How to remove pecan stains from hands


Pecans are delicious but can leave behind stains that are hard to remove. The oils and sap from these nuts can readily stain surfaces, including your hands, clothes or even the concrete on your driveway or patio. Luckily, some techniques can help you remove the pecan stains. Read further to learn ways on how to remove pecan stains from hands effectively.

How to get pecan stains off skin and hands?

To get rid of pecan stains from skin or hands, you need a strong cleaner like Comet cleanser or Lava soap. An even more efficient way of removing pecan stains from your hands might be to play with your kids in the sandbox.

Steps on how to remove pecan stains from hands

When you end up with unappealing pecan stains on your hands, simply follow these steps on how to remove pecan stains from hands. 

  • Wash your hands with a strong cleaning agent. Gently scrub using a soft-bristled brush if necessary. Remember that the tannins in pecans can stain your hands through more than one layer of the skin.
  • Get a bucket and fill it with dirt. Immerse your hands into the bucket and rub the dirt into your hands, focusing on the stained areas. 
  • Wash your hands again thoroughly with a strong cleaner. 
  • Repeat the steps above daily until the pecan stain vanishes. 

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How to get rid of pecan stains on clothes

  1. Soak the stained garment in a basin with 5 cups of white vinegar. Pour 3 tablespoons of baking soda and leave it to soak for up to an hour.
  2. Apply a stain remover into the site of the stain. Rub the stain carefully to eliminate the tannins which are responsible for the stubborn stain on the fabric.
  3. Launder the garment using color-safe bleach.

Repeat the cleaning process from Steps 1-3 if the stain lingers. 

How to get rid of pecan stains on concrete

  • With a bucket, fill it with 1-part bleach and 2-parts water. Allow the solution to sit for up to 15 minutes.
  • Pour this solution over the stained area on the concrete. Leave it in place for 30 minutes.
  • Use a brush to scrub on the stain with force. 
  • Rinse thoroughly the stained area using a high-pressure hose.

Repeat this process until the stains are completely lifted away. 

How do you remove pecan stains from clothes?

The pecan shell stains typically stem from a combination of oil from the nutmeal and colorant from the shell. When you discover this type of stain on your clothes, the initial task is to deal with the oily segment of the stain initially.

  • Dab on a small amount of any liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn or any liquid laundry detergent straight on the stain.
  • Let it soak for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse the stained area using cool water.
  • For white and bleachable fabrics, pre-treat any lingering stain using a stain removal product. Apply the product directly on the stain and carefully work it in using a soft-bristled brush and wash right away using the hottest water based on the fabric care label with detergent. 
  • For colored fabrics, pre-treat with color-safe stain remover by applying straight on the stained area and let it soak for 3-5 minutes. Wash using the hottest water recommended on the fabric care label with detergent. 
  • Air-dry the garment.
  • Keep the garment out of the dryer if a trace of the stain lingers since heat can set the stain. If needed, repeat the treatment if the stain lingers. 

Does salt remove pecan stains from hands?

When you find your hands with pecan stains, it can be removed with salt. Simply follow these steps.

  • Start by squeezing a liberal amount of lemon juice onto your hands. You need around one-half cup to a cup of lemon juice. 
  • Add a few shakes of salt to your hands, ideally around 2 tablespoons of salt.
  • Rub your hands together vigorously. 
  • Continue rubbing until the pecan stain is gone. 

The combination of salt and acid from the lemon will effectively get rid of the stain.

Can lemon juice remove pecan stains?

Certain types of nuts such as pecans and walnuts have a soft husk as a protective layer that encloses the shell. This husk which must be taken out when the nuts are harvested contains a dark-colored juice that can easily stain different surfaces. The pecan stains can be hard to remove and regular washing is not enough. Let us look at the steps below to get rid of the stains.

  • Prepare a mixture of ¼ cup bottle lemon juice or freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 teaspoons table salt.
  • Pour this mixture over the pecan stains on your hands. Caress your hands together forcefully until the stain starts to vanish. 
  • Rinse your hands thoroughly in cool water and check if the stain is fully removed. If a trace of the stain lingers, add more lemon juice, and salt to your hands and repeat the process. 
  • Wash your hands in warm, foamy water and rinse.
  • Use a soft cloth to dry your hands thoroughly.

Final thoughts

When you end up with pecan stains on your hands or other surfaces, they can be undesirable to look at and can be stubborn to remove. With the methods discussed on how to remove pecan stains from hands, you can effectively get rid of the stains in no time. 

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Michael René, consultant, is the leading stain removal expert in Denmark. Read about him and the rest of the team here

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