DIY Gardener’s Hand Soap in a Mason Jar

This homemade Gardener's Hand Soap is all natural with essential oils and an exfoliating agent that is simple to make and will help get the dirt out from under your nails.

I couldn’t resist buying some of the beautiful heritage mason jars in green. I also bought a pump and lid Factory Direct Crafts to make the jar into a handy soap dispenser which I think is a great look that I have been coveting for a while. They are not very expensive but if you have the time and the inclination you can easily make this yourself by using an old pump and drilling a hole in the lid. There are tutorials all over the internet.

Instead I decided to try concocting a soap recipe just for gardeners. Well, okay anyone, but I had gardeners in mind. I wanted something with a little grit, a great smell and maybe something special like a jewelweed tincture which is supposed to help with rashes and other irritants you can get while gardening.

This homemade Gardener's Hand Soap is all natural with essential oils and an exfoliating agent that is simple to make and will help get the dirt out from under your nails.

I started with Dr Bronners liquid castile soap. For extra grime removal it used baking soda and added a little distilled water to get the right consistency and topped it off with the jewelweed, and some essential oils.

This homemade Gardener's Hand Soap is all natural with essential oils and an exfoliating agent that is simple to make and will help get the dirt out from under your nails.

It works great and looks so pretty on the bathroom sink.

This homemade Gardener's Hand Soap is all natural with essential oils and an exfoliating agent that is simple to make and will help get the dirt out from under your nails.

Here’s the recipe:

Gardener’s Exfoliating Hand Soap:

  • 1 cup  unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 c baking soda
  • 1/4 c distilled water
  • 1 dropper of jewelweed tincture
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a pint mason jar fitted with a pump.  I chose lavender for its wonderful smell and many favorable qualities and lemongrass which also smells great is supposed to be good for sore muscles and joints. However, you use any fragrance you want or leave it unscented.

This recipe does not completely fill the jar but you can adjust it to do so if you want. I like to leave some space so that there is plenty of extra room to shake it up when the ingredients settle and separate and they will because I did not include any special emulsifiers.

I hope you give it a try. I think it would be a nice treat for yourself or a nice gift for someone special.

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This homemade Gardener's Hand Soap is all natural with essential oils and an exfoliating agent that is simple to make and will help get the dirt out from under your nails.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. This is awesome! A friend tagged me in a comment on your Instagram post. I’ve been posting about gardening a LOT lately. She knew I probably should be washing my hands by now.

  2. I might try this for myself – never mind as a gift! I’ve not heard of Jewelweed tincture so I’ll look out for it.

    • Hi Julie,
      I made this last year and everyone loved it. The jewelweed did not incorporate well as it was alcohol based but the salve still worked great. I made a handsoap with liquid castille and baking soda this year. This time the jewelweed tincture was able to mix with the other ingredients so we shall see how well it works on this gardeners hand. Enjoy, have fun, and thanks for stopping by.
      ~Patti

  3. What exactly is jewelweed tincture? Does it have a fragrance? Thank you.

    • Hi Elaine,
      Tinctures are a way to extract plant properties usually with alcohol. Typically they do have a fragrance but not a strong one but I guess that depends on the person. In this project you are using very little compared to the other ingredients. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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