How to Clean Dye from Bathroom Walls (12 Easy Ways)

I know that you are the kind who constantly needs something new to spice up life as it gets boring many a times. So you get your hands on a dye and color your hair or maybe your clothes. Who knows?

You’re doing great!

The dyeing process can get messy and this can stain the tiles or marble on the wall in your bathroom. Hair dye is notoriously hard to clean because of the chemicals that are used to make it. It is difficult to clean without the dye spreading or damaging the surface being cleaned.

I’ll show simple ways to get even the most stubborn dyes off your bathroom walls and surfaces.

12 Easy Ways to Cleaning Dye off Your Bathroom Walls

These methods give you a wide variety of cleaning material options and you can pick the most suitable and comfortable option for you (depending on your preference and how tough the stains are).

There are many methods for cleaning dye off your bathroom walls, and we have carefully selected the most effective and cost-efficient for your use.

Method 1: Cleaning with vinegar

Vinegar as a cleaning agent is not harmful to painted walls, as it will not damage the wall or fade the paint. It is also suitable for cleaning ceramic, porcelain, vinyl, and other tiles and does an additional job of polishing them.

NOTE: Do not use this method to clean marble walls as marble is a soft natural stone, and vinegar can damage the sealant that protects the stone in your walls, and also fade the stone.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Vinegar
3- Water
4- Spray Bottle
5- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water into a spray bottle.

STEP 3- Spray all the dye-stained areas on your wall. Leave for a minute to allow the vinegar mix to work on the dye.

STEP 4- Use your sponge to wipe off the stains and vinegar mix

STEP 5- Repeat this process if the stains do not come off completely the first time

STEP 6- Rinse your walls with warm water to remove any remnant vinegar mix or dye trails.

Method 2: Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide

Recommendation: Hydrogen peroxide is recommended for cleaning dye stains on light marble, not darker shades of marble (it may discolor the surface). It can also be used on tile walls and painted walls, but there are distinctly different cleaning methods for removing dye on each surface.

The methods are as follows:

For Painted Walls

YOU’LL NEED

Hydrogen Peroxide
Cotton balls

STEPS

STEP 1- Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a cotton ball. Use the cotton ball to blot the stained areas.

STEP 2- Repeat this process twice a day for a few days until the stain lightens up and comes off.

For Tile Walls (Ceramic and Porcelain)

YOU’LL NEED

1- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
2- Baking soda
3- Sponge
4- Warm water

STEPS

STEP 1- You should use 3% hydrogen peroxide on the tile as it is gentler and more suited to it.

STEP 2- Make a semi-thick paste by mixing half of a cup of peroxide with a cup of baking soda.

STEP 3- Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for 30 minutes. Use a sponge to scrub the paste-applied areas.

STEP 4- Rinse the areas with warm water to remove the paste. Repeat this process until the stains are gone.

For Marble Walls

YOU’LL NEED

1- 12% Hydrogen Peroxide
2- Talcum powder
3- Plastic wrap
4- Tape
5- Spoon / Spatula

STEPS

STEP 1- You should use the 12% hydrogen peroxide for marble as it is stronger.

STEP 2- Mix your hydrogen peroxide with talc powder until it forms a semi-thick paste.

STEP 3- Apply this paste to the stained areas. Cover the area with plastic wrap and seal the edges with tape.

STEP 4- Let the paste sit for a day. Then remove the tape and plastic wrap, and leave the paste to sit and dry for another day.

STEP 5- Once the paste is hard and thoroughly dry, gently remove it with a spoon or spatula.

STEP 6- Repeat this process if the stain is still not completely gone.

Method 3: Cleaning with Bleach

Recommendation: This cleaning method is not suitable for painted walls as it may damage the paint and fade the walls. It is also not recommended for use on marble walls because it may dull the surface of the stones over time, and damage the sealant that protects the stone.

It is preferable for use in cleaning dye stains off various tile walls, such as ceramic or porcelain.

The use of bleach in cleaning dye stains has been endorsed by Chris Deziel, who is a contractor, and general fix-it-pro with construction experience of over 40 years, and who has worked as an expert consultant with eHow Now, Pro Referral, and other home depots sites.

I also recommend that you test the bleach on a small stain to see how effective it is.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Chlorine bleach
3- Water
4- Spray bottle
5- Soft sponge / Eraser

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Pour a cup of chlorine bleach and a cup of water into a spray bottle.

STEP 3- Spray the stained spots on your wall thoroughly. Leave the bleach to set into the stains for a few minutes.

STEP 4- Use a soft sponge or magic eraser to wipe off the dye stains.

STEP 5- Rinse your walls with water to remove the bleach mix.

STEP 6- Repeat this process if the stains do not come off after the first clean.

Method 4: Cleaning with Liquid Dish Soap

Recommendation: The use of soap is best for new stains or dye stains that are still wet. It is also suitable for all kinds of bathroom walls, whether tile, marble or painted walls.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Liquid dish soap
2- Hard sponge
3- Warm water

STEPS

STEP 1- Apply your liquid soap to the stained areas and use a hard sponge to scrub the areas thoroughly.

