How to Get Hard Dirt Off Your Elbows


Cleaning dirt off of your skin is not always as simple as running your hands under the faucet. Dried, hard dirt attaches to your skin almost as if it is glued on. While mud is healthy for the skin, dried dirt prevents the skin's pores from breathing and can cause severe acne. In places with wrinkles and crevices, like the elbows, dried dirt can even become painful and restrict movement. There is a way to remove the hard dirt that can help relieve stress as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Washcloth/sponge
  • Shower (optional)
  • Remove anything that would be in the way in the bathtub as your entire body will be lying in it. Put the water stopper into the drain to prevent water loss when soaking.

  • Run a medium-warm to hot bath until the bathtub is 2/3 full. This will give you a chance to lie comfortably with your elbows in the water.

  • Lie in the bathtub and submerge your elbows in the water. Allow the hot water to rehydrate the dirt that is caked onto your elbows.

  • Work the dirt off of your elbows using a washcloth or a sponge. The dried dirt will begin to fall off your elbows. Do this until the dirt is off both elbows.

  • Pull the drain stopper out of the bathtub and allow the water to run through the drain. Turn on the water again to fill up the tub again 2/3 of the way full, or start a shower. Use soap and water to clean your elbows thoroughly. This will also rid your bathtub of any remaining dirt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add aromatic bathing crystals to the hot water to add to the stress-free environment.
  • Use a pumice stone to break up dirt that will not come off the skin.

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