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How to get blue dye off of white leather

Updated February 21, 2017

White leather can look chic, luxurious and trendy inside your car, as a pair of shoes or boots, or as the furniture in your house. But blue dye can ruin that expensive leather quite quickly. Whether the blue dye is ink, hair colouring or the indigo dye in your jeans, you're going to want to remove the stain before it permanently damages the white leather. With a little help from some common household cleaning products, you will be able to safely remove the blue dye without harming the leather.

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  1. Apply a small amount of toothpaste over the entire stain.

  2. Scrub the toothpaste into the stain gently using a white cloth. Wipe off the toothpaste using a damp cloth. If the stain is still there, continue to Step 3.

  3. Pour a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover onto a cotton ball. Gently rub the nail polish remover into the stained leather.

  4. Wipe the nail polish remover and stain away with a damp cloth. If the stain still persists, continue to Step 5.

  5. Spray an aerosol hairspray directly onto the stain. Wipe the hairspray away using a damp cloth. Continue to spray the stain and wipe the hairspray away until the stain is no longer visible.

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • White cloth
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Aerosol hairspray

About the Author

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.

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