It’s happened to all of us: We dye our hair at home, and the next day we realize that the dye has gotten on the toilet seat.
Whether it’s a permanent or temporary hair dye, getting it off the toilet seat can be a challenge. But with a few simple steps, you can get the stain out and return your toilet seat to its former glory.
Let’s get into this-
How to Remove Hair Dye From Toilet Seat?
There are several ways to get hair dye off your toilet seat and cover. Use them one by one until the seat is clean as before-
Use Regular Washing Soap and Water
This is a basic method and can be effective if the hair dye hasn’t stayed for long on the toilet seat. Simply wet the dye area, apply some amount of the washing soap, and scrub hard with a sponge. You will have to apply some elbow grease to achieve the desired result.
Washing soap or liquid soap is the least harsh method and it’s not tough on toilet seat material. It will only soften the hair dye so that it can be easily scrubbed away.
Scrub the stained portion for about 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse with water.
You may need to repeat this step a few times to get rid of the hair dye completely.
Use Baking Soda and Water
If the method above doesn’t work, try this using baking soda and water.
Baking soda is not only effective for baking, it can also be used to remove hair dye on toilet seats. To use this method, add 3 parts of baking soda to a part of water and mix thoroughly to make a baking soda paste.
You may need to add more water if necessary. Apply this paste to the hair dye stain and leave it for about 25 minutes.
Scrub the spot gently with a brush or sponge until the dye gets off and then rinse with warm water.
Make sure you clean the toilet seat thoroughly afterwards as the baking soda may leave a whitish film on the surface.
Use Baking Soda and White Vinegar
If the baking soda paste above doesn’t work effectively, replace the water with vinegar.
Make a paste with 3 parts of baking soda to a part of white vinegar and apply it to the stain. Vinegar is acidic, which makes it an effective cleaning agent to break down the dye.
Use a brush, cloth, or sponge to scrub away the dye until it’s gone. Then, rinse with water. Repeat the step if the stain persists.
Apply Rubbing Alcohol
Depending on the hair dye product, rubbing alcohol should help to get the dye stain off your toilet seat.
Rubbing alcohol is a very powerful cleaning agent and is only suitable for plastic toilet seats. Don’t apply this method on wooden or painted toilet seats.
Douse a rag, paper towel, or cotton ball with the alcohol and apply it to the dye area. Gently rub the rag or sponge on the stain to wipe it off. This method is very effective at removing most stains.
But be careful not to use too much rubbing alcohol as it can damage or discolor the toilet seat.
Bleach is another powerful cleaning product. That’s why most household cleaning products have bleach as their active ingredient. Applying bleach can also get hair dye off your toilet seat.
Gently mix an equal part of bleach and water. Put on a pair of hand gloves and use a paper towel to apply the mixture to the dye stain. Leave the mixture on the stain for about 15 minutes.
Then, use a rag or towel to wipe the bleach and the stain away. Rinse the toilet seat after. Always apply bleach in a well-ventilated area as the fumes can be harmful.
Use Nail Polish Remover
Just as we can use a baking item to remove a stain, we can use a beauty item to remove the dye stain too.
Nail polish removers, especially the acetone-based ones, are excellent removers of hair dye stains from toilet stains.
Be careful when choosing a nail polish remover, some removers contain dye and may cause more harm than good.
Apply some nail polish remover to the dye area using a cotton ball or paper towel. Wipe off the nail polish remover, this should also remove the dye stain.
This method doesn’t apply to painted toilet seats as the polish remover will remove the paint too and leave you with an ugly toilet seat.
Just as the regular washing soap, this method is also effective on hair dye that hasn’t stayed for long on the toilet seat.
Some hairspray products are used to keep hair dye in the hair and prevent it from staining your furniture.
Such hairspray products are alcohol-based and can be used to get hair dye off your toilet seat. Spray some on the hair dye stain and wipe away the stain using a rag or paper towel.
Use Dye Remover Products
Finally, try a third-party dye remover product if none of the methods above works for you. There are lots of dye remover products that can get the hair dye stain off your toilet seat with ease. You just need to be careful to avoid products that can damage your toilet seat.
Some effective specific dye remover products include Clorox Cleaner + Bleach, LA’s Totally Awesome All-Purpose Cleaner, Oxiclean, Magic Eraser, and so on.
Any of this can be used to get rid of tough stains from your toilet seat. However, make sure that you carefully follow their instructions.
Things to be Careful of When Doing the Cleaning Job
Be very careful when using any of the cleaning solutions above, some are corrosive and may damage your toilet seat if used wrongly.
Also, take care not to apply any of these solutions on areas other than the dye stain as they can cause more harm than good.
Use a small amount on the stain first before increasing the quantity if need be.
Finally, always rinse the toilet seat with clean water after applying any of the solutions to avoid damaging or discoloring the seat.
There you have it, different ways to get hair dye off your toilet seat.
Be very careful when using any of the cleaning solutions and always rinse the toilet seat with clean water after applying the solution.
Do you know of any other method not listed here? Please share with us in the comment section below.