These homemade hand scrub recipes are perfect for avid gardeners and busy home cooks.
Your hands do a lot: they clean, they cook, they dig in the garden, and caress your child’s hair. You want to keep them clean, of course, but harsh antibacterial soaps can leave them dry and cracked — plus, studies indicate that antibacterial soaps and scrubs provide no advantage against viruses. For people with allergies or asthma, they can actually cause more problems than they’re worth.
Really, if the all-natural version works just as well as the commercial one, doesn’t it make more sense to skip the parabens, sulfates, and other potentially harmful chemicals?
These three homemade hand scrub recipes will get your hands clean while leaving your skin soft and smooth. Plus, they use ingredients you already have around the house. Of course, you don’t have to limit their use to dirty hands — they all make excellent body scrubs, too!
How To Make Natural Hand Scrub
This scrub is wonderful for getting rid of ingrained dirt.
1/2 cup oatmeal
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon Castile soap
3-5 drops lemon, tea tree or lavender essential oil (optional)
Directions: Make a thick paste of the oatmeal and water then add Castile soap and essential oils. Lemon, tea tree, and lavender all have antibacterial properties and smell nice. Apply scrub to damp hands and rub together well then rinse under warm water.
Olive Oil Sugar Scrub
DIY crafters will love how well this scrub removes paint from skin without leaving your hands feeling dry or smelling of turpentine. It’s a gentle and easy way to remove marker stains from kids’ skin, too.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup white sugar
Directions: Make a paste of olive oil and sugar. Apply to freshly washed hands and rub. Rinse well then follow with a regular soap and water wash.
Berry Stain Busting Scrub
Power through berry or Kool-Aid stains, even hair dye, with this easy-to-make scrub.
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Castile soap
Directions: Combine lemon juice and water. Stir in sugar to form a very thick paste then add Castile soap. Apply to damp hands, rub well, and allow the scrub to remain on your hands for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse under warm water.
• When it comes to getting your hands dirty in the garden, the best remedy is prevention. Use gloves if you have them — my favorites are Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves because they’re flexible and thin enough that you can feel what you’re doing, plus they’re machine washable!
• Don’t like gloves? Before you head out to garden, scrape your nails over a bar of soap to prevent dirt from getting beneath them. When you’re finished outside, run your hands under warm water and gently scrub beneath your nails — the dirt will wash right away.