How To Remove Mehndi In A day

Learn to remove Mehndi In a day from hands, clothes and nails. Remove Henna fast with bleach, swimming or washing with soap with our tried and tested tips.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  15 Nov, 17



Got your hands painted with beautiful Mehndi for an occasion and now want to get rid of it as fast as possible for some wild reason! Well, normally the Mehndi has its own time frame to fade away and we should let it happen naturally.

But just in case, you are in hurry and want to get rid of it quickly, you can try these tips. These tricks will lighten up your Mehndi and it will be completely gone in a day or two. I have listed them in the order of preference (1 = Most Preferred).

  1. Apply a good quality bleach cream (which we apply on our face and body) on your hands or wherever the Mehndi (Henna) has been applied.Once bleach gets dried, rub it with both hands. This process will fade/ remove Mehndi to a great extent.
  2. Wash your hands with soap 10-12 times
    This will also help Mehndi lighten quickly but may prove a bit cumbersome and you may dry your hands too much. Use a good moisturizer once you are through with the washing and see the Mehndi go off.
  3. Soak your hands in warm water and after about 6-8 minutes, rub your hands against each other. Your Mehndi should start going off.
  4. Apply toothpaste (the normal paste that you use for brushing your teeth) on Mehndi and let it dry. Once dried, rub your hands against each other to fade it off.
  5. If you love swimming, take a dip in the pool. The chlorine in the swimming pool water helps Mehndi to fade away faster. As a matter of fact, Chlorine faded my shorts’ color as well once while swimming. So, you can imagine what it can do to your Mehndi.
  6. Make a paste of baking soda powder mixed with lemon. Apply on your hands to remove the Mehndi color. Let it be there for 5 minutes and then wash it off. This paste can make your hands dry and rough. So, I would keep this trick to be the last option and in case any of the above does not help.
How To Remove Mehndi In A Day

Maahi’s Karwa Chauth Mehndi

These are some of the tips that we have tried and have seen the results come through. I hope they will help you too.

Use the above methods sparingly to remove henna fast. These methods are harsh on your skin and should not be used often.

Remove Mehndi Fast from Nails

It is tougher to lighten or remove Henna from nails than from skin. You can use the same methods as listed above for nails as well.

They would help lighten the Mehndi but not completely remove it.

The other thought process is to apply a dark colored nail-paint to hide the Mehndi stain on nail. This is probably the easiest way to take the stain out of your sight.

Mehndi cannot be removed from nails completely within a day or two. You should wait for the nails to grow and then cut off the stained portion.

Remove Mehndi Fast from Clothes

Removing the Mehndi stains from clothes is even tougher than nails and skin. You can use all the methods above here as well but we have not seen much success over our experiments especially with white clothes.

The best way has been to completely avoid getting the stains or use towels or spare clothes while applying Mehndi or Consider them as Holi stained clothes and discard. Haha..

A better way would be to use a good quality cloth detergent and wash the cloth separately. Then dry in direct sunlight as it has the strongest rays known to fade the artificial colors.

Please note that you should apply bleach or other options to whole cloth piece and not only the affected region.

Also, do please share if you also know of more tricks that can help remove Mehndi fast.

We have also tried a home made Glycerine lotion to bring glow to your face within two weeks. It may help you too if you are looking to lighten your face tan along with Mehndi color on your hands! I hope it helps

Quick Tips

   15 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Humera
    Humera 9 Jul, 16 at 7:37 am

    Kya ye 3years baby k liye theek rahega..please give me some tips

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 16 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Humera,
      No, we would not recommend to use it for a baby.
      Instead, just let the Mehndi fade away naturally. 3 year baby’s skin is too soft to handle chemicals.

      I would say the standard baby soap that you normally use is sufficient.

  2. Sasha
    Sasha 27 Mar, 16 at 4:59 am

    Will bleach affect a12 year girls skin??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 16 at 3:35 pm

      We do not know the side effects for a child but we certainly do not recommend it using it on a 12 year old kid skin.

  3. Salwa
    Salwa 17 Jul, 15 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you so much! 😀

  4. Abi Robins
    Abi Robins 25 Jun, 15 at 7:03 pm

    I used nail polish remover which really faded the henna well. I put it on cotton wool balls and rubbed them on the areas of my hand with henna on them (the backs of my hands and fingers). The henna on the backs of my hands has almost disappeared in about 30 minutes and my fingers are less predominant. However, the skin there is thicker and is a harder area to rub. I used acetone free remover which was £1 in Primark

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Jun, 15 at 1:35 pm

      Great. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  5. Sofia Samreen
    Sofia Samreen 6 Jun, 15 at 2:21 pm

    If we will aply bleach cream our hairs on hands will also be removed off??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 15 at 9:47 pm

      No. Bleach cream only changes the color of hair to match the skin color.
      It will not lead to hair removal .

  6. leena mukherjee
    leena mukherjee 4 Apr, 15 at 6:29 am

    will i use it one by one the steps

    • Maahi
      Maahi 6 Apr, 15 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Leena,

      You can try removing mehandi with one of the step mentioned above.
      If you didnot get the best result with one tip then go ahead and try the other one as well.

      Hope you try these tips and get the best result you are looking for.

  7. leena mukherjee
    leena mukherjee 2 Apr, 15 at 5:27 pm

    really is it a nice and faithful one

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 15 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Leena.

  8. Smita
    Smita 25 Jun, 13 at 9:54 am

    Nice tips .. however, it would be quite difficult for mehendi to go away completely in a day, as its colour is very strong.

    • Maahi
      Maahi 26 Jun, 13 at 2:42 am

      Yes, you are right dear.
      These tricks are the ones that we have tried and they help lighten Mehndi to a great extent. The complete wash out depends a lot on person’s own skin nature and the darkness of Mehndi.