Tips for Removing Semi-Permanent Hair Dye From a Bathtub

Updated April 17, 2017

Men and women alike use semi-permanent hair colouring products to cover grey hairs or keep up with the latest hairstyle trends. While hair dyes are effective in helping people achieve their desired hair colour, they sometimes present a tough household cleaning challenge. The residue from hair dye products can stain bathtubs during the rinse-out process. If a recent hair colouring has stained your bathtub, you may wish to consider the following tips for removing semi-permanent hair dye from your bathtub.


Hairspray is as good a stain remover as it is a hairstyling product. To remove semi-permanent hair dye stains, first use an absorbent towel to wipe and dry the hair dye residue in your bathtub. Spray the stained area with hairspray, let sit for two to three minutes, then wipe with a damp cloth.


Toothpaste can restore your bathtub to a sparkling and stain-free condition. According to the How To Clean Stuff website, toothpaste is an effective means of removing hair dye stains. Simply rub a dollop of toothpaste over the stained area of the bathtub, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You may need to repeat this process a few times to remove the stain completely. Lighter fluid, turpentine and white spirit are other effective stain removers; because these items are flammable, thoroughly rinse the treated area to prevent fire or additional damage.


If hair dye residue leaves an unsightly ring around your entire bathtub, you may wish to use bleach to remove the stain. Fill your bathtub with enough water to cover the entire affected area, then add a cup of bleach and let soak overnight. You may also wish to put on some cleaning gloves and scrub the stained areas with a sponge while the bleach treatment is in the tub. Drain the tub in the morning, wipe dry and remove any remaining light stain marks with hand sanitiser.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The Fun Times Guide to Household Tips website recommends the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser as a remedy for removing hair dye from a bathtub. The porous melamine material in these styrofoam-like sponges makes them effective in cleaning hard-to-clean stains and surfaces. Rub the stained area with a moistened Magic Eraser sponge to restore your tub to its original lustre.

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