Simple Ways to Get Tie Dye Off Your Kid’s Hands & Skin

colour-stained family enjoying tie-dye activity

There are so many arts-and-crafts projects you can introduce your kids to. Children love to get creative. And, the messier and more colourful the project is, the more they enjoy it. Tie-dying is one such activity kids can get really creative with. They can use their favourite colours and can always show it off later by wearing their art!

If you have a few clothes that are starting to look dull/ mostly because of its fading colour, this is the activity to remedy it. Better yet, if you have old white cotton shirts that are just plain boring, your kids will have a great time making them look far more interesting. Think of all the fun your kids will have, and the value of knowing a skill that will surely come to use in the future.

But if parents are honest, they sometimes tend to go for the more cliched activities when it comes to creative arts. The reason? Clean up can be so difficult with some of the more exciting ones! Don’t let this be the only reason to stop your kids from experimenting with useful arts and crafts such as tie and dye. After all, there are many easy and useful ways to deal with a messy situation.

How to Get Tie Dye Off Skin- Easy Tips And Tricks For Children

So, how does one get tie-dye ink off skin? There are a few natural ways and some that involve a trip to the store. Let us explore the different methods here:

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is used in many homemade cleaning products. It can be considered to be a magic potion when it comes to stain removal. When using it on the skin, take half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with water to form a paste. Use the mixture as you would use handwash.

2. Vinegar

If you want to get tie-dye off your hands without using baking soda, there are a few other options, and vinegar is one of them. All you need is a little bit of vinegar, cotton balls and water. Dip the cotton balls into the vinegar and then apply this to any area that is stained. Give it a good rub and then rinse your hands with water. You can repeat this step if it does not come out the first time. Vinegar is acidic and so it may not agree with everyone. If you find that it is irritating the skin, stop using it, and try one of the other options mentioned in the article.

3. Exfoliation

A familiar part of skincare can help with removing tie-dye paint from the skin. You can use a gentle exfoliator that suits your baby’s skin and massage it slowly on the areas with stubborn paint. If you don’t have an exfoliator, you can even make one at home. Add some sugar to your regular lotion, mix it, and you’re good to go. If you want an all-natural exfoliator, you can skip the lotion and make one from scratch.

Those with very sensitive skin can use oats as an exfoliating agent instead of sugar, which tends to be more abrasive. Ground coffee is another great exfoliating agent that can be found in the kitchen. Mix them into honey, which keeps the skin soft and moist, and you have a gentle exfoliator that can help get those pesky stains off your kids’ skin.

4. Oil

Oil cleansing is a big hit in the skincare world. It is gentle on the skin and removes some very stubborn makeup. It is able to get the dirt and grime off your skin much better than plain soap. The same logic comes into play here. Use oil of your choice and rub it all over the areas your kid has tie-dye stains. Massage it well into the skin and then rinse with soap. This is a great way to get tie-dye paint off your fingers and nails. You can repeat it until the colour is gone completely. Using oil will also prevent your children’s skin from drying out during washing.

5.  Lotions

If you dislike the oily feeling, you can always opt for using an oil-based lotion. This is also a great way to get tie-dye colour off your hands. You can use it the same way you use the oil. Massage it well into the skin, and then wash off with soap. The oil in the lotion will be able to help break down the colour pigments on the skin, leaving you with clean and soft skin.

6. Professional Stain Removers

Depending on just how messy your little ones have gotten or are prone to getting with these artsy activities, you may need to go for something a little more hardcore. There are plenty of products available in the shops that will help you to remove dye stains from your and your children’s skin.

You can get some wipes that are similar to the ones that are used in salons to remove hair dye stains on the skin. They are easily available in beauty shops or any online store. If you are not comfortable using harsh chemicals on your kids’ skin, you can keep it as a last resort. Perhaps use this remedy occasionally when your kids need to look well-groomed, and not like little, walking-talking paint palettes.

The best way to go about tie-dye activities if to wear a pair of latex gloves to prevent any stubborn stains on the hands and all you may need to deal with is a spot or two that may have gone astray.

Another great tip is to wash up as soon as possible. Like any dye, tie-dye paint needs to soak into something in order to stain it well. If you wash up as soon as you are done with handling the colours, you will find that the stains won’t even set in, and all you will really need is regular soap and water.

We hope these tips will have put your mind at ease about trying out tie and dye as a fun activity to enjoy with the children. Clean up need not be dreaded now.