Having a real Christmas tree is the best way to get your house to smell like that sweet piney scent. But like most good things, there’s a downside to having a real tree — trees have sap, and that stickiness is going to end up pretty much everywhere. Knowing how to remove Christmas tree sap from whatever it’s stuck on — whether it's your car’s interior or exterior, your kids’ clothes, your hands, a living room rug, honestly maybe even your dog — will make you much more holly and jolly. And you thought standing out in the cold to pick your tree was the only real downfall. (Well, that and trying to get it in the stand. And making sure there aren't any holes. And that the branches are nice and full. And watering it.)
Luckily, if you catch a sap stain early enough, with a little creativity and elbow grease, even the stickiest of marks can be cleaned off most surfaces. Before you vow to get a fake Christmas tree next year, read on for clever ways to remove tree sap from almost anywhere (including your kids' hands, which is an important skill to have if you don’t want every inch of your home covered in the sweet stuff).