How to Prevent Hair Dye From Staining The Bathtub and Sink

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So you’re feeling quite adventurous and you wanted to try something new with your hair. Changing your color is a great way to amp things up. However, as much as you love that color on your hair, you would hate it if it stains your beautiful sink and tub.

You don’t have to change your plans about coloring your hair, you simply have to figure out how to prevent hair dye from staining the bathtub and sink. We’re here to tell you all about that. 

And when you’ve already dyed your hair and stained the sink and tub, we’ll also go over how to remove that stain.


How To Prevent Hair Dye From Staining Tub and Bath

Hair Dye

Although the dye looks really nice on your hair, you don’t want it to stain your sink and your tub. You want to focus on what your awesome new hair color looks like, not on a giant mess you now have to clean up.

Here are a few useful tips on how to rinse out hair dye without staining tub.

Workspace Preparation

The first thing that you can do to prevent creating a mess in your bathroom is to properly prepare your workspace. The dyes are made of chemicals that could stain not only your sink and tub but everywhere around you. 

The packaging of the hair dyes is totally sealed. Usually, you’d have to mix the solutions to create an active one that colors your hair.

Before you even attempt to do that, make sure you prep your workplace first.

The tube could pop out some of the mixtures, which could land on your sink or bathtub without you noticing it until it has already stained your pearly white sink. 

Apart from that, it could also easily stain towels, robes, pillows, mats, and other fabrics so it is best to remove them.

Fabrics easily get stained and the stains from hair dyes can be hard to remove so it is best to remove them from your working area. 

Get Some Paper Towels

You have to be prepared for the mess when you dye your hair. Since you can’t really avoid that entirely, the next best thing to do is to have something handy to clean it up. 

For that, the best thing to use is disposable paper towels. In case there is a splatter, you can easily clean it off with a paper towel or two. 

Don’t wait for the dye to settle before you attempt to clean it off. It is best to remove it as soon as it comes in contact with your sink so it doesn’t have time to stain it.

Additionally, you can line your hair-dying kit with paper towels. In that way, any leak will drip into the paper and not on your counter right away. 

Clean The Sink And Bathtub

Although the sink and bathtub can be made from porcelain, the hair dye can still stain them. That is especially true when there is lots of soap scum on it. 

The combination of hair dye and soap scum on the sink and bathtub is a nightmare. The stain would be more difficult to remove if these two combined with each other. 

That’s why one of the best ways to refrain from staining your sink and bathtub is to clean them. Remove any of the soap residues so that the dye cannot bond with it and cause a tough stain. 

Don’t just pour water over them in the hopes of removing the soap scum. Really get into it and scrub it. Even if it is just made of soap, it can still stick well on the surface of the tub or sink.

Add Protection

After cleaning your tub and sink, you should add a layer of protection to it. Saran wrap is a great barrier that will prevent you from making a mess of your bathtub or sink while using it. 

Once they are lined with the saran wrap, you can create a hole in the middle for drainage. Although this is not 100% dye-proof, it can still significantly reduce the stains. You’d be spending much less time cleaning with this. 

Use Vaseline

Before you start dying your hair, you can use vaseline to protect your skin which is likely to be stained by the hair dye. This would include your hairline, ears, and other surrounding areas. It’s easier to protect it first than to try and remove dye from the skin!

Apart from that, you can smear this on your sink or bathtub. This prevents the dye from making contact with the surface of your tub. 

After dying your hair, make sure to thoroughly clean the dye and the vaseline residue. Do it properly because the vaseline could make the surface slippery. 

Let The Water Run

While rinsing the hair dye off your hair, it is a good idea to keep the water running. That will constantly move the dye which prevents it from having the chance to stick to your bathtub or sink. 

How To Remove Hair Dye Stains From Tub and Sink

Even if you do preventive measures, there is still a chance for the dye to stain the tub. The great thing here is that with protection, you’d only have to clean less. 

There are various things you can do with a stained tub or sink. Of course, you first have to try to rinse it out with water. If the dye has just been placed, there is a huge chance that it hasn’t been stained yet. 

If water doesn’t completely remove it, you should try adding some dishwashing soap. It is a powerful cleaner that may just be enough to remove the stain. Dish soap can even remove color on your hair!

If there is already a stain, you can try using alcohol or peroxide. Try alcohol first then move to peroxide. However, you should vent the room when you use it. 

Furthermore, you can use a nail polish remover. Just remember not to use too much and avoid getting it into painted surfaces. 

Lastly, you can use the good old WD-40. Spray some of the product on a rag and use it to wipe or scrub the surface. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).