Removing Hair Dye From Other Surfaces
Hair dye stains on furniture, countertops, walls, and floors can all benefit from use of the same remedies:
- A vinegar and baking soda paste.
- Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste.
- A 1:1 ratio of lemon juice and vinegar.
- A soft cloth or brush.
Do one of the following to remove a hair dye stain from one of the above hard surfaces:
- Mix together enough of either the vinegar or hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a paste; rub into the stain with a soft cloth or brush. Repeat process until stain is gone.
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and vinegar and rub into stain. Repeat process until stain is removed.
These household mainstays have been cleaning stains and other things for many years.
Chemicals of Dark Hair Dye
Mostly everyone reads the warning on a box of hair dye about doing a "patch test" prior to using the product and it's likely ignored by many. Common chemicals found in hair dyes are ammonia and peroxide, which we're all familiar with and are therefore not-so-concerned. But peroxide may not be the problem--p-Phenylenediamine (para-fen-i-leen-di-a-meen) and any of its aliases could be.
Also known as:
- Rodol D
- Para-aminoaniline (p-aminoaniline)
- Ursol D
Para-phenylenediamine is a dark dye used in permanent hair coloring, as well as some dark cosmetics, and temporary tatoos. It is reported to cause a severe form of allergic contact dermatitis.
Hair dyes are now manufactured with less p-Phenylenediamine and more botanical based options. There is also an an industry trend toward a greater selection of semi-permenent and temporary dyes that don't contain the chemical.