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Lemon & Peppermint Antibacterial Hand Scrub

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Not only is this lemon & peppermint antibacterial hand scrub practical, but it is also beautiful, exfoliating and leaves your hands feeling silky smooth. Plus it comes together in about 5 minutes!

With all of the hand-washing going on these days, my hands are parched, like dried, cracking, rough parched.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve battled dry skin and eczema* my whole life and wintertime in a dry climate is always hard on them. But with a little extra hand-washing, they are perpetually parched!

Enter, this beautiful, all-natural, cleansing antibacterial hand scrub!

What ingredients are in antibacterial hand scrub?

  • fine sea salt | cleanses, heals and nourishes skin. Kosher or coarser salts are a bit harsh on the delicate skin of hands, in fact, you may even want to use brown sugar if your hands are extra sensitive.
  • sweet almond oil | sweet almond oil keeps your skin cells healthy, protects your skin from UV radiation damage, and helps your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines, thanks to the Vitamin E in the oil. The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin.
  • pure coconut oil |benefits for skin, including reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria.”
  • Jojoba oil |Jojoba oil contains oodles of vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, but what sets it apart from the others is that it’s technically not an oil, but a wax ester. What does this mean for your skin? “Jojoba oil has a similar molecular structure and composition to sebum, which the skin naturally produces for moisturization

  • Tea Tree Oil | Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi (1Trusted Source2Trusted Source). Terpinen-4-ol also appears to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders (3Trusted Source). These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing. I highly recommend reading more about this powerhouse of essential oils!
  • Peppermint essential oil | Besides smelling fabulous, peppermint oil may have some antibacterial and antifungal properties. (Optional)
  • Lemon Essential oil and fresh lemon zest | Another “smells marvelous” ingredient, but some people swear by lemon essential oil as an ingredient that fights exhaustion, helps with depression, clears your skin, kills harmful viruses and bacteria, and reduces inflammation. (Optional). Peppermint and Lemon are optional, you might also try Rosemary & Sweet Orange. Or Lavendar is always a big hit, be creative.

This is a fabulous starter kit for essential oils.

DISCLAIMER | I am not a physician or specialist; I have done my own research and using natural products like this have worked for my family. As always consult your medical provider, if you have concerns.

How to DIY Antibacterial Hand Scrub

Measure ingredients. To evenly distribute oils, put drops into one of the carrier oils (almond, jojoba work great), then add everything in a small mixing bowl (or double, triple or quadruple if making as gifts).

Mix well to combine. Scoop into container with a lid and provide a small scoop or spoon. Ta-da! Takes all of 5 minutes!

*Eczema Warning | I have battled eczema since childhood and my hands are the worst; however, tea tree oil can be harsh with eczema, so use sparingly and with caution. I personally use this scrub once daily and it leaves my hands soft and nourished.


You all know I love great homemade gifts, and this one is no different! In fact, I love the way my friend Lynn, from Nourish and Nestle puts it, Homemade Gifts that Don’t Scream DIY!

You need to check it out, because they are awesome! In fact, I think I saw somewhere on her site where she called them “Homemade Gifts that Don’t Suck!” But maybe that is my interpretation! HA!

Since I wanted this gift to look beautiful, like it was from a specialty store; I chose my favorite 12.5 oz tulip shaped Weck jar — they are a bit pricey, but so pretty; these ball jars work great too! Note that the recipe makes about 1 cup work (8 oz) so it didn’t quite fill up the above 12 oz jar.

I love to tie some bakers twine or jute around it, securing a cute wooden scoop to the jar and if you want, tie on a dried slice of lemon, but a sprig of fresh rosemary, lavender, a cinnamon stick or fresh thyme would work great too!


A label makes all the difference, I created these pretty labels for you to print and punch out to either tie or glue onto the jar’s. Simply click the link below for the free printable antibacterial hand scrub labels.

There are two designs, one specifically for Lemon & Eucalyptus and the second a generic Antibacterial Hand Scrub label that you can fill in the scents.

I use 65# white or kraft paper for most my gift tags, they hold up well and punch well. I have a couple of punches to make tags easier, this 2″ round punch, and this 2×3″ tag punch, it also punches a hole and adds an eyelet. Pretty nifty!

I do not have a 3 inch punch, but carefully cut this label out using scissors.

Print Out These Cute Free Christmas Gift Tags to go with your gift!

That’s about it! Check out the DIY “recipe” below, and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom; I have gathered a few of my own and other bloggers fabulous “non-sucky” homemade gifts for you to peruse.

Think Mother’s Day, birthday gifts, hostess gifts, get well gifts, just because, new neighbor gifts, Easter, Holiday and Christmas…oh, you get the idea!

Pinterest Image for Antibacterial Hand Scrub + free printable labels, with image of pretty jar of salt scrub with label.

Recipe heavily adapted from Hello Glow.

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Yield: a little over 8 oz

Antibacterial Hand Scrub

Antibacterial Hand Scrub

Make your own easy DIY antibacterial hand scrub that promotes healthy, clean, soft skin.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  1. Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl, mix to combine well. Spoon into desired jar or storage container with lid.
  2. If making as gifts, place in desired lidded jar(s), apply label (see post for free printable), small scoop and tie with jute or twine.
  3. Scoop small amount into palm of hand, gently rub all over hands for 20 seconds, then rinse with warm water. Use once or twice daily. Avoid introducing water into the scrub.
  4. Makes about 1 cup (8 oz), easily double, triple or more the recipe for multiple gift options.


Shelf Life: to avoid oils turning rancid, always keep the lid on the container, most salt scrubs will last about 6 months, if it starts smelling rancid, then it's time to throw out.

I love to tie some bakers twine or jute around it, securing a cute wooden scoop to the jar and if you want, tie on a dried slice of lemon, but a sprig of fresh rosemary, lavender, a cinnamon stick or thyme would work great too!

*Eczema Warning | I have battled eczema forever and it's always the worst on my hands; however, tea tree oil can be harsh with eczema, so use sparingly and with caution. I personally just use this hand scrub once or twice daily.

Recipe heavily adapted from HelloGlow.

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Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 14th of March 2021

This is so nice for gardeners too. Picking up some jar to make for Mother's Day gifts for my girlfriends! Thank you.


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Absolutely, great for gardeners!


Saturday 28th of November 2020

These are so cute. I'm looking to make them as Christmas gifts for friends. What is the shelf life on this? Would i be able to start making them now or should I wait closer to Xmas. Also, does one ingredient list produce 12oz?


Sunday 29th of November 2020

Hi Victoria,

Thank you, they are cute. I have had mine on my counter since April, average shelf life is about 6 months, but it's smart to keep it covered, avoiding the oils going rancid. If it starts to smell funny it should be thrown out. Also it makes a little over 8 oz, about a cup, thanks for bringing this up, I amended the recipe to include a bit more of this information. Happy DIY'ing! Kathleen


Monday 4th of May 2020

I love this so much! And I need it!! And... I have all the ingredients, yay. I'm totally going to have my kids make this for me this week for mother's day. They'll love making it and I'll love using it.


Monday 4th of May 2020

YAY! Love that you have all of this!


Saturday 25th of April 2020

This worked MIRACLES on my dry hands! I have (like everyone) been washing them SO MUCH!! This was amazing!


Saturday 25th of April 2020

Makes me happy to hear Michaela!! Thank you for sharing!

Lynn Spencer

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Excited to make this hand scrub! And, what a pleasant surprise to find my gift ideas here! Thanks for sharing, my friend!


Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Thanks Lynn, and well you coined it, handmade gifts that don't suck! At least yours don't for sure!Thanks for the inspo!

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