Remove Ash Stains from Skin

Ash on the skin can be a problem no matter what time of year it is. In the summer, you could be tending to a campfire or your charcoal grill. In the winter, you could be setting up your woodstove or fireplace. Either way, if you work with fires a lot, you probably need to know how to remove ash stains from skin without spending a lot of cash.

Remove Ash Stains from Skin

Before You Remove Ash Stains...

If you get ash on your skin, stop what you may be doing. Do not wipe it off on your pants (or you will have more issues with staining), do not just brush it off and keep going, just stop. Many people, especially if they are working with firewood or they don’t notice the ash on their skin, will just keep going, which makes removal a pain later.

Why is ash so difficult to remove? Ash stains almost everything that it touches, so you need to clean it off as quickly and efficiently as you can. The carbon and/or calcium compounds that remain on your skin can set into your skin or even onto your clothes, which will make it increasingly difficult to get rid of. The color and the consistency will also make your skin look odd, so try to take care of the problem before it becomes more of an issue than it has to be.

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:

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Baking soda, a pumice stone, or exfoliating soap (whatever you have on hand)
  • Lemon
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.