Excellent and Cheap Degreasing Hand Cleaning




It all starts with these greasy mitts. When I came in from working on my bike, my hands looked like this. Fortunately, I knew exactly what to do...

Step 1: Ingredients, Method.

Corn meal and dish soap. That's all! Wet one hand and pour about a tablespoon of corn meal in it. Then add a half teaspoon or so of dish soap.


Wash your hands! Just like your mom told you to--scrub each finger and thumb. Pay attention to your knuckles and the web of your thumb, or you'll miss them. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Step 2: That's It!

Look at those lovely mitts.

Well...can't stay to talk...off to make dinner for guests with my nice, clean hands!



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29 Discussions


3 years ago on Introduction

motor oil works great, cheap also, then wash with regular soap.

Like others have mentioned, this isnt a very good idea. The solvents will likely move right though your skin to your blood, and probably take some of that grease and dirt with it. Using a little here or there isnt a big deal, but making a regular practice of this could have a serious effect on your liver, and you only get one of those.

From the WD40 MSDS:

Skin contact: May cause drying of skin and/or irritation.

Eye contact: May cause irritation, tearing and redness.

Ingestion (Swallowed): May caused irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

First Aid Emergency Procedures

Ingestion (Swallowed): Do not induce vomiting, seek medical attention.

Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with large amounts of water for 15 minutes.

Skin Contact: Wash with soap and water.

Corn meal and dish soap are the better choice.

Its da smoke

4 years ago on Introduction

I have used granulated sugar and dish soap with good results for the last 35 years,now days I just use disposable gloves from the resturant supply store.

No fuss.....No Muss


4 years ago on Introduction

An old relative uses saw dust and dry detergent.


4 years ago

Baby wipes. No joke. I keep some on my truck in case I have to do some roadside repairs on the way to an event. Learned that in the Army. Baby wipes were some of the best things for getting the oil-based camo face paint off.


4 years ago on Introduction

well before you do any dirty work, cream up your hands with hand cream before you start, this way you get less dirt on your hands to begin with, even if you do, it will be sitting on a layer of cream which easily washes off, for sure much easier and quicker than if you don't pout any cream.

my preference is Lava soap, it works great.

Also long time ago I remember an old timer told me a trick how to clean dirty/greasy hands, before you introduce any water or cleaner, put couple of spoons of cooking oil, scrub the dirt lose and then wash off with soap and water, since the grease is soluble in cooking oil it will come off much easier, plus you don't have to worry about the toxic effects of drying skin.

There is NO Best way, everyone has their own methods and techniques, which works out for them.


4 years ago on Introduction

I will have to try this out.
I like to use hand lotion, its nice on
the hands, and works great. You can just wipe it off, or wash your
hands with some soap after using the lotion. I may try lotion with the
cornmeal and see if I get better results.


4 years ago on Introduction

baking soda ,Sodium bicarbonate cut grease. make good shampoo too


4 years ago on Introduction

I use sand instead of corn flour.

Dish soap could hurt your hands, especially your nails. You should rinse your hands in white vinegar, soon after using your mix.


4 years ago on Introduction

Tip 1: Place a drop or two of liquid dish detergent on you hands and rub it in BEFORE beginning greasy work. Wash up will be easier!

Tip 2: Draw your fingernail across a bar of hand/body soap BEFORE beginning greasy work. Grime will not get under your fingernails and, again, cleanup will be easier.

Keep it up!


4 years ago on Introduction

I don't use WD40. Mainly, it's one of the things I am trying to scrub off myself in situations like the dirty hands pictured. Corn meal allergy? Use coffee grounds or cream of wheat (aka farina) or any other small grained scrubbing gent that would spread soap around. I've tried everything. For me, this is the best. Interesting that there are such strong feelings on hand washing in our community!

2 replies

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Actually my discourse has been centered around the ill- advised practice of
using a product formulated for purposes other than personal hygiene
in spite of admonishments from it's manufacturer that such use is not
endorsed. Indeed, the folks that make WD40 also makes a great product for
hand washing already- it's called Lava soap.