DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Change things up this year by trying DIY egg coloring with natural dyes! The bright side of natural coloring is that dyes can be made from a variety of ingredients found in your kitchen. Though it may take a little longer, it is sure worth the wait. Plus, it’s such a surprise to see how bright or light the colors turn out, depending on how strong you make the dyes.

Items you’ll need to get started include:

  • A dozen of hard boiled organic eggs, cooled
  • White vinegar
  • Several bowls to mix the dyes
  • Rubber gloves if you don’t want colorful fingers
  • Recycle paper towels or cloth towels
  • Save your egg carton for drying
  • See below for dye ingredients

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Color ingredients: There’s a few different ways to make the colored dyes. For instance, you’ll need to mix frozen blueberries in water to make natural blue dye. On the other hand, you’ll need to simmer yellow onions and mix with white vinegar for natural orange dye. Check out Better Homes and Gardens for instructions on how to make the colored dyes you want to use.

Tips to consider:

  • Frozen or canned fruit tends produces stronger colors
  • Allow eggs to sit overnight in the dye for a darker color
  • Once the egg is colored, rub a tiny amount of oil for a shinier egg.

You might be wondering what the dark side of artificial food coloring is all about. It may make your food look more appetizing but it’s linked to serious health risks. In 1983, the FDA found Red No. 3 is linked to causing tumors and Yellow No. 5 to hives. Recently, the Center for Science in Public Interest is petitioning to phase out eight artificial food dyes.

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Remember, using natural ways to color your food is better for you and the environment. Also, it’s an opportunity to spend more time with your family and teach them about natural and eco-friendly activities.

Four Forgotten Energy Saving Tips

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When it comes to saving energy in your home, the basics are fairly easy to turn into habits. This includes turning off the lights when leaving a room, closing doors and windows, monitoring your thermostat, etc. But we could always use more energy saving tips. What else can you do to make your home smarter and more energy efficient? Thomas & Betts Corporation has been a global leader in the electrical power industry for over 100 years so they know a thing or two about saving energy. They reminded us about the four “forgotten” energy saving tips most people don’t think about:

  1. Replace your light bulbs with flourescent bulbs.
  2. Clean out your refrigerator by vacuuming dust and removing residue from the coils to ensure your fridge stays cool.
  3. Replace extension cords with a floor box because the cords lose energy when it’s continuously plugged into appliances.
  4. As summer approaches, airflow can escape through small entry points in your home (see image below). Sealing electrical boxes is more efficient and will make your home cooler in the summer (vice versa for winter).

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Habitat Bergen’s 5K Race to Build Homes

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 For those who live in New Jersey, the effects of Hurricane Sandy are still seen and felt today. The most severe damage took place along the north and central New Jersey coastline. It’s not only flooding that was a problem when the wrath of Sandy hit. The inland towns were hit just as hard. Severe winds knocked over power lines and trees, damaging homes and cars. The Hackensack River and Overpeck Creek were filling up with rainfall so quickly that it resulted in a broken levee near the towns of Moonachie and Little Ferry. Massive flooding swamped more than 2,000 homes throughout the area.

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 Another year has passed since the horrific hurricane took over the east coast. Homes are still being rebuilt all throughout New Jersey today. To help raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, Habitat Bergen is having their 2nd Annual 5K Race to Build Homes next month on May 17th. Over 170 locals came to participant in last years 5k run and this year it’s expected to be no different or less. Anyone who crossed over the finish line last year was treated to a slice of California Pizza Kitchen pizza, snacks from Whole Foods and a goody bag. Visit http://habitatbergen.org for more details about participating in the run and/or donating to Habitat Bergen.

habitat_bergen_5krace Last years participants running through the scenic trail at Oradell Reservoir.

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Household Organizing Ideas

In honor of spring cleaning, how about spring organizing? Spring cleaning is the time of year when you become brave enough to dive into your deep closets full of junk boxes or sift through the big dusty garage full of, well to be honest, mostly crap that’s piled up over the years.

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As you pick through the items, each one may take you down memory lane. This makes you ponder why you should keep a hamper with broken handles or those kitchen utensils from college? Ahh, you might toss these items into the recycling pile. But before you rush off to your local recycling center, why not reuse the items that you can for household organizing? I mean, you’re already doing the dirty work by going through your old household items.

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This is what we like to call RIY or “reuse-it-yourself” instead of “do-it-yourself”. It’s all about reusing old items to help organize the household items you do want to keep. Check out these reuse-it-yourself household organizing ideas.

Household Organizing Ideas Reuse old utensils into wall hooks for hanging kitchen aprons or mits.

Household Organizing Ideas Reuse your old wire hangers to organize your flip flops.

Household organizing ideas Reuse old CD cases to organize your electrical cords.

Household Organizing Ideas Reuse old shower curtain hooks to neatly organize your bags and purses.

Household Organizing Ideas Reuse plastic hampers with broken handles for wall hanging to organize dirty laundry.

While you’re going through your old and unwanted items, don’t forget to make a recycling pile for your empty inkjet cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics that you can recycle with Planet Green. Happy spring organizing!