How do you get tree sap off your hands

How To Get Tree Sap Off Hands and Skin

"How to get tree sap off hands" comes like a course in the Pacific Northwest. Since we moved here, my family has had our fair share of the sticky stuff, and I have become an expert at removing it.

A simple barefoot walk out into our yard yields feet full of tree sap, sticky fingers, and, yes, the dreaded tree sap in our hair. It can be a huge pain, and it was for me as a mom of two at first. I come from the city. Run-ins with tree sap were relatively rare, even in a tree-laden town like the one where I lived. Now, it is everywhere!

Just the other night, my four-year-old woke up in the middle of the night and called out to me: "Mama!" When I went in to check on her, she asked me, sleepily, if I would remove the tree sap from in between her toes. It was bothering her in her sleep.

Now, you might not have tree sap issues to this extent, but you came here for a reason. I am willing to bet it is to find out how to get tree sap off skin and hair. Well, after two years in tree sap insanity, I am here to help.  

Table of Contents:

  • What Is Tree Sap? 
  • 5 Best Products to Get Sap Off Skin and Hair 
  • When All Else Fails, Combine! 
  • What Not to Use For Removing Tree Sap

What Is Tree Sap?

Perhaps you are most familiar with the pine sap of the Christmas tree variety? Have you ever carried in a Christmas tree, excited to get decorating, only to find your hands covered in pine sap?

I have.

Pine sap is tough. We love Christmas trees. We love maple trees in the park. God knows we love maple syrup on our pancakes. But for all of that love, we also must deal with sticky tree sap, the super sticky substance that oozes from at least 22 tree varieties in the United States. We supply hundreds of gallons of maple syrup to the market between the US and Canada. Tree sap eventually becomes maple syrup after tapping the tree and boiling the sticky sap, among other steps.



Hands, feet, and hair?


So, how do you get rid of it?  

5 Best Products to Get Sap Off Skin and Hair

Coconut Oil for removing tree sap

Coconut oil is one of my go-to solutions for pretty much everything. Coconut oil has multiple benefits.

Dry skin? Coconut oil.

Chapped lips? Coconut oil.

Dry hair? Coconut oil.

And, yes, tree sap? Coconut oil.

To remove tree sap, apply a bit of coconut oil directly to the place where the sap is, rub it all in, and let it sit. It should bind to the coconut oil and rub off easily. 

Vegetable Oil for removing tree sap

No coconut oil on hand? You can remove tree sap with the same process with whatever vegetable cooking oil you have on hand.

It may not smell as nice, but hey, beggars can't be choosers. When removing the tree sap from your hair, use a dying bottle to spread the oil directly to the glued strands. 

Degreasing Products Used in Your Home can remove tree sap

This stuff is a lifesaver, mainly because we all have degreasing products in our homes, at least grease-cutting dish soap.

I never knew the real power of those products until I moved to a sprawling property with lots of projects to manage. Now I always keep some around if one of us gets covered in grease from a machine.

It acts in the same way with a tree sap as well - cutting right through it while not damaging your skin or hair. 

Rubbing alcohol for removing tree sap

Yes, you read that right. Rubbing alcohol or drinks with a large percentage of alcohol like vodka will also help cut through the sticky sap on your skin and/or hair and allow you to rub or wash it off:

  1. Soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol
  2. Press the cotton pad against the tree sap and hold it there for two minutes
  3. Rub the cotton pad in a circular motion to remove tree sap
  4. Once the sticky sap is no longer stuck on the skin or hair, wash away the rubbing alcohol, and the tree sap remains using baking soda diluted in warm water.

Mayonnaise for removing tree sap

    Look, I am not a fan of mayonnaise. I have never been. I will put it in my tuna, and that is it. Otherwise, it just feels too greasy and oily for my taste.

    But that is precisely what we want to remove sap - greasy, oily, slick material to bind with the sap and let it slide off. Mayonnaise may be one of the best products to get sap off the skin and especially out of hair due to its ease of use.

    You can just glob it up with your fingers and lather it on. I know, yuck. But also, yay! 

    When All Else Fails, Combine!

    Try a combination of the products above when dealing with particularly nasty tree sap that just will not come off your skin (or out from between your toes).

    I love oils for removing tree sap, particularly from hair, because if it binds correctly, it will allow the sap to slide right out.

    You can try a natural oil-based hair oil you have on hand and then wash it off with a degreasing soap.

    You can apply the degreasing soap and rub it off with baking soda or alcohol.

    You can always try the WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo clarifying shampoo to cleanse your hair from tree sap! But, make sure you use the Coconut/Avocado Conditioner after the shampoo to restore back the hair's moisture.  

