Friday, April 25, 2008

Kids, Mud and a Honey Sugar Scrub...



and kids in the mud.

It's just the time of the year that you find the mud or the mud finds you.

We have been busy working and playing in the gardens this week and have spent many hours with our hands and feet in the soil. At the end of the day when we come in from work or play, we need something stronger than a bar of soap to scrub the dirt from our hands and the bottoms of little feet.

In the past I purchased a honey sugar scrub in a cute little jar from a popular store found in malls. One day while looking for pennies to pinch here and there it struck me that $22.00 was a bit steep for a product that contained little more than white sugar, honey, a splash of fragrance and a glass jar. I began experimenting with different portions of white sugar and honey and found that I could vary the amount of scratchiness of the scrub by adding more or less white sugar to a base amount of honey.

So if you need to clean some dirty hands or little feet, try making your own batch of homemade honey sugar scrub.

Pour 1 cup of honey into a bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon of white sugar to the honey and mix well.

Continue to add white sugar one tablespoon at a timeuntil you reach the desired amount of scrubbiness.

I like my scrub scratchy so I use 6 tablespoons of white sugar for every cup of honey. I store my scrub in a 16 ounce wide mouth recycled glass beet jar with a screw on lid. I keep one jar in the shower and another jar at the kitchen sink. If the sugar settles to the bottom mix thoroughly.

When using the scrub remember to rinse thoroughly.

Since learning to make this scrub a few years ago I have saved a small sum of money by making a similar product at home for just a few pennies with items that can be found in my pantry on any given day.

Packaged with a trio of hand knit cotton dishcloths this honey sugar scrub would make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays. Knit the dishcloths this summer and wait to mix the scrub until December. You could easily make a batch or two of scrub while waiting for Christmas cookies to bake and you'll have a very simple, inexpensive gift to give.

Leave me a comment and let me know if there is something that you used to buybut don't buy any more because you can make a similar product yourself at home at less cost.

Please do not use honey products,
including this scrub on children under 1 year of age.