What is the best way to remove auto grease from hands/nails?
Wasco from Sacramento
The mess is actually dirt or burned carbon in the grease/oil.
Avon Skin-So-Soft is a gentle option that works really well.
WD-40 is fish oil based and works well.
Lava soap has pumice to scrub/grind the grease out.
And then there is simply time.
We use a product called Fast Orange, which is a combination of pumice and citrus. You might try a little lemon juice and soap.
If you have no product to hand then try some liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of sugar. You'd be surprised how well this works. Use as little water as possible until it is time to rinse.
We usually just use dish soap and salt.
Believe it or not use cold cream. Buy a large jar of cheap cold cream. Put a generous amount on your hands and rub all around like you are washing your hands. You can leave on for a minute or two. Then the grease will come right off. Your hands will be soft and clean. You do not have to use an abrasive soap. You can wash your hands with regular soap afterward but do not need to. I learned this in my 9th grade science class. the fat in the cold cream dissolves the grease which is also a fat. Cathy from MA
Grease or oil removes grease... Just pour a bit of cooking oil on to your dirty hands & rub it all around then add a small squirt of dish soap or shampoo & then rub this around too... Now just rinse this all off with warm water & you'll have the cleanest & softest hands on the block! If you work on cars a lot, it pays to keep a small bottle of cooking oil & dish soap next to the outside water spicket during the warmer months, this way you can wash the gunk off before you enter your home!
* To save money, you can store "already used" cooking oil for hand cleaning in a container, but any type of oil will work, baby oil, mineral oil, Crisco, Wesson oil, even motor oil & also peanut butter, lanolin & some hair conditioners will work because oil removes oil, but don't forget to add the squirt of dish soap!
---> But if all this oil business sounds a bit messy, just buy that "Goop" hand cleaner stuff they sell at the dollar store, it works like a charm! I keep it on hand by my washing machine to remove spots & stains from the laundry before washing.
There's a tub of stuff called Goop. It's fantastic... we use that a lot or we mix some baking soda and dishwashing liquid and use that with NO WATER... then rinse with warm water.
a nail brush can help too.
I just worked on my car today, as a matter of fact, and used the dishsoap and soda trick. No grease left on me!
As per a dear friend who has owned a mechanic shop for three decades, yep, good old fashioned 'Goop' :-)
I just use ordinary dish soap. I little dab goes a long ways!
I wear gloves, latex exam gloves, and only one or two fingers get dirty. Then I put on the Goop and a new pair, wear it for an hour while..well, online..and then scrub it off. It almost all rinses off.
I make my husband a mixture of dawn dish soap, and sugar in a lidded container. It scrubs away the oil.
Go to your local auto shop, and see what's available there. Here in Australia, we have a product called 'orange power'. You simply scoop a bit out of a tub and wash. It worked wonders for my auto mechanic boyfriend. It was grainy, and smelled of citrus. Otherwise, another product he found great was a solid bar of soap called 'Solvol'. Again, it was gritty, and worked well, but didn't have the yummy scent.
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