    The bottom line is not to give up. And trust the process. The sap will eventually come out.

    That is one of my favorite things about our largest organ, our skin: it does not want to hold on to anything foreign either on it or in it.

    Everything, with time and patience, comes out.  

    What Not to Use For Removing Tree Sap

    In the end, you want to use what you have on hand, combine what you can, have patience. And, please keep it simple.

    I have read articles professing the wonders of everything from pine oil to peanut butter. But how many of us have pine oil on hand, and who wants peanut butter in their hair? Not me! Stick to anything alcohol-based or oil-based to get tree sap off hands and hair, and you should be in good shape.

    Do not get crazy removing tree sap off with a knife or running out to the store for new products. By the time you get there and back, the sap will likely already be on its way out.

    Explore the WOW website for more natural hair care products.  

    How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap or Pine Pitch From Almost Anything

    25 years in the auto business & hiking a lot with my kids (who have a knack for getting sap everywhere) has taught me how to deal with sap.

    How to Get Tree Sap off Skin, Clothes, and More

    Tree pitch, sap, or tar is very difficult to remove from your hands, clothes, and most of all, from the paint on your car. This stuff is a nuisance. It takes days for it to wear off of your skin, it never comes out of your clothes no matter how many times you wash, and you will probably end up ruining the paint on your car trying to scrub it off.

    I will show you how to remove tree sap from almost anything with ease, and with a very common product you can find almost everywhere. This product is so common that you probably carry it around with you every day. You can find it in airports, grocery stores, public restrooms, restaurants, child daycare centers, and most schools. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

    The Secret Ingredient for Removing Tree Sap

    You probably didn't realize you carry pine pitch or sap remover with you every day, in your bag or in the glove box of your car. You may even hook it on the belt loop of your pants, depending on how germaphobic you are.

    If you guessed this product is hand sanitizer, you are correct.

    Hand sanitizer will remove tree sap from almost anything, including the paint on your car. Just be sure you try it on a small, unnoticeable area of the surface before you go to town on whatever it is you're cleaning. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is the chemical ingredient that breaks down and removes the resin.


    If you use hand sanitizer, make sure it's alcohol-based.

    How to Remove Pine Tar From...

    Your Car:
    • If you're trying to get sap off the paint of your car, just work lightly and slowly so you don't harm the surface. The alcohol shouldn't harm a new paint job, but the dirt or friction might scratch it.
    • First, just press the rag or cotton ball dipped in alcohol against the sap and hold it there for a minute or two.
    • Then start rubbing gently in a circular motion, and rinse with soap and water. You might have to wax the area again because although it shouldn't harm your paint, alcohol will remove any wax you may have applied.

    Your Hands or Skin:

    Simply rub some alcohol (or hand sanitizer) on your hands until it comes loose, then rinse.

    Clothing or Fabric:

    Gently scrape off as much as you can, then rub the spots with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol until it lifts off, and wash as usual.

    Hair (Including Pet Fur):

    The hand sanitizer or alcohol will work but I recommend something gentler, especially if the sap has already dried. Try working some cooking oil into the tar and gently working to break it up with your fingertips.

    What Else Can Be Used to Remove Sap, Tree Tar, or Resin?

    If you're in a tight spot and you don't have any hand sanitizer on you, these other things could work:

    • Eyeglass cleaner wipes: Eyeglass cleaner wipes will work. There is not much alcohol in the little towels, so you may need a few.
    • Something oily: Olive or cooking oil can help loosen sap, especially if it's dried. Anything super oily is worth a try. Some people swear by peanut butter, and some use WD-40.
    • Heat or the cold: Heating the sap with a hairdryer or putting it in the freezer might allow you to loosen or pick it off more easily.

    How Do You Know Alcohol Is Safe for Car Surfaces?

    In my 25 years in the automotive business (Honda, ASE certified master technician), I have installed many automotive accessories that use two-sided tape (like body side moldings, door edge guards, bumper protectors, and rear spoilers).

    Before you install any of these items, the manufacturer will have you wipe all wax and dirt from the area that you will be installing it on. Manufacturers supply alcohol wipes in the installation kit. This is the reason I know alcohol is safe to use on automotive paint.

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    I have removed pine sap with hand sanitizer from my own car's paint and interior. I've also used it on skin, clothes, hardwood floors, footwear, and hair. We hike a lot with the kids and they have a knack for getting it everywhere, like on the seats of their pants, and you can guess what it gets on after that.

    (You Don't Need the Wooden Spoon)

    This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

    Questions & Answers

    Question: Instead of hand sanitizer, why not just use alcohol directly to remove sticky tree sap or pine pitch?

