How to Remove Tree Sap from Your Hands

People who work with trees often get tree sap onto their hands, which can be very sticky, annoying and hard to remove. Fortunately, there is more than one easy and simple way in which tree sap can be removed from hands. All these techniques require the use of common household items and you can try them to figure out which suits you best.

Things Required:

– Margarine
– Salt
– Warm water
– Honey
– Rubbing alcohol
– Vegetable or olive oil
– Peanut butter
– Soap


  • 1

    Margarine and Dawn Method

    This method works best while the sap is still fresh. Apply margarine liberally onto your hands by rubbing it in between your palms. Wash off the margarine residue with Dawn and the tree sap will come off along with it.

  • 2

    Salt, water and honey Method

    Add salt and about 3 drops of honey to a basin half filled with warm water. Mix the contents of the basin until the salt dissolves completely. Immerse your hands in the mixture and keep them there for about 3 minutes. Take your hands out and check if the sap still remains. If that is the case, soak your hands for another 3 minutes. The sap should come off very easily using this method.

  • 3

    Dry hands and wash with hot water

    Allow time for your hands to dry completely in air and then wash them under mild hot water running from a tap. This will completely remove the tree sap from your hands.

  • 6

    Rubbing Alcohol Method

    Apply rubbing alcohol onto your hands and rub your hands together vigorously. The alcohol would dissolve the tree sap. Wash your hands to remove alcohol and the tree sap will be removed along with it.

  • 7

    Vegetable or Olive Oil Method

    Apply and rub vegetable oil onto your hands, focusing on the sappy areas. If using vegetable oil is not possible for some reason, you may use olive oil instead.

  • 8

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • 9

    Peanut Butter Method

    Take a spoonful of peanut butter and put it onto your hands. Vigorously rub your hands so that the peanut butter can take effect.

  • 10

    Use soap and water to wash your hands and the tree sap would be removed.

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