Clean Your Hands With Dirt!




About: Hi, I'm Ben. I like mechanical engineering, and using free stuff/"junk".

We've all gotten those greasy, grimy hands. No matter how much water and soap you put onto them, and how long you scrub, the grease just doesn't leave. Fortunately, nature has provided a solution, and it's everywhere!

Like Gojo, but free and everywhere.

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Step 1: What You'll Need:

1. Greasy hands

2. Water. Faucets, hoses, rivers, and other flowing bodies are convenient, but not necessary. 

3. Dirt. The best kind has small yet gritty particles. Dirt with more organic material wont work as well as more sandy dirt. You may have to dig deeper.

Step 2: Wet Your Hands, and Grab Some Dirt

Get some water on your hands and grab some dirt. You don't need much. Crush up any large chunks of dirt and spread it over your hands. The ideal consistency will have no dry dirt, yet won't drip all over the place. Some call this dirt and water mix "mud."

Step 3: Scrub

This is the most important step. Be sure to scrub everywhere. Hard. Twice. Don't forget about the back of your fingers and the sides. This should take a few minutes.

Step 4: Rinse

Now that you're done scrubbing, rinse off your hands in the water. You'll more then likely find you missed a few spots, so take note of their location and grab some more dirt.

Step 5: Done!

Dry and admire your newer, cleaner hands.

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    16 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I thought the title picture was a clip from Gotye's "somebody that I used to know" music video. Great creativity, ill be using this from now on.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You can get cheap live oil at places like Wal-Mart, $5 for like a quart I think. It's not good enough for eating(well it is food obviously, but we don't like the taste, you may like it though) but we used it for this and other stuff. This is in the U.S.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I appreciate dirt and water are relatively cheap - BUT, in the UK at any rate, so is Olive oil for the tea spoon full you might use anyway.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great tip! Sometimes I use this (well, I use sand, but same basic idea) instead of the Gojo stuff even if I have some sitting there.

    My reason? The soaps work great for greases and oils, but not for sticky stuff. Like if I get into varnish or silicone caulk or something... good luck washing that off! No, I stuff my hands in the sand instead.

    That way the stickum sticks to the grains of sand. Then I rub my hands together and the stuff usually comes off with the sand. Even in cases where it doesn't all come off with rubbing, at least you're not going around sticking to everything until the it can wear off.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I've heard that saps and resins become less sticky with oil, so rubbing oil into a glob of resin stuck on your hands gets it off

    actually,here in india,in small villages where people are poor,this is the most popular method for washing hands(since they cant afford soaps).i was searching if this was hygenic and i stumbled upon this article.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a good idea, and good for your skin, but very bad for your drains.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great 'ible! I usually spit on my hands and rub them together. Your saliva is a great cleaning agent.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Somehow I like your Step 5 picture and comment a lot.
    One piece of well done Instructables!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very echologic. I have done this once. Thanks for reminder it!