    Answer: Yes, you are correct, but most people have hand sanitizer with them not rubbing alcohol.

    Question: What can I use to remove sap and stains off plastic decking ?

    Answer: I recommend using rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth. I highly recommend testing it in a small area first just to be sure it doesn't discolor the decking, but I think you'll be ok.

    Question: Can I use sanitizer to remove sap from a gravestone?

    Answer: Yes, you can absolutely use hand sanitizer to remove sap from a gravestone. Apply some to a rag and it should come off with no problems.

    Question: How can I remove rosin/sap from a composite deck?

    Answer: Rubbing alcohol should be able to remove rosin/sap from a composite deck, just use it on a soft cloth and try it in an area that's somewhat hidden first.

    Question: What is the best way to get sap off of a vinyl deck?

    Answer: Use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to gently remove it with slow motions.

    Question: I have a metal spotlight under a pine tree, and it’s covered in pine sap that has been there all winter. The sap has hardened and turned white. How do I get it off the spotlight?

    Answer: The best way to get it off is to use straight rubbing alcohol with a soft cloth and continuously wipe it until the sap breaks down and comes off.

    Question: How do you get sap off a window screen?

    Answer: You can use rubbing alcohol with a soft cloth and clean it gently, it may take a few minutes for the alcohol to breakdown the sap but it should work.

    Question: Will white vinegar work to remove sticky tree sap or pine pitch?

    Answer: Probably not.

    Question: How do I remove tree sap or pine pitch from an aluminum wheelchair ramp?

    Answer: I suggest using rubbing alcohol and a soft rag.

    © 2011 Eddie Carrara

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 14, 2020:

    Thanks for the tip Ben, I'm sure a lot of people will give it a shot :)

    Ben J. on June 13, 2020:

    Use OxiClean Maximum Strength sprayed on sap, leave it sit a minute and wipe off with soft rag. When all sap is removed, wash with warm water/detergent mix to clean off any residue. It works like a charm!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 23, 2020:

    Hi Wes,

    I wouldn't use ice cubes, it will just make a mess, I recommend you use the rubbing alcohol on an area that s not visible like the back of the couch just to be sure the material doesn't have a chemical reaction with the isopropyl. If there is no reaction, use a soft cloth and rub the area lightly with the isopropyl, the sap needs to dissolve and it may take a few minutes while treating the area. Hope this works :)

    Wes on April 21, 2020:

    we have a 'LAZY BOY" COUCH. Will info. you on removing "pine tree pitch".. will start with freezing the spot with ICE CUBES. THE material is a suade ( synthetic) leather.

    Thanks for the 'tips'. ..

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 01, 2019:

    Hi Speckled Acres,

    I'm no chemist so that question will have to be directed to your Home Brew shop owner lol. I do know that you cannot drink rubbing alcohol

    Speckled Acres on October 31, 2019:

    Hi what is the difference between Rubbing Alcohol and pure alcohol from a home brew shop?

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 02, 2019:

    Hi Keyesneum,

    I would use hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol with a small brush, then hose it off with soap and water once the sap is dissolved. Let me know how you make out :)

    Keyesneum on October 01, 2019:

    So using hand sanitizer will take mesquite sap off my friends red bricks on her back porch?

    Alexis Rojas G on August 28, 2019:

    How can I remove tree sap from a tent?;thanks a lot.

    [email protected] Com on July 19, 2019:

    What can I use to remove pine tar from a sidewalk? Wonder about using muradic acid and water to loosen up then power wash? Thanks. Dennis

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 23, 2019:

    Hi Simcha,

    Did you try cutting a piece of oak to remove the sap?

    Simcha evron on May 23, 2019:

    How do you remove the pine sap from circular saw blades?

    Randy coble on February 03, 2019:

    I have been using starting fluid. Don't use it in the house,out side you will not believe how nice it works. Gas works like crap! Don't clean hands while smoking??

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 25, 2018:

    Let me know if it works Sky :)

    Sky00 on August 19, 2018:

    Hi Eddie,

    Thanks for your article. I have been searching for a solution in removing the tiny brown spots from the trees on my brand new car. The regular car washing soap has removed all tiny spots except for one seems to be stuck there . I will try the rubbing alcohol.

