How to Get Food Coloring Off Skin: 8 Effective Ways

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We often face a situation when a particular product needs to be colored. Take a cake for your child’s birthday or colored Easter eggs, for example. Experienced cooks and confectioners know that you should always surprise with unique taste and with the original design. Moreover, the use of food coloring can allow you to create such a real culinary experience.

There are several different types of food dyes:

  • liquids;
  • powders;
  • gels;
  • pastes.

It is rather difficult to remove food dye from the skin. It can leave visible stains on your hands, especially if you do not use gloves. Therefore, I have researched the most effective methods to clean food coloring from your skin and have included them in this article for you.

How to get food coloring off skin?

People have already tested several simple ways to get food dye off their hands. I advise you to look through all of them and choose the one that will best suit you.

Method № 1

You will need a fresh lemon for this method. Cut a slice and rub the dyed area of your skin. You will immediately notice the effect of the lemon acid. Remember to wash your hands afterward.

Method № 2

One of the safest ways to remove food coloring from your hands is to wipe them with hydrogen peroxide. In general, you should always keep hydrogen peroxide in your first-aid kit. It is cheap and can be easily purchased at your local drug store. Pour it onto a cotton pad and rub it thoroughly into your hands. This method works particularly well with fresh stains. It is also practically harmless to your skin.

Method № 3

Another idea is to use vinegar. Apply it to a cloth or small towel and wipe your hands. Remember that vinegar contains 5-8% acetic acid that can harm the skin. So, after use, immediately wash your hands several times with soap and water.

Method № 4

You can try to clean food coloring stains off your skin using baking soda, too. Just mix 0.5 tsp. of baking soda with 0.5 tbsp of water. Then, apply this mixture to the dirty areas of your hands and gently rub. Soda is harmless to your hands if you wash them with water immediately after use.

Method № 5

For the next method, I recommend using toothpaste. Put a little bit of toothpaste on your dirty hands and clean them with some water. It is better to use whitening toothpaste because it fights stains faster and more effectively.

Method № 6

Another safe method to get food coloring off your hands is to use a make-up remover. It will gently cleanse your hands without any irritation because it is used for facial skin. Apply it to a cotton pad and rub thoroughly into your skin. Make-up remover will adequately clean your hands without harming them.

Method № 7

Hand lotion is another excellent cleanser, regardless of the brand or ingredients. Just take a little bit of lotion and apply it to the dirty areas of your skin. Then, rub it with your hands. You will probably need to apply this lotion several times, but be sure that this method is safe and effective.

Method № 8

To remove food coloring, wet a cotton pad with ethyl alcohol (available at drug stores) and wipe your hands. Repeat the process several times using a new cotton pad.

After using one of the methods mentioned above, it is advisable to wash your hands several times with water and soap. Then, apply your favorite hand lotion. All these methods are reliable; so, it is up to you to decide which one to use.

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Joyce Goodwin

Hi, my name is Joyce, I love to cook, so I decided to create an ImproveEats blog (not without help from friends of course) and talk about my progress in developing my culinary skills, I would be happy if you could leave comments, my writing skills are still at a low level, but I am constantly developing.

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