Homemade Hand Scrubs

Whether it’s due to cold, dry weather, frequent dish washing, or other manual labor, it’s very easy for your hands to be dry and rough. While moisturizing hand cream can help, it won’t do much good if there’s dead skin on the surface that won’t allow it to penetrate. Using a hand scrub can remove that tough layer of skin for softer, smoother hands that readily absorb moisturizer. You can make your own hand scrub with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Try a simple sugar scrub that’s scented with lemon, a moisturizing version that uses dish soap as a base, a formula that combines sugar and salt for powerful exfoliation, or a delicious salt scrub that smells like grapefruit.

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub


  • ⅔ cup (150 g) sugar
  • ¼ cup (52 g) fractionated coconut oil or olive oil
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil

Moisturizing Hand Scrub


  • 1 part moisturizing dish soap
  • 2 parts sugar
  • 3 to 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Sugar and Salt Hand Scrub


  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons (42.5 g) raw honey
  • ¼ cup (59 g) sea salt
  • ¼ cup (55 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice

Grapefruit and Sea Salt Hand Scrub


  • 1 cup (267 g) coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup (118 ml) liquid coconut oil
  • 5 to 7 drops grapefruit essential oil

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