Homemade men’s hand scrub recipe as a gift or for every day. Ever since I started making our own homemade foaming hand soap it continues to be the one recipe that my husband raves about the most. Without any shadow of a doubt it works better then ANY hand soap either of us have ever tried and it even takes off the fishy smell after we’ve been cleaning fish for hours! With Christmas here it dawned on me I might be able to take what I learned from our foaming hand soap and make something even more geared for our guys that know how to get dirty and stinky! (And us gals too of course!)
This scrub would make an excellent gardener’s hand scrub as well but, for now, let’s focus on it for our boys. Because I wanted this to seem particularly “manly” I added three charcoal capsules and, yes, it does make it look like black dirt and the exact opposite of something that would clean your hands which I kinda like. I think it being black makes it perfect for a men’s hand scrub. I used a liquid castile soap for this because I’m lazy and didn’t want to melt anything down. This is one of those recipes where you literally just mix it all together and its ready to go:
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking soda
3 opened capsules of charcoal
5 drops peppermint oil
5 drops eucalyptus oil
5 drops tea tree oil
Step 1: Mixing, Storing and Use
Of course you do not need to add any essential oil or charcoal but in the end this not only looks manly but it smells manly too and leaves an interesting and light scent behind. (It looks pink in my batch before adding the charcoal because the only salt I keep in our house is pink Himalayan salt that I buy in bulk.) But that’s not really the point of course, the question is: does it work?
YES, YES AND MORE YES! Even with my foaming hand soap we had to go back and wash our hands twice after cleaning fresh fish. If we use this men’s hand scrub though (and hot water) its all we need and we only need to use it once. It also leaves our hands totally smooth and soft too. On top of all of that my husband came in from deer hunting where he had climbed out of a pine tree and totally unintentionally covered his hands with sap. If you’ve ever got pine sap anywhere on your skin before then you know it is incredibly hard to remove. So, he tried this scrub and it took it right off!
Note here: this is gonna bubble when you mix it all together so make sure and use a bowl a little bigger then you think you need! Baking soda and vinegar is what causes the reaction but it calms down quickly and it all mixes up together nicely. This is a wet enough scrub that you can pour it but I prefer to use a spoon so I can mix it first and then spoon some into my hand.
I put a big dollop on my dry hands and really scrub scrub scrub and then I wash it off with hot water scrubbing all the time. Interestingly this stuff really CLINGS to any rough places, you can see in the picture how every one of my husband’s calluses are covered lol
I put it in a squat, wide mouthed mason jar. This men’s hand scrub makes a great gift and I’ll definitely be giving quite a few out for Christmas!
Runner Up in the
Baking Soda Challenge 2017