Homemade Hand Scrub for Gardeners

by Merissa on January 23, 2013

in Frugal Living Tips, Make Your Own, Natural Living

Homemade Hand Scrub for Gardeners - Little House Living

Homemade Hand Scrub

Gardening time in one of my favorite times of year but it always leave my hands looking rather rough, brown, or even sometimes stained with green (that just means I'm doing it right, right?). After putting up with it for a few years I decided that a good homemade hand scrub to use when I came inside from gardening was a must.

This recipe is incredibly simple and takes only a few minutes to put together, you will wonder why you haven't made it already!

Homemade Hand Scrub for Gardeners

What You Need:

  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown will work)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil (Where to Buy)
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil (Where to Buy)

What To Do:

Making this scrub is very simple for something that is so effective! Simply use a small bowl and melt your coconut oil to a liquid. Add in the sugar, salt, and essential oil if desired.

Stir all of the ingredients together until the mixture is fully combined. Place the scrub into a jar or another air tight container and store in a cool place until ready to use.

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

Need a quick gift idea? Place this in a glass jar with a fabric square and you have a homemade gem anyone would love to receive! If you liked this recipe you might also enjoy our recipe for this Sea Salt Body Scrub. Or for something a bit more "fancy" you may want to try my Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Homemade Body Scrub. It smells so good!

Check out all the other homemade gift ideas or DIY projects we have here on Little House Living, too!


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1 Becca @ Live Simple Natural January 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

My skin gets SO dry in the wintertime- I’ve been using Plantain Oil and Aloe Vera on it, but this recipe sounds better since it will slough off the dead skin. I’m definitely going to make some of it!
Thanks for the great post!


2 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

Definitely let us know how it works for you!


3 Penny January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Does the lemon sting at all? My hands are cracking something terrible and its quite painful!


4 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

Not really. The zest is there for purely fragrance purposes, so you could omit that if you wanted! I made this for my sister who is a chef and her hands are always cracked from being in water all of the time. She LOVES this stuff!


5 Jackie January 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

This sounds like it would make a good body scrub, too. Thanks!


6 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

Yes it would! Just be careful from oil getting on the floor of the tub/shower. It can get quite slippery!


7 Janeen Utley February 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Thankyou for this Post! I am definitely going to make this scrub! I am a Licensed Cosmetologist ( Hairstylist) for 20+ yrs. & have worked in some of the nicest Salon/Spa’s around! & since I’m now Stay @ home, I miss those sugar/salt Scrubs! They work wonders on all the Rough spots! Thankyou for the Recipe!! ;-).


8 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

No problem!! Let us know how you like it!


9 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Can you use this as a daily lotion too? Also, I bought coconut oil but it’s not virgin and it doesn’t smell sweet. Does it really change the scrub or does it REALLY matter?


10 Jenny October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hubs works with cardboard in a warehouse, eldest son is a mechanic, I just have plain old dishwater hands. I made a jar omitting the lemon zest, and adding a few drops of thrives oil. Smells wonderful without seeming feminine. Very nice. Thanks for the idea. I might be making some to give as Christmas gifts. 🙂


11 Merissa October 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Great additions!


12 amber December 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Could I use kosher salt instead?


13 debbie January 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

You see brown sugar scrubs in the stores rhis could be another little spin on it ,coconut oil & lemon sounds good enought o eat,lol,but don’t,use on those cracked hands & feet,just a thought.My feet are always a problem,hands also cracked & rough,alot of times I would like to be knitting but hands are snagging the yarn,Thank-You for these wonderful helps


14 Rhonda January 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi Dominque, Where can you buy virgin coconut oil? I would really like to try this. Can you use Kosher salt or does it have to be Sea salt? thanks for posting this.


15 Deby February 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

What is ratio of sugar to salt?


16 Lanette September 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

I would love to know the ratio of sea salt to sugar as well.


17 Pamela April 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hello, Merissa, I am thrilled. I just finished showing twenty women how to make this scrub along with how to make home-made coconut oil lotion. They are thrilled to learn about this. Our women’s fellowship group had a fun time together. Thank you so much.


18 Merissa April 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Sounds like a great get together, I’m glad you had fun!


19 Easy Life Meal & Party Planning May 27, 2014 at 7:44 am

This is an excellent combination of ingredients. I love coconut oil! Definitely trying.


20 Betsy @ BPhotoArt May 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I just pinned this to my gardening board; it looks really useful 🙂


21 Kimberlee May 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Looks like a great scrub recipe. My mom does a ton of gardening in the summer – I need to make her some of this or tell her how to make her own. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


22 France May 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

Thank you very much for this recipe. It seems to be beneficial both in summer and in winter so I will definitely try it on my hands… and my feet! 🙂


23 Marie May 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Hi! Hopping here from Back to the Basics Tuesday. I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my collection! Blessings to you and yours!



