Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

My hands get abused on a fairly regular basis. Between cooking, cleaning and gardening it is sometimes embarrassing to have people see my hands. Don’t get me started on the smell that can linger behind after peeling garlic or crumbling blue cheese! If your hands take just as much of a beating as mine this homemade hand scrub will make a world of difference!

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I used a coarsely ground Kosher salt for this hand scrub but you could also use Epsom salts if you have those around. The key is to have a relatively large grain and plain table salt doesn’t really cut it. The courser the salt, the more effective this hand scrub will be in removing dirt and food smells. The olive oil is moisturizing and the lemon gives it a nice fresh smell. I wish I could have used fresh rosemary in this but my bush seems to have died in our rare single digit temperatures last week! If it doesn’t come back in the spring I will have to replant it because I LOVE rosemary! If you want a few tips on growing your own rosemary, check out Bonnie Plants for advice.

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Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

Yield: 1 1/3 cup scrub

Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

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A refreshing hand scrub to exfoliate and deodorize your hands

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup coarse Kosher salt
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 TBSP fresh rosemary, crushed


  1. Mix all ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Store in airtight container.
  2. To use, place a few tablespoons of scrub onto wet hands and rub gently. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

If you love the aroma of lemon and rosemary in the homemade hand scrub recipe you might want to try out my Lemon and Rosemary olive oil cake! It was a lightly sweet and delicious ending to dinner!

Have you ever made a homemade hand scrub?

7 thoughts on “Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub”

  1. this looks easy.

    BTW, you need to buy new jarred rosemary. haven’t you seen McCormick’s campaign to get people to get rid of the old green capped jars–they’re really old? 🙂 look at their website.

    • yes I really do! But I usually have it growing in the garden so it has continued to sit there! But, the hard freeze we just had killed my precious plant and I do not know if it will come back in the spring. Very sad…I will definitely be planting more and buying a new bottle so thankyou!


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