Remove Dirt Stains from Skin

Dirt! If you’re a gardener, you probably get to play in the dirt a lot, especially during the spring and summer months. The problem is, that dirt can put your hands in pretty rough shape, even to the point of staining your skin. There are some simple ways that you can remove dirt stains from skin without even leaving your home for materials.

Remove Dirt Stains from Skin

How to Remove Dirt Stains from Skin

If you work out in the garden a lot, you probably see your hands getting stained from the dirt and soil that you’re working with. Your hands can start to look brown and discolored. What can you do in order to make your hands look as good as new without a lot of time and hassle?

What you will need:

  • Lava soap
  • Water
  • Lotion or moisturizer
  • Towel
  • Dish soap
  1. First, fill your sink with warm water and wash your hands as you normally would before you get started. This will make sure that any of the original grime is off before you start working on the stain.
  2. Next, break out the dish soap. Washing your hands with dish soap will cut through any of the dirt without making your hands dry. The dish soap will also help to break up some of the staining before you get started.
  3. Now, it’s time to use Lava Soap. What is Lava Soap? Every gardener’s best friend. Created by Proctor and Gamble in the late 1800’s (now owned by WD-40), this heavy-duty hand soap can cut through almost any stain on your skin. WD-40 bought it because many mechanics use the soap to get grease and oil off of their hands. It contains ground pumice (which comes from lava, hence the name), which scours your skin and makes it look good as new. So, if you’re going to be playing in the dirt a lot, make sure to have a bar of this on hand to help you stay clean.
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly with water. If there is still staining, wash your hands with the Lava Soap a few times. It may take a bit to make sure that it’s all gone, but it will go away.
  5. Dry off your hands. You will notice that the Lava Soap has made them very, very dry. So make sure to apply a lotion or another moisturizer onto your hands to help them get some moisture back. 

Other Tips and Tricks for Removing Dirt from Your Skin

Of course, the way described above isn’t the only way for you to get the stains from your skin. Here are some quick and easy tips for removing dirt stains from your skin, no matter what the cause.

  • Invest in a nail file. Not only will your hands get beaten up by playing in the dirt, your nails won’t fare too well either. So get a nail file or buffer that can help you to get the dirt out from in and around your nails.
  • Make a paste of oatmeal and milk, and rub it all over your hands. Rinse it, and your hands will be both clean and smooth.
  • If you are working with colored dirt (red shale and some clays), then you may notice some red staining on your hands. Grab a raw potato, cut it in half, and rub the exposed potato over the affected area; this tip works for dyes as well.
  • If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, bring a baggie full of baby powder with you to freshen up. Pop your hands in, take them out, and rub them together to get rid of the dirt quickly.