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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2014, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can I use koolaid for a dye

I found a diy way to dye your bird toys with plain koolaid without the sugar. Is this a safe way to dye the popsicle sticks I want to use to make a toy?

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I think that would be fine. But have never used it so not 100% sure.
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If other people are doing it and saying it is safe without the sugar then I can't see why not You can however use those super cheap dyes you can get at most grocery stores. They're natural vegetable colourings I believe? I can't remember, but I know a lot of people use them for their birds toys

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oh I thought they were unsafe thats why I was looking for something else. I will go look at the grocery store in town. Thanks!!!!!
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Kool Aid is all artificial everything although the coloring in it might be innocuous...but why don't you try natural stuff like beet, carrot or pomegranate juice, that type of thing?
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Koolaid is definitely not good to use for coloring. Why not be safe and use regular food coloring.
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I thought popsicle sticks were not good for Budgies or even Lovebirds. they seem to splinter so easily, that after dying a few myself for Desi (Lovebird), I put them in the garbage. I ended up stringing together pasta with red/green food coloring for her instead. she loves it.

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I would be concerned about the "sugar free" because of the artificial sweetners. I would use food coloring, like the coloring used to dye Easter eggs.
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I will steer away from the koolaid then and do the natural dying.
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I will steer away from the koolaid then and do the natural dying.
You can buy larger bottles of very concentrated food dyes like the bakers use I think that are on Amazon.com I am going to try that myself,

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I would be concerned about the "sugar free" because of the artificial sweetners. I would use food coloring, like the coloring used to dye Easter eggs.

Regular kool-aid does not have artificial sweeteners as you add your own when mixing it. It is food color and flavoring. Both artificial I am sure, but the cheap food color you buy in the stores would be the same type of cheap food color. I am not sure about easter egg dyes as they are not meant to be eaten so they may or may not be safe.
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Use rubbing alcohol and food coloring. If you use something that smells like food they are more likely to try to eat it instead of destroy it.
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Use rubbing alcohol and food coloring. If you use something that smells like food they are more likely to try to eat it instead of destroy it.
Question... does the rubbing alcohol totally evaporate? Wouldn't it be better to use a food grade alcohol such as vodka? Just curious.
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I would just use food coloring because of the sugar in kool aid.




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