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How To Clean Hair Dye from Shower Glass

Hair dye can get on shower glass during application, rinsing steps, and even the first couple of shampoos. Fortunately, there are specific cleaning solutions that can be used to help remove splatters as well as faint residue over a wider area. These stains are pigmented and chemically reactive, and should be treated as soon as possible. Glass textures, protective coatings and decorative appliqués can vary somewhat, so test all cleaning solutions and application techniques in an inconspicuous  location before using them in a wider area. Use disposable items like paper towels, cotton balls and cotton swabs since the dye residue can easily stain re-usable sponges and cleaning cloths.

Remove any bulk stain that is on the shower glass. Hold a clean paper towel directly underneath the stain, and use a clean cotton swab to shift the bulk dye residue to the paper towel so that it can be removed and disposed of. This simple approach will help prevent inadvertently spreading the stain.

Next, use a commercially available product containing hydrosulfite, an ingredient that chemically reduces the dye. These products can affect the color of fabrics such as garments, towels and bath mats, so only use the cleaning solution directly on the stain and avoid stray splashes and spills. RIT Color remover contains sodium hydrosulfite and sodium carbonate (soda ash/washing soda) and is available as a powder at many supermarkets, drug stores, and craft shops. Follow the manufacturer's directions for mixing a small amount of remover. Apply directly to the dye stain using a clean cotton ball, working in one small section at a time. Hydrosulfite doesn't need to be chemically neutralized as is the case with bleach, or removed with detergent like a poultice treatment, but it can and should be rinsed away. In this case, simply use a clean sponge wet with water after each area has been treated.

When the hydrosulfite treatment of the dye stain is complete, follow by wiping the entire area with rubbing alcohol applied with a crumpled newspaper for a streak-free shine.

An extra tip: if you don't have a hydrosulfite product on hand, you can substitute either hydrogen peroxide OR rubbing alcohol for the hydrosulfite product.

Caution: Never mix cleaning agents or chemicals, the result can be dangerous or deadly. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area. Accidental inhalation or ingestion of cleaning agents can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly to pets and children.

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