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Monday, January 23, 2012

Cleaning Gardener’s Hands

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What to do when your Hands Look Dirty Like This
I am an avid gardener, both vegetable and flower beds. One consequence of this avocation is that my hands dry out easily, they are in dirt a lot and with the constant washing it tends to dry them out more. Over the years I have tried a variety of things to alleviate this dryness and rid myself of the ground in dirt that seems to be constant on my hands. Some of these remedies work better than others but I bet they include things already i n your home.
  • A little liquid soap. I will coat my hands with a little liquid soap, like Castile Soap, but a non-allergic liquid dish soap would work well too. When I started doing this I noticed that it not only made my hands easier to clean because the dirt was on top of the soap, it helped to cut down on the contact dermatitis.
  • Olive oil and honey. I like to use this after I come in from gardening after rinsing the castile soap and dirt off my hands I will continue to wash them with a mixture of 50% olive oil 50% honey. The oil helps to emolliate and cleanse at the same time, while the honey helps to clean, act as an antibacterial and  humectant, thus sealing in the moisture.
  • An olive oil sea salt scrub, I just mix a little olive oil and sea salt on my hands and work it in, rinse off when you feel you have removed the dirt. Alternatively you can use oatmeal or brown sugar to scrub with.

I tend to open my cupboard and see what is readily available to scrub my hands with. It is not too important to me what I use as long as it is something I would eat it is safe for my skin.

How do you like to get your hands clean after working in the garden?

this post is linked up with Seasonal Celebrations at Natural Mothers NetworkHomestead Blog Hop


Crunchy Con Mommy said...

I use a lotion I love called "No Crack Cream" and while I wouldn't eat it, it also isn't toooo terrible in terms of chemical ingredients. I don't use it very often though. And I wear gloves to garden so I am not that muddy hardly ever! Do you use a nail brush? That's what drives me most nuts-dirt under my fingernails.

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

For me the problem is the ground in dirt it gets under the cuticle. The only way I can get rid of that dirt is to wash dishes by hand, which really gets my hands all chapped, the heat from the hot water does that job for me. I do use a nail brush but manicures are definitely out of the question for me unless it is a special occasion.

Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama said...

I love your final message of not putting anything on your body that you wouldn't put in your body - so right on!

Thanks for linking up at the Green & Natural Mama Linky last week! This week's linky is now open :-)

Natural Mothers Network said...

What great ideas for cleaning soil-stained hands and I too, loved your comment about not using anything on your body you wouldn't be happy to have in your body!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us on Natural Mothers Network!
I am really looking forward to the Seasonal Celebration Linky Party #5 going live tomorrow morning and hope you'll pop over sometime-you're always so welcome! Have a great weekend!
Rebecca x

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