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Can you get Swarfega in the US? If so, is it common?

If not, what would you use to remove motor oil from hands?

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I've never heard of Swarfega. However, the generic name of the product you would use to remove motor oil from your hands is "waterless hand cleaner." It's a greasy gel.

Sounds like the same stuff. Is it a particularly yucky green?

The stuff I've seen was sort of colorless -- like slightly more opaque Vaseline.

Damn. Oh well, just makes the drabble slightly less interesting. I just like the word.

"waterless hand cleaner" isn't very catchy, is it?

I never understood why Swarfega is that horrible green colour. Surely they could have made it look slightly less like radioactive ooze

Maybe all the bikers would prefer it pink?

My dad always used something called Goop. I swear, that's the actual brand name!

There is also some kind of citrus scented grainy stuff, but I can't remember what it is called.

Sounds a bit girly for the manly oily type.

No. It's quite nasty. They slather up with it and then wipe it on a shop towel and no longer feel the need to wash their hands. It's commonly found in auto repair shops and garages.

I'm sensing the bitterness of personal experience.

Bitterness, me?

Well, if you must know, my ex was a huge fan of the stuff. (But evidently not of personal hygiene.)

I wish my ex was. He might have been some use.

Mine was quite handy with cars and such, but not so much with the keeping a job and staying sober.

Mine had no practical skills whatsoever, but was quite good at the rest of it. Still miss him.

:( It will get better. I don't know which I prefer, practicle skills or the rest of it. Don't they make men who can do both?

Proably, but they get snapped up pretty quick.

I think my husband has the potential to do both, but currently has chosen not to. (No comment on the job part, because we chose for him to be a stay at home dad as I had no intention of staying home with the little hellions. But there are parts of what I consider to be his job at home that get woefully neglected.)

I hope the lucky ones who snapped them up at least appreciate what they've got.

House husband is cool. The ex was quite prepared to do that, but i suspect that it just meant more Playstation bonding time.

Yes, mine and his playstation are well bonded, and he is in many fantasy sports leagues as well.

Good old Swarfega -- we always used to have it at home on the farm. Much needed after Dad had been fixing the tractor...

And Iiked the green colour. And the smell.

Before I asked this question, i did do a search and I only found UK, Austalian and New Zealand sites. I should have guessed really.

Funny how some things have a colonial connection. Like Swarfega. And cricket. Is it actually made in Britain?

Not a clue.

I can't believe i've got this much reaction to a question about Swarfega of all things!

Yeah -- you put up some deep and meaningful post and no-one wants to know.

lowest common denominator, obviously.

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