With Easter right around the corner, there’s a good chance you’re already thinking about how to get Easter egg dye off hands. Because let’s face it: You can’t skip the egg coloring party, otherwise, your kids will never let you forget it! But getting that pesky egg dye off hands will undoubtedly be an issue after the fun part is over.
So, you might as well be prepared for the inevitable: Any hands that go near the dye are going to be covered (for a while) in a rainbow of colors. But instead of letting a little Easter egg dye ruin your fun, give a few of these cleaning tips a try. You will have the Easter egg dye off your hands in no time.
How do you get easter egg dye off hands?
There are several methods to get Easter egg dye off your hands. Some work great, and others not so much. That’s why we asked Nichole Siciliano from Dudley’s Easter, a company that specializes in Easter egg dye, to share a few of their tried-and-true methods to help get Easter egg dye off your skin.
Method 1: Water and soap
Soak your hands in a mixture of warm water and several drops of soap.
Start scrubbing the dye traces off.
In most cases, that will be enough. Always try this before using additional methods to eliminate the marks.
Method 2: Heavy-duty soap
Seek for a soap specifically made for Easter egg dye or similar substances removal from hands. According to expert cleaners, a great option is the heavy-duty hand cleaner.
A soap such as Lava Bar Soap is a very effective agent, as it contains pumice.
You just have to rub it along the affected areas, combining it with a moisturizer that will keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Method 3: Toothpaste
Apply some toothpaste on the stained spots on your hands using a paintbrush, a nail polish brush, or your hand.
Rub it into your skin, working in back and forth motion to lose the Easter egg dye marks.
Continue doing that until your hands seem free from the coloration.
Wipe your hands with paper towels 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 technique that seems to work the best only requires vinegar and baking soda.
Start by rinsing your hands in water. Rub your hands together and rinse until most of the Easter egg dye stops coming off your hands. You can use a washcloth to speed up the process.
Put vinegar in a bowl and soak a clean washcloth in it.
Remove the washcloth and use it to scrub your hands with the vinegar. You may need to rinse and repeat several times.
If you still have stains, you can add baking soda to the mix.
First, try baking soda on its own. Place a small amount on your hands and rub your hands together. If this doesn’t take care of the remaining stains, you can try alternating the vinegar and baking soda steps or put baking soda and vinegar together on your hands and scrub. Just make sure to rinse thoroughly between steps.
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How to Get Easter Egg Dye Off of Counters
Kitchen counters take quite a beating, which means they can usually hold up to most food and liquids. To remove substances from your counters, it typically takes a sponge with a spray cleaner or kitchen wipes.
Unless the mess you’re trying to clean up is the Easter egg dye you spilled all over the counter. But instead of panicking, 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 to get the stains out. Refer to the “best ways to get Easter egg dye off your hands” above.
You can also try the toothpaste method from above that is used to get Easter egg dye off your hands. 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 or Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
How to Get Easter Egg Dye Off of 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.
Not only are vinegar and baking soda good for getting Easter egg dye off your hands, these two popular household items can also be used on your table.
Vinegar mixed with warm water is a common way to clean Easter egg dye off of tables. You can combine 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of warm water. 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 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water into a thin paste. Apply to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth until the stain 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.
Is easter egg dye safe?
If coloring Easter eggs are on your family fun list, you might be asking yourself “Is Easter egg dye safe?”
The good news: Yes, Easter egg dye is safe, as long as you’re purchasing Easter egg dye kits from the store or a reputable company like Dudley’s Easter or Paas. Just 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 that some of the dyes are made from 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?
If you’re thinking about making your own Easter egg dye or you just want to make sure the kit you’re buying contains safe ingredients, you might be wondering what the best Easter egg dye is.
“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. The 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 spirulina tablets
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 tsp of vinegar and soak your boiled eggs overnight.
Can you eat Easter egg dye?
For the most part, yes. Easter egg dyes that are food-grade or made at home with natural ingredients are safe.
In fact, Vaness Rissetto, RD, says that many dye kits are made with vegetable-based dyes and food coloring, so they are generally safe. She did say she definitely wouldn't eat eggs dyed with hacks like shaving cream, but food grade ones are perfectly acceptable.
Rissetto recommends being mindful of food safety with these and not eat 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 Easter egg dye is 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.