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Homemade men’s hand scrub for a gift or for seriously stinky fingers!

Dec 04 2017 -
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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!)

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

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 (What I use)
1/4 cup white vinegar (What I use)
1/3 cup salt (What I use)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking soda
3 opened capsules of charcoal (What I use)
5 drops peppermint oil (What I use)
5 drops eucalyptus oil (What I use)
5 drops tea tree oil (What I 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?

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

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!

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

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.

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

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!

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

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14 Comments

  1. Samantha
    December 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Tarah! Great post, and I will definitely be making this for myself and my husband. I have sworn off cleaning any fish we brought home as my hands would smell for what seemed like a week after. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • December 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Samantha, I keep a jar of this made at ALL times now because it works so great! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  2. December 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    This would be perfect for my husband! He is a country club golf course superintendent and comes home with his hands dyed blue and green from the chemicals, this is a brilliant Christmas gift for him. Thanks for sharing! #totallyterriffictuesday

    • December 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Sara, I think this would really help! My cousin is a mechanic and he tried this and just could not believe how well it worked! Thanks for coming by!

  3. December 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this hand scrub recipe! I will share it with my friends who have gardens and hubby’s that go fishing, plus make some for myself.

    • December 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Elena, this stuff is almost miraculous, I keep a jar at my sink at all times now! Thanks for coming by!

  4. December 8, 2017 at 12:19 am

    We could definitely use this around here! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

    • December 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks for coming by Lynda!

  5. December 8, 2017 at 2:32 am

    This looks so interesting, I’m bookmarking (and sharing, of course).
    It’s a lovely idea. Dropped by from #bloggersPitStop and so glad I did, following you now. Happy Holidays to you and yours! 🎄

  6. December 10, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Tarahlynn this scrub does look a bit strange being black although it certainly looks like it works! Thanks for sharing how to make it with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a fabulous week.

    • December 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Sue! Yeah I made it black just cause I wanted it to be “manly” lol but you certainly wouldn’t need to add the charcoal. Thanks for coming by!

  7. December 14, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Such a great idea! Husbands need something that they feel comfortable using and mine definitely does not like anything less than ‘manly.’ Love this idea – perfect for my hubby!

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