STEP 2- This method requires more effort so you have to scrub hard and for about 10-15 minutes.

STEP 3- Rinse your wall with warm water.

STEP 4- If the stain does not go, try one of the other methods.

Method 5: Cleaning with Nail Polish Remover

Recommendation: The presence of Acetone in polish remover is very useful in removing the dye stains from your wall surfaces. This method is not suitable for cleaning stains on painted areas as it will damage and remove the paint on the wall.

However, it is more suited for marble walls and tile walls (as long as you do not use it consistently and clean off properly).

YOU’LL NEED

1- Nail polish remover
2- Cloth / cotton ball (2)
3- Warm water

STEPS

STEP 1- Apply the nail polish remover onto a cloth or cotton ball. Rub the stained areas thoroughly until the dye fades or comes off.

STEP 2- Use a new cloth or more cotton balls until the stain comes off.

STEP 3- Use a cloth dipped in warm water to wipe the cleaned areas.

Method 6: Cleaning with Barkeeper’s friend

Recommendation: Barkeeper’s friend is suitable for use in cleaning dye stains on painted walls, as well as tile and marble walls.

However, you must be careful to not let it for too long, otherwise, it may discolor the paint, and damage the surface of your tile and marble.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Warm water
3- Barkeeper’s friend
4- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Wet the stained areas with warm water

STEP 3- Apply the Barkeepers friend to the area (we recommend you use the powdered form). Let it sit for 3-5 minutes.

STEP 4- Scrub the area gently with a sponge.

STEP 5- Rinse the areas with warm water. Repeat this process until the dye stains come off.

Method 7: Cleaning with a Magic Eraser

Recommendation: This cleaning method is suitable for removing dye stains on painted and tile wall surfaces. We do not recommend use on marble walls as it may dull the surface and damage the protective sealant.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Magic eraser
2- Dry cloth

STEPS

STEP 1- Wet your magic eraser with warm water.

STEP 2- Use circular motions to carefully scrub at the dye-stained areas.

STEP 3- Repeat this process until the stains are gone.

STEP 4- Clean the scrubbed areas with a dry cloth.

Method 8: Cleaning with Lemon Juice & Soap Mix

Recommendation: This cleaning method is preferable for cleaning painted walls and marble walls. The lemon juice may affect the shiny top layer of tile, especially if left to sit for too long.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Shampoo
2- Soft soap
3- Lemon juice
4- Cera vê cream
5- Warm water
6- Spray bottle
7- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Pour a small cup of shampoo, soft soap, lemon juice, and cera vê cream into a liter of warm water.

STEP 2- Stir the mix thoroughly and pour it into a spray bottle.

STEP 3- Spray onto stained areas of your wall and leave to settle for 5 minutes.

STEP 4- Spray again and scrub lightly with a sponge or magic eraser.

STEP 5- Rinse your walls thoroughly with warm water.

STEP 6- Repeat this process if the stains are stubborn and remain.

Method 9: Cleaning with Rubbing Alcohol

Recommendation: This method is not recommended for painted walls as the alcohol will damage the paint by discoloring or removing it completely. Rubbing alcohol can be safely used for cleaning dye stains on tile or marble walls.

The use of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol on marble surfaces such as a wall has been endorsed by Mary Findley, a sustainable living coach, and cleaning expert.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Rubbing Alcohol
3- Spray bottle
4- Warm water
5- Sponge / cloth

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear

STEP 2- Pour ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into a 32-ounce spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water.

STEP 3- Spray the dye-stained areas with the rubbing alcohol mix and scrub lightly with a sponge or cloth.

STEP 4- Rinse your wall with warm water.

An alternative method (recommended for tile walls)

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Apply the rubbing alcohol onto a cloth or cotton ball. Rub the stained areas with a cotton ball or cloth.

STEP 3- Reapply the rubbing alcohol through this method again until the stains fade or come off completely.

STEP 4- Dip a cloth or cotton ball in warm water and use it to wipe the cleaned areas.

Method 10: Cleaning with WD40

Recommendation: This cleaning process cannot be used for cleaning dye stains on painted walls as it can stain or damage the paint and primer. It can be used safely on tile and marble walls

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- WD-40
3- Dry cloth
4- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Spray WD-40 on the stained areas. Let the area for sit for 5 minutes.

STEP 3- Wipe the cleaned areas with a dry cloth.

STEP 4- If the stains have not come off, reapply the WD-40 and let it sit for 10 minutes, then use a sponge to gently scrub the stained areas before cleaning with a dry cloth.

STEP 5- Repeat the last process until the dye stains come off.

Method 11: Cleaning with Baking Soda

Recommendation: Baking soda is generally safe for cleaning painted bathroom walls, as well as tile and marble walls. 

I recommend that you do not use stiff wire or metal brushes with baking soda as they may damage the wall surface.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Baking soda
2- Warm water
3- Vinegar (Optional)
4- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Make a cleaning paste by mixing baking soda with a bit of water until it has formed a semi-thick paste. You can also mix vinegar with baking soda for a stronger cleaning paste.

