Homemade Gardener's Hand Scrub

This homemade hand scrub will leave your hands clean and moisturized after working hard outdoors.

| February 2016

  • Castile soap, coconut oil, and sugar combine to make a nontoxic and effective hand scrub. Add essential oils to create the fragrance of your choice.
    Photo by Charity Burggraaf
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In The Hands-On Home (Sasquatch Books, 2015), Erica Strauss provides readers with more than 100 recipes, tips and inspirational ideas. This no-nonsense, seasonal guidebook to reducing consumerism and increasing DIY covers everything from cooking and preserving to nontoxic home and personal care.

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Gardener’s Hard-Core Hand Scrub

As an avid gardener, I get these lines of dirt on the edges of my index finger and thumb that stick like a tattoo no matter how many times I wash my hands. I’ve bonded with my father-in-law, an auto mechanic, over the frustration of perma-dirt. After all, just because you like to get your hands dirty, doesn’t necessarily mean you want them to stay dirty. I developed this hand scrub specifically to combat perma-dirt. The essential oils are optional but add a nice, clean, woodsy smell that is gender-neutral and very refreshing. Lemon or orange would also be great if you don’t have sensitive skin.

Makes 1-1/2 cups

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup liquid castile soap

2/23/2016 12:31:21 PM

DIRT-BUSTING SUGAR HAND SCRUB This makes a 3-cup batch, enough to fill 3, wide-mouth half-pint jars. Recipe can easily be halved. This scrub will last for a long time at room temp – several months. For even longer storage, or for a firmer texture, keep your jars in the fridge. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup coconut oil (I use this coconut oil. I buy it at Costco.) 1/2 cup mild soap. (I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap.) 2 cups organic sugar (I use this sugar. I buy it at Costco, too.) Essential oils, for scenting (Optional but nice.)

2/15/2016 10:59:37 PM

PROOFREAD! For those who would like to be able to try it, look here: http://www.nwedible.com/dirt-busting-sugar-hand-scrub-for-gardeners/

2/15/2016 7:27:15 PM

Doesn't give amount of coconut oil.

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