How to Get Hair Dye Off The Counter?

Learn how to wash the dye off easily and quickly

Written by Olivia Paxton. Updated on How to Get Hair Dye Off the Counter

If you tend to change the color of your hair quite often, but you prefer not to spend a fortune on professional salon-done dyeing each time, you definitely practice home hair coloring instead.

To a certain point, this method is a good option since it is more cost-effective. However, when done at home, hair coloring is also much messier! And it often results in spaulders of the hair dye on your countertops.

How to get hair dye stain off a counter?

This is perhaps the most frequently asked question that comes from those who dye their hair at home. And so we decided to share a few handy tips with you today.

Read this article to learn about the three popular methods that will help you clean hair dye stains from your counters. In addition, you will find out how you can wash off those stubborn hair dye splatters from other surfaces in your bathroom.

How to Get Hair Dye Off the Counter?

Getting hair dye off your bathroom counter may seem to be simple but only if the dye is still fresh. In fact, the same as removing stains from countertops, which is generally not that difficult. In this case, if the splatter or the stain has just been set, you can simply grab a wet cloth or sponge and wipe it away. In rare cases, you might need to scrub hard on it a bit to get it out.

However, while this is a time-tested strategy, you should know that it doesn’t always work. If you have ever colored your hair at home yourself, you know perfectly well how messy this process can be!

And often, some small splatters and stains of hair dye escape our attention. If this happens, chances are high that they get dry, and you will face more complications when trying to get rid of them later.

There is another challenge that home colorists often face. For instance, if you get permanent hair dye on any surface in your bathroom, it is going to be incredibly difficult for you to remove by just scrubbing the surface!

Luckily, there are a number of different cleaning methods that you can use to get the hair dye off the countertops. Below, you can read about the three most popular and easy ones.

But note that the methods that we will discuss below are not just limited to use on countertops. You can always use them on other surfaces and get the same results.

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Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Get Hair Dye Off Counter

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most potent chemicals on the market. It is so efficient that it is used in almost all major cleaning substances available. And it can also be easily found in your local hardware store as well.

Another good thing about hydrogen peroxide is that it is incredibly robust! This is why it can get rid of the most stubborn stains you can find in your home.

However, when using this liquid, you should keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if it is not applied carefully. In order to remove a stain from the countertop with the help of hydrogen peroxide, you need to follow several steps precisely as they are listed.

  1. First, dab the product using a cotton ball
  2. Then, start working on the stained area but don’t rub on the countertop in a harsh manner!
  3. Apply hydrogen peroxide using gentle motions. Rub the cotton ball in a circular manner on the stain until you see it comes out
  4. Within a few minutes, you will notice the stain losing its color, and pretty soon it will be removed.
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How to Get Hair Dye Stain Off Counter With a Stain Cleaner?

There are a number of brands that manufacture and sell surface cleaners that can be found in any market. These products are usually designed for multipurpose use, however, you can also find those that will suit the specific surface you need to clean (like marble, wood, ceramics, etc.).


But if you have bought a surface cleaner to use for removing a hair dye stain on your countertop, you should first prepare the area.

  • Start off by wetting the stained surface (wipe it with a wet cloth or sponge)
  • Then apply the cleaner to the surface but don’t rub it out immediately
  • You should let the product sit on the surface for a little while. Let the cleaner stand for at least a half-hour before you get to work
  • Take a scouring pad and scrub the area, working in a gentle manner. In most cases, the stains will come up with just a little bit of effort

Usually, a bit of light scrubbing is enough for getting rid of hair dye stains and splatters. However, if the stains are stubborn and have been left unmaintained for a long while, you might need a few tries before you can get them all out.

How to Remove Hair Dye From Countertop Using Baking Soda?

You probably already know about the amazing advantages of using baking soda for different household cleaning purposes.

Baking soda has become an incredibly popular cleaning product for use in different cleaning applications! Its popularity is mostly based on the safety of the product and its efficiency.

As you can already guess, baking soda can always be used in order to get rid of hair dye stains on the countertops as well. But you should get ready first before you proceed with the cleaning process. So first of all, make sure that you have prepared the following:

  • At least three tablespoons of baking soda
  • A sponge
  • A nail polish remover that contains acetone
  • Water
  • A spoon
  • A cotton ball will also be required for proper cleaning purposes

When all this is ready, you can begin. The first step is to create a cleaning mixture. Don’t worry, it is very easy! To do that, you just need to follow the next instruction:

  • Mix three tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl
  • Then add a bit of water (just enough to create a thick paste, and not more)
  • Then, stir the paste carefully to get rid of any clumps that might form
  • Finally, apply this paste moderately on the stained area. For a more even application, you’d better use a spoon to apply the paste instead of your fingers
  • Leave the paste on for at least a few minutes until you notice that the stain dries out completely
  • When that happens, take the sponge and dip it in warm water
  • Squeeze it tightly to get rid of the excess water, and clean the stained area

Usually, by the time the baking soda paste is removed completely, the stain will also be gone. If there is still a faint mark that remains visible, you can use more of the nail polish remover to get rid of it.

