Randy asked: How do I remove red hair dye from the bathroom sink? My wife was dyeing her hair in the bathroom sink (plastic of some kind, not porcelain). I have tried bleach with scratch pad and GOJO hand cleaner.
Here’s a tried-and-true tactic for removing stubborn stains from a whole myriad of surfaces. If it doesn’t work for your situation, check out the tips and advice section for more ideas to try.
You Will Need:
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Cloth scouring pad
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Wet the area over the stain.
- Sprinkle on a heavy coat of Bar Keepers Friend. (Use the powdered version of this product. It can be found in the cleaning aisle of most supermarkets.)
- Use the cloth scouring pad to work the powder into a paste. Add more water if necessary.
- Allow the paste to sit over the affected area for about 20 minutes or until it begins to dry. Ideally, don’t let it dry on the surface.
- Scrub the area with the same cloth scouring pad. Rinse and repeat if needed.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Need more ideas? Try one of these: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, toilet bowl cleaner with bleach, white toothpaste, laundry detergent, or bleach. Do not try more than one at a time. You should not mix cleaning chemicals.
- If the stain is inside the sink, another option to try is to fill the sink with water (to cover the stain) and then add a couple of denture cleaner tablets.
- Oxyclean powder detergent is another great cleaner we have found to work well for red dye stains on hard surfaces. Simply sprinkle on some of the powder, then rub gently with a damp cloth.
- If you are in the UK, a young mom named Charlotte who has a cleaning account on Instagram (@clean_at_number1) recently shared her success story for removing hair dye from a sink using Stardrops The Pink Stuff spray cleaner. She sprayed the cleaner onto the stained sink, left it for an hour, then was easily able to remove the stains with only a minimal amount of scrubbing. The Pink Stuff spray cleaner is described as a multipurpose spray cleaner designed for hard surface cleaning and stains, so for those in other countries, consider trying a product with a similar description.
Excellent tips. I will try them all to see which one is the most effective for my sink and bathtub. I think that efficacy matters depending on the build or make of the sink and bathtub.