How to Get Tree Sap Off Your Hands

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How to Get Sap Off Your Hands

Getting tree sap on your hands is a common thing that can happen to you if you love to work in your garden or outside. As a kid growing up I use to have this problem because I always try to climb trees and get my hands sticky and everything sticks to it afterward.

Getting tree sap off your hands isn’t that hard if you know the right cleaning methods. Simply washing your hands off with water and dish soap will not work because you need something to break down the sticky glue substance on your hands. Below are 5 methods you can choose from that will definitely get tree sap off your hands no matter if it is from pine wood or any other tree it will get it off.

To get tree sap off your hands quickly, rub your hands in the dirt or sand then rub them together until the tree sap loosens up then you can wash your hands off.

 

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1. Using Sand Or Dirt To Get Sap Off Hands

This might come to a surprise to you but dirt or sand can get tree sap off your hands easily. I realize this method when I was younger by accident. To clean your hand with the dirt all you need to do is get some dirt or sand in your hands and rub them together.

The sand or dirt will stick to the glue from the tree sap and when you rub your hands together it will roll off your hands. Your hands will be dirty from the dirt but you can wash your hands off now with some soap and your hands will be clean again.

 

2. Rubbing Alcohol OnYour Hands 

Rubbing alcohol is a great solvent similar to nail polish remover but not as strong. The rubbing alcohol will slowly break down the stickiness in the tree sap so you can wash your hands off with some soap and water. 

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To use the rubbing alcohol pour a generous amount of it on your hands and let it sit for 5-10 minutes then you can wash your hands off with some dish soap or regular hand soap.

 

3. Oils On Your Hands To Get Sap Off

Anything that has a stickiness to it worse enemy is an oily liquid. It doesn’t matter what oil you use, it can be vegetable oil, cooking spray, olive oil, baby oil, or coconut oil. The main thing is that oil will get the tree sap off your hands within seconds of you putting it on your hands.

All you need to do is spray or pour some of the oil on your hands then wash it off with some dawn dish soap or any soap that breaks down oil so your hands can feel less slippery. That is the only drawback to using this method, you will need to wash your hands off properly to get rid of the oil. But once you did that your hands will be totally sap free.

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4. WD-40 On Your Hands To Get Tree Sap Off

Using WD-40 to get sap off your hands Is similar to using oil on your hands. WD-40 has oil in it which will make it work just as if you used any other oils. Using WD-40 should be your last option because WD-40 has a strong smell to it that will leave your hands smelling funny.

You can remove this scent but you will need to wash your hand with warm water and some sweet-smelling soap to get the scent off. To use the WD-40 just spray a generous amount on your hands and rub them together until you feel the tree sap moving around on your hands. Once all of the tree sap is loose, you can now wash your hands thoroughly to remove it.

 

5. Homemade Method To Get Tree Sap Off Your Hands 

Last but not least make a homemade cleaning solution with salt and honey to wash the tree sap off your hands. Making this mixture is really easy all you need to do is fill a small bowl with warm water then add 1/4 cup of the salt into it then mix it around. 

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Now you can pour some honey on your hands and rub them together then you wash your hands in the saltwater until you remove all of the tree sap. If your hands feel sticky afterward you need to wash your hands off with some fresh clean running water.

 

How to Get Tree Sap Off Skin

There are a few ways to get tree sap off your skin but the easiest way to get it off without pulling your hair out or hurting your skin is by using some sort of oil you have at home. It can even be cooking spray, all you need to do is pour some on your skin where the tree sap is then you let the oil sit for a few minutes.

Once the few minutes are up you can gently rub the oil into the tree sap on your skin until it starts to loosen up and falls off. Once you have gotten all of the tree sap off, wash your hands off with warm water and soap to remove the oily residue from your skin.

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Final thoughts:

Getting tree sap on your hands isn’t a nice feeling because this has happened to me already. What I find works for me is by rubbing my hands with a little oil before I mess with any tree and this will prevent you from getting tree sap stuck to your hands. All of the methods a safe to do and you can use them on your kid’s hands if they are the one who has the tree sap on their hands.

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