DIY Polymer Clay Salt Scrub Hand Soap for Your Studio

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

 

DIY SALT SCRUB FOR YOUR STUDIO

DIY Salt Scrub Recipe for Polymer Clay Artists & Crafters - Less Than $1 per Jar on http://katersacres.com - Repin Now, Make LaterIt’s no secret that I love a good DIY project.  What’s also no secret is that if I can make it myself better, more simply, and more cost effectively … I’ll likely do it.  So for my polymer clay tip today, I have decided to share my recipe for my super-easy hand scrub to keep your hands from becoming clay stained and a super quick washing solution between colors.  This recipe using things you likely have already in your kitchen, as well as a recycled baby jar (thank heavens for my friends who keep me supplied with them).

WHY TO MAKE THIS SALT SCRUB:

Have you ever finished a project and washed your hands with soap and water and gone “ew!” because there was yucky clay scum left behind?  Well, I have!  And it is because of this that I decided to make my own salt scrub.  Please note that this is a super simple version of a fancier version (that calls for scented oils, specialty moisturizing oils, etc).  Some versions call for sugar instead of salt, but my studio is downstairs and sugar tends to attract ants, especially when I leave the lid off the jar, which is often … therefore I use salt, which doesn’t attract bugs and in emergencies can be used on slugs … although I’ve never had any of those in my basement … moving on!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

For most of my reader’s you have already mentally checked these things off in your head because you have them at your house.  Please know that you can use any kind of oil, even vegetable oil; I prefer EVOO because it leaves my hands nice and softie-soft!  You can use any kind of dishwashing or hand soap.  I prefer Dawn as my choice for dishwashing soap for its awesome cleaning power, but you can use any soap.  The reason that there are no added “scents” to my recipe is because my dish soap is already scented … I mean why should I ruin that awesome Thai Dragon Fruit smell that Dawn has given me?  PS: If you haven’t tried this scent yet, you should … it’s my favorite.
***Please note that I have linked all these products to Amazon where you can purchase these if you need the supplies to make this scrub. I am an affiliate for Amazon.

HOW TO DO IT:

Here’s the easy part.  This recipe is far a SMALL jar (approximately 2.5 oz), you will need to tailor this recipe to fit your jar.
  • 1 Tbs. EVOO
  • 1 Tbs. Dish Liquid
  • 1/4 cup salt
All you need to do is stir it all together inside your jar!  And then wah-lah! You have an awesome homemade, ultra cheap, DIY salt scrub that you can use to get all those clay bits off of your hands once and for all.

A FEW NOTES:

You want this mixture to be semi-dry.  The salt should stick together, but it should be loose, but still able to be packed.  If there is oil or soap “floating” in spots in your mixture, keep stirring.  If there is still oil or soap in there, add more salt until it is all absorbed.  Feel free to keep a spoon next to your mixture, just so that between washings of your hands, you can stir your mix so the oil & soap don’t settle to the bottom.  I also tend to “shake” my bottle before I use it.  This also helps to keep it nicely mixed.
Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

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26 Comments for this entry
Annette
December 9, 2016
13:06

My apologies if someone already asked this (I tried looking for thru the comments, but didnt see anything like it). Can you substitute coconut oil for the olive oil? It smells better and is supposed to be good for you skin as well.

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Katie
December 10, 2016
11:44

Yes you can. Just be sure it’s melted when you mix it so it combines thoroughly.

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Annette
December 10, 2016
12:34

Awesome thanks!

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Ann Stafford
April 21, 2015
00:04

Hi I saw this blog tweeted a little while ago, I replied but thought I’d also reply here.
You should try Vitamin E oil.
Just a pea sized drop, massage in, wipe off w/ paper towel. It removes ALL colors and leaves no stain + GREAT for skin.
No washing (w/ soap & water) required between colors.
I keep a small bottle of E oil and paper towels (or napkins) beside my work table and I never transfer color to color.
Also, CHEAP paper towels work best because they have more of a paper vs cloth texture… so no lint or fuzzies sticking to your hands.
Hope you’ll try it + its GREAT for your skin.

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Katie
April 27, 2015
10:24

Thanks Ann – I will try it.

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Denine Blevins
December 6, 2014
14:03

Just used up my first batch of this. Came to get the recipe again as it got lost in the maze of my 50 year old brain. LOL Thank you for this recipe. It not only gets the clay scum off my hands, but it’s helping with the already itchy, winter dry skin.

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Katie
December 6, 2014
22:25

I’m so glad that you like it Denine!

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MagicByLeah
December 3, 2014
17:11

Finally tried it today and it’s awesome!!!! way better than scrubbing with soap

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Diane Carlson
May 1, 2014
12:28

My first attempt all thanks to you. I made 4 crochet hook handles & 2 knitting needle bead tops. I’m soooooo proud. And they didn’t burn or get mis-shapen. For all the things I read could go wrong…it went perfectly well. 🙂 I wish I cold send you a picture.

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Katie
May 2, 2014
10:05

Good for you! Way to go! You can always post pictures on my FaceBook page Diane. http://FaceBook.com/KatersAcres

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Terry
March 11, 2014
19:31

I’ve been making a similar scrub with sea salt for years. I also make one with sugar. Before I decided to put it in a jar, I would have the ingredients in individual containers. Then I would pour the oil on my hands, then the salt or sugar. Rub my hands. Then add the soap. Add water & rinse. Now I just scoop the mixture out of the jar & scrub away.

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mary davis
January 23, 2014
05:11

Thanks. I have an expensive lavender sugar scrub that I got as a gift 5 years ago. I have been rationing it out. and now its gone. Nice container, and I have some lovely lavender scented hand soap. I will use it to make this.

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Fotojennic
November 25, 2013
12:21

AWESOME, Katie!! I have been wondering how the heck to get that clay off my hands!! 😛 Thank you so much!!!!!

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Katie
November 25, 2013
12:56

You so very welcome! It’s an older post, but it’s great information that everyone should know & use. It makes fantastic gifts too!

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Jennifer Wittick
September 19, 2013
18:25

What a great scrub, I love it. I’m covering jars with polymer to give this scrub as gifts to claying friends.

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Katie
September 21, 2013
17:00

I’m so glad you like it! I made one big jar and it lasts me several months. Great gifts for your guild too!

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Peggy Dieu
March 15, 2013
01:16

Katie..thankyou for sharing. I am going to try this.

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Beth Petricoin
February 26, 2013
13:17

I love this! I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and love how clean it gets my hands… thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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Katie
February 26, 2013
13:19

I’m so glad you like it! I love how “soft” my hands feel after several days in the studio. It helps rejuvenate skin too!

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Pam McGinnis
December 30, 2012
12:14

Thank you so much!!

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Susmitha - Veganosaurus
December 28, 2012
14:45

Thanks for this awesome recipe! I have been rubbing corn oil based paint cleaner on my palms and wiping them on a rag before washing them with soap. But your salt scrub sounds like it’ll be much more effective and easy.

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MagicByLeah
December 18, 2012
10:36

Katie you are too funny, clay-free slugs… I’d say ‘yuck’ but they like to slither under my door after it rains…

Great tip though. I usually rub my skin raw so I think my hands will really appreciate this recipe. Simple, easy and oh so potentially useful

Thank you 🙂

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Katie
December 18, 2012
15:01

Yeah – I have YET to have a slug in my basement…but you never know, seeing as I live in the woods. Stranger things have happened!

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Trina (Trina's Clay Creations)
December 18, 2012
10:01

Thank you so much for sharing this DIY Scrub with us!! I have a brush that I use, but this is a GREAT idea, I will definitely try it!

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