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Getting Pine Sap Off Hands

Tips for removing pine sap or pitch from your hands as posted by the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.


While arranging some pine boughs in a vase as a centerpiece, I ended up with pine sap all over my hands. I tried soap, Dawn, scrubbed, and scrubbed, nothing worked - still sticky.


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

Pam Cooking Spray

My son in law told me to use Pam, or something similar, to remove tree sap from my hands and he was right. It came right off.

By Granfran

Pam Works In 10 Seconds

Pam works fast and it does not hurt from scrubbing. I could not remember where I read butter, but after looking at Pam, and having tried many of the above solvents: Dawn, toothpaste, Joy, Grease Monkey, tar soap, baking soda, finger nail polish remover in the past. I decided to try the internet first this time. Pam non stick food spray! 10 seconds, and soft clean, smooth hands!

By Katylin

Nail Polish Remover

My mom always used fingernail polish remover. I've heard you can use petroleum jelly as well.

By Sachi

Lestoil Cleaner


We have always sworn by Lestoil.

By japhysimon.


While working at a florist shop, we used WD-40.


Cooking Oil

To get "Pine Sap" off your hands, put a small amount of cooking oil on your hands just enough to coat your hands. Then rub your hands together for about 1 whole minute or so. The pitch will loosen up and once it does you can then wash it off with soap and water. Repeat if necessary. Works great!

By luke

Peanut Butter

I've found That peanut butter works best at removing pine tar from your hands. Put a little dollop in your hands, wash and rinse as usual with a little warm water and your good to go.

By C.M . Mang

Oil Is The Key

The peanut butter worked great for me! I think any oil based product such as butter, Pam or any kind of cooking oil will do the trick, too.

By Michelle


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By Jill (Guest Post)
October 14, 20070 found this helpful

Goof Off, Goo Gone, and lighter fluid for pocket lighters all work very well.

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By mary (Guest Post)
October 17, 20070 found this helpful

Avon skin so soft oil works great for us-hands and feet!

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By Michele S. (Guest Post)
November 3, 20070 found this helpful

I tried the cooking spray and it did work great. Also softens hands. A two for one deal. AWESOME!

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By Sean (Guest Post)
December 11, 20070 found this helpful

After reading the above, I tried Canola oil to remove pine sap. Worked great. I agree, I think any oil-based product will likely work.

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By kk (Guest Post)
December 17, 20070 found this helpful

spray pam worked...and fast!

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By tyler (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

Toothpaste worked.

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By Niki (Guest Post)
May 15, 20080 found this helpful

Cooking oil worked wonders, thanks.

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By Ryan (Guest Post)
July 10, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks People! It really works. I tried using PAM to get the sap off of my sandel and it worked.


I just sprayed it on, waited 10 seconds and washed it off. You just need to scrub a little bit. Thanks!

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By Josh B (Guest Post)
July 31, 20080 found this helpful

Pam cooking spray works the best. Just spray a quarter size amount in your hand, rub your hands together and its GONE!. Then just was hands with soap like normal.

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By JoAnne (Guest Post)
August 5, 20080 found this helpful

A million thanks! I ended up here from Google because my daughter had a pine tree drip sap right onto the inside corner of her nose, next to her eye. The oil worked fast and like a charm. Thanks again everybody! JoAnne

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By enaj (Guest Post)
August 12, 20080 found this helpful

New convertible top covered with pine tree sap and droppings! HELP Jabne

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By michelle (Guest Post)
September 14, 20080 found this helpful

Mayonnaise works well also.

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By Mary Hermans (Guest Post)
September 20, 20080 found this helpful

The cooking spray worked terrifically! Thanks!

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By Dianne (Guest Post)
November 23, 20080 found this helpful

I got pinesap on a beautiful dress of mine. Someone suggested hand sanitizer. It worked great and didn't leave a stain like oil.

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By RON (Guest Post)
December 8, 20080 found this helpful

Just good old butter and wash it off.

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By Dakota (Guest Post)
February 23, 20090 found this helpful

Toothpaste worked really well.

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June 6, 20090 found this helpful

The Pam really worked fast. Thanks

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Peanut butter worked a lot. Thanks. I suggest oily cooking supplies were great like toothpaste, mayonnaise, and toothpaste. :) Happy.

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September 14, 20120 found this helpful

Baby Oil

I knew it took sticky wax off your skin, so when I had sap from a Christmas tree all over my hands I decided to use some baby oil and it took it right off! No harsh chemicals!

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October 22, 20160 found this helpful

After trimming evergreens in our yard we were covered in sap. Plain olive oil removed it in seconds with all the healthy benefits too!

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

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.
Have FUN!

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January 22, 20170 found this helpful

When our cat was chased up a spruce tree by a dog, she was covered in sap in her fur when she came down. We tried all the solutions listed, Pam, WD-40, oil etc. Finally I tried regular dish soap. It didn't work. Then I thought of the Dawn commercial cleaning wildlife and was desperate for my poor cat.


After my son went to the grocery store we bathed the cat in the laundry tub and the sap just dissolved like magic out of her fur!! A nice bath and rinse and she lay on the deck in the sun grooming and relieved.

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September 14, 20170 found this helpful

Just tried some Olive Oil....rubbed for about 30 sec. or so....worked like a champ!!

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November 9, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for the pam cooking spray tip! I didn't have Pam though so used Olive Oil instead since I figure oil base...worked like a charm. Hands are pretty soft too :)

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