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Here’s How To Get Easter Egg Dye Off Your Hands

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by Shannon Evans
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Spring is here and that means Easter is right around the corner. The Easter holiday is always a delight for sweet-toothed children, and nothing says “making memories” like an afternoon of dyeing hard boiled eggs in a rainbow of pastels. But as the parent, the reality of the occasion is slightly less idyllic: Stinky odors, messy kitchens, and stained hands for days. I can’t help you with the first two problems, but those dyed hands are fixable. Here’s how to remove Easter egg dye from your hands without scrubbing off your skin.

First of all, it's a lot easier to prevent the stained hand phenomenon than it is to fix it, so take the time to purchase and put on some light rubber or plastic gloves before you start. But if you're reading this and it's already too late for preventative measures, don’t panic — your hands won’t look blue at church for Easter services.

How to get Easter dye off hands big and small

The best way to get Easter dye off your hands is natural and completely non-toxic, meaning you can safely use it on even your littlest family member. Win! You’ll just need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar (the same kind you probably used to make the dye in the first place)

The Easter egg dye removal process is simple. First, run your hands under a bit of water and sprinkle them with baking soda. Then add just a little vinegar to create a mild foam (go easy, this isn’t your second grade volcano science experiment). The abrasiveness of the baking soda should exfoliate the dye right off of your skin. Then, just rinse your hands — or your kids’ hands — under warm water. You might get lucky and see your normal skin tone again immediately, but sometimes you’ll need to repeat the whole process before the dye is fully washed away.

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Other ways to get Easter dye off hands

Try using toothpaste to clean dye off of skin

Some parents opt for just using good old soap and water, but in my experience, this method comes up sorely lacking. Unless you want to look like The Hulk for the rest of the week, I suggest digging a little deeper. If you don't happen to have baking soda or vinegar on hand, another secret weapon is one I guarantee you do: Toothpaste.

To use toothpaste to get Easter egg dye off your hands, rub the toothpaste to the discolored areas. Work it in by rubbing back and forth pretty firmly until you see the color begin to lift. After you're done, simply wash the toothpaste off with warm water and dry. Ah, minty fresh.

Use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer to remove dye

Last but not least, you might try good old-fashioned rubbing alcohol for removing dye. (Does your grandma use it for everything under the sun the way mine does?) This method is definitely not as mild or appropriate for sensitive skin, so take that into consideration, particularly if you're planning to use it on young children. If it's the best choice you've got, pour just a bit of alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it on the affected area. In a pinch, non-acetone nail polish remover or hand sanitizer can each be substituted.

Is getting Easter egg dye off of your skin kind of a pain? Sure it is. But don't let the inconvenience of egg dye stains keep you from jumping in to do the holiday craft with your kids. A moment of scrubbing is more than worth a lifetime of memories. And besides, with such ultra simple home solutions, that dye will be gone in no time. Now if you could just say the same about all those hard boiled eggs.

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