How to Get Resin off Your Hands

resin cleaning tricks

Working with resin is quite fun but can sometimes get messy (the proof of which is you searching “how to get resin off your hands”). So, you worked very cautiously but still got resin stuck to your hands? Well, let’s just admit that we’ve all been there―even if the experts say otherwise.

As people working with resins, we’re all aware that we should wear gloves and try our best to avoid any possible spills. However, sometimes the circumstances and other (well, most) times, our brains don’t comply, resulting in situations that are quite distressing or specifically sticky/resin-cured fingers.

So, now that the worst has already happened, let’s get you out of this situation before you worsen it by putting your fingers in your eyes, mouth, or nose (which you were taught not to do probably in grade 1).

What Happens If You Get Resin On Your Hands?

Working with resin is all fun and games until the resin stick to your hands. So, now that it’s on your hand, you think you know how to get resin off your hands? Let me just tell you one thing―PEELING IS NOT AN OPTION! Not only is it difficult to remove but also quite painful (yet ineffective) if you try peeling it off your hand―which you should not do at all.

All resins have toxic substances, even if the manufacturers claim otherwise. Did you not use gloves just because your resin comes with NON-TOXIC written in bold capital letters? Well, you shouldn’t have done that. If you had read the safety label carefully (which seems you didn’t), you would have found the instruction that you should use gloves. Now, why would they recommend using gloves if it was non-toxic?

Direct exposure of skin to resins can result in conditions such as itching, redness, and swelling. Continual exposure can lead to a condition called contact dermatitis, which is mild but can result in eczema if left untreated.

How to Protect Your Skin from Resin

Now that you are aware of the harms of resin coming in contact with your skin, you can adopt these two easy measures to prevent that from happening.

  • Use long-sleeved rubber latex gloves or nitrile gloves if latex causes an allergic reaction to your skin. Doing so would prevent your skin from coming in contact with the toxic chemical resistances in the resin
  • You can also make use of some barrier cream that seals the skin pores, preventing the resin from penetrating the skin

How to Get Resin Off Your Hands

Now is the time to let the cat out of the bag because you’ve waited for enough time―sorry, but you needed what’s been said above.

So, let’s dive into how to get resin off your hands.

Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water

Washing your hands with soap and water can be the first step in getting resin off your hands. However, this alone cannot suffice because this cannot help remove all the resin and will give you a sticky feel with the leftover resin, which can irritate even after thorough washing.

Rubbing Vinegar

Vinegar can be an effective alternative as it works by disintegrating the bonds in the resin, which facilitates its coming off the skin. All you have to do is dip a piece of cloth in the vinegar and rub it on your resin-y hands.

Use Citrus-Based Cleaners

Just because we said citrus doesn’t imply you go and rub lemon and wait for the magic to happen. We wish it was that easy, but it’s not. Relax! It's not that difficult either. All you have to do is find some citrus-based liquid cleaner and put it on your hands. You may want to dilute it a bit because pouring concentrated citrus may irritate sensitive skin, and you don’t want another problem to the one you already have, do you?

Use Baking Soda

As if baking soda doesn’t have enough benefits already!

So, baking soda to the rescue!

All that needs to be done is put some baking soda on your dry hands along with a drop or two of any liquid dishwashing soap (preferably citrus-containing). Mixing these two and scrubbing will help you get rid of the stubborn resin stuck to your hands.

Use Sugar Scrub

Any kind of exfoliant can do the job. Making sugar scrub is simple. All that needs to be done is mix sugar with cooking oil and a few drops of essential oil. Other alternatives to sugar scrub are poppy seed scrub or any kind of body scrub you have.

Put this on your palm and scrub your hands to remove even the last bits of the measly resin stuck on your hands. You can store the sugar scrub in a container for long periods for incidents like this in the future.

How to Remove Resin from Clothes

Resin spills, sometimes, not only affect your hands, but your clothes can also be the victim of these incidents. Worry not. We’ve got you covered! You can remove resin from clothes or tools in the following ways:

For cured resin:

Once the resin is cured, removing it can be quite difficult. Also, it is almost impossible to remove it without damaging the base material.

  • Use heat to melt the resin, and, once melted, use acetone-soaked cotton to remove it. You’ve to make sure that you do this as soon as possible because once the resin is hardened completely it is quite difficult to remove it.
  • For your favorite wool sweater (and other delicate clothing), you can use a 90% solution of alcohol and turpentine in 1:3 to remove the resin.
  • Aggressive solvents based on Methyl isobutyl ketone may be effective but can damage the fabric of clothes.

For uncured resin:

  • Use ice on the resin, and once it hardens, you can scrape it off with a knife
  • Use alcohol or baking soda to get rid of the resin stain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use water to wash resin off my hands?

Washing with water and soap can help you get most of the resin off your hands, but not all. Thorough scrubbing with sugar scrub can help you get rid of any last bits of resin left.

What not to do to remove resin from the skin?

Don’t be smarty-pants!

The one thing that comes to people’s minds generally after a resin incident is using some solvents to remove it. This is something you should avoid doing at all costs because it worsens your situation. Solvents like acetone, methylated alcohol, or even hand sanitizer are not to be used to get resin off your hands. These solvents can dissolve the resin and facilitates its absorption into the skin.

By now, you already know what will happen if the resin is absorbed into your skin.


At this point, we can safely recommend that you leave your phone and rescue yourself with any of the above-mentioned methods in “how to get resin off your hands”. We hope that next time a resin incident (because that is bound to happen) occurs, you won’t be the same panicky self you were the last time.

Happy crafting!

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