Again, there is no need for you to use your fingers for that! Simply dip a cotton ball into a nail polish remover and apply it to the stained area. Let it stay there for a few minutes so that the product has enough time to work, and then just clean it off.

Now you have several alternative methods of hair dye stain removal. Some of them use chemicals (pretty harsh, like hydrogen peroxide!), and others are safer and more delicate (like baking soda). Like that, you will be able to select an option that suits your needs better than others.

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How to Remove Hair Dye Stains From Other Bathroom Surfaces?

When you are coloring your hair at home, you can’t escape stains and dye splatters no matter how you try! And since the process of hair dyeing is pretty messy, you might also get these stains on other surfaces around the bathroom, not only on the countertop.

The bathroom sink, bathtub, and even your bathroom carpet can be stained!

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Should this happen to you, it is good to have a few handy cleaning tips at hand to act quickly and save the surface! And below, you can find several ways how this can be done.

Removing Hair Dye Stains From Bathroom Sink

Since most of us dye our hair over the bathroom sink, it gets covered with the dye stains more than any other surface. As a result, it also requires the most cleaning. Luckily, e can tell you what to do.

  • Wet the stained area
  • Spray a coat of the surface cleaner over the stained area
  • Allow the cleaner to sit for one hour
  • Scrub the area gently with a cloth scouring pad. You will be able to remove the stains with minimal scrubbing
  • Rinse and repeat for stubborn stains

If you don’t have a surface cleaner right now, feel free to make use of a nail polish remover as an alternative option. However, you need to be careful when you use nail polish remover on a painted or plastic surface! This liquid can cause pretty much damage to such surfaces.

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Removing Hair Dye Stains From Bath Tub

What shall you do if you see that your bathtub is also covered with splatters of hair dye after you have finished coloring your chevelure? No panic, we have a few tips for you to use in this case as well!

  • Plug the tub
  • Fill it with hot water until it covers the stained area completely
  • Put on rubber gloves
  • Pour 1 small cup of vinegar into the water
  • Mix the vinegar into the water in the tub with your hands (that’s why you need gloves!)
  • Add half a cup of baking soda to the water. It will start fizzing, which will help remove the hair dye stains
  • Let the mixture of vinegar and baking soda stay in the tub for 10 minutes
  • Drain the tub and rinse it with warm water thoroughly

If you have to deal with stubborn stains, this process can be repeated. Also, note that there are some alternatives to vinegar and washing soda, for example, pure bleach spray or dishwasher detergent.

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Removing Hair Dye Stains From Bathroom Carpet

Not all of us have carpets in our bathrooms so this recommendation will only be useful for those who have them.

  • Pour two cups of warm water into a basin
  • Mix 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid detergent and 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • Sponge the stains on the carpet with this solution using a clean white cloth
  • With a clean, dry cloth, blot frequently until the stains start to fade
  • Sponge the carpet with cold water and blot until the surface is dry
  • If the stains have not disappeared, apply some rubbing alcohol to the area
    Blot once more until the carpet surface is dry

In order to cope with stubborn hair dye stains, you can repeat this process as many times as needed until the stains are gone. Also, you can opt for an alternative cleaning solution.

It consists of a mixture of dishwashing liquid and ammonia in equal proportions instead of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar.

By the way, regular hairspray or a carpet cleaner can also be very effective in removing hair dye stains! Especially when you use it within minutes after the stain has been set.

Like that, you are now aware of all the possible nuances and specifics that you might face when cleaning hair dye stains off your countertop or other bathroom surfaces.

With such a complete guide, it will be easier for you to keep your bathroom clean should you decide to dye your hair at home next time as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

⭐How to remove hair dye from granite?

You should use a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and talc powder using the right amount of peroxide, otherwise, it may damage the surface. Apply it to the stain, cover with plastic film, and wait a bit. Then wash the paste away.

⭐Can bleach remove hair dye stain?

Absolutely! It’s especially helpful when you need to clean your bathroom surfaces.

⭐How to remove permanent dye stains from clothes?

You will need white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Rubbing alcohol can also help.

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