Removing Plant Latex

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  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Is there a good solvent for removing plant latex from skin and garden tools?
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I'm not sure it will work, but pine sap comes off with any type of oil.
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Hi, Carol. The white sap/latex from my dischidia created a bit of a mess after I'd finished repotting it. Wouldn't have thought to use oil. I'll try some vegetable oil the next time. Thanks.
     
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    I use nut oils, such as almond or peanut oil and this effectively removes resins and sap.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Do you find a difference between using these and vegatable oils?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Melted butter or vegetable oil is good for removing resins, but may not work on latex, which is chemically very different (related to rubber).

    I'd suspect a strong detergent solution might be better for latex. The sooner one acts, the better - try to get ot off before it starts to polymerise into rubber, then it could be really difficult to remove.
     

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