    Gail on August 05, 2018:

    Sat in sap with a brand new pair of pants. I tried lens cleaners, as that's what I had home. It helped only a little. Then we tried an eraser -- also helped a little. Finally, I went to the store and bought hand sanitizer. It was magic!! The sap came out instantly!! THANK YOU!!!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 30, 2018:

    Hi Michele,

    Those petroleum's are toxic and not good for your skin. Everything you apply to your skin the body absorbs (eg, The patch for smoking or motion sickness). They may work well but I don't recommend them, get some hand sanitizer, it's safe and it smells good :)

    Michele babcock on May 29, 2018:

    Gasoline or diesel fuel also works great for getting it off your skin. Most people have a small container of gas in their garage. (I know most people don’t carry it with them.) this works for me because I usually have pine tar on hands and tools after pruning shrubs. Will have to look at hand sanitizer!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 06, 2018:

    That's AWESOME!!!!! lol

    Rubbing alcohol works really good too :)

    Sap hater on February 04, 2018:

    Sir, thank you so much. I tried detergent and hot water, and sap remover products and nothing worked. Hand sanitizer worked like magic.

    Terry on December 24, 2017:

    Tree sap is basically a wax. When you light a wax candle the flame melts the wax. This what you need. A bucket, two squirts of washing up detergent a sponge and BOILING water, a pair of rubber gloves and your garden hose running. Apply the mix give it a good rub and immediately hose it off. Its that easy.

    Kylan on December 09, 2017:

    I print is that out but it didn't show up on my printer and I couldn't read that much

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 19, 2017:

    Hope it works Jill. I have had a lot of help with my grammar lately :)

    Jill on October 17, 2017:

    Thank you so much. I have been making beeswax wraps with pine resin and managed to get it on almost everything I touched. I will give the hand sanitizer I try. By the way your grammar is fine by me

    Pamela on October 14, 2017:

    How about on red flagstone? Can I use isopropyl alcohol on that? Thank u

    kARL eHLERS on October 06, 2017:


    Betsy on September 30, 2017:

    We removed sap from fir trees on my sun umbrella with Fantastic 5 in 1 bleach cleaner. First we tried everything mentioned in your list that we had, except hand sanitizer (we had none). The bleach cleaner cleaned quickly, considering the plastic surface was slightly textured.

    Sue on September 24, 2017:

    How to get it off trec decking?

    bertha on August 29, 2017:

    could I use rubbing alcohol on a marble or granite head stone as it has spruce sap on it.

    Joe blow on August 07, 2017:

    Another product which works well is WD 40.

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 31, 2017:

    Hi Kathy,

    I have not tried it on vinyl. I recommend using rubbing alcohol on a towel, the alcohol will break down the sap, so it will take some time to clean this camper up. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

    Kathy Nisse on July 26, 2017:

    Found your article by googling How to remove Pine Sap from vinyl. I purchased a used 2003 pop up camping trailer about 3 weeks ago. I noticed that there was pine sap on the corners of the pull out bed areas. Seller said the person they bought the pop up from had it sitting under pine trees when it was for sale. Well after bringing it home and having it set out in the drive side pad and then opening it, wow, the sap is on all 4 corners and after being in the sun is sticking all the side vinyl panels together. Now my question, have you tried Hand Sanitizer on vinyl? I have a LOT of pine sap to clean off my pop up and if Sanitizer is the answer than I'm headed to the dollar store and purchase a BIG bottle. I'm sure I'll have to get a vinyl cleaner/protector to use after the sap clean up, I just want to make sure I'm not going to dry out the vinyl. Thanks.

    Kelly on July 26, 2017:

    Thanks for the tips! It cleaned bottom of shoes perfectly. Do you have a remedy for getting the tar/pitch off my puppies paws?

    pops on June 24, 2017:

    Fantastic - did it when the car paint was warm. Tried a bug and tar product that did not work. My problem was pine pitch that had baked on. The biggest glop popped off with my fingernail, but the thin streak would not budge. I used a Purel wipe because that is all that I could find. Just rubbed it for maybe a minute.

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 16, 2017:

    Hi Betsy,

    Try magic eraser.

    Betsy on June 14, 2017:

    Need to clean up a porcelain tub. It has dark brown black residue in the bottom. Maybe pitch? From sitting outdoors. Please advise. Trying alcohol now . Not effective.

    Vue Girl on April 15, 2017:

    I have a Saturn Vue with a plastic body. Is this safe on plastic as well as metal car bodies? Thanks for the tips.

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 16, 2016:

    Keep me posted on how you make out Papa Joe :)

    Papa Joe on November 16, 2016:

    Will be trying hand sanitizer tomorrow have Pine sap all over my semi truck. Been parking under pine trees up in the moutains uhg.

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 28, 2016:

    Hey David, it's amazing what hand sanitizer can do lol. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

    David on January 28, 2016:

    Thehand sanitizer worked great let sit about 15 minutes came right off hardwood with a dish scrubber

    David on January 28, 2016:

    will try this hope it works . thank you

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 06, 2015:

    Hi Bonnie that's great!

