How to Remove Hair Dye From Clothes: Colored Clothes

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How to Remove Hair Dye From Clothes

Hair dye is a strong chemical that can stain any material, including clothes which is the hardest to get it out of. Removing hair dye from your clothes will be a challenge but will persistence, you can get the majority of it out of your clothes. The best clothes to get hair dye out of are white clothes.

I have removed hair dye from countertops, walls, clothes, and even tiles. When it comes to getting the hair dye out, you will need to be careful so that you do not bleach out the clothes. Let us begin getting the hair dye out of your clothes.

Note: These methods will try to remove the majority of the hair dye stain which will not make it that visible again. It might get 100% out or sometimes because of how strong the dye is. If you stain a white cloth, then it will be much easier because you can use bleach on it.

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Process To Remove Hair Dye From Your Clothes:

Below will be a few methods you can use to get hair dye out of your clothes, whether it is colored clothes or white clothes. You will also have a method to remove the hair dye if it is dried up as well.

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Method 1. How To Remove Hair Dye From Clothes By Soaking The Clothes In Detergent

What You Will Need.

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Cleaning Container 
  • Warm Water 
  • Toothbrush Or Scrub Brush

Step 1. The first thing you need to do is sort out the clothes and separate it from other clothes and places that you do not want to get hair dye on. Even when the hair dye is in the clothes, it can still stain other areas of the house.

Step 2. Now you need to fill at least a 2-gallon cleaning container with hot water and pour some laundry detergent into it, and mix it around until you can no longer see the laundry detergent settling.

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Step 3. Take up the piece of clothes with the hair dye in it and only place areas that are stained with the hair dye in the water. This will prevent the hair dye from coming out into the water and staining other areas.

Step 4. Let it stay in the water for 5 minutes for now. The hot water should immediately start to break down the dye, which will allow you to use a toothbrush or scrub brush and carefully brush the majority of the hair dye with persistence. After you have gotten the majority of it out, pour a generous amount of detergent on the stained area. Now add fresh hot water to the cleaning container and put the hair dye stain part of it in the water to soak for 3-4 hours.

Step 5. Once the 3-4 hours are up, you can use the clothes brush or toothbrush and give it a next brush to try and get out everything.

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Method 2. Use Vinegar To Remove The Stain

What You Will Need:

  • White Distilled Vinegar 
  • Warm Water
  • Toothbrush Or Scrub Brush

Step 1. Fill a 2 gallon or larger cleaning container with hot water and add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to it. The vinegar smell will be high because of the hot water, so be prepared for that.

Step 2. Dip the stained clothes in the water for 5 minutes and then take it out and try to squeeze and brush out as much of the stain as you can for now. Only put the stain areas in the water to prevent spreading, and wear a gloves.

Step 3. If the water looks like it has too much hair dye in it, then you will need to replace it and add the same ingredients in step 1. Once you have done that, place the stained part of the fabric into the water and let it sit for 1 hour.

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Step 4. When the 1 hour is up, take the clothes out and brush out as much of the hair dye stain as you can. You can repeat this cleaning process over and over aging to get the best results.

Method 3. Use Stain Removers On Hair Dye Stain 

Stain removers are made to remove stains, and they make a lot of it on amazon dedicated to removing the stain from your skin or on the fabric itself. They make them in wipes and liquid form, so you much choose which one best works for you. The liquid form will work best because it will penetrate the fabric much better.

There are a few different products on Amazon that you can choose from, so giving you the instructions to use them will be incorrect. You will need to read the label on the back of the stain remover to use it the proper way and get the star out.

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Since you will not have the stain remover on hand and you do not want the stain to dry in the clothes. You will need to leave the stained part of the clothing in water until the stain remover arrives. By doing this, the stain will not dry and the water will slowly soften the stain which will make it come out much easier when the stain remover arrives.

How To Avoid Staining Your Clothes?

Below are some methods that you can implement to prevent staining your clothes, skin, and other areas in the process of dying your hair. These methods have saved a lot of family members from creating a mess and ending up in this same predicament.

1. Wear old clothes that are not good:

Try and wear the oldest clothes that you can find when dying your hair, so if the hair dye catches it, you do not have to worry. This includes pants and a shirt.

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2. Rap a towel around Your neck.

Raping a towel around your neck will prevent the hair dye from running out of your hair and getting on your skin. Make sure to use an old towel because this one will get ruined.

3. Remember to use multiple gloves.

When dying your hair, you should have at least 4 pairs of gloves just in case you need to take one off to touch something. The majority of the time, we use the one in the box, and we end up drying to touch our clothes and something else and end up staining it.

How Do You Get Dye Out Of Clothes That Have Dried?

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When hair dye dries on your clothes, it can be 10x harder to get out. Getting it out is similar to removing wet hair dye that just got on your clothes. The only difference is that you will need to soak the hair dye in some concentrated liquid like vinegar, bleach, detergent, and more.

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Step 1. If the clothes are white, you can just soak that section of the stain in concentrated bleach, and it should come out over a period of time. For colored clothes, you will either need to use vinegar or laundry detergent.

Step 2. Pour the vinegar or laundry detergent into the container without water, enough to cover the cloth where the stain is. Let it sit for 5 or more hours to let the chemical soak the stain.

Step 3. Once the hours are up, you can use a scrub brush or toothbrush and scrub the stain out of your clothes. Give it a regular wash when you are done.

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Final Thoughts:

When hair dye gets on your clothes, it will be hard to come out, but you can try any of the methods above and get out most of it to the point where you can hardly see it. The best thing to do when hair dye gets on your clothes is to try and get it out immediately before it dries.

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