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Remember back a hundred thousand years ago when I told you about the hair dye set-up I use to keep my bathroom from looking like a murder scene? I took a photo of it this morning for S&Gs. Here’s the original question and answer to go along with it.
Is there a good way of getting red hair dye out of various bathroom surfaces? No matter how vigilant I am, I will always find a missed splotch somewhere the next day, by which point it has had oodles of time to stain and won’t come off. After a few rounds of this, I start to worry about looking axe-murdery and gross. Is there a trick or will I just have to start dying my hair on the roof/covered in newspapers?
Oh lady, have you ever come to the right Clean Person! I’ve been dyeing my hair red for 20 years. TEN YEARS, I MEAN TEN YEARS.
I know your question is specifically about the one spot that you manage to miss every single time but first let me say: I do a ton of prep before coloring my hair. I have Soft Scrub and a damp sponge on hand, I line the countertop with a layer of paper towels on which to set my coloring utensils, and as soon as the headful of dye is applied I eyeball every surface for splotches of red goo.
That said, there is always that one damn splat of dye that gets missed, giving it plenty of time to become one with your bathroom. If the stain is on the wall or another non-tile/porcelain surface use our beloved Magic Erasers to get it out. For porcelain, a couple of applications of Soft Scrub should take the stain out. (Splurt a blurb out directly onto the spot and let it sit for 10 or so minutes before wiping down.) For tile, spray with bleach solution or bleach-based cleaning product, get at the soiled area with a short-handled scrub brush, and then let the cleaning solution sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water and your scrub brush.
This article originally appeared on thehairpin.com; ©Jolie Kerr 2013