    You can also use rubbing alcohol, but in a pinch the hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol so it works just as good. I'm glad you found my article :) and thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

    Bonnie Miller on December 03, 2015:

    Thank you so much....the hand sanitizer worked perfectly! Apparently the pine tar must've been on for a while and was very dried on. I was afraid that anything I might use would take the clear coat off my car. Goo Gone didn't even begin to cut it, but the hand sanitizer worked within seconds with very minimal rubbing. The finish is still perfect!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 14, 2015:

    Rubbing alcohol is the best remover Missy. Let me know how you make out, thanks :)

    Missy on September 14, 2015:

    I sat on a bench under a pine tree--big mistake!! How do I get it off my rayon/spandex skirt?? I will try the sanitizer. Any other suggestions?? Thanks!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 30, 2014:

    Hey Mariana, that's fantastic, glad I could help. Good thing you didn't put your tree on a carpeted floor, Yikes!! :) Thanks for the feedback Mariana, I really appreciate it.

    Mariana Takacs on January 30, 2014:

    It worked! I had a big pine tar on my hardwood floor because I forgot to put a towel under my Christmas tree. Thank you so much!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 22, 2013:

    Hi Kathryn,

    I think I would have rather the pine pitch falling on my car than the whole tree, lol . Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

    Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 21, 2013:

    I wish I had seen this over a year ago! I used to have a car that was parked under a pine tree all of the time, and it had plenty of pine pitch on it. It's not a problem anymore, because that same tree fell on my Eclipse during a storm last year!

    I will keep this useful information in mind. Voted up!

    ~ Kathryn

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 15, 2012:

    Hi Vera, that's awesome :) Glad I could help, thank you for sharing and voting, I really appreciate it!

    Vera Blake on June 15, 2012:

    Eddie - Your write-up is well done - I voted! I am "pinning" this on my Pinterest site to boot! Thank you for saving my L. L. Bean nylon winter coat! :)

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 13, 2012:

    Hi Staci, Thanks for the tips on my grammar issues, I'm a mechanic by trade not a writer, I only write to help people with problems they need answers to. I will work on fixing the the article errors asap. Do you know where I can buy some of that writing polish? Most of my other articles probably need it as well :) Glad I could help, take care.

    Staci on June 13, 2012:

    I appreciate your info, however you wrote an essay talking about the "product" before you got to the point. Please eliminate some of the chit chat ok? And also, in order to look like a literate blogger, please correct your grammar. You are = you're! Not YOUR as you have it everywhere on this post. Thanks for the tip. Just needs a little writing polish to make it more efficient???

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 19, 2012:

    Hey abuzz,

    That's great, I'm glad I could help :) It's amazing, we all carry around with us that little bottle of hand sanitizer and we have no idea it works on pine sap/tar. I do a lot of hiking, and when we get back back to the car, we can clean off all the sticky stuff easily. Thanks for the comment, take care.

    abuzz on February 19, 2012:

    I am SO glad that I found this article!! It worked great!!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 05, 2011:

    Hey frogyfish, You hoppin hub today? Thanks!!! My mom actually call me one day to tell me she used purll hand sanitize on her hands to remove the pine sap after working in her yard, lol! Too funny :)

    frogyfish from Central United States of America on December 05, 2011:

    Absolutely cool and nifty tip for that sap/tar mess. Thanks for sharing this great helpful info!

    Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 29, 2011:

    It really works moonfairy! keeping those little towel packages for cleaning your glasses in your glove box is a good way to remove sap from your hands as well, anything with an alcohol base. Glad I could help :)

    moonfairy on August 28, 2011:

    I just discovered that my car is loaded with globs of sap when I gave it a thorough cleaning last weekend. I tried goo-gone to no thanks for the great advice...I'll try it!

    How to wash resin from hands: methods, tools, life hacks



    1. How to wash hands from tar?
    2. Epoxy resin
    3. Pine resin
    4. How to wash pine resin from hair and clothes?

    Everyone can get tar on their hands, so it's important to know how to get rid of it as soon as possible. Such a situation is unlikely to be pleasant for someone, but you should not fall into despair, because you can deal with this problem with a little effort and spending a few minutes with benefit. Various folk methods can be used to eliminate resin and return the skin to an attractive appearance. It is enough to choose an acceptable option and start acting.

    How to wash hands from tar?

    Resin on the hands may appear due to various reasons (woodworking, roof repairs, etc.), but this is not so important. After all, the main task is the rapid and complete removal of the resin, which can be performed using various substances. Which ones? First of all, oily substances, organic solvents and other aggressive chemicals can be used.


