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How and what to wipe henna from skin at home (11 ways)


To ensure that our things always remain clean and tidy, you should take time to care for them: regularly wash, clean, remove stains. Washing and removing stains allows you to keep the clothes in excellent condition, but, unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to cope with some stains. So, for example, we have already talked about how difficult it is to deal with traces of potassium permanganate, and today we’ll talk about henna. Let's talk about how to wash off traces of this vegetable dye.

Preparatory work

Henna is a vegetable dye used to color skin and hair. Temporary tattoos and henna-dyed hair cannot retain color for a long time, but if the substance gets on clothes, it will be quite difficult to get rid of it. It is better not to transfer the wash to another time, but to remove the pollution immediately after its formation, then the chances of its removal will be much greater.

The effectiveness and efficiency of methods for removing henna from clothing directly depends on the variety and properties of the material from which the clothing is made. In addition, the freshness and concentration of henna can affect the stain resistance. In any case, cleaning measures must be taken immediately.

Henna does not like hot water, so you need to wash the spots in cool water.

Stain removal

Let's look at the main methods of soaking to combat stains from henna:

  • Cotton and linen products can be saved from henna with the help of whiteness.
  • Natural tissues can be soaked in a weak chlorine solution.
  • If the fabric is delicate, then it must be soaked in a certain solution for several hours. You can do it by dissolving in water washing powder with soda ash. Moreover, the washing powder needs to be put in more than two times than with ordinary washing.

Laundry soap for getting rid of henna contaminants can be a very effective tool. The fact is that laundry soap can make henna with a creamy tint just disappear from clothes. For this to happen, you need to dilute soap chips in a minimum of warm water. After receiving a thick slurry, it should be applied to the pollution and do not touch during the night. This should be followed by the usual washing mode.

In the case of fresh paint, which did not have time to dry, a piece of wet soap will help with which a dirty area is soaped. This must be done starting from the edge of the spot, moving to its central part. This will prevent dirt from spreading to clean areas. At the end, the product must be rinsed, and in case of incomplete disappearance of the stain, the described procedure must be repeated.

Ammonia and hydrogen peroxide - the best solution for washing the henna.

Henna will be quickly washed off if you use a potent agent, which includes ammonia and peroxide:

  • Before carrying out the manipulations, it is necessary to shake off the lumps of henna from the surface of the fabric, being careful not to smear them. A dry napkin will help with this, or you should gently pat the henna with a damp napkin.
  • Under the thing that is being processed, you need to put a cutting board or other similar flat object, and sprinkle the stain and the area around it with talcum powder to protect the material from stains of green color.
  • Then the cleaning solution is prepared. For this, 5 tablespoons of warm water, 10% ammonia solution and 3% hydrogen peroxide are thoroughly mixed in a glass container.
  • Before applying to the stain, you need to make sure that the fabric will withstand the load with the solution. It is better to try using the product on an inconspicuous part of the product to see if the fabric is shed.
  • If staining has not occurred, then henna stains are wiped with a mixture of liquids using a swab or cotton swab. It is necessary to act, moving from the edge of pollution to the center, to avoid stains and spread of henna to clean places. As it becomes soiled, replace the swab with a clean one.

After the procedure, the thing is left alone for half an hour. If necessary, then the manipulations are repeated. At the end, rinse with cold water and wash normally.

Milk is an unusual remedy that helps to remove henna from clothes.

Ordinary milk can help get rid of henna on clothes. To achieve a good result, you need to warm the milk to 50-60 ° C and soak the contaminated area in it for half an hour. After this, the contaminated area is rubbed with soap, powder or other detergent, and then rinsed abundantly in clean water.

other methods

In addition to the above methods of cleaning clothes from natural dye, you can use purchased chemicals. Modern bleaches and stain removers containing active oxygen in their composition can cope with pollution in a few minutes.

You can apply these funds in the form of gels, aerosols or powders. But they must be applied strictly in accordance with the recommendations in the instructions for use, since aggressive substances can cause tissue damage and permanently damage it.

Caustic henna stains may not be removable. In this case, you should not despair. You can give the product dry cleaning.

