How to Take Food Coloring Off Your Hands

by Tiffany Silverberg
If you don't have vinegar, use another mild acid like lemon juice.

If you don't have vinegar, use another mild acid like lemon juice.

Food coloring is great for a number of entertaining projects. Turn that vanilla cake blue. Make that milk green. Every princess would love some pink bread for her sandwich. Make homemade modeling compound in a rainbow of colors. Unfortunately, it's also great for staining your hands. Soon enough, your fun, rainy day activity has become a frustrating evening at the sink, removing the evidence of the day of fun. Make a simple scrub that will wipe that pesky coloring away.

Items you will need

  • Lotion
  • Table salt
  • White vinegar or lemon
  • Bowl
  • Hand soap
Step 1

Rub your hands with some of your favorite hand lotion to help loosen the food coloring pigment from your skin.

Step 2

Pour 2 to 3 tbsp. salt into your bowl, depending on how much stain is on your hands.

Step 3

Pour vinegar into the bowl until you make a paste with the salt.

Step 4

Rinse your hands and scoop a bit of the salt paste with your fingers. Rub the salt onto the stain. Rinse and scoop more, rubbing the stain until it is gone. Wash your hands with soap and rinse.

About the Author

Tiffany Silverberg has written grants and copy materials for over three years. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in linguistics. Silverberg has conducted research regarding language development in deaf children and worked as the lead reporter at the Kingsville Record and Bishop News in Texas.

Photo Credits

  • hand lemon wash image by Alexey Stiop from