How to Clean Pine Pitch From Skin

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Pine pitch is incredibly stubborn. It sticks to your skin and is nearly impossible to wash off without using a substance other than regular soap to remove it. Fatty substances can remove pitch from the skin without much effort. Here are a variety of substances you might have around your house that also can help you to remove the pine pitch.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife
  • Mayonnaise
  • Paper towel
  • Cooking oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Scrape off as much of the tree sap as you can using the backside of a butter knife. Be prepared to clean the sap off of the knife if you use this method.

  • Apply mayonnaise generously to the affected area. The fat in the mayonnaise helps to break down the pitch and remove it from the skin.

  • Saturate a paper towel with cooking oil. Rub it into your skin, gently scraping at the pitch to loosen it and clean it off.

  • Scoop a tablespoon or so of peanut butter out of the jar. Rub it into your skin and let it sit for awhile.

  • Wash the area of skin with the pitch now cleaned off to remove any fatty residue. Repeat using a different type of fatty substance if there is any pitch remaining. Try scrubbing gently if the pitch is caked onto the skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rub some isopropyl alcohol into your skin if all else fails. Allow it to penetrate the pitch before washing with soap and warm water.
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