If there’s one thing you know about gardening, it’s that your hands will get dirty. Unfortunately, when you deal with tree sap, it requires a little more than soap and water to get them spotless again. No worries, though. We’ve put together a list of five different methods you can use to get this residue off with no problem. Check them out below.
Method 1: Margarine and Dawn
Grab a small amount of margarine, and begin rubbing it onto the part of your skin where the sap is stuck. We recommend you do this ASAP because it’s much easier to get the sap off when it’s fresh. Then, wash off the leftover margarine from your hands with Dawn dish soap.
Method 2: Salt, water, and honey
In a container, mix together some water, salt and roughly 3 drops of honey. From there, soak your hands in the mixture for about three minutes. If you notice that there’s still sap stuck to your hands after three minutes, continue to leave your hands in the solution for even longer. Then, rub your hands together under some clean hot water and dry them.
Method 3: Rubbing Alcohol
Start rubbing your hands together vigorously with some rubbing alcohol. During this method, you’ll notice the resin dissolving. Rince your hands with warm water.
Method 4: Olive oil
Pour olive oil over your hands, paying special attention to the spots where the sap is stuck on. In those spots, you’ll want to rub extra hard. Then, just wash off your hands the way you normally would with soap and water. If you don’t have any olive oil in the kitchen, that’s fine. You can always substitute it with any vegetable oil.
Method 5: Peanut Butter
Take about a spoonful of peanut butter and place it on your hands. Once you do that, begin rubbing your hands together with force. You want to make sure that the peanut butter reaches every spot and crevice. Then, similar to method 4, finish up by washing your hands with soap and water.
Remember, while tree sap may seem like no big deal, it’s important that you get it completely off your hands. If not, it could cause a huge mess, getting on your clothes, in your hair, or even worse, in your eyes.