How to Get Dye Off Tubs

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar

  • Rubber gloves

  • Baking soda

  • Carpet cleaner or bleach spray

  • Rag or scrub sponge

  • Powdered dishwasher detergent


If the glaze on your tub is worn away, which often occurs with old tubs, removing dyes may be more difficult and may require professional care.

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.


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Step 1

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

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.



June Lee

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