How to color eggs with food coloring and without vinegar

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How to color eggs with food coloring and without vinegar
You can dye eggs effectively without the use of vinegar. (Dynamic Graphics/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

When you dye Easter eggs, you may think you have to use smelly white vinegar in order to make the dye adhere to the egg shells properly. However, you can effectively dye the Easter eggs using basic food colouring if you follow a few procedures that will ensure the eggs have been soaked in the dye water for a long enough period of time. This will not only allow you to avoid using vinegar, but will save you money as well.

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Things you need

  • Pot
  • Eggs
  • Plastic bowls or cups
  • Food colouring
  • Salt

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  1. 1

    Fill a pot with water, and place in the eggs you are going to dye with food colouring. Heat the water over high heat until the water reaches a rolling boil. Cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Allow it to sit undisturbed for 20 minutes. Rinse the eggs in cold water. Allow the eggs to dry for 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Fill six to eight clear cups or bowls with 2 cups of water. You can use tap water, bottled water or distilled water.

  3. 3

    Add 20 drops of food colouring into each container. Using a larger amount of food colouring will help the eggs receive the dye more readily than using only a few drops. Select six to eight different colours of your choice. Stir each container well to incorporate the food colouring into the water.

  4. 4

    Add 1 tsp table salt to each container. Salt will act as a binding agent to help the food colouring adhere to the egg shells. Stir each container well with a spoon.

  5. 5

    Insert the eggs into the dye water one at a time, one egg per container. Allow the eggs to sit in the dye for at least 5 minutes before lifting them out. Allowing the eggs to sit in the water for a longer period of time will help the dye adhere to the egg shells.

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