all i have at my house to clean my hands is dish soap and that doesnt get them too clean after working on the engine, so i decided to try something new today. maybe other ppl do this, but i have never heard of it, i used the dish soap and shook some salt onto my hands as well. it worked very well to get the grease off.
Baking powder is the ticket for that. Use the box from the freezer that's supposed to absorb odors rather than the one from the pantry thats for making cookies. The black fingerprints upset the cooks in the house.
pre soap your hands before working on the car , dont rinse them , just coat them in dawn and get to work ...
rags always help too , papertowels dont cut it , typicaly if i dont use my gloves (lets face it gloves cant be used all the time) , ill pre soap my hands , then wash them when done and use a rag to clean futher , then resoap rince and use papertowels
get the water as hot as you can stand too , thatll expand the skin, open pores, and all that crap ....
oh and engine oil makes a good soap too , ever notice how easy your hands come clean after and oil change ? supposedly used oil is a carcinogen so i cant recmoned it ....but ...you know ....
I wear disposable rubber gloves like the ones they use at proctologists!
Nothing better to cover your hands while wrenching on a car than textured Latex I always say I go through almost two boxes of gloves a week at work sometimes if I've got alot of really messy jobs, especially ones that involve stuff like tranny fluid and what not. We also use ass loads of brake clean which can really dry your skin out bad.....hence the wearing of the gloves.
My skin won't tolerate GoJo, Fast Orange, dish soap, etc. I spray my hands with WD-40, rub it around real well, then wipe off with a relatively clean terry cloth towel. That gets them clean enough to go in the house, and plain old bar soap gets the rest, using a cheap toothbrush for the fingernail areas.
Those with skin irritated by chemicals should look into Acid Mantle Cream. It returns normal acidity to your skin and helps heal skin irritated by the crap we gearheads are sometimes prone to wallowing in. Your pharmacist can order it. It's made by Doak Dermatological division of Bradley Pharmaceuticals.