Toxic traditions aren’t what any parent wants for the holiday. Dyeing Easter eggs is a tradition for many families that too often includes toxic dyes. Food dyes and colors have been linked to a variety of childhood conditions like ADHD and cancer. When it comes to our children, we want to keep their toxic load as low as possible, so they get the best start at health. Playing with toxic food colorings that get absorbed through their skin can increase that toxic load. It doesn’t have to! There are ways to naturally dye Easter eggs, and it can be fun.
There are Safe Egg Dyeing Options
Now you can try natural food coloring, or these safe egg dyeing kits, if you are short on time. If you really want to dive into some fun, try coloring with common, natural foods you might even have around the house. It’s not as fast as the toxic egg dyeing kits, but it can be much more fun. Don’t just trust us, test it out for yourself! #wedontguesswetest
Your kids will think you are the coolest parent when you take things from the refrigerator, and cupboard, to naturally dye Easter eggs. We have a few recommendations, but there is nothing wrong with treating this like a science experiment. You can try different foods your kids suggest to color your eggs. Some we tried were just meh like parsley, swiss chard and raspberry tea, but experimenting can be part of the fun.
Naturally dyeing eggs does require some prep work, and most do require sitting overnight to get more “vibrant” colors. If you were a person who was afraid of a little prep work, you wouldn’t have made it this far though. It’s also nice to walk away from the project while they are coloring. It means you get to skip the part of egg coloring where you sit there with your kids staring at an egg in a bowl of food coloring waiting to take it out. Since they sit overnight, you pop them in the dye and walk away. The next day you get to open your jars to see what colors they turned. Yeah, it takes patience, but we bet you can see the benefit in splitting this project up.
What are Our Favorite Natural Easter Egg Dyes Made of?
Turmeric– This can help you achieve the brightest shade of yellow. If you have our liquid herb, you know how easily this herb stains. Depending on how bright you want your eggs, you can use a few teaspoons of either the liquid or powder.
Blueberries or even Acai Berries- You can try frozen or fresh to make your eggs a fun shade of purple. These work very well to help you get a vibrant color.
Beets or Beet Juice- Chop some beets or go straight for beet juice to get some great pinks and reds. We have seen beet juice work very well for vibrant reds. The nice thing about beet juice is it doesn’t need to be boiled. You’ll hear more about that later.
Red Cabbage- We were skeptical about the red cabbage, but it works very well to get nice blue colors. Yes, blue! You boil the cabbage, and after it cools down you can add baking soda which will alter the PH to make a nice robin’s egg blue. If you add vinegar instead, it will turn a light purple.
Yellow Onion Skins- Looking for orange eggs? Use yellow onion skins. Save them up or scoop them out of the bottom of the onion bin. These will turn your eggs a nice, terracotta orange.
Spinach- You have to have green Easter eggs! Spinach will help you get the best shade of bright green.
How Do You Naturally Dye Easter Eggs?
It’s pretty easy, but it takes some prep work. You will add your dye matter to 2 cups of cold water and bring it to a boil on the stove. For spinach, beets, red cabbage and other veggies you want to chop two cups before you put it in the water. Once you add to water make sure there is an inch of water over the dye matter. If there isn’t, just add more water. Once you bring the pot to a boil, turn the heat down to simmer for 30-60 minutes depending on how deep you want your colors. After you reach the desired time, take the pot off the heat and allow to cool. Once it is cool, strain if needed and then add your dye to a jar. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar and then your eggs. Leave in refrigerator overnight, or longer, for brighter colors.
Make a New, Safe Egg Dyeing Traditions
Your colors won’t be as bright as the toxic colors, but who wants toxic brightness anyways? Kids will be amazed, and you will start a new holiday tradition without the toxins. Your kids will remember the fun and creativity! Check out our other healthy Easter ideas. You will give them healthy memories for a healthy lifestyle.