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How to Get Rid of Food Coloring on Skin

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: December 3, 2018
How to Get Rid of Food Coloring on Skin

Food colors are amazing. Most of them are safe for health, and they give you great opportunities to experiment with your recipes or even dip dye your hair. Whether you want to turn that milk blue, bread pink or custard green, there is a rainbow of food colors to choose from. Although they are nice to experiment with and everyone loves them in their recipes, they are hard to get rid off your hands if they fall on your skin. Sometimes you need to mix the colors in your dough and knead it with your hands, after which your hands are left green and blue with food colors. If you often use food colors and get them stuck on your hands, this oneHOWTO article will tell you how to get rid of food coloring on skin.

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  1. The white vinegar and baking soda method
  2. The toothpaste method
  3. The rubbing alcohol method

The white vinegar and baking soda method

As you may know, both baking soda and white vinegar are two essentials in household DIY cleaning methods. Though it may seem a pretty harsh method, it's one of the most effective.

Things needed

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • A few paper towels

Step by step instructions

  1. First of all, wipe away the extra food colors from your skin using a paper towel.
  2. Next, soak a paper towel in white vinegar and gently rub it on your stained skin.
  3. Keep replacing the paper towel with a new one as it gets stained with the food color.
  4. Now make a paste of water and baking soda, and apply this paste on your stains after washing off the vinegar.
  5. Rub the paste gently on your skin and rinse with vinegar.
  6. Finally, rinse with running water and repeat if needed.

The toothpaste method

Have you ever heard of the cleansing effect of toothpaste? You may not, but we assure you your grandmother has used it more than once!

Things needed:

  • A non-gel toothpaste, preferably with baking soda in it
  • Washcloth
  • Soap and water

Step by step instructions:

  1. Wash your skin with soap and warm water, while rubbing the area to make a good lather with soap.
  2. While your skin is still wet, take some toothpaste in your hands.
  3. Apply a thin layer of the toothpaste on your stain, and start rubbing it gently using soft circular motions.
  4. You may also apply some toothpaste on a wash cloth and apply on your stained skin.
  5. Keep rubbing for around 2 minutes.
  6. If the paste starts drying, splash some water over it and continue rubbing.
  7. After a few minutes, you will see the food colors starting to fade.
  8. Rinse off your hands with warm water.
  9. If your skin is still feeling sticky due to toothpaste, you may wash it with water and soap.
  10. Repeat if needed, as deep set food color stains may require 2-3 sittings of this method.
How to Get Rid of Food Coloring on Skin - The toothpaste method

The rubbing alcohol method

Alcohol or even acetone are both good household ingredients that are known for helping you get rid of unwanted stains. Let's take a look at how to get rid of food coloring on the skin with this method.

Things needed

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton
  • Soap and water

Step by step instructions

  1. Grab some rubbing alcohol. You may also use nail polish remover or acetone, but they are harsh and drying, and may not be suitable for kids or people with skin sensitivity.
  2. Soak some cotton in rubbing alcohol and apply it on your stains.
  3. Start rubbing gently, as rubbing alcohol may be helpful in dissolving the pigments in the colors. Most of the loose color will come off within a few strokes of rubbing alcohol.
  4. Keep replacing the cotton with fresh ones as they get colored. Reusing the old cotton and continuing rubbing with the stained cotton will transfer the color back to your skin. So, it is best to throw away the used cotton and replace with new one.
  5. Wash with water and soap and pat dry using a towel. If your skin is still stained, try rubbing more rubbing alcohol on it, wash with water and soap, and dry.
  6. Repeat the process is needed. If you are feeling tired or if your skin is feeling raw and sensitive, you may repeat the process after a few hours.
  7. As rubbing alcohol can have a drying effect on your skin, it is important to moisturize your skin using a hand lotion. Moisturizing is more important if you have used acetone or nail polish remover instead of rubbing alcohol, as they are more drying and harsh.

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  • Make sure you use a hand moisturizer after applying any of the methods mentioned above to keep your skin properly hydrated and soft.
  • Using bath oils with a mineral oil base will also help you to get rid of the color marks from your skin while still protecting it.
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