How to Remove Oil from Hands

There’s a certain pride you feel after working on your car, the same satisfaction that all DIY fixers get after a successful repair job. Of course, rolling up your sleeves and doing repairs yourself will leave you with dirty, greasy hands. Not only is this unsightly and bad smelling, the grease and oil may also cause skin problems like irritant contact dermatitis.

While you can wash your hands with soap and water, doing so won’t completely remove all the grime and a fair amount of residue will be left behind. Below are a few tips that will help you clean your hands after car repairs:

Petroleum Jelly
Ironically, one of the best ways to remove oil from your hands is by using another oil-based product—petroleum jelly. Take a generous dab of petroleum jelly and massage onto your hands for about five minutes, paying particular attention to your knuckles and cuticles where oil usually gets stuck.

If you don’t have petroleum jelly in the house, you can still clean your hands as long as you have sugar. Scoop out a teaspoon of the sweet stuff and wash your hands with it as you normally would.

Store-bought Hand Cleaners
Are your hands still stained? You can purchase hand cleaners from car supply stores to finally get your hands perfectly clean. These products are convenient options and you should keep a stock of them if you do a lot of car repair work.


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