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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published September 22nd 2013
Dirt and grease everywhere
After being in the bush, working in mechanical, tyre fitting fields and truck driving, grease, dirt and my hands seem like a perfect marriage. Ask any of my friends, I'm a dirt magnet. Dirt to me means, I'm having fun and can prove it.

Dirt and grease combination

Over 20 years I have used market products and have failed to find one that truly works on its own. Mechanical workshops use sandsoap which is abrasive and hurts on cuts. The biggest issue for me was I could never get the grease out of the fingerprints, tips and side of my fingers. You can't wash your hands all day long, so I would wait till I got home and raid my house for answers.

Here are my top tips -

How many of us have a cap like this

Toothpaste seemed to work on my finger tips, but not on the sides of my fingers. I would apply toothpaste to a scrubbing brush that was damp and quick scrub or direct on the grease and wash, so if there were any cuts on my hands the toothpaste wouldn't burn. I had to repeat this twice with the toothpaste. You can just rub it in as well.

Toothpaste on grease

Rub toothpaste and rinse

Final result, after repeating process

Laundry powder seemed to clean my hands and side of the fingers rather well - for a big girly night out, laundry powder was my best friend. Laundry powder seems to be the best option, due to the coarseness, the grease balls up and when washing comes off almost instantly. Some people have sensitive skin, so it's a short term solution for sensitive skin. I have 4 friends who use this option of laundry powder on a daily basis who are males. They can't believe how effective it works. Mechanics of 30 years have had clean hands and their wives thank me.

Grease on finger

Laundry powder like sandsoap balls up

Final Result

Then one day recently, I accidentally dropped a bottle of hand sanitiser which split, after cleaning it up, I noticed my hands were a hell of a lot cleaner, however slightly slippery but smelt nice and the grease was not so obvious, so this is what I mainly use now when out and about. Baby wipes also work for immediate grease, but not long term all day grease.

Final Result

Do it the bushman's way, grab some dirt, rub it into your hands then rub your hands into the grass and rub a dub dub, hey presto magic, yes it works.

Dirt and grass

You may need to wash your hands in water afterwards, but in the bush, water isn't always available, this method will hold you over and allow you to continue daily duties. You can also grab a handful of grass, like I did for the photo, and rub with both hands. Just grass stain now instead but the grass has most the grease and dirt, I washed my hands for photo purposes only.

Bushman's way dirt rub

Bushman's way dirt and grass rub

Final Result clean enough with no greasy feeling

I have had to use combinations for over 20 years, but at least I'm not buying every product on the market; I consider I'm recycling my products, and finish off with a touch of lotion. When I met new people and they know what I did for a job they were amazed as to how clean my hands were and still are.

All tried and tested. What are you waiting for? Say goodbye to dirty, greasy hands forever or if you are like me, for an hour or two.
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Pour some bicarb soda on your hands and scrub while your hands are dry then rinse off. Much better than using all those harsh chemicals and really effective!
by jayra (score: 0|6) 1841 days ago

hope it helps
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 1850 days ago
Thankyou for these helpful hints.
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