How to Get Dye Off Tubs

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Remove tub stains from dyes with household cleaning supplies.

Accidents happen and dyes from color-fast clothing, hair products and other items can leave an unsightly stain on your bathroom tub. Clean your tub of dyes safely and effectively with a few affordable household items such as vinegar and baking soda. Remove stains from your tub as soon as possible.


Step 1

Plug your tub and fill the tub with hot water until the water completely covers the stain.

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Step 2

Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the tub. Put on rubber gloves and use your hands to mix the vinegar into the hot water.

Step 3

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water. Upon adding the baking soda, there should be a fizzing action which will help remove dyes. Baking soda is known for its effectiveness in removing stains on other items as well, such as coffee stains on mugs.

Step 4

Let the vinegar and baking soda mixture sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain the tub and rinse the tub clean with warm water.

Step 5

Spray areas of the tub with carpet cleaner or a bleach spray if the stain remains or is faint. Allow the cleaner to sit for 10 minutes. If the stain persists, repeat and use a rag or scrub to rub the stain until it is gone. To protect your hands, keep your rubber gloves on during this process.


Step 6

Create a mixture of dishwasher detergent and water as an another alternative, if baking soda and vinegar do not work. To do so, mix 1/4 cup powdered dishwasher detergent with enough water to make a paste. Apply this directly to the stain on the tub and scrub generously. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and wipe clean.

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