A Very Healthy Hand Cleaner

paintingMany times when you are painting, no matter how hard you try, that paint you are using winds up on your hands, forearms and many other places on your body as well. And that leaves the question “How do I get this stuff off of me?”

If you are using an oil based paint or varnish, many people will make the huge mistake of removing the paint with paint thinner, gasoline or worse. This is a very bad idea. But wait, there is a great solution.

What about if you are using a water base paint and the paint dries on your skin. How do you remove this newly acquired “second skin?”

What about cleaning your bicycle chain and now you have old, greasy chain lube on your hands? How do you get this grease off of your hands?

Try this secret – Coconut Oil!! Coconut oil will almost magically remove oil paint, grease and oily substances from your hands quickly and easily. You will be pleasantly surprised as to how well this works. After removing the oil, paint, or grease from your hands, simply wash off the remaining coconut oil with hand soap. And here is the really great news – coconut oil is great for your skin as well.

Here is another tip. BEFORE painting with an oil or latex paint or doing any grimy household chores, apply a light coating of coconut oil on your hands and forearms (or any other body parts). This will help prevent the products you are using from penetrating your skin and makes cleanup a snap.

You can find coconut oil at any health food store, most grocery stores and at all Trader Joes.

So there you have it – a healthy hand cleaner with a great benefit – the smell will take you away to that tropical beach you (and as I am told, my wife,) would rather be on!

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