How to remove hair dye from painted surfaces

Updated February 21, 2017

Colouring your hair at home can certainly save you money and a trip to the hair salon. However, one problem that can happen while dying your hair at home is stains. Without even realising it, you can permanently stain your painted walls, cabinets or other surfaces. The key to getting out the stain is to treat it right away. The sooner you can wipe up the stain, the better your chances are of getting the stain out. There are a few home remedies that will help you get the hair dye stain off a painted surface.

Pour a splash of rubbing alcohol onto a clean, dry washcloth.

Rub the stain with the rubbing alcohol in a circular motion.

Continue doing this for several minutes until the stain is gone.

Combine the vinegar with water into a spray bottle.

Shake the bottle gently to mix the two ingredients.

Soak the stained area with the vinegar and water solution.

Rub the stain with a clean, dry washcloth.

Continue wiping the stain until the dye has been removed.

Combine a splash of bleach (about 1 tablespoon) with the water.

Mix the bleach and water together while wear rubber gloves. Keep in mind that bleach does stain. Wear old clothing and rubber gloves whenever working with bleach.

Dip a clean, dry washcloth in to the bleach/water solution.

Wipe the stained area with the washcloth.

Continue rubbing out the stain until it is completely gone.


Always keep cleaning products nearby while dying your hair. That way, if the dye gets on the walls or cabinets, you can clean it up immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean, dry washcloth
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup water
  • Splash of bleach
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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.