A little bit of cooking oil can clear your skin of the stray paint and splatter from a messy and colorful DIY project. Move over to the sink to contain the mess, then pour a teaspoon of oil and a pinch of salt into your paint-covered hands and lightly rub them together. The oil will loosen oil-, latex-, and water-based paints while the salt scrubs them away. Similarly, a spoonful of olive oil works on countertops, too, should your paint project take place in the kitchen: Drizzle a thin coat over any unwanted paint drips (no salt this time—it could scratch!), and rub away with a dry rag in a circular motion until the surface is spotless!