sweet almond oil

How to remove black grease from your hands

If you have at any point had to put a bike chain back on, you will know that it is almost impossible to do this without getting some of the chain grease on your hands. 

Gyre and Gymble has a neat trick to remove the grease without leaving your hands red and raw from scrubbing. 


All you do is wash your hands with Castile soap and warm water. Then add a couple of spoons of sweet almond oil to your hands, and rub in a washing-like motion with the oil. This should remove the rest of the grease without damaging your hands in the process.  It may leave your hands feeling a little too oily, so repeat step one and rewash with the Castile soap, but no oil. 

If your hands feel a little dry once finished, add one tiny drop of sweet almond oil onto your clean dry hands, rub in, and leave to dry.

Cleaning metal furniture

Cleaning aluminium, chrome, and stainless steel is all more or less the same, and can be done very simply with the Gyre and Gymble #cleanwithfood process.


  • 50/50 vinegar and water
  • Bicarb soda
  • Sweet almond oil 
  • Lemon essential oil

For a quick once over, just spray with the vinegar and water mix, wipe clean, and then add a small amount of sweet almond oil with some added lemon essential oil to polish and finish. 

It the metal is very dirty, sprinkle with bicarb soda first. This will act as a gentle scouring agent and then just follow with the oils once rubbed clean. 

The oil finish will act in 2 ways. First, it will help stop fingerprints marking the metal. Secondly, it will give the metal a lovely clean shine, and with the added lemon essential oil, it will smell great too!