How to Get Wood Stain Off Hands and Skin

Wood Stain

I recently needed to know how to get wood stain off hands and skin, and had a really hard time finding an answer that didn’t include harsh chemicals. While I was visiting my mom the last time we went that way, I stopped by Z’s mom’s house for a visit, and she had made me a little tool rack that I can use for my jewelry tools.  It was awesome, but it was raw wood, which marks up easily and quickly begins to look dirty.    So, when I got home, I decided to stain it.

Me, being the brilliantly distracted man that I sometimes am, managed to forget to wear gloves when I stained the thing.  I also didn’t have a paint brush, so I used a rag to do the deed.   This meant I got stain all over my hands, under my nails, etc.

Normally, I would have gone straight for the turpentine… except, I didn’t have any.

Things that don’t work to get wood stain off hands include dish soap, lava soap, scrub brush, rubbing alcohol, oven cleaner…. yes, I tried it, it doesn’t work.   So, with gummy fingers sticking to the keys, I did a search on the internet.  And searched.  And searched.  And searched.

Nobody knows how to get this crap off hands, yeah?  Nobody.    And then I found a little blurb on a pdf that I’m pretty sure was an excerpt from some book.  It suggested vegetable oil.

I was doubtful, to say the least, but guess what?  It worked!

A tablespoon of vegetable oil and a lot of massaging it into my hands.  Wash with soap and water.  Repeat a second time if you have more stain to remove or want to use a scrub brush around nail beds and under your nails.   When you’re done, wash your hands a second time to remove any excess vegetable oil and voila! TRIUMPH! Clean hands.

I Do Feel Anger

Angry Flames
Although a lot of my emotions are buffered right now, (tucked beneath a layer of quieting cotton, out of view and muffled), the anger is there.  I can’t feel it’s full strength, and yet there’s no denying its presence.

It eats away like a low grade acid within my gut, a mere whisper of an uncomfortable burning, always present and yet easy to ignore.  I know you don’t want me to ignore it, but at the same time, I don’t know how to dig it out and let it burn freely.  I acknowledge that it’s there. Im trying to get in touch with it.  I know you need it to resolve the hurt and bridge the gap.

I’m trying.

For Gideon

Also, I’d like you to start writing your feelings for me again. A journal or some other form of communication that you can write on at your convenience, even if its’ just five minutes on the can. I need to know what you’re feeling why and I need us to connect again. I know you’re busy, but you can make time for this.” – Gideon on 25Aug2017

I considered going back to doing this on Instagram, but the problem with that is that sometimes I just don’t have the time to upload/prep photos to post and then put off writing because I didn’t have a photo ready.   So, I figured something like this might be a better option.

This blog host has an app, so I can update from my iPod, etc.  It also allows for comments, which I think makes it better than just a journal app with web access.  We’ll give it a go and see, yeah?