Works For Me Wednesday – Tree Sap Removal

by Janice

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Sticky sap gone in seconds…

This weekend at our cabin in the country, my son was helping my hubby gather firewood (see Wordless Wednesday pictures for this week) and my son did not have work gloves on.

After carrying fresh cut firewood, his hands – and his shorts – were covered in sticky sap. I scrubbed his hands to no avail with dishwashing liquid soap.

Then I got smart and pulled out my Melaleuca Oil (also called Tea Tree Oil) from my toiletry bag and poured it straight on. It did the trick in seconds. Total success! Today washing his clothes – I used a Melaleuca Oil based cleaner and cleaned the sap off them as well.

Melaleuca oil is actually a natural solvent – so if you ever have a sticky mess like sap, grab some Melaleuca Oil (or Tea Tree Oil) and use it straight or diluted. It works for me!

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1 Jessica May 24, 2006 at 4:44 am

Oh that is a neat idea! My husband works as a tree trimmer, so thanks for sharing this idea!

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2 Sue May 24, 2006 at 6:33 am

Great tip, I’ll have to find some of this!


3 Gibee May 24, 2006 at 9:03 am

Cool! I hate tree sap! Especially when you accidentally sit in it and don’tn realize it! Gaah!


4 Stephanie May 24, 2006 at 10:16 am

I have tea tree oil, I never knew you could use it for this! Thank you so much!!!


5 Nancy May 25, 2006 at 3:48 am

I’ve only seen it in expensive tiny bottles. Where do you get it?


6 Gabriela May 25, 2006 at 4:53 am

Hi Janice, It’s Gabs. Nice to meet you too. I like your idea. We have a house in the mountains, so I think I am going to get some Tea Tree Oil to keep on hand! Thanks for the tip. Keep in touch. P.S. your little guy is so cute!


7 Julie May 26, 2006 at 7:43 pm

Ooooh! Where can I buy it and do you know if it works on/is safe to use on cars?


8 LeeAnn May 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for the tip. My son had to have that tree sap gone from his face right away. Not having Tea Tree Oil I mixed Dawn dish washing liquid with cooking oil and it worked!!
Thanks for the idea


9 Brigit February 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

That is a really good idea, I never would have thought of that. Another thing that I found that works well is aloe vera lotion, but it leaves hands kind of greasy. So I’ll make sure to try the tree oil- sounds like the best solvent so far!


10 Akhira April 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Absolutely great and wise idea, I never had imagine that tea tree oil can also be a good remedy for removing sap. It entails me to have it on my bag so that I’ll have an immediate remedy whenever I encounter an emergency. This is post is terrific for it allows us to have an idea what to do in case of emergency.


11 Rainieha April 19, 2012 at 4:13 am

It sounds great. Thanks for sharing this kind of informative article. I’m really thankful that I pass by with your site. I had a lot of great ideas acquire through it.


12 Shayne May 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

My younger sister love also gathering stones and firewood and putting it into her mouth. Her clothes also is so dirty as well as her hands. I just wash her hand in a clean water and safeguard soap. I apply also alcohol to be sure that the germs will remove. My mother can save money, less no worries. But, tea tree oil and castor oil is great to apply.


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