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The Fix: Rubbing alcohol can remove sap from washable clothing, knit gloves, and rugs, says Nancy Bock, the senior vice president of education for the American Cleaning Institute. "It acts as a solvent," she says. For clothes, even a down coat, saturate the area with alcohol, let sit for a minute, then launder in warm water with regular detergent. Heat sets stains, so be sure all the sap is gone before using the dryer. Repeat the process if any remains. For sap on a wool coat or leather gloves, the dry cleaner is your best bet. For a rug, spot-test first, then apply alcohol with a cloth; blot with clean parts of the cloth until the sap is gone. Murphy Oil Soap ($4, target.com) is effective on wood floors, says Christmas-tree farmer Kathy Kogut, the executive director of the Connecticut Tree Growers Association. As for sticky fingers? Kogut says hand sanitizer works like a charm.