I made this gardeners scrub for my Mum’s birthday and she loves it and said it works the best out of anything she has used. I put it in a wide neck jar with a flip lid for easy access when you have dirty gardening hands.


  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 10 drops Peppermint essence
  • 10 drops Tea tree oil
  • 1/2 cup Dish liquid or liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut/macadamia/olive oil
  • Zest of 1 Lemon


  1. Mix the wet ingredients and lemon zest together.
  2. Add wet mix to sugar. If mixture is dry add a little more soap and if too wet add more sugar.
  3. Mix all together and put into a wide neck jar.

Notes... Really easy project, a great gift for any keen gardener.

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    • 01 Oct 2015
      10:37 pm

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  • wow what a cool scrub. i wonder if you could put something like sand etc in it for abrasiveness to help get the dirt off.

    • I find the sugar is plenty abrasive, I have uses one that had salt before and that worked well too. Sand might be a bit too harsh, but let me know if you try it.


  • great idea! will have to make it


  • Really love the sound of this – how long will it last?


  • This sounds great. No nasties!!


  • This sounds really good – will give this a try


  • this is awesommmmmeee…love your creativity. Fantastic ! thanks for the idea


  • fantastic idea I will b in the garden all weekend I hope weather permitting , so I better whip this one up now


  • Thanks SUEBOTT. I’m always fiddling in the garden, and this hand scrub sounds heavenly. And affordable!

    • love the affordability aspect! these things can be so terribly expensive!


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