Instead of using harsh paint stripper to remove paint from your hands or a nonporous surface, try this natural method natural instead: Use olive oil and salt to loosen dried paint and gently lift it away. Start by dabbing the area with a small amount of olive oil. Then sprinkle salt on top and use it as a gentle exfoliator. Add more oil and wipe away. Use a little soap and water to wash the oil mixture off. The oil helps lift the paint away from the surface, and the salt speeds up the process.