Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Gardeners Exfoliating Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

 Learn how to make an exfoliating hand soap for gardeners.  This gardeners hand soap recipe is very easy to make.  It is a cross between a liquid soap and a sugar scrub, so it lifts dirt and grime from your skin while the sugar exfoliates for a deeper clean.

Exfoliating Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

We plant a large garden each year.  While I'm not afraid of working, I like to get clean as soon as I'm done.

We have excellent soil for growing with just the right amount of clay and sand, but the clay really sticks to my skin and dries out my skin.  

So I made an exfoliating liquid hand soap to use after gardening.  This deep cleansing hand soap is also good for any time your hands are especially messy.  

Even if you've never made soap before, this gardeners hand soap is really easy to make without using lye.  I use liquid castile soap for the soap, so this only takes a few minutes to make.

For more easy recipes like this gardeners hand soap, check out these posts:

Can You Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap?

Making liquid soap uses a different lye than making bars of soap.  You'd need to use potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide.  So unless you make a lot of liquid soap, it's not really worth it.  

I decided to use liquid castile soap as the base.  It's a mild soap, and it's fairly inexpensive to buy.  

You can also use what's known as soap paste.  This is a homemade thick liquid soap that you can add water to.  It's kind of like a concentrate.

If you just add exfoliating ingredients to liquid soap, they will sink to the bottom.  You'd have to use a suspension base.  These are expensive.

Instead, I formulated this exfoliating liquid hand soap to be like a cross between a sugar scrub and a hand soap.

I also added ground almonds and lemon peel for more scrubbing power for a deep cleansing hand soap.

What is Exfoliating Soap?

An exfoliating hand soap has rough particles in it that scrub away dirt and dead skin cells.  For a scrubbing hand soap, I used sugar, lemon peel, and ground almonds.  

These exfoliants are gentle enough to remove dirt and grime, but they won't harm your skin.  

What Are Different Types of Exfoliators?

You can also use different exfoliators for your gardeners hand soap.  If you are allergic to nuts, replace it with something else.

You can substitute any of these exfoliators for the lemon peel and ground almonds.  Use the same amount.

Learn how to make dried lemon peel to use.

Does Castile Soap Kill Germs?

The liquid castile soap in this gardeners hand soap recipe does not kill germs.  Castile soap works as a surfactant, which helps to lift things like germs and dirt from surfaces, including your hands.

While this exfoliating hand soap won't kill germs, it does help lift them from your body so they can be washed away when you rinse your hands.

How Do You Use Exfoliating Soap?

Use this scrubbing hand soap just like you would regular soap.  Scoop about 1 to 2 tablespoons onto wet hands.  Work the gardeners hand soap all over your hands and arms as needed to loosen dirt.

Then rinse well.

Can I Use Exfoliating Soap Every Day?

This scrubbing hand soap is gentle enough to use every day.  You can safely use it every time your hands are dirty from gardening or working.

Essential Oils for Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

Essential oils are optional, but I like to use them for the scent and for their benefits.  I used a blend of lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil, and frankincense essential oil.  They make a light blend that's nice for summer.

Frankincense essential oil is naturally anti-inflammatory when used on your skin.  Your hands can get irritated and inflamed when you work.  Frankincense also promotes healing if you cut your hands while gardening.

Lemon essential oil is uplifting in aromatherapy.  Lemon is also said to help kill germs that can get trapped in the pores of your skin.  The Vitamin C also exfoliates and provides antioxidants for your skin.

Lavender essential oil is calming when used in aromatherapy.  It's an antimicrobial oil and can reduce inflammation when used topically.

You can also use a blend of essential oils.  I recommend:

How Long Does This Exfoliating Liquid Hand Soap Last?

This gardeners soap recipe will last about three months.  It doesn't have water it in it, so I did not add a preservative.  Avoid getting water in the jar and use a spoon or scoop to get product.

If you plan to see this gentle exfoliating hand soap or want a longer shelf life, I recommend using Phenonip as a preservative.  

Be sure to weigh the scrub to calculate how much preservative to use and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.

Exfoliating Liquid Hand Soap Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients to make a gentle exfoliating hand soap:

How Do You Make Exfoliating Hand Soap?

Step #1

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds on high.  Add the essential oils and stir well.

Step #2

Combine sugar, coconut oil and essential oils, liquid castile soap, ground almonds, and lemon peel in a bowl.  Stir to combine.

Step #3

Spoon into an 8 ounce jar or other container.  I use jelly jars for my gardeners hand soap recipe.  

I hope you enjoy this gardeners hand soap!  It also makes a great gift for the gardener in your life.

For more gardeners soap recipes, check out these posts:

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Yield: 8 ounces
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $5

Gardeners Exfoliating Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
A gentle exfoliating hand soap recipe for gardeners.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon peel
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil


  • Spoon
  • Bowls


  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds on high.  Add the essential oils and stir well.
  2. Combine sugar, coconut oil and essential oils, liquid castile soap, ground almonds, and lemon peel in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Spoon into an 8 ounce jar or other container. I use jelly jars for my gardeners hand soap recipe.
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