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How to Make A Cornmeal Scrub For Chapped Hands

Updated on February 1, 2012


Recipe for Gentle Cleanser to Make at Home

This is a gentle cleanser that should not be irritating to the skin. If you repeat this regimen day and night several times a week, your chapped hands will become a thing of the past.

The cornmeal is a  gentle abrasive action what a harsh soap does by chemical action. The cornmeal however does not draw all the moisture away for the important  lower layers of the skin.


Dove Soap


I small cucumber

1/2 tablespoon of honey

Warm Water

Mild  Liquid Soap either Neutrogena or Dove or a cheaper mild soap, use can even use castille

1 tablespoon of Cornmeal

cotton gloves or white cotton socks

Blend Honey and Cucumber Together

Simple Instructions

1. peel the cucumber and remove the seeds

2. blend the cumcuber in a blender or juicer for just a few seconds

3. Add the honey and blend until mixed, usually just a few seconds

4. Place the mixture aside

Washing your Hands

 Take the liquid soap, cornmeal and water to make a paste.   Wash your hands thouroughly with the cornmeal paste., rinse hands well in warn (not hot) water.  This helps remove flaking skin cells and any soluble environmental pollutants.

While your hands are damp, apply the cucumber and honey mixture.  Have soneone help you and wrap in Saran wrap or use cotton gloves.  Cover with towel and relax and as long as possible.

Rinse and pat dry.

Repeat this cornmeal wash daily and repeat as often as you can for badly chapped hands.  In cold weather substitute cold water rinse in the morning to acclimate the hands to cooler conditions. 

Always use a moisturizer afterwards, this can be used on feet as well.  It is recommended to keep paste on overnight with severely chapped hands or feet covering with socks and gloves.


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      Bhavesh 4 years ago

      Ahahay, tama si mommy kat ang mahal ng grapes dito .. Pero for sure ecfvftiee ito as facial scrub thanks for sharing sana one day magawa ko =)

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      wjames 7 years ago

      This can come in handy. I'll have to give it a try.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      hey glass,

      this stuff works too but be sure to use the cucumbers, thats the secret.


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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Huh. I wouldn't have thought of cornmeal as a remedy for chapped hands. Great idea! I get this when I wash my hands too much :(

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      thanks rickyracer, it actually works too and the cukes the icing on the cake.


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      rickyracer 8 years ago

      This is sooo neat! I love to read things like this! We've planted our own cukes this year, and wow do we have tons of them....I'll try this, with some of what we've got!! Blessings! :)

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      Ande Moore 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks, my wife is always doing home remedy type stuff. Enjoyed, keep up the good work and have fun.

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      John Chancellor 8 years ago from Tennessee


      I was talking to a certified massage therapist the other day and he said a trade secret for rough hands (a massage therapist could not afford to have rough hands) was to get a handful of Epsom salts and rub both hands together for a couple of minutes. Then rinse thoroughly. He said you would not believe the difference.

      Just another tip for those with rough hands.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Great! I hope you like it,! Thanks for stopping by


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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      This is very cool, fortunerep! I am printing it out for the ingredients. Thanks.