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Hair dye ended on your t-shirt, rather than your head? Find all the info you need on how to remove dye stains from clothes right here.

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Removing Hair Dye from Clothes

There’s much to be said for dyeing your hair at home – it’s quicker, cheaper, and more convenient than going to the salon – but when your dazzling new shade makes its way down your neck and onto your clothes or furniture, it’s easy to lose some of your enthusiasm. 

Not to worry though! Colour that’s permanent for your hair isn’t always impossible to remove from an outfit. Love your new look, but keep it off your clothes and furnishings, with our hair dye stain removal tips.

How to remove dye stains from clothes

Hair dye stain removal isn’t as difficult as it might sound, but prevention is still better than the cure. When you’re dye-ing your hair, wear old clothes, drape an old towel over your shoulders, and suit up with the plastic gloves most dyeing kits provide. If you find a splash of colour on your clothes despite this, try the following:

  1. Pre-treat it with OMO Auto Washing liquid – apply the liquid directly to the stain, gently rub it, and leave for a few minutes before flushing thoroughly with cool water. Speed is most definitely of the essence when you’re trying to remove dye from clothes so always act on stains as soon as you notice them.

  2. Wash the garment as usual, according to the instructions on the care label.

  3. If the stain is still there and the fabric is colour fast, you can try soaking the garment in a solution of oxygen bleach and warm water. Leave for a few hours, or overnight, and then wash the garment as usual.

Note: These methods may not be suitable for delicate fabrics such as silk and wool, which sometimes need specialist treatment. Consult a professional dry cleaner if you’re dealing with a dye stain on delicate fabric. Always read the labels on clothing and hair dye stain removal products before using.

How to get dye out of white clothes

These stains often look bad, but all is not lost if you spill hair dye on a white t-shirt. If the stain is still there even after you’ve treated it with OMO Auto Washing Liquid and washed as usual, here’s what you should try:

  1. Soak the garment in a chlorine bleach solution for a few hours, or overnight, before taking it out and rinsing thoroughly. Make sure you follow all the safety and dosage guidelines on the packaging to the letter.

  2. Wash as normal with OMO detergent.

Remember to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area, since bleach is a powerful cleaning product.

There you have it: how to help remove hair dye from clothes of any colour! Go forth and dye with confidence.