When working with henna, it is necessary to wear replaceable or home clothes that you will not be sorry to stain, as well as wear gloves to protect your hands. Before coloring the hair, the skin in the zone of their growth must be treated with any oily cream.

As you can see, removing unpleasant henna stains from your clothes is easy enough, use our tips and wear clean clothes.

Another useful article about stains: How to remove traces of solid oil from clothing.

Henna drawing

The holding time of mehendi on the skin is approximately 2 weeks, but depending on the area of ​​their application, these periods may vary. Images are faster erased if located on the folds, on the wrists, where they often come in contact with water. Also, their rapid erasure occurs from intensive grinding with a washcloth.

The problem is that the pattern is erased gradually and unevenly, after 10 days from application on the skin there are fuzzy and unaesthetic outlines. I want to remove them.

How to do it?

1. Antibacterial soap

Hand washing is one of the best habits that you need to cultivate - it is also useful if you need your henna tattoo to evaporate soon.

What to do

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap from time to time. This is the most convenient (but slow) method to get henna at home.

How often do

For best results, wash your hands with antibacterial soap once an hour or about 10-12 times a day until the henna on your hand disappears.

Why does it work

Antibacterial soaps are strong enough, and also have an exfoliating effect. Its use will destroy color and help to remove henna faster than using ordinary soap.


Washing your hands frequently can make your hands dry, as henna itself dries the skin. Moisturize your hands properly if you decide to use this henna removal method.

2. Salt water

Salt is known to reduce pain, and also has natural cleansing properties.

What to do

Dilute a few tablespoons of salt in a bowl of warm water (not hot).
Dip your hands in salt water and keep in solution for about 20 minutes. Then dry your hands dry.

How often do

For best results, soak your hands in salt water once a day until the henna tattoo completely disappears.

Why does it work

Salt is a powerful detergent and promotes the breakdown of pigment, so henna will gradually disappear.

Precautionary measures

Prolonged soaking in salt water to dry the skin of the hands. So do not forget to use moisturizers after the procedure.

3. Skin scrub

Did you think, looking at a temporary tattoo, that henna can be quickly removed with an ordinary skin scrub?

What to do

Gently massage your hands with your favorite scrub for two to three minutes.

How often do

Repeat the procedure every day until henna is completely removed.

Why does it work

Scrub granules gently remove the pigment molecules, as a result of which the henna gradually disappears.

Precautionary measures

It is best to do an allergy test before using an exfoliator. Be gentle with your skin. If you rub too vigorously, you will eventually earn bruises. Remember that you will see how henna is removed quite effectively, but it will not disappear in one day.

4. Rinse in warm water

Warm water is another amazing tool for solving many different problems and it does its job well.

What to do

  • Dip your hands in warm water and hold for 15-20 minutes.
  • Gently rub your hands with a washcloth.

This procedure will not remove the temporary tattoo instantly, but will certainly speed up the process of removing henna.

How often do

It is enough to keep your hands in warm water only once a day. In addition, wash your hands with warm water two to three times a day.

Why does it work

Warm water destroys henna molecules, which makes it easier to remove when you rub your hands with a washcloth.

Precautionary measures

Make sure that the water is not too hot, otherwise you will burn your hands. Also, be gentle with the skin using a washcloth. Use a moisturizer or lotion to avoid dry skin.

5. Vigorous massage with olive oil

Olive oil is a miracle product, and one of its significant advantages is that it helps in removing henna. And even better, its use has no side effects.

What to do

  • Dip a cotton swab in olive oil and wipe your hands with it. You can add a little salt to the oil to speed up the process.
  • Allow the oil to penetrate the pores of the skin for about 10 minutes.
  • You can wash or not wash your hands after the procedure. The oil is simply absorbed into the skin.

How often do

For best results, repeat the procedure several times a day.

Why does it work

Olive oil works as an excellent emulsifier. This is the easiest and most gentle method for removing henna.

6. Excretion of henna with lemon

Lemon has many uses and benefits. It is also a great product if you want to remove henna.

What to do

You can squeeze the lemon juice and rub it directly onto the skin or immerse your hands in a bowl of water and lemon juice.

