How to clean resin
One of the most difficult substances to clean away from any surface is resin. It’s super sticky and, if not treated carefully, it can leave huge stains on fabrics and other porous materials. The best way to clean resin off hands, glass, fabric, skin, or any other material you can think of, is a can-a-wipe. Not only does the can-a-wipe remove resin effectively, but it also cleans in record time and with very little effort. It takes all the stress out of having loads of different cleaning materials and tools, and it’s inexpensive.
Having said that, if you want to rescue some of the residual resin or THC when you clean, then you might want to try one of the more traditional DIY cleaning techniques. These are your best options…
The best way to clean resin from glass: solvents
Rubbing alcohol, or vodka, are both pretty effective at cleaning resin from glass. You can either soak whatever needs cleaning in the alcohol or, in the case of a worktop or table, you can spray the alcohol onto the surface and let it settle. It’s a good idea to let the alcohol work its magic for at least five minutes. Gently rub the treated area with a dry cloth to loosen up any residual resin and voilá. When using vodka, you can place the residual THC to one side, let it dry out, and use it again.
The acidity in Coca Cola works fairly well too, but it’s not as effective as alcohol and it’s not safe to use on all materials, so make sure you only use it if you’re trying to clean glass. Another option for effectively cleaning resin from glass is to use some kind of oil. Margarine, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and peanut butter can all be used. Massage the oil into the resin, allow the resin to absorb the oil, and then use a dry cloth to wipe the mess away from the surface.
How to clean resin off hands: use an agitator
If you want to learn how to clean resin from fingers, then turn your attention to a couple of household agitators: salt and baking soda. Dip your hands into a bowl of salt or baking soda, remove, and then rub them gently together. Little by little, the resin will build up in your hands, forming small clumps. The clumps make it easier to remove the resin. If, however, the resin on your hands is still a little wet, then swap salt and baking soda for a splodge of toothpaste. It works in the same way.
How to clean resin from clothes
If you’ve managed to get resin stuck to your clothing, or other fabric-covered items, you can use an acetone product, like nail polish remover, to remove the resin. Avoid rubbing your clothes too vigorously with the acetone, as this could cause the stain the embed in the fibers and make it impossible to remove. Having said that, do target the stained area by rubbing pieces of material together. Just go softly and slowly, keeping track of your progress along the way.
Recovering the good stuff
On a final note, for most of the cleaning techniques mentioned above, it’s possible to salvage and then use the residual resin that you remove when cleaning. One of the best ways of gathering as much residual resin as possible is to set up a small work area before you begin. Cover a hard surface area, like a tray, with parchment paper or greaseproof paper, and use it to catch the residual resin as it drops away from the area you’re cleaning.
When you’ve finished cleaning, place the sheet of parchment paper, with the residual resin on top, in the freezer until the resin turns solid. Remove the parchment paper from the freezer, and store your resin for later. Awesome!