Heavy Duty Homemade Hand Cleaner
by Kimberly Jones, July 14, 2014
I was explaining to someone how to create a recipe the other day, and after it was all said and done, I felt compelled to make my own. I only decided to do this after I checked online for a heavy duty homemade hand cleaner to use after gardening or doing mechanical work and found one posting. That was a video that wasn't working at the time. So, I came up with my own recipe.
I made sure to lift the hood on my van and rub my hands around in the grease so I can test my product.
Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda (for abrasion)
1/2 cup bentonite clay (to pull and hold onto dirt particles)
1/2 cup coconut oil (as a degreaser and moisturizer)
1/4 cup sea salt (for getting into tiny cracks)
1 cup liquid castile soap base (I make my own liquid castile base, but you may use a store-bought version)
6 drops of grapefruit essential oil
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer. Pour into a small jar to keep by the sink. Do not use a metal container as it will cause the bentonite clay to lose its effectiveness. To use, simply scoop up a small amount and scrub hands as you would with any other soap/cleaner. Rub them together under water.
Repeat if necessary. Will leave your hands feeling silky smooth!
Note: Some people are having reactions to Essential Oils that are not 100% Therapeutic Grade. Oils that do not have the word "therapeutic" on the bottle and do not provide the Latin name should probably be avoided for application to your body or ingestion. I recommend Young Living essential oils. Don't trust "therapeutic" in the titles written by sellers!! So many companies and people are shady. If it's not on the bottle-- don't trust it! Read this for more information about how there is an increase in promoting adulterated essential oils!
I recommend signing up with Young Living. There really is no obligation when you sign up except they ask that you spend $50 a year in essential oil purchases, which is kind of like a Sam's or Costco membership. Signing up as a wholesale member allows you to get wholesale prices!