a sink with a red hair dye stain on it

5 Guaranteed Ways to Remove Hair Dye from Your Sink

So you’ve decided on a change of hair color, but opted to avoid expensive salon fees by using a home hair dye kit. We don’t blame you, why pay $100 at a hairdressers when you can get the same result for a $10 product from the store?

However, one thing you might not have factored in is that the hair dye not only colors your hair, but everything it touches!  If as a result, you are left asking yourself how to remove hair dye from a sink. Well this article is what you need to learn how to remove the stains quickly and easily.

What Type of Sink Do You Have?

To remove the hair dye stains, the first thing you need to do is identify what kind of surface the hair dye has marked. Is it porcelain, ceramic, enamel, or acrylic? Once you know this, you can proceed to the cleaning method that will work best for your sink or tub.

How to tell if your sink is acrylic?

Acrylic is a type of plastic that is often used to make bath tubs and shower stalls. Plastic can very easily be identified by its touch and feel, as it will not carry the same cold to the touch feel of a stone based sink. It will also ‘tap’ a lighter sound if you knock it with you knuckle or nails.

How to tell if your surface is porcelain or ceramic?

Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is glazed and fired at a high temperature, making it harder and more durable than other types of ceramic. In the case of removing hair dye from a sink both porcelain and ceramic materials have the same cleaning solution, so it doesn’t matter too much narrowing it down to the exact material.

The first test is feel and touch, porcelain, ceramic and enamel sinks will all be colder to the touch and have a heavier ‘stone’ type feel to them, compared to acrylic which will be lighter and have a definitive plastic feel to it.

Once you have eliminated (or confirmed) if the sink is acrylic or not, the next test is to differentiate whether you have a porcelain sink or an enamel one.

Luckily most enamel coated sinks are made of metal underneath, so a simple test with a magnet can separate them apart. If the magnet sticks you’ve likely got an enamel sink on your hands, if it doesn’t – you’ve likely got a porcelain or ceramic sink.

How to tell if your sink is enamel?

Enamel is a type of glass that is fused to metal, typically steel. It is very strong and durable, and is often used for sinks and bath tubs. As above, if you use a magnet and put it to the sink’s surface and it sticks you’ve almost definitely got an enamel sink on your hands.

Cleaning hair dye from an acrylic sink

If your sink is made of acrylic, the best way to remove hair dye is with acetone nail polish remover. Acetone is a strong solvent that will quickly break down the hair dye, making it easy to wipe away. Simply apply the acetone to a cloth or sponge and rub it into the hair dye stain. Leave it for a few minutes to work, then wipe away with a clean cloth. Rinse well and the hair dye should be gone!

Cleaning hair dye from a porcelain sink

If your sink or tub is made of porcelain, the best way to remove hair dye is with a product called Bar Keepers Friend. This is a cleaning product that can be found in most supermarkets and hardware stores. To use, simply make a paste with the Bar Keepers Friend and water, and apply it to the stained area. Leave it for a few minutes to work its magic, then scrub with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Rinse well and the hair dye should be gone!

Cleaning hair dye from an enamel sink

If your sink is enamel, you can remove the hair dye stain by scrubbing it with a paste made from dish soap and baking soda. To make the paste, mix together 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Apply the paste to the hair dye stain and scrub it with a sponge or brush. Rinse the area with water and repeat the process if necessary.

All in One Solution – Magic Eraser Works for All Surfaces

If the hair dye stain is proving to be stubborn, you can try a Magic Eraser. These are sponges that can be bought from most supermarkets, and they are very effective at removing stains. Simply wet the Magic Eraser and rub it over the hair dye stain. The stain should start to disappear immediately. Rinse well and the stain should be gone.

Last Ditch SOS – Bring Out the Bleach

If you have tried all of the above methods and the hair dye stain is still refusing to budge, you can try bleach. Pour a small amount of bleach onto the hair dye stain and leave for a few minutes. Rinse well with warm water and the stain should be gone. This should be a last ditch option though as bleach is a dangerous substance, and it can also discolor and weaken surfaces that aren’t your sink if accidentally spilled or left on them. Not to mention it can cause nasty burns to your skin or blind you if if gets in your eyes.

So there you have it, a few simple methods that should help you remove hair dye stains from your sink or bath tub.

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