When I work in my yard I often get tree sap on my hands and
clothing. For years I have used a product called
De-solv-it, but it has been harder and harder to find in
recent years, and now I don't see it at all at my local
grocery chains. What other common household cleaners have
you found effective in removing tree sap from your hands?
Former slayer of dragons; practice now limited to sacred
There must be industrial-type gauntlet/gloves that cover up to & over
Worth checking on-line?
A low-tech solution might be to engulf your arms in tough plastic
bags, secured at the top by rubber bands or duct tape, but at the
open so you can pull on gauntlet gloves (available in good plant
nurseries and maybe in homeowners' stores. Might need help
getting "suited up".
Keep a bamboo back scratcher handy, plus a sturdy, inexpensive
fan, for the two problems you outlined above.
Your university agriculture extension service should have experts
familiar with the common tree types of the south west. Since most tree
saps are aqueous solutions or suspensions of the resinous matter,
using a solvent/dispersant similar to the natural ingredient probably
works. You could experiment with ammonia, for example, or common
solvents for pine resins like turpentine, but other materials may not
be available in California because of pollution regulations. Whatever,
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