24 Lana May 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

Thanks for sharing. My hands get so dry in the winter that they bleed. Pinning this to try!


25 Rachel @ Craving some Creativity May 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Oh, this sounds wonderful! I can imagine a few different variations for scents. Pinning! and sharing with others.


26 ilona June 7, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Such an easy recipe! Thank you for posting it. Is there a shelf life for this hand scrub and/or should it be refrigerated?


27 Merissa June 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

When I make this I usually use it up quite quickly so I’m not sure but shelf life should be at least a year if not longer. And it doesn’t need to be refrigerated 🙂


28 SUSAN June 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

My daughter is allergic to coconuts. I wonder what other kind of oil could be substituted that would still smell nice?


29 Merissa June 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

You could use just about any other kind of oil in this recipe, jojoba, almond, avocado, ect.


30 Dawn @Oh Sweet Mercy August 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Now this is the kind of body care product that I love – edible, no weird, unpronounceable ingredients! Thanks for sharing!


31 Antionette Blake August 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

Thanks for sharing again at the #WWDParty.


32 Belinda August 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for sharing this – I’m going to put this on my Ideas for Gifts and pass it onto my kids as well (to make for me!!) As a barefoot family cracked and dry feet are always something we are aware of.


33 Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) August 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

This sounds great. I love homemade scrubs.

I would be honored if you hopped over to share with us at Inspire Us Tuesdays.


34 AmieJo August 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

Such a great idea. I am going to try it out. Pinned and shared.


35 Kristina & Millie August 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

easy and works well? Thanks for sharing this great hand scrub recipe. I think it will work great on my feeties too!


36 Merissa August 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Oh it’s wonderful on feet too! Then you can top it off with some refreshing Peppermint Foot Cream 🙂


37 [email protected] Food Mom on a Budget August 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

This seems easy to do – love it! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!


38 Mimi August 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I love this! I used to buy a similar one years ago, and it was sooo expensive for the teeniest little jar. I’m off to make some for my Winter dry hands….only one day to Spring here! Mimi xxx


39 Joanne T Ferguson August 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

G’day and thanks for sharing at the #SayGdayParty!
Please make sure to stop by if you haven’t already and visit some other people also attending the party and would be great if you could answer one of my questions or two! Thank you! Cheers! Joanne


40 Meredith Wouters August 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

OK, I’m definitely trying this one! It looks easy, and boy do my hands need it. Thank you!


41 Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) August 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

What a great tip! Hello, my name is Misty, from The LadyPrefers2Save, and I’m one of the new co-hosts for the Merry Monday Linky Party! Thanks for linking up at the Merry Monday’s Linky Party this week. Have an awesome week!


42 Chris Larson March 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

What’s the ratio of solid (salt and sugar) to the liquid oil? I”m not sure what the final consistency should be. Thanks.


43 Jenny April 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

I’m just curious as to the reason why you add the salt too? I’ve seen scrubs with sugar and scrubs with salt but wondered if there was a specific reason why you added some salt to your recipe. TIA


44 Merissa April 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

You can add either salt or sugar in this recipe or even both depending on what you have. Both are in the directions because it doesn’t particularly matter for this recipe which one is used. I generally use a coarse sugar since that’s what I have on hand.


45 Shelley June 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I read some comments that said there was lemon zest in the recipe, but I don’t see it in the recipe above. Also, can you use a different oil besides tea tree, or is there an important reason for it? Thanks!


46 Merissa June 17, 2015 at 8:16 pm

We found that the lemon that was included in the original recipe could be irritating to the hands (especially if they are cracked). You could use a different oil besides tea tree….lavender in particular would be great!


47 Victoria June 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I made this today and already used it. Love it. Thanks for the recipe


48 Tonya Ross April 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm

I am allergic to coconut. I have found lots of home remedies and such that I would like to try but almost everything has coconut of some form. Is there a good alternative


49 Merissa April 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

You can definitely sub almond oil, jojoba oil, or a similar oil in this recipe. For an oil that is always a liquid though you just might want to add a bit less.


50 Jess June 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

This is such a neat idea! I love this!

I would love for you to add this to my Recipes and Crafts Facebook Group.

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


51 Mimi June 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

I adore a good hand scrub and I have all these ingredients. I’ll be trying this for sure! Mimi


52 AnnMarie June 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

I love this! I have been into the body scrubs lately and have made chocolate and spearmint. Right! Why didn’t I think of this?! My recipe is similar, without the sea salt.


53 Lisa Kerhin June 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

Thanks for linking this awesome hand scrub up on Happiness is Homemade – we’re featuring it! I love this idea for gifts and I have a perfect person in mind too. She’ll love this one and the Cinnamon Vanilla one.


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