How to Get Hair Dye off of Cabinets

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Things You'll Need

  • Dirt-removal sponge or clean-up eraser

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons liquid dish washing soap

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Automotive lubricant spray

  • Small paintbrush or cotton swab


Always test stain-removal remedies in an out of the way area prior to making a universal application.


Do not automotive lubricant near sources of heat. Work in a well-ventilated area. Open doors and windows, if possible, to improve air circulation.

Hair dye is one of the most popular cosmetics on the market.

The chemicals in hair dyes penetrate the hair shaft, staining the tresses and allowing each strand to take on the new color permanently or semi-permanently. The at-home application process is fairly straightforward, but it can be messy. Should a spill or splatter occur, the same components that help coloring agents adhere to the hair also help them bond to surfaces, creating an unattractive stain that is difficult to remove. To clean hair dye off cabinets and cupboards without damaging the underlying surfaces, use a multifaceted approach.


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Step 1

Rub the affected areas with a dirt-removal sponge or clean-up eraser. These waterless, synthetic sponges often remove hair dye stains from glossy, well-sealed surfaces.

Step 2

Place 4 tablespoons baking soda in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons liquid dish washing soap and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Stir, until the ingredients are well blended.

Step 3

Spread the mixture over the stains and allow it to set for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Wipe the paste away with a cloth that has been soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Repeat, if necessary, until the dye is no longer visible.


Step 5

Spray automotive lubricant onto a disposable plastic lid, and then apply it to the affected areas with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Wait two to three minutes, and then wipe up the cleaner with a damp cloth or sponge.



Lisa Parris

Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.