Garden talk

Gardener's Hand Scrub

Hi. Long time no see.

Construction is moving along.  And with the chaos that ensues around here, I have been somewhat paralyzed.  No cooking, no sewing, no knitting, very little cleaning.  I really can't stand to be in the house so I have been away or outside as much as possible.  The only thing I am working on is the garden and that is a steady work in progress.

I don't wear gloves when I garden - I like feeling the soil on my hands.  Having my hands in the dirt for hours makes them filthy which I don't mind until it's time to wash off that dirt.  I read about a hand scrub in Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler and decided to mix up a batch for myself.  I really like how it turned out so I thought I would share it with you.  Most likely you already have everything you need to make this gardener's hand scrub: a jar or container with a lid, sugar, liquid dish soap and a spoon.

Scrub 1

I used a 16 oz. canning jar and filled it 3/4 full of sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups.

Scrub 2
Then add the liquid dish soap until it almost reaches the top.  Stir to mix the soap and sugar.  You want a paste - not too runny or too solid - so you may need to add more sugar.  I added another 1/2 cup to get the consistency correct.

Scrub 3
To wash the dirt off your hands, use a small amount and rub it all over your hands.  The sugar is a great exfoliant that removes the dirt while the soap washes it all away.  You could add a cute label to the jar if you were so inclined.  Pair it with a similar, moisturizing scrub made with olive oil and sugar and it'd make a fantastic gift.

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Hopefully, I will be back here sooner rather than later.  I'm planning on updating the shop around April 15th and I'll announce that as soon as I have the particulars figured out.  Until then, you'll likely find me outside.

Take care.


Erin | house on hill road

hi nicole - any kind of liquid soap should work.

the sleepy time gal

what a great idea. thanks so much for sharing!


I've just made a batch myself. Overall it's really nice and yummy-smelling... but is there supposed to be little grains of sugar lying around? And the scrub I made is kinda liquidy and sticky. Because I think my plan backfired a little bit....

Erin | house on hill road

the scrub part is the sugar - it doesn't dissolve. and if it's too liquid-y, add more sugar. the stickiness will go away when you wash it off your hands.

Erin Whittemore

I have had this in the back of my mind ever since you posted this. I'm making jars for mother's day and for my soon-to-be sister in law who is an avid gardener and landscape architect. Such a great idea Erin!

Erin | house on hill road

I need to make some more for myself! Thanks for the reminder, E.


Is there a problem with the ugar going bad? Moldy or anything? Sounds great!



Erin | house on hill road

I've never had any problem with the sugar going bad. In fact, a jar often lasts a good 6 months to a year for me.


Wow. That is amazing :D

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