I was cleaning up some fallen evergreen limbs and got sap on my hands, coat and furniture. How do you remove pine pitch from skin, cloth and leather? Should I put ice on it or paint thinner or do I need to call a cleaning service? Ugh, there must be a way to get sap off without using toxic solvents. Where was Heloise when I needed her?
As it turns out, the secret to removing sap from just about every surface is isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Who knew? Apparently, this common household item kills germs and is a solvent for pine pitch. Apply to skin and sap comes right off. In a pinch, hand sanitizer with an alcohol base will remove pitch from skin. For clothes or cloth furniture, lightly soak the area with isopropyl alcohol then wipe off with a rag. Reapply if needed. For glass, leather or painted surfaces, wipe with a rag soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to rinse off residue with water to prevent damaging paint or leather. Cheap, easy and safe. Thank you, isopropyl alcohol.