How to Get Resin Off Hands The Safe Way

How to get resin off handsSo you got resin on your hands. Then, you googled how to get resin off of hands and ended up here.

I got you.

Don’t panic. Take a deep breath. If you’re panicking, immediately scroll to the end of this article.

I’ve been a resin artist for more than 15 years. While I try not to touch uncured resin, sometimes it happens.

As long as the resin is on your hands and not your eyes. Or some other sensitive location (didn’t your mom tell you not to pick your nose?), you’re probably going to be okay.

Phew.

Now how do I get the resin off my hands?

The fastest and easiest way is to use baby wipes. I don’t know what magic cleaning material they’ve got, but they make cleaning resin from your hands pretty easy.

If you don’t have baby wipes, offer to babysit a toddler and steal their baby wipes.

Or use good soap and water. Not the dollar store stuff that won’t lather even if it had rabies. I’m talking about your good dishwashing or laundry soap.

Then, put baby wipes on your next grocery delivery order.

But how do I get resin off my hands if it’s sticky?

The baby wipe may not work in this case. The fuzz sticks to the resin and makes a mess on your hands.

Try the regular soap option. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to use a pumice soap or gritty face scrub.

What if you don’t have those items? Add coarse salt or granulated sugar to your liquid soap. Then rub the mixture over your hands. If you don’t have these, you can try baking soda. It’s not as gritty as salt or sugar, but it’s better than nothing.

What shouldn’t you do to get resin off your hands?

Don’t use solvents like acetone or alcohol. You’re asking for a skin rash if you do that. But, you can use those liquids to clean resin from tools.

What about vinegar? I don’t recommend that either. Vinegar is acidic and can irritate your hands. You can try it for cleaning your hard surfaces instead.

Now that your hands are sparkling clean let’s talk about how you got resin on your hands.

If you aren’t using gloves, you need to. Resin kits contain chemicals that are skin and respiratory tract irritants. Repeated exposure can cause allergies which may keep you from resin crafting.

And I don’t care if you’re using a resin that claims it’s non-toxic. Read the safety data sheet. I bet it tells you to wear gloves.

💡 Pro tip:  If your resin doesn’t have a safety data sheet, don’t use it.  Here’s where I talk about that and 9 other questions you should ask before you buy resin.

If you’re touching sticky resin, please stop that. Instead, you can use a toothpick to touch your resin surface to see how the resin is curing.

If you’re touching sticky resin because you drip it everywhere, do a better job of protecting your work area. A silicone mat or plastic drop cloth works great for this. You can even use a dollar store shower curtain.

⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to clean resin off hard surfaces

If you’ve swallowed resin or gotten it in your eyes or are just really worried, seek medical attention. My experience with resin may not be your experience. You do you. Especially since a medical professional can fully check everything going on.

Now that you know how to get resin off your hands, are you ready to take on another project?

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8 thoughts on “How to Get Resin Off Hands The Safe Way

  1. Thanks so much for the information on getting resin off your hands! Your advice combined with your humour is a delight to read 👏

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