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3 Ways to Use Natural Dyes

3 Ways to Use Natural Dyes

Artificial coloring and dyes are all around us, altering the colors of foods we eat, clothes we wear and more. If you want to bring some color to your life sans chemicals, consider these three ways you can use dyes made from all-natural ingredients.

1. Homespun wool

Whether you raise sheep for wool or purchase wool from a local farmer, you can dye your wool naturally before turning it into something beautiful, such as a sweater or scarf. For more about wool and coloring it naturally, see Homespun Wool and Natural Dyes.

2. Easter eggs

If you celebrate Easter and if you like to color eggs, steer clear of those coloring kits in the supermarket. It’s fun and simple to create beautiful dyes for your eggs at home. Ingredients such as beets (for red), onion skins (for yellow) and blueberries (for bluish-purple) will provide the bases for your dyes. For full recipes and instructions, see How to Color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes.

3. Your hair

Yep, that’s right—you can even add a little pizzazz to your next hair-do by skipping the salon and using natural dyes instead. Most natural hair dyes rely on herbal ingredients, and they can be safely and easily made and applied at home. To learn all the ins and outs of this process, check out For Natural Hair Color, Color Your Hair with Natural Dyes.

Have you ever made any natural dyes at home? What did you color with the dyes? Please share your experiences and any favorite dye recipes you have in the comments section.

Photo by Rosalind Creasy

Related: Homemade Easter Egg Dyes and Toxic Hair Dye Ingredients.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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12:13AM PDT on May 11, 2013


6:00PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Interesting ideas,thanks. A Happy Easter to all the caring wonderful Care2's!!!

9:11AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thank you.

1:51PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

great idea

6:00AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter to everyone!

9:14AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thank you

7:40AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Sounds fun to me.

6:32AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Who has time for that?

3:47PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012


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