January 23, 2012

How To: Make a Lemon Olive Oil Hand Scrub

Posted by Kristin

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By now, most of you know that Laura and I aren't a huge fan of chemical cleaners and prefer to take the natural route. I first made this hand scrub in December as a gift. After I made it, I was cleaning out the bowl I mixed it in and used some to wash my hands. I literally stopped what I was doing because, as I used it, the heavens opened up and I saw Jesus saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have discovered the holy hand scrub that sanctifies as it cleans". Well....not exactly. But I was quite smitten with this hand scrub, so much so that I made two more batches right then and there.

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The picture that originally caught my eye, first seen here.

I first found this scrub on my friend Jennifer's Pinterest page with the recipe originally coming from Katie Goodman at Good Life Eats.  I base my recipe off of hers (view here) but have tweaked it a bit. I prefer to use fresh lemon juice instead of extract because its what I have on hand and because it thins the scrub out a bit. I found the original recipe to be a bit thick. I also reduced her recipe to make smaller batches, since it would take me awhile to use a whole pint jar. My recipe makes enough to fill an 8 ounce jelly jar.


3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp table salt
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 cup olive oil

In a bowl or food processor, mix together the sugar, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Add in the olive oil and blend well (its helpful to use a whisk if mixing by hand). Once thoroughly mixed, pour into a nice jar. The scrub can live next to your sink for about a month but after that I recommend refrigerating it since it does contain fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. When you're ready to use it, shake the jar well (the ingredients separate a bit over time) and simply wet your hands under the faucet after you've finished all your cleaning. Place a small dollop of the scrub in your palm and scrub vigorously on your hands. Its especially good on your finger tips if you've been cutting up onions or garlic. I've even had it get glue off my fingers. Rinse thoroughly, dry your hands and enjoy your lemony, moisturized hands. And maybe keep an eye out for Jesus. After all, cleanliness is next to godliness right?

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Jesus: When he's not shepherding sheep he likes to get his clean on.

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