Five beverages that make eco-friendly, natural Easter egg dyes

Eco-friendly dyes are cheap, easy to use, and readily available. You can pick them up at most grocery stores, but you’ll likely have them in your kitchen, already.

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Cranberry juice

Mix 1 to 4 cups of cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. This will make a bright pink color. 

Tea

Boil 2 to 4 cups of water. Add one tea bag for every cup of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. This will make a yellowish-light brown color. Experiment with different types of tea, as well. Green tea and chamomile tea can make yellowish eggs, while hibiscus or Red Zinger can make pink or purple eggs.

Coffee

Mix 1 to 4 cups of coffee (it doesn’t have to be hot) with 2 tablespoons of used coffee grounds, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. This makes a mocha color. 

Grape juice

Mix 1 to 4 cups of grape juice with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. This makes a light purple color. 

Pomegranate juice

Mix 1 to 4 cups of pomegranate juice with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. This makes a reddish hue. 

The process:

Place each of these mixtures into a ceramic mug. If you are worried about staining, choose dark mugs.

Clean and dry your hard-boiled eggs thoroughly to remove anything that might prevent the dyes from adhering. Drop an egg into each of these mixtures, and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. (You can put them in the fridge overnight for a strong, saturated color.)

Let them dry on a rack when the desired color saturation has been achieved.

You can add fun designs by drawing on them with crayons or by wrapping rubber bands around them before beginning the dye process.

This post was reprinted from one of my articles over at Examiner.

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