How to Get Red Food Coloring off Your Hands

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It's no secret that red fool coloring can cause stubborn stains. The Red 40 dye in red food coloring can stain skin, carpet, upholstery and fabrics. If you are using red food coloring, you will most likely get it on your hands. Getting the dye on your skin is both a blessing and a curse. It's a relief to know it will only be temporary, but it's also a problem because you can't apply harmful chemicals to your skin to remove the stain. There are two effective ways to remove red food coloring from your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Hand towel
  • Lotion
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Nail brush

Whitening Toothpaste

  • Wash and dry your hands as soon as the staining occurs. Use cool water. Dry them with a clean hand towel.

  • Squirt out a quarter size amount of whitening toothpaste. If you stain is much larger, you may need a bit more.

  • Rub the toothpaste into the stain using your hands. Rub it in for about a minute, then rinse your hands with cool water. Check to see if the stain is gone.

  • Repeat the process again if the stain has faded, but not completely disappeared. Wash your hands with soap and water once you are done. Use a moisturizing lotion to soften and protect the skin on your hands.

Shaving Cream

  • Wash your hands using soap and cool water. Rinse well, then dry your hands using a hand towel.

  • Squirt a generous amount of shaving cream onto the red food coloring stains. Allow the shaving cream to soak into the stain for 3 full minutes.

  • Use a nail brush to gently scrub over the stain and work in the shaving cream. This will also remove any dead skin that has absorbed the red food coloring.

  • Rinse your hands with cool water. Check to see that the stain has been removed. If not, repeat the process until the stain is gone.

  • Wash and dry your hands once the stain has disappeared. Use a moisturizing lotion to protect your skin and replenish lost moisture due to the stain removal process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a coating of petroleum jelly to your hands the next time you use red food coloring. This will help prevent the dye from staining your skin.

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