If your DIY dye-job has turned into a mess all over your skin, don’t panic. Coloring your hair can be messy, and even though you might try to be careful, sometimes you end up with the dye on your skin. Whether your forehead is stained brown or your hands are bright red, try some home remedies to get the dye off.
Surely you have toothpaste in your bathroom, so grab the tube and start scrubbing. Put some on your fingers or a soft toothbrush and smooth it over the dye stains. Scrub gently until the dye stains disappear. Wipe the toothpaste off with a damp rag.
Baking Soda and Dish Soap
Make a paste of baking soda and lemon dish soap and use it to remove the dye from your skin. Baking soda is a little bit abrasive, so it’s ideal for scrubbing away stains. Put the paste onto a damp washcloth and scrub until the dye is gone. Rinse your skin with a clean washcloth to remove the residue. Don’t scrub too hard – since baking soda is a bit abrasive, you can irritate your skin with vigorous scrubbing.
Rubbing alcohol can remove a variety of stains from different surfaces, and one of those is removing hair dye from your skin. Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe away the dye stains. It may take a few times to get all the dye off, but eventually you will succeed. Wash your skin with soap and water after you’re done to remove the alcohol and remnants of the dye.
The mild bleaching properties of hydrogen peroxide make it a perfect choice for getting rid of dye stains. Put some hydrogen peroxide onto a rag and scrub away the dye from your skin. Be careful if you’re using it along your hairline — the peroxide can also lighten your newly colored hair.
Baby Oil or Petroleum Jelly
For dye stains that are stubborn and just won’t come off, you might have to sleep on it — literally. Rub some baby oil or petroleum jelly onto the dye spots. Hit the sack and the next morning hop in the shower and the dye should wash right off. Protect your bedding from the greasy oil. Put old socks over your hands or lay an old towel over your pillowcase, depending on where the dye is on your body.