Do you know how to prevent hair dye from staining bathtub? If you don’t, then this guide is exactly what you need! When looking for a change in your personal look, oftentimes changing your hair is the way to go.
Some people may take the plunge and get bangs, while others opt for layers or a shorter hairdo than they’re used to. But those who aren’t afraid to get a little bit crazier end up dying their hair.
Because of the fact that hair salons charge an arm and a leg to put some color in your hair, many people end up dying their own hair at home.
While a great way to save money, this process can be quite messy, and your bathtub ends up taking the grunt of it. Luckily, there are a few ways to make sure your hair dye never stains your bathtub ever again.
How To Prevent Hair Dye From Staining Bathtub
Before getting started on your DIY makeover, you want to make sure you’ve got everything you need. This includes gloves, towels, paper towels, hair dye, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
On top of that, you’ll also need petroleum jelly and saran wrap to protect your bathtub from getting stained. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve removed anything in your bathroom that you wouldn’t want getting stained.
This includes rugs, shower curtains, and towels. Hair dye stains are not easy to remove and should therefore be avoided at all costs.
If you’re using a particularly bright color on your hair, chances are it’s going to stain your bathtub and you’ll spend the following days on your hands and knees trying to scrub the stains out. To prevent this, be sure to follow these steps before dying your hair.
- Clean your bathtub thoroughly to make sure there isn’t any soap scum left. If there is, it will get stuck to the hair dye thus causing stains.
- Once your tub is clean, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the tub as a way to keep the color from sinking into the tub.
- Apply saran wrap to the tub as an extra layer of protection from the hair dye. Don’t forget to leave a hole where the drain goes.
- Be sure to keep the water running while dying your hair so that the color doesn’t stick to the tub and the pigment can’t set in.
If you don’t have any petroleum jelly around, you can also use cooking oil as an alternative. Make sure to rub it into any crevices where stains could easily set in.
Once you are done dying your hair, be sure that you clean your tub well, cleaning off all the jelly or oil that you used so as not to slip the next time you get into the shower.
Removing Bathtub Stains
We’re only human, so unfortunately there are bound to be times when we either forget to prep the bathroom before using hair dye or we don’t prep enough.
As a result, you’re left with the very stains you were trying to prevent in the first place. The method you use for removing the stains all depends on how long the stain has been sitting for.
If it’s a relatively new stain that hasn’t been sitting for too long, you can apply liquid dish soap to the stain and then scrub until clean. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to move on to something else.
Before hopping into the tub and scrubbing until your arms are numb, you’ll want to try these methods first. Mix equal parts bleach and water and then pour the mixture over your tub, letting it soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
After the tub has finished soaking, simply drain the solution and wipe the stains away. You can use an alternative solution of baking soda and water instead of using bleach.
Add the solution to the affected areas and scrub until the stain is gone. If that method doesn’t work, you can also try using acetone.
Simply apply the acetone to a rag and then dab it over any areas that still have hair dye stains on them. Before wiping away the acetone, be sure to let it sit for a bit after you’ve dabbed it.
Be sure that when using any strong chemicals to clean your bathtub, you’re opening up a few windows and leaving the door open to let the fumes out.
Removing Hair Dye Stains From Other Surfaces
Hair dye tends to splatter when applied, which is why it’s important to remove anything you don’t want getting stained from the vicinity where you’ll be doing your hair.
If you happen to forget to remove the carpet from your bathroom and spot a few hair dye stains on it, don’t panic. Removing the stains from your carpet is rather simple and requires warm water, liquid dish soap, and white vinegar.
Mix all of these ingredients up together and then dip a sponge or clean cloth into the solution. Then, start blotting the affected areas until the stains are gone.
Keep using rubbing alcohol on the stains if they have still not disappeared. Repeat the process as often as you need to.
If you’ve somehow managed to get hair dye all the way up on your bathroom walls, be sure to clean it up as soon as possible as letting it sit could make the problem worse.
Use a whitening agent such as bleach and mix it with cold water, equal parts. Dip a sponge into the solution and use it to wipe down the walls of your bathroom. Make sure to use gloves so as not to damage your skin!
Removing Hair Dye From Your Skin/Scalp
If you want to prevent getting hair dye on your scalp, be sure to use the same petroleum jelly you used on your bathtub, but on your forehead.
This will make removing the hair dye much easier, not to mention the fact that hydrated skin will not absorb hair dye as easily.
Make sure that you’re using gloves anytime you’re handling the hair dye – otherwise your hands will suffer the consequences.
Believe it or not, if you’ve gotten hair dye on your scalp or skin and can’t seem to get it off, applying another layer of it to the already affected areas can help take it off.
This is because it works to reactivate the hair dye, which in turn makes it easy to remove. Once you’ve reapplied the hair dye, remove it using soap and water.
If that doesn’t work, you can also use rubbing alcohol. Use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol to rub over the stains on your skin. Be sure to rinse after you’re done.
Your toothpaste can also come in handy to remove hair dye stains from your skin. Put the toothpaste onto the toothbrush and then brush gently at the stains until they’re gone.
Finally, you can also use makeup remover to get rid of the stains on your skin or scalp. Apply the remover to a cotton ball or cloth and then dab at the stain. Let the remover sit for about five minutes before rinsing it off, and the stains should be gone.
Hello, my name is David Zal and I’m a plumber with more than 20 years of experience based in Englewood (Florida). I like to teach normal people how to make easy fixes in their homes. I believe that a lot can be achieved just with DYI and that’s why I started this blog.