How to Remove Walnut Stains from Skin


You might not have to handle walnuts often, but once you do it can result in a problem. In fact, it can result in a serious problem. A stain problem, that is. Walnut stains can be a little difficult to remove once they get on your hands or any other part of your body. So what do you need to do to remove the walnut stains from your skin? Does it call for a specialized treatment that requires more than soap? Can simple items that are within reach in your own homes suffice? Find out the process below.

How to get walnut stains off your fingers and hands

A way to get black walnut stains off your hands is with lemon. Pour some lemon juice on your hands and fingers, and rub them against each other for a couple of minutes. The acid in the lemon will remove the walnut stains. Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Steps to Remove Walnut Stains from Skin

As you will discover once you get walnut stains on your skin, they don’t come off easily. You will probably have to wait a few days for the stain to start fading away. 

You can kick start the process by making sure you have one half cup to one cup of lemon juice. You can use bottled lemon juice or juice from a fresh lemon for this process. Squirt a generous amount of lemon juice on your hands. Add about two tablespoons of salt to your hands. 

Now rub your hands together as vigorously as you can. Continue doing this until the walnut stain is gone. Don’t be afraid to do this since the combination of lemon juice and salt will remove the stain without causing any harm to your skin.

Now, you might find that the walnut stain is still there even after you’ve done the step described above. What do you do? You can try rubbing some toothpaste on the stained area. You can use an old toothbrush to spread and rub the toothpaste. Do it in circular motions. Just continue with this motion until the stain completely disappears. For best results, use a toothpaste that contains baking soda.

4 Methods on how to remove walnut stains on hands

Although the best way to avoid getting stains is to steer clear from walnut trees, there are instances where you might end up with one. 4 great ways to remove walnut stains from your hands is Vinegar, Lemon, Toothpaste, and Dish detergent and baking soda.

Let us now take a close look at effective techniques on how to remove walnut stains on hands.

  • Vinegar. Pour 2 spoons of vinegar into a glass and stir and place your hands into this mixture and wait for a while to help remove the stains. The next step is to wash your hands with warm, soapy water. Another alternative is to apply vinegar on cotton and directly rub on your hands.
  • Lemon. Start the process by squeezing a generous amount of fruit’s liquid onto your hands. You can utilize liquid from a fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice. Sprinkle salt onto your hands, around up to 2 tablespoons in amount. Rub your hands together vigorously and continue until the stain is removed. The combination of the acid and salt will get rid of the stain but it will not damage your skin.
  • Toothpaste. You can also rub toothpaste on your skin if the lemon juice and salt treatment are not effective. Simply utilize an old toothbrush to scrub the toothpaste in small, circular motions. Continue doing this until the stain steadily disappears. Any brand of toothpaste can be used but it is recommended to use one that contains baking soda.
  • Dish detergent and baking soda. Combine a tablespoon of baking soda with a ¼ cup of dish cleanser in a bowl. With an old toothbrush, apply the mixture on your hands. Brush using circular motions until the stain starts to fade.

Do not forget to thoroughly wash and moisturize your hands after using any of these methods to remove walnut stains from the hands. The rubbing motion and exposure to the products used can dry out the skin and might even chafe it. Washing your hands can eliminate any leftover cleaning substances and applying a moisturizing lotion can protect the skin against irritation.

A close look at the walnut tree

Walnut is considered highly beneficial in various ways with its nutritional value. The walnut tree is an aromatic, single-pinnate type of tree with leaves that face one another and belongs to the Juglandaceae family.

The tree sheds during the winter and produces fruit at the end of the summer and the start of the fall season. Within the maturing, sappy fruit which has large seeds holds the seed which is divided into two parts.

While this fresh fruit is picked and eaten, it is also broken and mashed. Due to this, once the exterior shell is broken, the sap is ejected and the leaves can stain on hands, clothes and other objects it comes in contact with.

