How to Remove Hair Dye from Wood Laminate


Jeni asked: How do I clean hair dye off laminated wood? I managed to get permanent hair dye on a wooden panel in my bathroom. It’s a gloss panel, so I think it’s laminated or lacquered. I’ve tried nail varnish remover, vinegar and soap. Have I sealed it in or is there any hope?

Hair dye on bathroom cabinets is a common problem, and fortunately, one that can usually be rectified. Here are some simple techniques and cleaning products that will help make the clean up a little easier.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Dye:

  1. Begin with the simplest method first, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Simply moisten the sponge and rub it over the stained area. Often times, this will remove the dye, especially if the surface is glossy and well sealed.
  2. If the stain remains, mix a paste of vinegar and baking soda. It should be thick enough that it will not run when applied.
  3. Spread it over the stained area and allow it to set for 15 minutes.
  4. Wipe it away with a clean, soft cloth.
  5. It may be necessary to repeat this a couple of times to completely remove the hair dye.
  6. For additional cleaning power, scrub with a scrubbing pad or Magic Eraser to remove the baking soda paste.
  7. Once the stain is removed, rinse the area thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • SOS pads are commonly used to remove the hair dye. While the soap in the pads is effective in removing the dye, the pads themselves can be abrasive and scratch the surface. Use them carefully so not to remove the finish.
  • Though nail polish removers will remove the dye, they will also strip the finish from the wood’s surface. If the wood is a laminate, it may not be affected, but it should not be used on finished wood. Always test a small, hidden area first before working on the stain in the center of the door.


  1. M says:

    Thank you for this – it got rid of the hair dye on my bathroom cabinet! It did leave it a little lighter then before, but better then black hair dye.

  2. Jan says:

    Thank you SO much. I got hair dye on my (oak) wood framed bathroom mirror. I looked on other sites and was about to try some pretty harsh sounding things. Then I read the suggestion to try the Mr. Clean Eraser and IT WORKED!! That’s all it took! Thank goodness I didn’t try the other ways… I could have ruined the finish on my mirror! MAHALO!

  3. Phillip says:

    S.O.S removed hair dye from hardwood for me! I was skeptical but it works!

  4. Eleanor says:

    Thank you for your help. Amazing! I have white cupboards in the bathroom (so the dye really stands out), but not only did the Magic Eraser take off the hair dye, it really made all the cupboards sparkly clean. I never would have thought of using it! Don’t forget to wear gloves when using it (the ‘CAUTION’ says: do not use on skin)! Thanks again!

  5. Sarah says:

    YES! The Magic Eraser does work. I got hair dye on my boyfriend’s parents’ new glossed-finish basin cupboard door. I used everything and then I read this on this site and it worked! Phew! Thanks A LOT! =)

  6. K. says:

    Thank you; the black hair dye came off using the Mr. Clean scrubber!

  7. Teresa says:

    I rarely comment but I just have to say the Magic Eraser worked and I am so relieved! We have been renting a home and soon we will be moving. There has been a hair dye stain here for months; I’ve sadly been neglectful about doing anything about it until now. My next step would have been trying the paste, but it wasn’t necessary. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Shaila says:

    The baking soda and vinegar worked (thank God). If you don’t have 15 minutes (which I didn’t), if you scrub it, it comes off in less than three minutes! Thanks so much for the help.

  9. Kim says:

    The Magic Eraser alone worked. Amazing! Those little things come in so handy.

  10. Melanie says:

    Fantastic. Was really panicking that I’d ruined my bathroom unit, but the Magic Eraser did the trick – PHEW. Thanks for the help.

  11. Alina says:

    I dye my hair outside on the grass…place a hand mirror on the windowsill and wet your hair with the hose pipe…bring all needed items out ahead of time and place them on a chair. Also, wear a plastic poncho over your clothes…they cost one dollar at dollar stores. Clean up is easy!

  12. Irene says:

    I got hair dye on our white laminated bathroom cabinet door and I used the Magic Eraser. I could not believe that I got all the dye off, plus a couple of old splashes that were on the actual sink. Still shaking my head about what a miracle worker it is. Thanks heaps for the tip.

  13. Brianna says:

    Thank you. The magic eraser did work. We got it on my grandma’s table; she would have been very upset. Thank you.

  14. Louise says:

    I had dropped hair dye on the bathroom cabinet a month ago, and I just did today the Magic Eraser and it took everything off, without scratching or changing the color of the cabinet… GREAT STUFF that Magic Eraser. :)

  15. Donna says:

    I dripped dark brown hair dye down the cabinet yesterday and didn’t notice it for about 30 minutes. I tried Comet and bleach, but that did nothing. Then I saw this site. I bought the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser a few years ago and forgot all about it until I saw this. It worked perfectly and only took a few rubs for it to come off. It did not damage the finish either. Thank you! I was seriously thinking about sanding and re-staining the cabinet. Now I don’t have to.

  16. Jack says:

    A Magic Eraser removed two spots in less than three minutes. I will keep some on hand!

  17. Karen says:

    I got red hair dye on my new bathroom cabinet.
    I tried a few things. Panicked. Nothing worked. So, I used nail polish remover. It worked a treat.
    No sign at all.

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