The cure for smelly hands at the end of the day...

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#1
Date: March 2, 2001
To: PFIC Message Board
From: Jimbojack

Subject: What's the cure for smelly hands?

For some reason my wife doesn't appreciate “Eau De Mackeral” or “Essence of Anchovy.” How do you get rid of the smell from your hands? I've heard of lemon juice, laundry detergent, mouthwash, hand cleaners, Ajax, etc. These only seem to slightly lessen or cover up the smell. Someone must know the answer. Please save my marriage!

Posted by baitfish

Orange pumice hand soap followed by lemon juice.

Posted by jimbojack

Any certain brand? I use Fast Orange pumice hand cleaner for work and after fishing, but it doesn't seem to do much for the smell.

Posted by baitfish

I use the brand made by GUNK.

Posted by Songslinger

Nature's Family shower and bath gel, available from Target, and cheap. Soak your hands in this stuff and then scrub with a brush and it will do the trick. Makes a decent bubble bath too. The scent is pleasant but not overwhelming and not feminine. I give it two fins up.

Posted by stinkyfingers

Why cure? “It's good to have "

Posted by stinkyfingers

Honest answer...Ok, really: This is what I do and you don't even need that much soap or anything fancy. A lot of times the smell is PERMANENTLY implanted into your skin. Surprised? Oh yeah, it's true. It NEVER comes off. In reality what happens is you take off the first couple of layers of your skin. That's the way to go, too. Ever remember getting glue on your hand in elementary school, when you peel it off your hand is clean as new? Well, same concept here. Here's what I do: HOT WATER. You almost don't need anything else. I mean HOT too. I turn it on all the way hot. I put some generic dish soap on my hands (Safeway brand), and start scrubbing under the water as it's heating up. I'll scrub ferociously until it gets intolerably hot, and then I scrub some more. Then you start darting them in and out of the lava-water quickly, keeping them wet with heat but not having to go to the hospital. I continue to do this until my hands look like boiled lobsters. I pull them out of the water, dry them off, and watch the steam come off of them. Pink as hell, and almost swollen, the first five layers of skin are gone - and about 80-90% of the smell right along with 'em. Try it, it works. It's also really good to do after you've eaten greasy food before you play the video games. I HATE greasy controllers or remotes or my phone or my lighters - Argh!
WASH YOU HANDS, WASH THEM VIOLENTLY, WASH THEM IN LAVA!!!

Posted by aafrench

Geez I think I'll keep my stinky hands before I try that! I thought Stinkyfinger meant something else? oh well Andrew

Posted by baitfish

Well you could always go the survivor route. I would think if you were mike on survivor, you wouldn't have that problem. OUCH! Sounds like Stinky's method is just one step below that:) Seriously though, the key to any of these is scrubbing with either a scrub brush, or I like to use a washcloth. Wait let me rephrase that... A designated fishing washcloth. baitfish

Posted by stinkyfingers

You will notice though, that in all cases...you are removing the smell by removing layers of skin. That's why people keep recommending "scrub brushes" and "harsh" chemicals, etc. Don't forget - lemon juice is acidic, and also does the trick... But really folks! You should see my hands, they're actually quite nice for a fishin', tree-hoppin', fence-jumpin', knife-fightin', hand boiling guy. Very soft and tender, I'm sure the girls appreciate that at times. ;) wink, wink...

Posted by harukan

"Stinkyfingers"? Sounds more like

"Lobsterfingers"
or "Poached Pinkies"
or "Hardboiled Hands"
or "Debrided Digits"
or maybe "Parboiled Paws"
I agree with Frenchy; I think I'd rather have some stench than cooked hands. If anybody else doesn't like a bit of the old Eau de Mer, tell 'em to stuff some cotton up their honker.

Posted by Kyle

Greasy controllers are the worst! *nmsg*
 

MisterT

Well-known member
#3
I usually don't care about getting my hands smelly.

Prevention of course helps such as wearing gloves or using tongs but I usually don't as I prefer to handle fish as quickly as possible.

The recommendation on Orange pumice hand soap / mechanics soap is worth a try.
 

Rusty

Well-known member
#4
Stainless steel “soap” bar! It works for me! Or use the faucet itself, soap, lather, rub the SS faucet/neck- as if you are cleaning the faucet with hands. The smell will jump off your hands and onto stainless steel. I am no scientist, so I cant tell you how it works, but it does work.
 

Rusty

Well-known member
#5
I usually don't care about getting my hands smelly.

Prevention of course helps such as wearing gloves or using tongs but I usually don't as I prefer to handle fish as quickly as possible.

The recommendation on Orange pumice hand soap / mechanics soap is worth a try.
I use Permatex Orange everyday at the work. It messes your hands up, my hands and fingers are like hard rocks, and girls hate that lol!
When my hands are really nasty, i use a mixture or detergent (dawn liquid, or Dove bar works best for me) and add the pumice to the soap- the detergent has surfactants and chemicals to release grime, while the pumice helps with physical removal. I also sometimes have to add a blue or green Scotch scrubber to help clean my grease and oil filled hands.
 

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#6
I carry "De-Fishing Soap" in my pier cart, both the liquid and the actual soap. It seems to get rid of most of the "fishy" smells. I think it's available at most large fishing stores and, I believe, even at Walmart.