean, white rag into rubbing alcohol and blot it with the alcohol-soaked rag. Turn the rag often to use a clean area with every two to three blots.

Dip a soft bristle toothbrush or scrub brush into the dish washing detergent, ammonia and water mixture. Gently scrub it.

Rinse the garment under running water for three to five minutes, thoroughly flushing th
e dye out of the fabric.

If the hair dye remains, repeat the steps.

As soon as it is no longer visible, apply a laundry pretreater such as Shout or Spray and Wash.

Remove Hair Dye From Nylon or Polyester

Add ½ teaspoon dish washing detergent and 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 2 cups of cool water.

Dip a clean, white cloth into the mixture.

Place the wet cloth onto the hair coloring stain and press the cloth down to wet it. Let the mixture sit on it for 30 seconds.

Rinse the fabric thoroughly under cool running water for two to three minutes.

Place a clean, white rag onto it and blot up the excess moisture. Continue to blot until no moisture comes away from the fabric.

If it remains, repeat the steps.

Launder as usual.

Other Hair Dye Removal Methods

Lay a thick layer of white paper towels or clean white rags on your work surface. Pour rubbing alcohol directly onto the hair dye stain. Blot it with a clean white rag or white paper towels. Use clean sections of the rag to prevent re-staining the clothing. Keep applying rubbing alcohol and blotting it until you can no longer see the hair color stain.

Place ited fabric onto a thick layer of white paper towels or white rags with ited side of the fabric facing the paper towels or rags. Wet a clean, white rag with turpentine. Press the rag into it from the inside of the garment. Turn the rag to a clean side as the hair dye transfers from the clothing to the cleaning rag. Rinse it under cool running water to remove the turpentine residue. If the dye stain remains, continue to blot it from the wrond side of the fabric until it is gone.

Add 2 tablespoons of oxygentated bleach such as Oxy Clean to a small bowl. Add enough water to form a paste. Wet a clean sponge with cool water and wring out the excess. Dip the sponge into the Oxy Clean paste. Apply the paste to the dye stain, beginning along the outer edge of it and working toward the center of it. Let the Oxy Clean paste sit on it for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the area thoroughly with cool
water. If it remains, repeat the steps.

Pick up a hair dye remover at a pharmacy or beauty supply store. Some hair dye removers are safe for use on clothing, make sure you read the instructions. Follow the manufacturer’s direction to remove the hair colour stain.

Hair Bleach Stains on Clothes

Hair bleach does not stain clothes, it removes the color from them leaving the same type of blotch that you would see if you spilled laundry bleach on the clothing. The only way to fix this problem is to first wash the clothing and dry it. Find a matching fabric dye at a store. Mix the dye with water to create a watery paint. Dip a cotton swab into the dye and press the dye into the fabric. Keep dipping the cotton swab into the dye and pressing the dye into the fabric until you cover the entire splotch.

Do’s and Don’t’s for Stain Removal

Never put stained fabric into a clothes dryer. The heat of the dryer will set it permanently in the fabric.

Never iron clothing that has stains on it. The heat from the iron will cause it to set permanently.

Only use a white rag or white paper towels to remove stains because if you use a rag that is dyed or paper towels that have dye, you might transfer the dye from the rag or paper towel to the clothing.

Always let your clothing air dry fully, before determining if it has been completely removed.

If the clothing is dry clean only, always take it to a dry cleaner because wet cleaning can damage the fabric.