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.
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.
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.
Spread the mixture over the stains and allow it to set for 30 minutes.
Wipe the paste away with a cloth that has been soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Repeat, if necessary, until the dye is no longer visible.
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.