DIY Gardening Hand Scrub

This DIY Gardening Hand Scrub has saved me! Our back yard is in full bloom! We’ve got apple trees, pear trees, Asian pear trees, tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, raspberries and blueberries, not to mention the beds and beds of flowers and shrubs.  I’m usually running outside in my bare feet to grab a handful of raspberries, a tomato or just a handful of flowers. This year I decided to make my own DIY Gardening Hand Scrub that I also use on my feet!

diy gardening hand scrub

You’d think I’d learn to throw on some shoes. This gardening hand scrub is perfect for getting that dirt that seems to work it’s way into your cuticles. It makes cleaning up a jiffy, especially for my husband.  I love using sugar as a natural way to exfoliate and I use it often in my homemade body scrub.

How to Make Gardening Hand Scrub

how to make garden hand scrubGather your supplies:

  1. Dish soap – any kind, but I like ones that smell fresh and are moisturizing.  I picked this one up at the Dollar Store. It’s pink grapefruit.
  2. Sugar – Just simple granulated sugar works great, but you could use a coarser grain if desired.
  3. Jar – Any jar is good, but I prefer a wide mouth jar. I keep some in a plastic jar in our potting area so it doesn’t break.

Fill jar a little more than 3/4 full with sugar.  Fill the rest of the space with your soap. Stir. As you stir, you’ll notice that is creates more room to pour more sugar in………pour it in and stir some more. If you want it more paste like, start out with less soap.  I usually like mine with less liquid and should have filled according to the lines in the photo.  That’s what I get for rushing.

how to make garden hand scrub

This makes a great hostess gift…….give it alone or place it in a basket with other simple gardening supplies. I made some quick little labels you can print out and either use a circle punch or cut out with scissors. Add a cute ribbon and you’re golden!

Download your Gardening Hand Scrub Labels Here.

free printable Garden Hand Scrub Labels

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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  1. Joanie K says

    Thanks for sharing…. terrific idea … and a great little gift! Just like I like ’em. Quick and simple!!

  2. says

    CUTE! Now here’s my question — why dish soap instead of a liquid hand soap? I’m just wondering if the dish soap is too harsh on the hands? Either way — definitely trying this!

    • says

      You could use either! I think the dish soap is only better if you happen to also have grease on your hands…….like my husband does at times from tinkering with the lawn mower.

  3. says

    How simple! I can see how that would did a great job. I may make some of that tonight when I get home for my hubby to see if it gets the grease off his hands.

  4. says

    Love this! So easy!
    Oh, and let me tell you, it works great for hands covered in paint to. Tried some last night after painting the ceiling and it worked like a charm!

    I made a post about it on my blog (linking to this site of course!), but it’s in swedish so might not be easy to read…

    Anyway, thank you for this, love it!