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How to Remove Hair Dye From Clothes

Stains are a natural hazard for the home hair dye enthusiast. You dye your hair a dazzling new colour, you feel like a new person, and then you spot them: the equally dazzling marks on your shirt from when the fresh dye dribbled down your neck. 

Luckily, it’s not as hard as you might think to remove dye stains from your clothes. Check out our smart dye stain removal tricks and tips to get your clothes looking as fresh and fabulous as your new hair shade.


How to remove hair dye stains from clothes that are dark or coloured

If you act fast, you can usually remove hair dye stains from clothes – but it’s much easier to prevent a stain than it is to remove it! Whenever you’re planning a home hair dying session, drape a couple of old towels round your neck, wear the gloves provided, and dress up in old, unwanted clothes if you can.

Still need to know how to remove dye from clothes? Don’t worry: the three steps below have you covered.

  1. Quickly pre-treat the stain with Surf Excel Liquid. Dab the detergent onto the stain and then gently massage it into the fabric. Let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water. The sooner you start dye stain removal, the easier it will be, so act fast! 
  2. Wash according to the care label instructions. Not sure what the label images mean? Check out our guide to wash care symbols for a helping hand.
  3. Check to see if the stains have disappeared. If not, there are two things you can do. If you’re working with a colourfast material (find out how to check here), soak the item in a mixture of warm water and oxygen bleach overnight, then wash as normal. If the fabric isn’t colour fast, simply repeat the first two steps of this method as needed. 

Remember: Always read the labels on your clothing and laundry products before you start your chosen stain removal method. The above steps should work on most fabrics, but it’s best to go to a professional dry cleaner if you need to know how to remove hair dye stains from clothes that are delicate.


How to remove stains from hair dye on white clothing

If you’ve stained something white, there’s an extra bonus dye stain removal option you can try. Use the method above first – then, if the stain is still hanging around, move on to the steps below: 

  1. Soak the item overnight in a mixture of water and chlorine bleach. Bleach is powerful, so always remember to read the label on the bottle for safety instructions and dosage advice. Find out how to use bleach here.
  2. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Keep your gloves on!
  3. Wash as normal with Surf excel. Again, let the care label instructions guide you.

Top tip: Try to air-dry dye-stained clothes when you can. The heat of a radiator or tumble dryer can set the stain permanently. 


So, now you know how to remove dye from clothes! Next time your dazzling new hair shade turns up on your t-shirt, you can handle it in no time. 

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