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DIY Citrus Hand Scrub

DIY hand scrub

This DIY Citrus Hand Scrub is perfect for hands during the cold, dry winter months. This scrub is made with household ingredients like sugar, lemon, orange, and coconut oil. Essential oils are optional, but a plus.

You can scrub your whole body with it in the shower. In the end, your skin will feel silky-smooth.

Customize this Citrus Scrub to Your Liking

I used the zest of an orange and a lemon. However, feel free to a grapefruit, lime, or blood orange. You really can’t go wrong here. Use what you can get your hand on.

After making this hand scrub, I like to store it in a nice container and place it in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Consume within a week.

DIY Citrus Hand Scrub

There are so many different essential oils you can add to this easy homemade scrub. Here are a few ideas:

Also, this recipe uses coconut oil, but you may use sweet olive, almond, or jojoba oil.

Citrus Scrub in a jar

Homemade hand scrubs also make for great holiday gifts.

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Author: Ashley Altan


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or oil or choice
  • zest of a lemon and orange
  • 7 drops of your favorite essential oil


  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl. Stir until fully incorporated. I like to smash the citrus a little bit with the sugar to release their natural aroma.
  • Transfer the scrub to a container with a lid. Place it in the bathroom for about one week or in the refrigerator for a month.
  • When ready to use, simply add a tablespoon of the sugar into your hands and gently scrub for 30 seconds before rinsing.

Ashley Altan

Ashley Altan is an author, food photographer, and prize-winning recipe writer. She has a strong desire to transform common, traditional ingredients into delicious, wholesome meals for her family.

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