Homemade Hand Cleaner (For Dry Hands)

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Homemade Hand Cleaner

My hands tend to get so dry in the winter and since my skin is prone to eczema, that makes it even worse. Dry, red, itchy patches are nothing to laugh about and no amount of homemade lotion, homemade hand soap, or rash cream seems to completely help.

We wash our hands generally with a pure coconut oil soap that I buy from Azure. It’s very hard to find a corn free soap and this one only contains coconut oil, so it’s definitely our fave right now. But, even though it gets our hands clean, it still dries them out, and with frequent washing to prevent winter germs, my hands just get worse and worse.

So I attempted to come up with a recipe for a homemade hand cleaner that could be used a few times a day instead of regular soap to restore my hands to their normal happy, healthy selves. Here’s my recipe:


Homemade Hand Cleaner

What You Need:

  • 1/2 c. oats (I used rolled oats although I don’t think it matters)
  • 1/2 c. raw sugar
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk or goat’s milk
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • A few drops of Vitamin E oil


Pour the oats into a blender and blend until they make a course powder.


Pour the blended oats into a bowl. Add in the sugar, olive oil, and Vitamin E (will help preserve).

Add in the milk last; you may want to add more or less depending on how thick you want the scrub to be.


Pour the finished mixture into a jar or container and set next to your sink to use when you wash your hands. To restore your hands you don’t need to use it every time you wash, but once or twice a day should help. Remember that this is an all natural mixture and won’t last long sitting out so you could keep it in the fridge to extend it’s life or make a smaller batch that you can use up in about a week.

Have you ever made your own homemade hand cleaner? Do you get dry winter hands?


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  1. Melissa, your homemade recipes are wonderful and I’m really glad you included pictures of the processes. That will make it much easier when I try my hand at making the lotions and cleaners. Thanks,
    Melba Hanska

  2. Do you have to use the Vitamin E oil? I don’t have any… And I’m sorry I’m commenting a lot. I just have so many questions!!!

    1. I have found Vitamin E oil at The Dollar General Store. I have been to several in different and they carried Vitamin E oil in a bottle for only $1. Therefore, I am quite certain that the Vitamin E oil would be available in most Dollar General Stores in the States. Also, I have seen Vit E oil at Walmart. Good luck!

  3. I appreciate your sharing your recipes. They usually are easy to make, inexpensive, healthy, and kind to the planet. I am going to try your hand cleaner for dry skin next. I have eczema, too, and have spent a small fortune on OTC and prescription products, yet my hands still crack and bleed. Thank you.

  4. I appreciate this recipe as I’m constantly washing my hands. This recipe will help! I have started to use a drop of castor oil on my hands after washing my hands.

    Willl keep most in the fridge and just keep a small jar near the sink.

    Thank you so much Merissa!