How to Get Chicken Poop Smell Off Hands [11 Natural Methods]

Smelly poop hands are a part of cleaning your chickens’ coop, food, water, and eggs. Once the feces matter has made its way on your hands, it can be tough to eliminate the nasty smell. When soap and water don’t remove the poop smell, it’s time to try some of the natural methods below. 

How to Get Chicken Pooop Smell Off Hands?

#1 Salt

Salt does much more than provide seasoning for the foods you eat. It can be used to remove smelly chicken poop from your hands. Moisten your hands with water and rub some salt in your hands. 

You want the salt to cling to your fingers and palms, which will help remove the odor. 

Use any salt such as; Morton, sea salt, etc. After rubbing for about two minutes, rinse them with water, and the foul smelling stool odor will be gone.

#2 Baking Soda

After coming into contact with chicken poop, skip the harsh chemical cleaners. Make a paste using one tablespoon of water and three tablespoons baking soda. 

Put the paste on your hands and rub vigorously. Your hands will become clean and odor-free without exposing your skin to harsh toxins.

#3 Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the simplest and most overlooked solutions to getting rid of nasty odors from your hands. Use a spoon, knife, or faucet to rub both your fingers and hands back and forth across the stainless steel metal. 

Hold your hands under cold running water while rubbing your hands over the stainless steel for 15 seconds. Anything made of stainless steel can work to get rid of smelly chicken poop, but I’ve found that this stainless steel odor-absorbing bar works best.  

#4 Coffee Grounds

Everyone loves the smell of coffee, but did you know that you can use it to help you remove odors from your hands? Every chicken owner should keep a backup stash that is used as an odor-removal scrub. 

After coming into contact with chicken poop, Wash your hands under cold water to remove any noticeable feces. Next, cover your hands with a layer of coffee grinds, rub them together for a few minutes, and then wash with water. 

Or you can dunk your fingers into your backup stash coffee grounds and rub them around for about two minutes. 

If you don’t have coffee grounds, grab some whole coffee beans and rub them around in your hands until the odor disappears.

Coffee contains nitrogen which helps neutralize and absorb odors in the environment and even your hands.

#5 Lemon 

Lemons are great for anything, even for getting rid of chicken poop smells from your hands. Cut open a fresh lemon, and squeeze the juice over your hands. 

You can even rub the freshly squeezed lemon half over your hands to help remove the smell. Once you rinse your hands off, your hands will be lemony fresh!

#6 Tomato Juice

We’ve all heard the myth that tomato juice eliminates or neutralizes skunk odor. Unfortunately, it just masks the smell of skunks, but it can be used to deodorize your hands, especially if they smell like chicken poop.

Pour a small amount of tomato juice in your hands and rub together for several minutes. Rinse the tomato juice under cold water, and the smell should be gone. 

#7 Toothpaste

Toothpaste is not just for cleaning your teeth. It can help get rid of manure or compost smells from your hands. Apply a little bit to your hands and rub them together, then rinse with water. 

Ensure you’re using a basic white toothpaste like Colgate. Gel toothpaste won’t have the same effect. 

#8 Use Cold Water

Avoid washing your poopy hands with hot or warm water, as it will open up the pores in your skin, which will trap the odors. Cold water keeps the pores closed, which helps remove the foul odors. 

Once the odors are gone, you can wash your hands with warm water. 

#9 Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide works great at eliminating chicken poop odors from your hands. Cup your hands, pour some hydrogen peroxide on your hands and rub the solution thoroughly through your hands and fingers. 

Wait about 2-4 minutes before washing the chemical compound away using cold water. 

#10 Antiseptic Mouthwash

Mouthwash not only provides fresh minty breath, but it can neutralize odor-causing compounds eliminate odor-causing bacteria on both hands and in your mouth. 

Pour some antiseptic mouthwash into your hands and rub your hands, lathering your hands and fingers. Rinse your hands with water. 

Use scented variety mouthwashes such as mint to help cover up any lingering odor. 

#11 Rubbing Alcohol 

Pour one teaspoon into your hands and rub your hands together until your hands the rubbing alcohol is rubbed in really well. Next wash your hands with soap and water.

The downside is that rubbing alcohol is a natural astringent, which means it will dry your skin out. After using this method, you’ll want to apply some lotion to help keep your skin moisturized.

Avoid using this technique more than once. If the poop smell still lingers, try some of the other techniques on this post. 

How to Prevent Your Hands Smelling Like Chicken Poop?

Coming into contact with chicken poop is inevitable, especially when you own backyard chickens. 

Whether you’re working with chicken manure compost, cleaning the chicken coop, or just cleaning chicken droppings, the best way to keep the poop smell off your hands is to wear gloves whenever you deal with your flock.  

Hopefully, one of the methods above helps you remove the animal manure smell from your hands. 

Chicken poop smells terrible, so you may have to use one or all of these methods more than once before the odor disappears completely. So don’t give up; keep trying some different techniques above and give it some time.

Before you know it, the feces smell will be gone!