Dye Your Easter Eggs and Then Spring Clean the House!

6 Materials
1 Hour

Did you know that you can use Kool-Aid to clean your house?!?! Check out my step-by-step tutorial below and you'll be cleaning in color in no time! What's really great about this is the kids might like to help with some of the cleaning since it seems "magically cool" with Kool-Aid. icon

Kool Aid

That's right, at a cost of about 25 cents per packet you can dye your Easter eggs and tackle some of your spring cleaning!

DIY Easter Egg Dye

Use Kool-Aid packets (the no sugar version) to dye your Easter eggs:

Mix one packet into 2/3 of a cup of cool water and stir until dissolved.

If you want to you can wipe the eggs down with vinegar and the color will take even better. Dunk your eggs into the Kool-aid water mixture till they are the color you want.

If you see you have stained your hands a bit then read this guide on how to get Easter egg dye off skin.

Then use the leftover liquid to spring clean!

Citric Acid

It doesn't matter what color- they all work just fine because of the citric acid!

You can also buy just the citric acid at the store if you don't have any Easter eggs to dye.

Add to Your Washing Machine

Add to Your Washing Machine

Some Kool-Aid liquid goes in the empty washing machine (without clothing) to clean the inside and keep the smells away. I have the front load type so I pour it in at the fabric softener area since I get moldy discoloration there. If you have a lot of discoloration, make a paste (mentioned further down) and use a toothbrush to scrub at it.

You can also use some in the dishwasher- run it through a cycle with dishwasher detergent. I no longer have a dishwasher so no pix of that icon but it works great and is cheaper than that product you buy. Also dump some down the garbage disposal for a fresh smell!

Add to the Toilet

Add to the Toilet

Some Kool-Aid liquid goes in the toilet- let it soak, scrub all around, and flush! The longer it soaks, the better.

I have a really ancient icky toilet but it does make it look a lot better!

And no- it doesn't stain because the toilet is a non-porous surface.

Make a Paste and Clean the Sink

Make a Paste and Clean the Sink

I make a paste with the Kool-Aid liquid and baking soda to loosen up the hard water deposits around the sink faucets and in the basin.

It doesn't stain because the metal faucets and porcelain sink are non-porous surfaces.

Add to the Sink

I spread that Kool-Aid paste I made on the problem areas and let it sit awhile, then scrub. I love my Chinese Dragon faucet with the green oozing all about. I bought the faucet on Amazon and Hometalk has added the link below in resources.

If I have stains on my counter tops, I use a bit to scrub the stain away, but don't let it set because some counter tops are a bit porous and could stain. Scrub and wipe clean.

I also put some into a spray bottle with liquid Dawn dish soap and additional water to spray clean the counters, the shower walls, etc. It will not stain non-porous surfaces!

You can even use it on windows!

And yes, dump the last of the Kool-Aid down the drains in the house to do some final cleaning!

Have any other cleaning hacks? Let me know in the comments down below.

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 74 questions
  • Bon6218947 Bon6218947 on Mar 13, 2022

    How do you use it to clean your drains?

  • Dana Ferguson Dana Ferguson on Mar 13, 2022

    I'm changing the lights in my rv to lead. The lights coming out have a blk and white wire. The ones going in have to white wires. How do I know which goes where?

  • Micheline Micheline on Apr 05, 2022

    Does it work on mildew?

    I have bad allergies to any kind of chemical smells

Join the conversation
2 of 197 comments
  • Pam Pam on Mar 13, 2022

    There are color free kool- aid varieties.

  • Frances Anderson Frances Anderson on Mar 17, 2022

    and people drink this stuff ?? have seen it used as a dye, a toilet cleaner and other chemical uses the list of artificially is scary and people drink this stuff?? its a bit like ketchup i suppose the flavour and sugar out-ways the fact it can clean brass and pouter. personally am beginning to wonder what its doing to our bodies and our children's. lovely idea for bright chemical cleans