How to Get Hair Color Out of Clothes

Wear old clothing next time you decided to do an at-home dye job.

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Coloring your hair is messy business, and by the time you're done, you may have dye in places other than your hair, like on your clothes. You probably weren't thinking of the mess you'd make when you decided it was fine to wear your favorite comfy tee to give your tresses a makeover. But don't go toss it in the trash just yet. You can salvage your hair-dye stained clothes with the right products and methods.

White Clothes


Fill a bucket with one gallon of cool water. Dump in ¼ cup of chlorine bleach.


Put your hair-dye stained clothes in the bleach water. Let the clothes soak for 30 minutes.


Take the clothing out of the bucket, then rinse in cold water. Wash the clothing with laundry detergent as you normally would.

Colored Clothes


Fill a bucket with one gallon of cool water. Add one cup of household ammonia.


Grab another bucket and stretch the hair dye stained part of the clothing over it so the dye stain is over the opening of the bucket. Use hair clips or a large rubber band to secure the fabric to the bucket. Make sure the fabric is tight.


Slowly pour the ammonia mixture through the stained part of the fabric so it drains into the bucket.


Rinse out the clothing under cool water, then launder as you normally would.

Things You'll Need


1.2 buckets

3.Laundry detergent

5.Hair clips or large rubber band

2.¼ cup chlorine bleach

4.1 cup household ammonia


Tips & Tricks


Never mix bleach and ammonia. The fumes this combination produces can be toxic.


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