Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Homemade Handscrub, Little House Living, Plain Values Magazine, Merissa A. Alink
words by: Merissa A. Alink


Gardening time is one of my favorite times of the year, but it always leaves my hands looking rather rough, brown, or even stained with green. (That just means I’m doing it right, right?) After putting up with rough gardener hands for a few years, I decided that a good homemade hand scrub was a must. Not only would it clean my hands during the summer garden season, but it would also help repair dry and damaged skin during the cold winter months!

This homemade gardener’s hand scrub is just what you need to keep your winter or summer hands moisturized and exfoliated. It’s incredibly simple and takes only a few minutes to put together; you will wonder why you haven’t made it already!

What You Need: 
  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown sugar will work)
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Making this scrub is very simple, considering that it’s so effective! Place your coconut oil in a small bowl and melt to a liquid, then add in the sugar, salt, and essential oil (if desired).

Stir all the ingredients together until the mixture is fully combined. Place the scrub into a jar or another airtight container and store it in a cool place until you are ready to use it.

To use the scrubscoop out a small amount and scrub over dirty, garden-stained hands. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel. If your hands feel greasy after use, you can wash them again with regular hand soap.


Need a quick gift idea? Place your homemade hand scrub in a glass jar with a fabric square on top, and you have a homemade gem that anyone would love to receive!


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