Natural And Herbal Hand Cleansers

Natural Herbal Soap Substitutes For Cleansing Your Hands:

Clean Hands

1. Milky Way:Milk, sour milk, cream and buttermilk are all gentle skin cleansers. The next time you’re in the kitchen, try washing with 1/4 cup (60ml) of fresh or sour milk, buttermilk or cream instead of one of the liquid dish detergents. It is a surprisingly pleasant experience. To remove greasy substances not removed by water or milk, try an exfoliate such as cornmeal or oatmeal. A heavy hand is not needed. The grainy texture releases both dirt and dead surface skin while stimulating the new skin cells below.

2. Grimy Hands Soap Substitute: Make a batch to have “on hand”.

  • 1 cup (250ml) cornmeal or oatmeal finely ground.
  • 2 cups (500ml) white kaolin clay, finely powdered.
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) almonds finely ground (leave just a bit of grittiness.)
  • 1/8 cup (30 ml) dried lavender blossoms, finely powdered.
  • 1/8 cup (30ml) dried rose petals, finely powdered.
  • Little drops of the essential oil of your choice (optional).
  • A pinch powdered vitamin C (optional).
  • Liquid contents of a 400 IU vitamin E capsule. (optional).
  • Preparation: Stir all ingredients together in a bowl and pour into a large jar. Store jar in a dry, cool location.

Hand Wash


  • Mix 1-2 tsp of the cleansing grains with water.
  • Stir into a paste by rubbing your hands in a circular motion. Then work the grains up each individual finger and over the back of the hand.
  • Rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Pat dry.

Caution: This recipe may irritate cut or bothered skin.

3. Lemonade Hands: This is a simple recipe that offers great results in improving the texture of your skin.

Lemon Scrub


  • Pour about 1 tbsp of granulated sugar in the palm of your hand.
  • Squeeze enough juice from a fresh lemon wedge to make a paste.


  • Rub your hands together in a rotary motion, either clockwise or anti-clockwise. At first, the sensation will be one of a gritty surface.
  • Continue rubbing. The heat of your hands will melt the sugar to become a candy glaze.
  • Work this glaze up and over each finger and over the back of each hand.
  • Leave the glaze on your hands for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water. Pat your hands totally dry with a soft paper towel.

Lemonade Scrub

4. Special Wash For Chapped Hands:This is a gentle cleanser that is not irritating to the skin. If you repeat this regimen day and night several times a week, your chapped hands will become a thing of the past. (The cornmeal accomplishes by a gentle abrasive action what a harsh soap does by chemical action. The cornmeal, however, does not draw all the moisture away from the important lower layers of the skin.)


  • Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds; blend or juice the vegetable for a few seconds. Mix with the honey and set aside in a small bowl.
  • Make a cornmeal paste by mixing warm water, soap, and cornmeal.Special Scrub


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with the cornmeal paste. Then rinse hands well in clean, warm (not hot) water. This helps to remove flaking skin cells and any soluble environmental pollutants.
  • While your hands are damp, apply the cucumber juice and honey mixture. Have someone help you wrap your hands in plastic wrap or insert them in large, zip-seal plastic bags. Cover with a towel, and then relax as long as possible.
  • Rinse and dry hands. Apply moisture cream. If you’ve done this at night, wear loose-fitting cotton gloves to bed. (Wash the gloves regularly).
  • Repeat this cornmeal wash daily (and repeat as often as you can for badly chapped hands). In cold weather, substitute a cold water rinse in the morning to acclimatise the hands to cooler conditions. Dry well and then rub in a moisturizing cream


  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 tbsp (8ml) honey.
  • warm water mild soap
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) cornmeal.

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