Country Lore: Clean Pine Pitch With Crisco

Got pine pitch on your fingers? Try this handy tip to remove it.

pine pitch

Pine pitch is one of the most tenaciously sticky substances found in nature.

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Living in New England, the kids and I sometimes get covered in pine pitch. My grandmother taught us an easy way to get the mess off our skin: Use Crisco vegetable shortening and rub it in gently. Follow that with a good dose of soap and water.

Donn Kruger
Bridgewater, Massachusetts