Pull out the party supplies
Keeping your house clean could be a harder task than keeping your kids clean — it’s a toss-up, to say the least! Dig into that closet where you shove all of the extra party supplies and grab those old plastic tablecloths you bought for your daughter’s princess birthday party three years ago — it doesn’t matter that they’re covered in crowns and hearts — they’ll do the trick nicely. Cover everything in sight with plastic to protect your table, the floor and even the chairs (although, sometimes it just works best to have your kids stand at the table to dye eggs!).
No plastic tablecloths stashed away? They’re cheap to pick up and well worth the expense of a couple of bucks each to be able to wrap up all of the mess when you’re all done and toss the entire package in the trash (straight to the outside garbage can, by the way!). You could also use one of your old fabric tablecloths and dedicate it to Easter egg dyeing. Throw it in the wash when you’re done dyeing — by itself, of course — and you should be good to go for next year too!
The best way to keep your house clean while dyeing Easter eggs? Take it outside. If you’re in a warm climate, make an outdoor Easter egg dyeing station, or even take it in your garage if it’s too chilly to dye outside. Just be sure to check the bottoms of shoes and feet for dye before letting your little Easter bunnies back in the house!
Go green… and red… and yellow
While all-natural dyes will likely stain your kids’ fingers as well, at least you’ll know that their purple fingertips aren’t soaked with chemicals, right? Going “green” with your Easter egg dye this year can also play double-duty as a mini-science experiment for your kids!
Think of different colorful foods and create your own dyes — blueberries, raspberries, red wine vinegar, cranberry juice, turmeric, cayenne pepper. Roam around the grocery store when you pick up your eggs and see what colorful inspiration might strike you and your kids!
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