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Technical Cleaning Your Hands.......I found a new (for me)way

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ekimneirbo, Sep 29, 2022.

  1. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 3,331


    During the course of working on any project, I have a tendency to attract dirt .....and grease. Especially I tend to get my hands covered with one kind of crap or another. Bought some Goop, and it does a pretty good job but leaves my hands slick and I have to wipe it off and wash with some water......and the Goop is always in my other shop. + its not cheap.

    Then there is the stuff thats orange and gritty feeling. Does a pretty good job but I just hate how it feels.

    So, the other day I needed to clean my hands several times during a brake job replacing brake lines. Grabbed a spray bottle of "Simple Green" that I had near by. Sprayed my hands and it worked great. So for the last week, every time I want to quickly clean anything (other than paint) off my hands, I just spray them with Simple Green. I looked at the label and it says its bio-degradable and basically harmless unless you swallow it or get it in your eyes. You can buy a spray bottle and a gallon jug to refill it, so it will last a long time. It really does a good job, and my hands don't feel all sticky and clingy when I'm done...........they feel "fresh and rejuvinated" :D
  2. wuga
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 476


    I use a 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar and a couple of drops of dish soap. Works better then the orange stuff and does not dry out your hands. You do need water handy.
  3. 911 steve
    Joined: Nov 29, 2012
    Posts: 678

    911 steve
    from nebraska

    powdered laundry detergent with water works great too
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  4. Ditto @wuga !!! What I do and its always in the kitchen!!!
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  5. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,158


    These are what I use. Keep a bucket in the shop and the truck as well. You can really scrub off grease and no water needed.
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  6. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 10,316

    Bandit Billy

    Next time you need to round out your summit order to get free shipping buy these. I keep them in my trailer and one in my truck besides the shop.

  7. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 11,393

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    For that warm and slimy feeling.
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  8. AccurateMike
    Joined: Sep 14, 2020
    Posts: 488


    Someone on the HAMB once said "Chicken wings are the best hand cleaner".;)
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  9. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 11,393

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    French Fries
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  10. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 739

    from soCal

    After years of mistreating my paws with greasy, rusty, toxic, sticky etc. stuff I found most jobs can be done with these:
  11. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 11,393

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Proctology isn’t HAMB friendly ;)
  12. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,726

    from Ks

    Good old Lava soap use to be the go to for me.
  13. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 5,349


    Whoa. Simple green and purple power WILL eat your hands up.

    Simple green is 9-9.5 on PH scale
    Bleach is 11-13
    LYE is 13-14

    BEFORE you start working, coat your hands with goop or hand lotion, or oil. Wipe it all off.
    It will get under your nails and in the pores of the skin on your hands. When you go to clean up, the grime comes off much easier.
  14. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 11,552


    I use the 5 dollar HF mechanics gloves. Took a awhile to get used to them, but now it feels funny without them.
    I kept tearing the rubber gloves, so gave up on those.

    Edit: a thought crossed my mind if you use rubber gloves. At work when I dress for Arc Flash. I have cotton liner gloves, the rubbber then leather protectors.
    The liners sure make getting the rubber gloves off a breeze.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2022
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  15. For years I've used Goop/paper towels in the garage to clean my hands and Dawn dish soap in the house utility sink with warm water. Works good for me, does not dry out my skin, and FYI, if clothes are greasy dirty , wife paints goop on pants/shirt, the wash machine cleans it out great.
  16. I've found GoJo wipes take off most anything I can manage to get on my hands.
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  17. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 766


    i like fast orange smooth and a rag.
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  18. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,745


    When I was 15 I worked for an old mechanic, his hand cleaning solution was Clorox bleach and Tide soap. I tried it once and burned my hands. I tried all the hand protector treatments but now use the blue nitrile gloves from HF.
  19. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,210

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    Never tried Simple Green on hands. It did however cloud the instrument gauge face on my DD
    Purple Power tho, Once used to clean my tractor cab, left left my hands looking, and feeling, like ten grilled hot dogs for two and a half days
    Dawn Dish Soap and hot water is my favorite.
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  20. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,972


    I do my dishes. Works every time and no wasted action. I keep dawn in the shower also.
    blowby, indyjps, lemondana and 7 others like this.
  21. TCTND
    Joined: Dec 27, 2019
    Posts: 418


    If you rub in a glycerin based hand protector before working, a simple soap & water wash works great.
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  22. Whatever you use think about how rough it may leave your hands.

    Your significant Other may like soft hands touching them and not sandpaper hands.
  23. Illustrious Hector
    Joined: Jun 15, 2020
    Posts: 306

    Illustrious Hector
    from Alberta

    Simple Green is used to de-grease engines. I hate "agent orange" The best I have found is WORX, the green powder, not gel version. wet hand rub vigorously & rinse. made from wood cellulose ingredients. Used to buy it from the snap-on guy
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  24. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 3,459


    Making hamburger patties before you put them on the grill. Gets rid of all the stuff on your hands;)
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  25. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 11,393

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Meatloaf for the nail’s?
  26. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,766

    from Zoar, Ohio

    WD 40 on them before working on a greasy job. Then gojo to do the dirty work.
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  27. safetythird
    Joined: Feb 26, 2014
    Posts: 183


    I'd like to draw your attention to the A in HAMB.
  28. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 8,850

    from Michigan

    A hand cleaning thread?
    I think I'm having a flashback.

    It's been a very long time since we've had a good hand cleaning thread. :D
  29. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,098

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    A cheap bar soap is perfect to keep in the garage. Drag your nails across it before you start and no more grease under the nails.
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  30. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 11,393

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    I suddenly just felt the sensation of nails running across a chalk board. :eek:
    alanp561, 2OLD2FAST and seb fontana like this.

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