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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Pure soap and shortening will also help.
  • Step 2: Remove sap from hands Remove sap from your hands by rubbing mayonnaise on them. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Rubbing mineral spirits or a light-duty buffing compound on the car will also work.
  • Step 6: Rinse 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.
  • FACT: Over 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year.

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)

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