    Epoxy compound is a high strength adhesive that is used on metal, plastic and other surfaces. Typically, the mixture is a liquid substance that is miscible with a solvent. To begin with, heating is carried out, and then the glue cools down, as a result of which it is extremely difficult to remove it.

    You can remove epoxy resin from your hands in the following way:

    • Spread baby cream on problem areas and let it act on the substance for 30-40 minutes. Rinse under warm water using a brush and laundry soap.
    • Apply oil (tanning oil, baby oil or olive oil) to the skin and let it work, waiting for 40 minutes. Wash off with a hard washcloth under the tap.
    • Create a soda slurry (20 grams of soda and 10 ml of water), apply it on your hands and wait 30-40 minutes. Wash off with water and laundry soap.
    • You can also try removing the resin with an aggressive solvent such as benzine, acetone or mineral spirits. This method is harmful to the health and skin of the hands, so it should be used only as a last resort. At the end of the procedure, the hands must be treated with a special cream.

    Important! Tips to consider when removing resin:

    • Adhesive must not be removed with benzine or acetone from sensitive skin areas.
    • Do not use flammable substances near open flames.
    • Use aggressive solvents outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, keeping other household members away.
    • Hot resin can cause wounds. They need to be washed with water, treated with cream and left open. If there is pain, a fever, or blisters begin to form, you should immediately consult a doctor.

    Pine resin

    After a picnic or a walk in a coniferous forest, you may notice that wood resin has appeared on the hands or other skin areas. It can be not only on the skin, but also on clothes or hair. You can eliminate it in one of the following ways:

    • Take a kitchen sponge, moisten it with water and sprinkle with citric acid. Scrub stains until they disappear.
    • Treat the stained area with vegetable oil, rubbing it into the skin. Wash off in warm running water using laundry soap.

    How to wash pine resin from hair and clothes?

    If not only the skin is soiled, but also clothes or hair, then you need to act in one of the following ways:

    • Mayonnaise or peanut butter. It is enough to apply the substance to the hair and wrap the stained area with a plastic bag for 30-40 minutes. After the time has elapsed, remove the cellophane, wash off the remnants of the substance under the tap using soap.
    • Resin is best removed from clothing by thermal treatment. To do this, put things in the freezer so that the resin freezes and carefully remove it with a sharp knife.
    • Harsh solvents can also be used, but they can damage the fabric, so proceed with extreme caution. Usually gasoline and acetone are used to remove resin from dense materials, but first you need to test the effect of the product on an inconspicuous area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe clothing.


    In trend

    How and with what to wash the resin from hands and other areas of the skin, as well as wipe it from the hair

    It is very easy to get dirty with resin on a walk in the forest, at a photo shoot or during repair work. It is much more difficult then to get rid of this substance on the skin of the hands, clothes, hair. There are ways to help quickly wash the resin.


    • 1 How to clean resin from hands

      • 1. 1 How to clean epoxy from hands and other skin areas

        • 1.1.1 Resin Cleansing Cream for Children

        • 1.1.2 Coca-Cola as solvent

        • 1.1.3 Soda

        • 1.1.4 Cleaning the skin with rubber glue

        • 1.1.5 Mixture of turpentine, starch and ammonia

        • 1.1.6 Acetone

        • 1.1.7 Video: Acetone Epoxy Thinner

      • 1.2 How to clean the resin from pine and other conifers from the skin of the hands

        • 1.2.1 Sunflower oil

        • 1.2.2 How to clean resin stains from pine cones with alcohol

        • 1.2.3 Citric acid for tar traces

    • 2 Prohibited Methods

      • 2.1 Hot process

      • 2.2 Cold cleaning

      • 2.3 Epoxy solvents and acid

    • 3 How to clean resin from hair

      • 3. 1 Peanut butter and mayonnaise

    • 4 How to clean resin from baby's hair and skin: useful tips

    Resin Remover from Hands

    When traveling to the pine forest, mushrooming or covering the roof, we can stain our hands and hair with wood or epoxy resin. They harden within a day. Epoxy may vitrify earlier (within 7-14 hours), depending on its composition. Drops of artificial and natural resins are removed in different ways, but the described methods should be used until the resin completely hardens on the skin.

    Tree tar is easier to clean than artificial

    How to get epoxy off your hands and other skin

    Epoxy is a kind of strong adhesive. It firmly adheres to various materials: wood, roofing felt, plastic. Epoxy resin is used for repairs in liquid form, after a while it hardens. It is necessary to immediately clean the skin of resin drops, since with prolonged contact it causes irritation and swelling of the skin, serves as a source of allergies, redness and tearing of the eyes, irritation of the respiratory tract.

