I’m almost ashamed to show my hands! They have never been truly pretty to my eye, but my children tell me that they LOVE my hands! It has something to do with all the work a Mother’s hands have done through the years for her family, I think. If you’ve ever heard the Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, then you know how mothers feel! May it never be said that stay at home moms don’t work!
So, I’ll get to the point… Have you ever been embarrassed by the unsightly stains on your hands or under your nails after you do dirty work on Saturday and then want to look all spiffied up on Sunday?
Remove Stains From Working Hands & Nails
Being a lover of working in the yard and a gardener (and one that seldom wears gloves), I needed help a little help. I said no to using those gritty hand cleaners like GOJO or Fast Orange for mechanics and farmers with chemicals or harsh cleaners in them.
I found out several years ago just what a good friend simple lemon juice is – the inexpensive store-bought kind in a plastic bottle (save the organic kind for cooking). It works because of the citric acid which reliably fades the stains. It also softens the skin, and over time can lighten scars and dark spots.
I keep a bottle in the refrigerator dedicated for this purpose.
It also has disinfecting properties to clean small cuts and scrapes lowering the risk of infection.
- Wash hands once with soap to get off the worst of it and dry to remove excess water.
- Then just squirt lemon juice directly on your skin and let it remain where you need it for 15-30 seconds. That’s all.
- Repeat if necessary.
Brace yourself if you’ve got some cuts or rose thorn punctures! Ha-ha!
Thanks for reading!