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ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Tue 07-Mar-17 13:50:33

(Not sure if "Style And Beauty" is the appropriate category, but am desperate: hoping someone may have a solution after previous hair dye mishap or similar)...

Slept on new blue pillowcase, and colour has transferred onto my skin. Light blue grey, so just looks nice and grimy. Bloody great.

Have so far tried regular cleanser, shower gel containing lime oil (which I hoped might lift it with astringency), hot flannel, facial exfoliator, body joy.

Friend ( once she'd stopped laughing ) suggested nail varnish remover, but my skin's sensitive, and already tender after the above. I know it would react horribly and/ or burn if I tried it.

Anyone got any (sensible) ideas??
Luckily, am home all today.

Pottedplants Tue 07-Mar-17 14:32:38

Johnson's baby bath (in the blue bottle) will definitely remove just about anything. A Johnson's baby wipe (in pink packet) might work too but if you have to buy it, just buy the baby body wash in the blue bottle.

dudsville Tue 07-Mar-17 14:34:53

What an odd thing to wake up too! I once accidentally dyed my hands blue when changing the colour of an article of clothing. Using lots of rich moisturiser got my hands back to normal colour but it took about 24 hours.

passthewineplz Tue 07-Mar-17 14:35:05

Hand sanitizer, just try a tiny bit on some cotton wool or tissue to check if you have any reaction on your skin.

LoupGarou Tue 07-Mar-17 14:47:18

Baby oil is excellent at getting rid of stains on skin, failing that vegetable oil or olive oil also work well. Rub them in and keep rubbing in small circles, then wash off well.

Destinysdaughter Tue 07-Mar-17 14:49:32

Try using rubbing alcohol

ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Tue 07-Mar-17 14:55:12

Oh, thank you all so much. You've no idea how grateful I am.

Will systematically work my way through your list, and hope to God something works.

ilovecherries Tue 07-Mar-17 15:13:24

Baby bath rubbed on neat then rinsed off took the blue dye off my legs when I got caught in the rain with new jeans.

ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Tue 07-Mar-17 23:00:37


Sainsbury's baby wipes didn't do much, but 2 thick coatings of neat Johnson's baby bath and rinsing, 20 minutes apart, actually worked!!

Bloody marvellous stuff. Am emailing their customer services dept. to tell them as'll give them a laugh, if nothing else.

(Though it does make you kind of wonder exactly how "gentle" it actually is on a baby's skin, if it works better at removing fabric dye than all previous methods I tried).

Again, I'm incredibly grateful for everyone's tips. It reassured me to know I had options. Thank you flowers

QueenMortifauxcado Tue 07-Mar-17 23:05:21

I used to use baby oil as a makeup remover and found it very harsh on my skin so have wondered the same!

For future reference, lush fresh farmacy soap is the single most effective thing I've found for removing hair dye stains from skin.

ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Tue 07-Mar-17 23:08:34

Thanks, Queen, will add that to my list, just in case of future disasters smile

Pottedplants Tue 07-Mar-17 23:13:02

Glad it worked. I keep a bottle for emergencies - e.g. permanet marker stains but would NEVER put it on my children's skin otherwise.

ZuzuMyLittleGingersnap Tue 07-Mar-17 23:18:16


<makes note to self about it removing permanent marker ink>

Very handy to know, too.

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