How to Remove Christmas Tree Sap

Christmas tree sap can be difficult to remove once it hardens. Use these household products to make it easier to remove.


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You Will Need

  • Mayonnaise
  • Soap
  • Bug repellent
  • Stiff brush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Christmas tree bag
  • Pure soap (optional)
  • Shortening (optional)
  • Mineral spirits (optional)
  • Light-duty buffing compound (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Remove sap from hair

    Take sticky sap out of your hair by applying a little mayonnaise. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse.

  2. Pure soap and shortening will also help.

  3. Step 2

    Remove sap from hands

    Remove sap from your hands by rubbing mayonnaise on them. Wash your hands with soap and water.

  4. Step 3

    Remove sap from carpet

    Take out sap from your carpet by spraying bug repellent on the stain. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse with water.

  5. Step 4

    Remove sap from clothes

    Remove sap from clothes by rubbing hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol on the area. This works well on polyester, cotton, and fleece.

  6. Step 5

    Remove sap from your car

    Remove sap from your car by mixing a solution of 1 cup baking soda and 3 cups hot water.

  7. Rubbing mineral spirits or a light-duty buffing compound on the car will also work.

  8. Step 6


    Rinse the car with this solution. Then wash the car as usual. Wrap your Christmas tree in a tree bag and bring it to a recycling center when the season is over.

  9. Over 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year.