How to Remove Ash Stains from Your Skin
Luckily, you don’t need any fancy cleaners in order to remove ash stains from your skin; try this at-home remedy before you start buying anything that isn’t already at your house.
What you will need:
- Baking soda, a pumice stone, or exfoliating soap (whatever you have on hand)
- As soon as you have ash on your skin, go wash yourself. No matter where the ash is, wash at it with basic soap and water. Depending on how long you’ve waited, this may be all that you have to do. But, as with most things, life is rarely that easy, so you will likely have to go on to step 2 in order to fully eliminate the ash stain.
- Make a paste of some baking soda and water. You can also use a pumice stone or exfoliating soap if you have either of those things on hand. The point of this step isn’t what you’re putting on your hands; it’s the consistency of it. Baking soda, pumice stones, and exfoliating soaps all have tiny grains that will eat away at the top layer of dead skin. Much of your staining may be on that top layer of skin, so you’ll likely see results. You may have to repeat this step over the course of a few weeks in order to get rid of all of the staining (especially if it set in deeply).
- Rinse your hands thoroughly to get rid of any excess soap (or whatever you used) and to wash away any of the ash that may have come off as you scrubbed your hands.
- If there is any staining around your nails, this is where you will need the lemon. Take a slice of lemon and rub it into your nails and your fingertips. The lemon juice will eat away at the soot stain, and the bleaching properties will help the area around your nails turn back to the color that it’s supposed to be.
No matter what method you use, make sure that you also keep your hands moisturized. If you don’t, you could end up with some excess irritation and discomfort in your hands, because all of these methods will also end up drying your hands out.