    Epoxy resin is a carcinogen that, when it comes into contact with the skin, begins to poison the body. It should be removed immediately! If it is still soft, do not soak the solvents on the skin, but rub the dirt with them.

    Resin Cleansing Baby Cream

    The most gentle way is with a baby cream. It will not only remove impurities, but also soften the skin, reduce the level of irritation. In addition, it rarely causes allergies, suitable for both adults and children. It can be used for delicate and sensitive skin.

    1. Apply the product to the resin and the skin around the stain.
    2. Scrub immediately, then apply more cream and rub again until the stains are completely cleared. You can use a hard brush for this.
    3. Wash off residues with soap.

    Baby cream safely removes epoxy resin

    Coca-Cola as a solvent

    Dissolves Coca-Cola resin well.

    It is known that Coca-Cola is able to clean many things: sink and bath from limescale, pipes from rust, pots from burnt food. Its effectiveness is explained by the content of carbon dioxide and phosphoric acid.

    In fact, not only Cola can be used. Both Fanta and Sprite are often used as epoxy solvents.

    1. For 1 liter of soda we take 1 tbsp. l. soda. We stir.

      Carbonated water can be used to clean the resin, e.g. Coca-Cola

    2. We dip our hands into the solution.
    3. Hold for 10 minutes.
    4. Wash hands with soap and apply cream.

      After a soda bath, hands are washed and lubricated with cream


    Soda reacts chemically with resin, softening it. There will be no harm from prolonged contact with soda. On the contrary, the substance relieves irritation and inflammation of the skin. The main thing is to prevent the gruel from drying out on your hands. It can be used on delicate areas of the skin, this method will not harm children. We need:

    • water - 1 tbsp. l.;
    • soda - 3 tsp


    1. We make gruel from water and soda.

      Soda is diluted with water to the consistency of gruel

    2. Apply to the stained area of ​​the skin and clean the resin from the edges to the center.
    3. Wash off with warm soapy water.

      After cleaning the resin with soda, wash your hands well with soap and water

    We clean the skin with rubber glue

    Any rubber glue must contain a solvent. It acts on drops of resin that have fallen on the skin. Do not use on children's skin: an allergic reaction may occur. It is important not to keep the glue longer than 10 seconds, otherwise, in addition to the resin, you will also have to remove it.

    1. Apply a little rubber glue to the stained area of ​​the skin.
    2. Hold for 10 seconds.
    3. Roll the resin with your fingers.
    4. Wash hands thoroughly with soap.

    The rubber adhesive contains a solvent that cleans epoxy well from the skin.

    A mixture of turpentine, starch and ammonia.
    Unlike technical, this product does not leave burns on the skin and does not cause allergies, dermatitis. Gum turpentine, being a highly purified substance, softens the resin to the required consistency. To get rid of epoxy, we need:

    • ammonia - 3 drops;
    • starch - 1 tbsp. l.;
    • turpentine - 4 drops.


    1. Mix the ingredients.
    2. Apply to the contaminated area of ​​the skin.
    3. Scrub with a hand brush.
    4. Wash my hands.

    Turpentine with the addition of ammonia and starch is also used to clean tar from hands

    Use the technical solution only for cleaning clothes, shoes and other household items. Since its use negatively affects the human respiratory organs and can leave chemical burns on the skin, you should work with the product with gloves and a mask.


    Removes tar from leather with acetone and products containing it, such as nail polish remover. It is not recommended to use acetone for colored clothes, as the color will be washed out by the solvent. In no case should this method be used for children's and delicate skin.

    Acetone should be used in a well-ventilated area and away from children, since inhalation of this substance can cause respiratory problems.

    How to use:

    1. Apply acetone or nail polish remover to a cotton pad.
    2. Apply to resin for 3-5 seconds.
    3. We clean the pollution.
    4. After applying acetone, lubricate the skin with a moisturizer.

    Acetone cleans epoxy well

    Video: Acetone is an epoxy thinner

    How to clean pine and other coniferous tree resin from your hands

    You can also use acetone or gasoline to clean tree tar from your hands. But you need to remember that in this case it is necessary to carry out the cleaning procedure in a well-ventilated area. In addition to solvents, folk methods are also used.

    Sunflower oil

    The method is absolutely safe for children and adults. Can be applied to any skin type. Sunflower oil changes the consistency of the resin to a more liquid one, softens the substance. This makes the resin easier to remove from the skin.

