Monday, January 17, 2011

Coffee Hand Scrub

I enjoy cooking - what I don't enjoy are the smells that can end up on your hands when you cook, especially when you cook with things like garlic and onions.

Recently I heard that you can use coffee grounds to remove the smell from your hands - we don't drink coffee here so I bought a container of coffee and tried it. Sure enough it worked.

I figured I could get more, so I researched making my own scrub and thought you might like to make it too. It works great!


  • Ground coffee - I'd imagine you could use your left over grounds...
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Olive oil
  • Jars
  • Mixing bowl & something to stir with
Step 1 - Measure out enough coffee to fill your jar about 80% full... And poor it in your bowl. 

Step 2 - Add the hand soap and olive oil. I was making enough scrub to fill 3 jars, so I used about a cup of soap and 1/4 cup of olive oil. You can adjust it however you like, you might want more soap for cleaning or more olive oil for moisturizing.

Then stir:

You might find that you need to add more liquid, just keep stirring it 'till the coffee is all completely coated in the liquids. 

Step 3 - Then simply fill your jars.

Then when you've that garlic smell on your hands, simply open the jar, scoop some out and watch your hands as you normally would.

There you go! No more stinky hands - and I've got to say, the scrub feels great to wash your hands with. 


  1. I need to try this! I love anything that smells like coffee. :)

  2. Great tip... thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this idea, especially since onion smell will stay on my hands for days and it makes me crazy. I'm going to make some for sure. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Jan 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. I've started rubbing olive oil on my hands before cutting, and I've found it blocks the onion scent from getting on my hands. I rub my hands until they are not slippery, of course. I'm sure any oil would work, but I like olive oil.

  6. Hi Maggie,
    Lol... yeah I love those squirrels as well. Mexican squirrels are sooo scarey!! :0
    I think you might have similar ones.
    Spring is wonderful. Wish I could send you some lovely sun and warmth.

  7. Great idea and so easy!!! I had this problem a few days ago when I ate a sandwich with onions. It took multiple handwashings to remove the smell! ~Val


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