How to remove tree pitch from clothes, skin or hair? Due to its sticky texture, pitch, or resin, quickly attaches to anything it comes into contact with, from skin and hair to clothes, cars and other items. Getting rid of pitch can be difficult and unpleasant.
However, removing tree pitch from clothing or skin is very easy. Many commonly used household products can be used as a resin remover. For example, one of the most common home remedies for removing sap is rubbing alcohol. Alcohol acts as a solvent.
How to remove tree sap from hair and skin
A great way to remove tree sap from the skin is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or nail polish remover. Simply rub the affected area and then use water and soap. Using a dishwashing detergent to combat grease is also effective.
There’s nothing worse than having tree pitch get into your hair. But this can be easily removed with peanut butter. The oils in peanut butter help break down the resin so it can be easily combed out. Simply cover the areas with pitch and use a blow dryer (warm setting) to soften it. Comb and wash your hair as usual. Mayonnaise has the same effect. Let the mayonnaise sit for a few minutes before rinsing and then comb your hair.
How to remove tree pitch from clothes
Tree pitch can easily be removed from clothing with alcohol. To remove the resin from clothing, simply rub the affected area. Then put the clothes in the washing machine (with detergent) and wash as usual in warm water. Do not add other items to the wash. Hand sanitizer also works. But before using it, test on a hidden fold of clothing to see if the alcohol dissolves the colour of the clothes as well.
How to remove tree sap from a car
There are several other household products that can be used to remove resin from cars. Nail polish remover can be used as a pitch remover. However, extra care should be taken as it can also damage the paintwork. Let the nail polish remover soak into a cotton swab. Rub it onto the affected area in a circular motion. Rinse with a solution of baking soda and hot water (1 cup baking soda to 3 cups water), then wash the car as usual.
Mineral spirits is an oil-based solvent that is often used as a paint thinner and is commonly found in many households. This home remedy is also effectively used to remove resin from cars. Soak a towel in it and wipe the affected area with it. Repeat as necessary until the sap is gone from the trees. Then wash the car.
Another great pitch remover is WD-40. Its mild solvent properties easily break down the resin. The lubricant is safe for most types of paint. Spray it on and rinse with a vinegar and water solution. Wash as usual.
Tree pitch is difficult to remove from any surface, especially when it hardens. However, if you learn to remove resin using common household products, you can make the task easier.