    1. Apply a generous amount of sunflower oil to a cotton swab.
    2. Rub into the skin for 30-40 minutes until the resin is removed.
    3. Wash off with hot soapy water.

    Good for removing tar traces sunflower oil

    How to remove resin stains from pine cones with alcohol

    Alcohol is used for a wide variety of stains, including tar drops on the skin. Prolonged contact of alcohol with the skin is harmless. It does not threaten chemical burns and wounds, on the contrary, it disinfects hands. Alcohol softens the resin to a sticky, stringy consistency, allowing resin droplets to be removed. The product can be used for adult and children's skin. Since alcohol dries slightly, evaporating from the surface, after applying it, you can smear the skin area with baby cream.

    1. Soak a cotton pad in alcohol.
    2. Apply to resin for 20 minutes.
    3. Wipe the stain with cotton wool or gauze.

    Alcohol easily removes tar from skin

    Citric acid for tar traces

    Citric acid is used in everyday life as a mild chemical technical cleaner. It effectively dissolves resin due to its chemical composition. Citric acid is not recommended for delicate areas of the body and children's skin: it can lead to irritation.

    1. Take a soft sponge or cotton pad. We wet with water.
    2. Sprinkle the sponge with acid and rub the resin from the edges to the center of the stain.
    3. Wash off with warm soapy water.

    Citric acid can remove tar stains

    Do's and Don'ts

    Some cleaners are good at removing tar, but are bad for the skin. Their use is not recommended.

    Hot method

    It is effective for cleaning clothes, shoes, household items, but not for the skin of the hands or other parts of the body. The resin is ironed through the parchment with a hot iron. At high temperatures, the substance softens and can be removed with a sponge or cloth.

    This method should never be used to remove tar from leather. The result can be very deplorable: from a slight burn to getting into traumatology.

    Cold cleaning

    Also only for household items. A thing stained with resin is frozen. Resin crystallizes when exposed to low temperatures. After which it is smashed with a hammer. You can, of course, try and carefully wipe the dirty place on your hand with a piece of ice for several minutes so that the resin hardens. But the desired crystallized structure of the substance cannot be achieved in this way. But to get a slight frostbite of the skin is as easy as shelling pears.

    Cold cleaning of resin can cause frostbite on extremities.

    Epoxy solvents and acid. They are used to thin and dissolve resins.

    But none of these solvents can be used to cleanse the skin of the hands, face and other parts of the body from resin.

    Washer SP-6 is also the strongest solvent. It is designed to remove varnishes and paints from old ferrous metal, it also cleans epoxy. True, SP-6 is used in car services and at construction sites. After applying the wash, the paintwork swells, breaking down to a loose mass, which is then removed with a brush.

    It is strictly forbidden to use SP-6 remover to clean hands from resin. In case of contact with the skin, wash hands or other parts of the body with water immediately. If this is not done, then a chemical burn is guaranteed. When using SP-6, a chemical burn of the respiratory tract is also possible. After removing the wash, you need to consult a doctor.

    Do not use acid to clean tar off body parts. After all, sulfuric and tetrafluoroboric acids in contact with the skin form an instant chemical burn. At the same time, coagulation necrosis is formed almost instantly - tissue necrosis. A white crust with clearly defined borders instantly forms on the skin. The stronger the concentration of acids, the deeper the wound under the crust.

    Skin contact with acid can cause serious consequences

    How to clean tar from hair

    Not only hands, feet or face can get dirty in tar. It is much more difficult for housewives when the resin droplets are frozen in chic long hair. We will not rush and take up scissors. Let's try to fix the situation.

    Peanut butter and mayonnaise

    And again we turn to folk methods. Peanut butter or mayonnaise will help us. They soften the resin, strengthen the hair structure. For children, soap can be replaced with a special shampoo, which, if it gets into the eyes, will not pinch much. The method is great for both long and short hair.

    1. Apply mayonnaise or oil along the entire length of the stained strand.
    2. We wrap the head with plastic wrap.
    3. Hold for 30 minutes.
    4. Wash off with warm running water and baby soap.

      Wash hair after treatment with warm water and soap

    How to clean tar from baby's hair and skin: useful tips

    1. As we have already said, you should never clean tar from baby's skin with solvents, including acetone and gasoline. In addition to the fact that respiratory diseases can occur, there is a chance of getting chemical burns and allergies.
    2. Do not use citric acid either. Although it is the mildest of the existing acids, it can also damage the skin and cause irritation.
    3. Natural products are used for children: soda, sunflower, olive or peanut oil.
    4. It is important to ensure that cleaning products do not get into the eyes, nose, ears and mouth. If a child swallows oil or a couple of grains of soda, there will be no harm.

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