How to make natural Easter egg dyes

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CINCINNATI - If you're worried about the possible toxins in artificial dyes, you can make your own natural Easter egg dye.

Artificial dyes have been linked to allergic reactions and hyperactivity in children.

The good news about making your own is there are only a few steps and you will likely have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen.

What you need:

  • Plastic cups
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Colorings of choice
  • A few small saucepans

Start by mixing a teaspoon of vinegar and three cups of water in each cup. Then you can add the following ingredients to make the colors.

Purple and Pink

  • 1 cup beet juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Concord grape juice and 1/4 cup deeply steeped black cherry herbal tea (use any red-ish tea)


  • 1 cup kale or spinach juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup deeply steeped green tea and 2 teaspoons vinegar


  • 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons turmeric and 2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • 1 cup strong black coffee with 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce with 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Orange and Rust

  • 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon annatto and 2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • 2 cups pureed blueberries and 2 cups Concord grape juice


  • 2 cups canned cherry pie filling and 2 cups beet juice

Click here to read ABC's report on dyeing eggs with natural ingredients

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