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How to Remove Hair Dye Stains from Clothes

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How to Remove Hair Dye Stains from Clothes

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Hair dye can accomplish great things on your head, but not on your clothes. If you have a messy hairdresser or are a do-it-yourself dripper, learn how to remove hair dye stains from washable fabrics:

Brown or Black Hair Dye

As soon as possible, rub heavy-duty laundry detergent into the stain and then rinse well. Fill a sink with cool water and add oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) following package directions. Submerge the garment and allow it to soak overnight. If the stain is gone, launder as usual.

If the stain remains and the garment is white, mix a solution of one gallon water and 1/4 cup chlorine bleach. Allow the garment to soak for 15 minutes - no longer. Prolonged soaking can weaken fabric.

If the stain remains after following either of these treatments, it can not be removed.

Red Hair Dye

Again, treat the stain as soon as possible. Begin by mixing a solution of 1 quart of water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap and 1 tablespoon plain ammonia in a plastic or glass container. Allow the stain to soak for 15 minutes. Remove the stain from the solution and rub from the back to loosen dye from fabric. Soak an additional 15 minutes. Rinse well.

In a separate glass or plastic container, mix 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Allow the stained area to soak for 30 minutes. Launder garment as usual adding an oxygen-based bleach.

If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

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