How to Remove Tree Sap from Boots

How to Remove Tree Sap from BootsTree sap, or pitch, is quite sticky and can be difficult to remove from your camping gear. During a long hike, sap can get thoroughly worked into your boots. If you don't remove it, it can get on your tent, your clothes and your other possessions, making a sticky, practically indelible mess. Fortunately, you can remove sap from your boots using nothing but items you're likely to already have along on a hiking trip.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Boots
  • Cloths
  • Water
  • Peanut butter or margarine
  • Spoon
  • Soap
Step 1
Scrape any mud, twigs and other debris from the area of the boot that is covered with sap. If it is really dirty, wash it with a wet cloth to remove the debris so nothing is left but sap.
Step 2
Spread creamy peanut butter on the sap and work it into the sap with your fingers. If you don't have peanut butter, use margarine.
Step 3
Scrape the sap and peanut butter off with your fingernails, a spoon or another dull scraping tool.
Step 4
Wipe a cloth over the area you were cleaning to remove remnants of the peanut butter.
Step 5
Wash the area using a clean cloth with water and mild soap to remove the oils from the peanut butter or margarine.

Tips & Warnings

If you have trouble getting the sap off your boots, try placeing them in the freezer for 2-3 hours and scraping the frozen sap off.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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