Tree sap, in all its varieties, can make for a bad day when found on your car, clothing or in your hair. The sticky substance does not easily release from surfaces, and traditional cleaning methods often do not remove the problem. Before you throw away your favorite shirt, call your barber or make an appointment to get your car repainted, try the following suggestions.
Tree sap can effectively ruin the paint on your automobile. Try buffing the the sap off with a lint free towel. If you are not seeing results, put lard on the affected area, and buff with your cloth. Bacon grease is a viable alternative to the lard. Wetting a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and gently rubbing the sap can be effective. Do not allow the alcohol to dry on the paint, and rinse thoroughly with water when the stain is gone. For a natural approach, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the sap and gently rub with a cloth, or use a buffing pad designed for automobiles. Mayonnaise applied to the sticky area and allowed to sit for several minutes before wiping may help remove the stain. Do not allow the mayonnaise to dry, and rinse the area thoroughly with water after the sap is removed. With all of these methods, wear gloves, protect your eyes with safety glasses.
Tree sap will not readily wash out of hair with shampooing. Use peanut butter, or the oil from the top of a jar of all natural peanut butter on the affected area. Apply heat to the hair until the sticky tree sap begins to soften in the hair. Comb out the peanut butter with the sap. Shampoo as normal. Pine oil, when applied to the sap on the hair, will assist in the removing the sticky substance. Available at health food stores, the oil will soften the sap, making its removal possible. Wash hair well and rinse with hot water after the application. Natural baking soda and water rubbed into the hair scrubbed harshly will remove sap. This method leads to no possible irritation, and small possibility of allergic reaction.
Traditional laundry soap and pre-treaters will not remove tree sap from clothing. Try using nail polish remover on the stain. Pour enough to cover the affected area and rub the material together. Leave the alcohol in the clothing over night. Rinse the area afterwards and repeat the process if necessary. When out of the house, use commercial hand sanitizer to remove the sap. Squeeze the gel onto the area and gently rub the material together. Let it stand for at least an hour. Rinse with water and repeat as necessary. Peanut butter, applied with a sponge or paper towel, can ease the sap out of clothing. Rub the oily butter into the cloth and allow to stand. After at least an hour, rub the spot together until the sap is runny. Rinse with warm water. WD-40, a lubricant, can effectively eliminate tree sap from your clothing. Add a couple of drops of the lubricant to the sap and allow to sit overnight. In the morning, add a few more drops to the area and gently rub. Rinse well.