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I went upstairs and got some toothpaste (not the gel kind) and put a quarter size dollop in my hand, then added a bit of water. Washed my hands like you normally do and the pine sap was gone - no sticky!
By Jenny in KY
By C.M . Mang
I have done a fair bit of logging. Naturally, you wear gloves, but now and then they have to come off for various reasons, and you get sap onto your hands. If you don't get rid of it, you will have blisters, because the gloves don't slide on the sap and pull the skin.
If you are in the bush, hours from town, you can't run upstairs to get toothpaste or similarly silly concoctions.
Loggers carry a small hip pocket size can of OFF mosquito spray, even in winter. One quick squirt, and one fast wipe of the hand onto the jeans, and the sap is gone.
OFF does not leave an oily residue. The hands are clean and ready for work in 2 seconds.
By the way, I have been hit by my Million mosquitos and they don't like me anymore. I have not needed to spray the OFF on me as a repellent since the mid 80's.
This is a handy tip I learned while cleaning up pine limbs after a recent ice storm. If you get pine sap on your skin you can spray a little WD40 on it and rub it gently. Then wash with soap and water and it will come off completely. I wish I had discovered this sooner as in the past it has been such a pain to finally get it all off.
By Vickie from Dawson Springs, KY
Something else that works really well, is mix some milk and plain yogurt together till creamy, then apply that to your hands and allow them to dry (with the milk mix on) and then the tree sap will just roll and crumble right off.
To remove pine tar from your hands: spray with Pam Cooking Spray or a similar product. Work the oil into the tar with a brush or your fingertips. Wash with liquid soap and rinse with water. I stumbled on this remedy when I was making a pine cone wreath for Christmas.