How to Get Easter Egg Dye Off Your Hands Without Harsh Chemicals


With Easter right around the corner, there’s a good chance coloring eggs is on your agenda. But when the fun is over, getting that pesky dye off everyone’s hands will undoubtedly be an issue. So, why not be prepared for the inevitable? Try out these cleaning tips and the rainbow dye will be gone in no time. 

How do you get Easter egg dye off hands?

We asked Nichole Siciliano from Dudley’s Easter, an Easter egg dye kit company, to share a few of her tried-and-true methods. 

Method 1: Water and soap

  1. Soak your hands in a mixture of warm water and several drops of soap.
  2. Start scrubbing the dye traces. In most cases, that will be enough, so always try this before using additional methods.

Method 2: Heavy-duty soap

  1. Try a heavy-duty hand cleaner or a soap specifically made for the removal of Easter egg dye or similar substances. Try a soap that contains pumice, such as Lava Bar Soap ($6.39 for two bars, Amazon), a very effective agent. 
  2. Rub it along the affected areas, combining it with a moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and smooth.

Method 3: Toothpaste

  1. Apply some toothpaste on the stained spots on your hands using a paintbrush, a nail polish brush, or your hand.
  2. Rub it into your skin, working in a back-and-forth motion to loosen the Easter egg dye marks.
  3. Continue until your hands are free from the coloration.
  4. Wipe your hands with a paper towel to remove any remaining toothpaste or wet Easter egg dye.

The Best Way to Get Easter Egg Dye Off of Hands

Finding the best method to get Easter egg dye off of your hands may take some trial and error, but one easy technique only requires vinegar and baking soda. 

  1. Start by rinsing your hands in water. Rub your hands together and rinse until most of the Easter egg dye stops coming off. You can use a washcloth to speed up the process.
  2. Put vinegar in a bowl and soak a clean washcloth in it. 
  3. Remove the washcloth and use it to scrub your hands. You may need to rinse and repeat several times.
  4. If the stain is still there, add baking soda to the mix. Place a small amount on your hands and rub them together. If this doesn’t take care of the remaining stains, you can try alternating the vinegar and baking soda steps or mixing them together on your hands and scrubbing. Just make sure to rinse thoroughly between steps. 
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How to Get Easter Egg Dye Off Counters

Kitchen counters are meant to take quite a beating, which means they can usually stand up to most food and liquids. It typically takes only a sponge with a spray cleaner or kitchen wipes to mop up a mess — unless it’s  Easter egg dye spilled all over the counter. In this case, don’t panic. Grab a few towels and wash as much of the dye off of the counters as you can. If dry or wet towels don’t get the job done, you can try using vinegar and water. Refer to the “best ways to get Easter egg dye off your hands” above. 

You can also try the toothpaste method. Just use a small amount and gently scrub with a toothbrush. This should be safe for most countertops, but it’s always best to start with a small area and test it.

Some other tips to get Easter egg dye off of counters include using a product like Soft Scrub ($3.99, Amazon) or Mr. Clean Magic Erasers ($9.48 for eight sponges, Amazon). 

How to Get Easter Egg Dye Off Tables

It’s best to cover your table with a plastic tablecloth before you start dyeing eggs. But if you skipped this step, there are a few things you can try to get that pesky Easter egg dye off your table.

Vinegar and baking soda not only work on your hands, but these two popular household items can also be used on your table. First try vinegar mixed with warm water. Combine 1/4 a cup of vinegar with one cup of warm water and start with a small area. Put a small amount of the mix onto the stain and rub it in with a clean cloth. Let sit for a few minutes and then wash it away with a wet cloth. You may need to dry off the table with a clean cloth. 

You can also try mixing one tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of water until it forms a thin paste. Apply it to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth until the dye disappears.

Before you try any product on your table, make sure you check to see if the cleaner or product you’re using is safe for the surface. Consult the manufacturer or look online to find this information.

Is Easter egg dye safe?

If coloring Easter eggs is on your family fun list, you might be asking yourself “Is Easter egg dye safe?”

The good news: Yes. Easter egg dye is safe, just make sure to purchase the kits from the store or a reputable company like Dudley’s Easter or Paas. Be sure you’re using food-safe dyes, which can be found in the baking section of the grocery store. 

Board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert, Tasneem Bhatia, MD (known as Dr. Taz), says that even though it’s safe to eat the eggs, it’s important to be aware of the chemicals in the dyes, including red 40, blue 1, and yellow 5. A lot of people avoid these dyes and prefer to limit the amount their kids are exposed to. 

What’s the best Easter egg dye?

“Some of the safest ingredients are plants and vegetables that are used to create dyes such as beets, cabbage, spinach or spices like turmeric,” says Dr. Taz. When it comes to store-bought dyes, she says to look for kits that contain carotenoids and chlorophyll, which are naturally derived.

Registered dietitian Stephanie Ferrari, MS, RDN, says the best options for food dye are all-natural. Luckily, some of them are available in stores or on Amazon like India Tree Natural Decorating Colors and Organica Farms.

How to Make Easter Egg Dye at Home

If you’re looking for a DIY solution to make Easter egg dye at home, you’re in luck. Our experts shared a few of their favorite recipes and tips for making safe and easy Easter egg dye at home. 

Ferrari prefers to use fruits and vegetables for dyes. “When boiling your eggs, simply add one of these natural foods to the water. Or, juice or boil the ingredients, cool them and add vinegar to use them as you would store-bought dye,” she explains. 

Here are a few of her favorite ingredients:

  • Blue: Add 30 ENERGYbits Pure Organic Spirulina Tablets ($8, Amazon)
  • Green: Add a cup of green juice
  • Red/Pink: Add a cup of beet juice
  • Yellow:  Add turmeric (one tablespoon per cup of water)
  • Purple: Add a cup of grape juice

“The natural colors will turn your eggs a pretty pastel color. It’s definitely a more natural look than the fluorescent colors you get from the food dye, but I happen to think it’s even more beautiful the natural way,” adds Ferrari. 

Dr. Taz recommends adding purple cabbage to the water as your eggs are boiling. Alternatively, she suggests adding spinach, cocoa, or turmeric for some variations in color. Or boil beets, add a few teaspoons of vinegar, and soak your boiled eggs overnight.

Can you eat Easter egg dye?

Easter egg dyes that are food-grade or made at home with natural ingredients are safe to eat. Vanessa Rissetto, RD, says that many dye kits are made with vegetable-based dyes and food coloring, so they are generally safe. She wouldn’t recommend eating eggs dyed with hacks, like shaving cream, though.

Rissetto recommends being mindful of food safety and not eating any eggs that have been left outside in the sun or that have been left over for more than a week. This will help protect you and your family from food-borne illnesses.

One thing to note about the Easter egg dye kits or DIY dyes that use artificial food dye is that even though most are considered safe to eat, some children and adults may be particularly sensitive to food dyes and may want to steer clear of eating eggs with those ingredients. 

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