STEP 2- Apply the paste to the stained areas, leave for 5 minutes, and then use a sponge to scrub gently for 5-10 minutes.

STEP 3- Rinse the wall with warm water.

STEP 4- Repeat this process if the stains remain.

Method 12: Cleaning with Goof off

Recommendation: This cleaning method is not recommended for use on painted walls as it will discolor and damage the paint, it also should not be used on the tile as it may damage or discolor the surface. It is relatively safe to use on marble, as long as it is not left on for too long

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (Rubber gloves & apron)
2- Goof off Cleaner
3- Clean white cloth
4- Warm water

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Apply a bit of goof off cleaner on a clean white cloth.

STEP 3- Using circular movements, rub the cloth on the stained areas gently.

STEP 4- Use a cloth dipped in warm water to wipe the cleaned areas immediately after.

STEP 5- Repeat this process if the stains have not fully come off.

What the Experts Say

If the mixture falls onto tile walls, quickly wipe the mixtures and wash the area with a neutral detergent. If the area has already been stained, apply diluted chlorine bleach on an absorbent cotton to gently rub the area.

Removing stains on materials that absorbs the mixture like wooden floors, carpet, painted surfaces, wallpaper and leather can be difficult. Using inappropriate products may damage the material and coating, so should only be done with precaution. Consult your local Cleaning professional first.

Bigen Consumer Care

Preventing Dye from Staining Bathroom Walls

This is a very useful tip that prevents you from staining your bathroom walls when you dye your hair or clothes (a small gift to you).

Thoroughly lather your walls with soap before beginning the dyeing process, you can also add a bit of bleach into your soap mix.

This will help to capture any dye stains in the foam and soap particles, ensuring that when you rinse off the soap from the walls after you are done dyeing, the dye will rinse off with it.

The addition of bleach will increase the potency of the soap against the dye and also act as a cleaning agent for the wall.

How to Clean Other Bathroom Surfaces

Of course, the dye can stain other surfaces in your bathroom apart from the wall and floor and are also just as stubborn to clean in these surfaces. These surfaces include your floor, sink, bathtub, towels, and bath mats.

Here are some methods on how to clean the dye off some of these surfaces:

How to Clean Dye Stains from your Bathtub

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Vinegar
3- Baking Soda
4- Hot and Warm water
5- Clean cloth

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Plug your tub and run the hot water until the tub is full and the water covers all the stained areas.

STEP 3- Pour a small cup of vinegar into the hot water and mix thoroughly.

STEP 4- Add half a cup of baking soda to the vinegar water.

STEP 5- Leave the water in the tub for 10 minutes. This will give enough time for the vinegar and baking soda to work on the stains.

STEP 6- Drain the water from the tub and use warm water to rinse thoroughly.

STEP 7- If there are still stains on your tub, repeat this process.

STEP 8- If the stains are on the outer part of your tub, dip a clean cloth into the hot water mix and scrub the stains thoroughly. Leave for 5 minutes then clean with a cloth dipped in warm water.

How to Clean Dye Stains from Your Bath Sink

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, safety glasses, face mask)
2- Nail Polish remover
3- Soft sponge
4- Warm water

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear.

STEP 2- Spray warm water on the stained areas.

STEP 3- Spray a coat of nail polish remover on the affected areas. The presence of Acetone in the liquid is what will break down the stubborn dye stains.

STEP 4- Leave the coating for 45 minutes. This will allow the cleaner to take effect on the dye stains.

STEP 5- Scrub the sprayed areas gently with a soft sponge. You must be careful because nail polish remover tends to cause damage to surfaces. Only minimal scrubbing is required.

STEP 6- Rinse your sink thoroughly with warm water.

STEP 7- If there are still stains on your sink, repeat this process.

NOTE: It is important to properly ventilate your bathroom if you will be using this method. Acetone is unhealthy in large amounts and should be used in well-ventilated areas.

How to Clean Dye Stains from Your Bath Mats

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves, apron, eyewear, face mask)
2- Liquid detergent
3- White vinegar
4- Warm water
5- Dry cloth (3-4)
6- Rubbing Alcohol (Optional)

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your protective gear

STEP 2- Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Stir the mixture properly.

STEP 3- Dip a clean cloth in the mix and use it to sponge all the stains on your mat.

STEP 4- Use another dry cloth to dab and blot at the sponged stains until they fade.

STEP 5- Take another clean cloth, dip in cold water and blot the surface of the mat and stained areas.

STEP 6- If there are still stains on your bath mat, sponge the stained area with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol. Dab at the cleaned areas with a dry, clean cloth until it is dry.

Conclusion

You will inevitably make a mess when dyeing your hair in your bathroom, no matter how careful you are, the dye just tends to fly around easily. I have put my recommendations in each method for different surfaces. You can pick any cleaning method that best suits the type of wall, whether painted, tile or marble, and is easier to handle and execute.

Cheers!

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