How to Remove Hair Dye from Formica/Laminate Countertops


D asked: How do I remove pink hair color from Formica countertop?

Laminate countertops are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. Their versatile look and affordability make them appealing for many homeowners. While many stains can be removed, hair dyes can leave permanent marks. Sometimes the stains can be drawn out and at least lessened with a few simple steps. Use the applications below to remove the dye and restore the beauty of your countertop.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Hair Dye:

  1. Begin by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
  2. Spread the paste over the stained area. Baking soda is abrasive, so do not scrub it on the surface.
  3. Leave the paste set until it has dried completely.
  4. Remove by wiping away with a damp cloth or sponge.
  5. If the stain remains, moisten a soft cloth or cotton balls with acetone nail polish remover.
  6. Gently rub it over the area. In some cases, this may remove some of the coloring in the countertop. Test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure there are no adverse effects.
  7. Another useful cleaning tool, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, works well for removing all kinds of stains and is safe to use on Formica countertops. Simply moisten the sponge with water and gently rub it over the stained area.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • If the stain cannot be removed, it can sometimes be painted over to cover it up. Choose a color that closely matches that of the countertop.
  • Avoid using any harsh or abrasive cleaners on laminate countertops. They will damage the surface and leave a dull or discolored spot.
  • If the countertops are white in color, bleach can be applied to the stain. Be aware that if the countertops are colored, the bleach will alter the coloring.


  1. Countertops says:

    Laminate is a great cheap material. I have it on my kitchen and it’s very easy to clean and maintain, so I’m glad I chose it.

  2. Dorothy says:

    I haven’t tried this with “hair” dye on Formica counter tops, but I can tell you that many other dyes come out with Oil Eater. We get Kool-Aid and sauce stains daily on our counter tops and floors and I just spray the Oil Eater (not full strength – dilute according to directions) and wait a minute, then wipe dry with a washcloth. Works every time! Kills ants too! I found Oil Eater at Costco. It lasts forever because you dilute it in water in the spray bottle. Works on grease on clothing too. Do not use on painted surfaces as it peels the paint.

  3. Jessica says:

    I found this article to be closest to what I needed to clean… red icee stain off store cabinet fronts… I had tried window cleaner, soap and water, bleach, scouring pads… nothing worked. Got out that Magic Eraser and some rubbing alcohol and VIOLA! Gone! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on a bathroom countertop and it worked! I am so happy now. I felt really bad that I had damaged our countertop.

  5. Actually, all you need is nail polish remover and a Brillo pad. That takes it right out.

  6. I just put Clean & Clear astringent on the spot of hair color on my counter and it the mark just vanished! Crazy!

  7. I covered the spots with a white paste tooth-polishing toothpaste. Let it sit for a minute, and scrubbed it with a wet washcloth. Ta-da!

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