How often do

For best results, use this henna removal method once or twice a day.

Why does it work

Lemon is known to contain bleaching agents. Lemon juice effectively dissolves henna.

Precautionary measures

On hands there should not be cuts or wounds. Even if you have a slight, slight destruction of the skin, lemon juice will cause pain. In addition, do not forget to moisturize the skin as soon as you complete the procedure.

7. Using toothpaste to remove henna

Yes, you usually use toothpaste to brush your teeth, but you will be surprised to learn that toothpaste works very well as a cleaning agent for cleaning jewelry, removing some stubborn stains, and even quickly removes traces of henna on the skin.

What to do

All you have to do is generously apply toothpaste to your temporary tattoo. Let it dry and then rub the skin to remove the henna.

How often do

This henna removal method is extremely effective, so you should see the result the first time! But, in case the effect is not 100%, it makes sense to try again every other day.

Why does it work

Toothpaste contains abrasives and detergents that break down pigment molecules and brighten henna.

Precautionary measures

Check on a small area of ​​the skin to see if the toothpaste causes an allergic reaction. Remember to moisturize your skin after the procedure.

8. Removing henna soda

Baking soda, like the products mentioned above, has many domestic uses and is suitable for solving a wide range of problems. Baking soda also extremely effectively removes henna.

What to do

  • Make a thick paste using baking soda and lemon juice and apply over the entire henna stained area.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes, or until it dries.
  • Then, using a washcloth, clean in a circular motion.
  • Rinse with warm water.

How often do

You should get great results quickly, but you can repeat the procedure if necessary.

Why does it work

Baking soda is a natural bleach and stain remover, so that it effectively removes henna paint.

Precautionary measures

Baking soda may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Therefore, it is best to use this method when all other henna removal methods have failed. Moisturize your skin thoroughly after using soda paste.

9. Skin Whitener

Conventional skin bleach is the most common and effective method of removing henna.

What to do

  • Take any regular bleach (the one used for face and hands), and prepare it according to the instructions.
  • Apply it on henna.
  • After it dries, rinse your hands with cool water.

How often do

Bleach is a rather “harsh” product that cannot be applied to the skin endlessly, so try this procedure only once. Most likely you will immediately see the result.

Why does it work

Bleach contains abrasive materials that destroy any dye. He does the same with henna and successfully removes it.

Precautionary measures

It is advisable to check the bleach for allergic reactions on a small area of ​​the skin before using this method. You should be aware that bleach can cause burning and itching, even if you are not allergic to it. Do not expose your skin to the sun immediately after using bleach to remove henna. And do not forget to moisturize your skin.

10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic product that is sold in most pharmacies.

What to do

  • Soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and wipe the skin.
  • Let the hydrogen cross over for a few minutes to soak, then rinse. You will notice immediate results.

How often do

You will see instant results, so it’s best to use this home henna removal method only once.

Why does it work

Hydrogen peroxide also contains bleaching agents that work successfully to remove organic stains.

Precautionary measures

This method does not work for all skin types. So first of all, check on a small area of ​​the skin before applying to the entire area stained with henna.

11. Removal of henna by chlorine

Go swimming in the pool when you are desperate to remove a temporary henna tattoo. And this is a good idea - I'm not joking!

What to do

Of course, you can just swim in chlorinated water. If this is not possible, then just buy chlorine at the nearest pharmacy, add it to slightly warm water, immerse your hands in the solution for about 20 minutes. You will notice that the henna tattoo disappears simply magically.

How often do

This method gives excellent results, so it may not need to be repeated. But if necessary, do the procedure once every day until the henna completely disappears.

Why does it work

Chlorine is an amazing disinfectant and one of the most advanced halogens of the century. When it comes into contact with henna, it causes certain reactions that destroy the pigment literally in the eyes.

Precautionary measures

You should definitely do a patch test and check for allergic reactions before trying this method. After the procedure, be sure to moisturize the skin.

Now that you know how easy it is to remove henna, you can try any of the methods described and one of them will be most effective for your skin type. Therefore, the next time you make a temporary henna tattoo, you do not have to think again how to get rid of it.

