The one down side from making your own Christmas wreath out of fresh greenery, or doing any holiday decorating with pine and other sap oozing branches, is that you end up with gunk (that’s the not-so-technical term for tree sap) all over your hands. I’ve found washing to regular soap and water doesn’t help, but two ingredients from your kitchen cupboard–cooking oil and sugar–solve the problem. Let me show you.
This is what my right hand looked like after I filmed my wreath making video:
The left hand wasn’t quite as bad (only one hand pictured at a time for this post, since I didn’t set the camera up on a tripod), but it wasn’t great either. Here’s the solution:
Then, wash with regular soap and water to remove the sugar and oil.
If you don’t have sugar on hand, salt works too.
This tip is a handy one (pun intended) at Christmas when you’re decking your halls with boughs of anything sap-filled, but keep it mind when you get back out into the garden as well. Whether you’re taking out that little blue spruce from the front yard that should never have been planted so close to the house because it’s actually gigantic, candling pines, or just working around the garden, sap happens. But now you know what to do about it!