Those who are involved in the harvesting or you simply picked one up in your garden during the fall can end up with brownish stains for days that blacken and dry on the hands. The main point to remember is to immediately wash the area with the stain when eating fresh walnuts. Just like with other stubborn stains, the stain from a fresh walnut is difficult to remove once it has fully dried.

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Common Questions About Walnut Stains

How Long Do Walnut Stains Last on Skin?

How long walnut stains last, will depend on if you actively try to remove them. If not, walnut stains will usually last on your skin for a couple of days. You can speed up how fast it goes, with Vinegar, Lemon, Toothpaste or Dish detergent and baking soda.

If you get a walnut stain on your skin for whatever reason, your first impulse will probably be to remove it right away. It is quite unsightly and you are not going to be comfortable doing anything with those yellow stains on your skin. But just how long are those walnut stains going to last on your skin?

This is one of the first things that you need to find out before you can even start removing them. Is it going to come off on its own right away or do you need to do something about it instantly because it will be there for a while?

The truth about walnut stains is that it will stick around for a few days. Eventually, the stains are going to go away on their own, even if you do nothing but wash your hands as normal.

Why Do Walnuts Stain Your Hands?

There is one question that has been bugging you about walnut stains. And that is – why do walnuts stain your hands in the first place? The actual staining happens when the juice of the walnut gets on your skin. The juice leaves a stain that will be there for several days. So if you are going to handle walnuts that still have their skin and shell, the threat of staining is always going to be there. When you take off the green part, that’s when the staining is most likely to occur.  And once it gets to your skin, it is very hard to get off. All you can really do is wait for time to take care of it and make it go away gradually as the days pass by. 

How Do You Remove Walnut Stains from Nails?

Getting walnut stains on your hands and your nails is another tricky proposition. Once there, the stain is quite difficult to take off. The following is a simple process on how it can be done.

You will need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Soap
  • Vegetable oil
  • Nail brush
  • Clean water
  • Hand lotion

Directions:

  • Start by washing the hands thoroughly.
  • Apply lemon juice to the walnut stains. Make sure that you apply it as gently as possible. Take your time to allow the acid in the lemon juice to work on the walnut stain.
  • Gently rub the vegetable oil on the stained skin.
  • Wash the hands thoroughly once more.
  • Gently apply your hand lotion of choice.

How to get walnut stains off clothes

Sadly, it is not possible to completely protect clothes against fresh walnut stains. Luckily, some methods can tackle these stains.
The first method is to rinse your clothes in cold water. Add 2-3 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid on the stains followed by 4 drops of vinegar. Rub thoroughly the stained area. Once you have cleaned the area thoroughly, place a paper towel on the stain and wait for 5-10 minutes.
As the last step, rinse the stained area properly, preferably under running water until the stains are completely gone.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used. Simply dampen the site of the stain and wait for a while. Make sure that the fabric will not be damaged. Detergents that contain bleaching agents can also be used on fresh walnut stains. Combine a teaspoon of bleach agent with one spoonful of water and apply it on the site of the stain. Wipe the site with a clean cloth that has been soaked in water that contains vinegar. Rinse thoroughly with running water.

Which part of the walnut stains hands?

If you have gathered walnuts off the ground or touched walnut wood during woodworking tasks, you might notice a yellowish stain on your hands. When handling fresh walnuts, the thick, green, corrosive outer coat which is called the epicarp is responsible for causing stains on your hands.
If your hands are not protected, the stain will adhere to the skin. It is considered as a stubborn stain to deal with and can last for days especially if left to dry. Over time, it will wear off on its own, but you do not want to wait that long. Although water and soap will not solve this issue, several techniques can remove the stain in no time.

Conclusion

Walnut stains on your skin can seem like a major problem, especially when you realize they can be very difficult to remove. When that happens, you have a few choices in front of you. The first is to just let it stay on the affected area until it disappears on its own. Another solution is to try and actually try and remove the stain with some of the methods that we mentioned above.

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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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