The DIY Life: Lemon Kitchen Sugar Scrub

14 May

We’ve all been there. You’re slicing, mincing, chopping garlic like it’s your job. You wash your hands. You wash your hands again. And again and again and…you get the point. They still smell of garlic! Or you’re mixing up some bread dough and you’ve got dough crusted around your fingernails and stuck all over your hands and it’s going to take at least what seems like days to get it off with the old soap and water method. Fret not oh fellow kitchen queens. This kitchen scrub is here to save the day! All natural, and made with ingredients that you have in your kitchen (you SHOULD have these ingredients in your kitchen!) The sugar helps exfoliate your hands, the olive oil keeps your skin moisturized, and the lemon juice and zest cuts through the stink and leaves behind an oh so mild lemony freshness. I keep mine next to the sink in an old mason jar and just scoop out some when I need it. If you’ve been touching meat be sure to use a spoon to get the scrub out so you don’t contaminate the jar. I’m going to make a second batch and keep a jar by the laundry tub for after gardening or painting cleanup. This would also make a great little gift for the holidays or a housewarming! This recipe will yield 3 jelly jars worth of scrub of 1 pint and 1 jelly jar.

It’s simple –

2 1/2 cups white granulated sugar

zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 cup olive oil

Stir to combine and put into mason jars. Voila. DIY made fast. And easy!


4 Responses to “The DIY Life: Lemon Kitchen Sugar Scrub”

  1. lightlycrunchy May 23, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    I see great mind think alike! Nice tip about using it after garlic (I might have thought of that too, eventually, but then again.. I can be a little slow sometimes).

    • seasonedwithsarcasm May 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      They do! The garlic smell was my original reason for whipping up a batch…however it also helps get ground meat off your hands and from around your nails! But now that you posted you used it in the shower after the garden, I’m thinking of putting another jar in the shower to help remove garden grime! 🙂


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