The author of the article: Zoryana Blagoeva, Online magazine Faynmagazin ©

Hot water

Henna hates heat. The area of ​​skin with an unpleasant stain should be thoroughly steamed and immediately wiped with a pumice stone, just do not press too hard, otherwise abrasions cannot be avoided. And re-heat the skin is not necessary, it is better to wait a while.

Sea salt

To eliminate stubborn stains, sea salt is suitable. This product has both physical and chemical effects. Salt is usually sold in the form of large crystals, so before using them you need to grind them with a coffee grinder, but you do not need to turn the product into powder, otherwise there will be no sense from it.

Apply a pinch of salt to the stain, slightly moisturizing the skin, and gently rub. A small amount of water can be added as needed. Continue the procedure until the salt is completely dissolved. If the stain does not completely disappear, you should wait a bit and repeat the action.

Vegetable oil

Any housewife in the kitchen has vegetable oil. Surprisingly, this remedy can also deal with henna stains. Масло надо нагреть, не слегка, но и не до горяча, чтобы не получить ожог. Подогретое средство обильно нанести на пятна краски.

Any cosmetic lotion made on an alcohol basis is suitable for removing stains or patterns with henna. Apply a little of this product to the cotton pad and wipe the skin, but without much pressure.

For lack of home lotion, it can be replaced with ordinary vodka, nail polish remover, hydrogen peroxide or 10% ammonia solution. But for cleansing the face of henna, such products will not work.

Soda with lemon

Soda mixed with lemon juice is useful for fighting stains of henna. Both agents are aggressive, and lemon should not be used separately, but when combined, the action of the ingredients is suppressed, and the mixture does not provoke negative consequences. But it is better to use the substance in small portions.

Tooth Powder

The tool for this method is not often found at the moment, moreover, it is almost forgotten, and not deservedly. It is a tooth powder. And experienced economical housewives will confirm that this product is an excellent cleaner and not only for teeth.

In the old days they polished surfaces and jewelry to shine. The fact is that the powder has an abrasive effect intended for the gentle removal of persistent contaminants.

Ashes from cigarettes

The most original way, which at first glance seems ridiculous, but hairdressers resort to it. Yes, even professional craftsmen have trouble in the form of hands stained with paint after a painting procedure.

Special means

There are various special products for removing henna and mehendi stains from the skin. You can buy them in professional stores for hairdressers, in tattoo parlors or hairdressers. These funds have both pros and cons. The positive properties include the fact that they have an instant effect, and they can remove not only spots, but also the paint from the regrown hair.

Detailed instructions for use are always included with the product.

Precautions and Tips

First of all, it should be noted which means should not be used categorically to remove henna from the skin:

  1. Petrol
  2. Acetone
  3. Wipers
  4. Washing powder
  5. Cleaning products for household surfaces

The above products can remove paint, but they are dangerous to the skin.

  • Vinegar and lemon, each on its own, is an excellent bleaching agent.. But in this situation with henna they should not be used, they have the exact opposite effect. Lemon juice and table vinegar 9% are recommended to be used to fix the pattern on the skin. It is permissible to use these products as part of complex mixtures, in particular for quenching soda.
  • Not all of the above options are acceptable for removing stains from the skin of the face, in order to avoid getting them in the eyes. To do this, it is better to use an oil composition or lotion.
  • In order to protect yourself from the appearance of red spots from henna on the skin, Before painting, you need to lubricate the skin along the perimeter of hair growth with cream, not forgetting to spread their ears, they are most often stained with paint.
  • Not every cream will do.: do not take quickly absorbed product, the paint is absorbed with it. It is better to take a cream that is greasy and thick, and apply it without sparing, the thicker the layer, the more reliable it will protect. After washing the hair after dyeing, the cream will also be washed off.
  • In case of failure to achieve the desired result, no need to use all available methods for an hour. Before applying the new method, you should wait, ideally, at least a day.
  • After each regular procedure for washing off patterns and spots of henna, it is recommended to lubricate the skin with a nourishing creamas many of the proposed remedies dry the dermis. Instead of cream, vegetable or cosmetic oil is also suitable.