November 18, 2023

How to Get Food Coloring Off Skin

If your little Picasso has unleashed their artistic side on your family picnic, or your child gets stuck with food coloring stains while working on an art project in the kitchen, you want to act quickly to get those stubborn hues off your kid’s hands and arms. The longer the color sets in, the more difficult it is to remove. Fortunately, there are several super easy ways to get food coloring off skin without causing irritation.

1. Rubbing Alcohol

Rub rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or rag and apply to the stained area. Gently scrub until the food coloring stain begins to fade, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Be careful if your child has any cuts or dry skin, as the abrasiveness of rubbing alcohol can cause irritation.

2. Nail Polish Remover

Another option is to use nail polish remover on a cotton ball and rub it onto the stained areas. This will break down the dye molecules and leave your skin clean and stain-free. Again, be careful if your child has any cuts or very dry skin, as the acetone in nail polish remover can irritate them.

3. Salt

If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, you can also make an effective cleaning solution with simple household products such as salt and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Mix equal parts of each to create a paste, then rub it onto the stained skin and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water. You may need to repeat the process a few times until the stain completely disappears.


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