After reading our blog about Wild Violet Infused Vinegar, one of our readers asked a great question. Can you use this vinegar to dye things? The color is so pretty. Would it make a natural egg dye or hair rinse?
Well, we didn't know. So challenge excepted. Let's see.
We took 2 ramikens and poured some fresh infused vinegar into each one and tested it out.
The fast answer is no. It did add a pink tinge to the hair, but it rinsed right out. We remind you, this would be a horrible idea to try on your own hair.
The egg also had no color when left in for less than 3 minutes.
So let's give it more time and see. It's interesting because you do add vinegar to the Easter egg coloring kits that you buy in the stores.
Also the vinegar, being an acid, will start to dissolve the egg shell because eggs shells contain calcium carbonate crystals which are a base.
This probably would take 12 to 24. That's longer than our attention span for this challenge. Let's continue to see.
At 12 hours the pink stain seems to be permanent or semi permanent in the lock of hair. I imagine the hair is pretty damaged, too. That's a long soak in an acid, even if it's mild.
At 24 hours, the vinegar didn't eat all the way through the shell yet, but you can see a fizzy area where the egg shell has been in contact with the vinegar. It's interesting that the fizz has a faint blue hue to it. It reminds us of the dramatic color change from blue to pink that happens when you make Wild Violet Jelly.
This would make a great science fair project for the kids.