How to Make a Frugal Foot Scrub

I’m having a lot of fun sharing these homemade body care recipes with you! I hope you have been encouraged to try making some of your own.

Today’ I’ll be showing you how to make your own frugal foot scrub.

It’s quick and easy and only contains four ingredients: cornmeal, oats, salt, and essential oil.

Many of you are adept at couponing and can probably get the oats and cornmeal for next to nothing. If you are making your own natural cleaners, chances are you already have some essential oils on hand; making this an extremely in expensive gift or project.

Here’s the recipe:

Lemony Foot Scrub

Adapted from the foot scrub recipe in Organic Body Care recipes by Stephanie Tourles (page 272)

Makes enough for two applications.


1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup oats

2 tablespoons sea salt or table salt

6 drops of lemon essential oil


Place oats in a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender.

Blend/grind until oats become a powder:

Place cornmeal, ground oats, and salt in a bowl.

Mix together to blend. Then add essential oil and stir to distribute throughout.

If giving as a gift, place in a jar or zip lock bag. If using immediately, follow the directions below.

To use: Place a ½ cup of scrub into a bowl and add water a little at a time (and stir),until a grainy paste forms.

Rub paste onto feet, paying extra attention to any rough areas.

Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Finish by applying moisturizer or body oil to your feet.

Rinse tub immediately to be sure the cornmeal doesn’t swell and clog up the drain. (We wouldn’t want that!)

If you decide to give this gift in a ziplock bag, I suggest taping the instructions to the bag (so they don’t get lost):

Then put the ziplock in a brown paper sack or something similar and add some embellishments. I’m sure you could come up with something prettier than I did!

The bottle (pictured at the beginning of this post) works well because it is easy to pour from. Plus it’s reusing something I already have, so I can call it green!

So there you have it, quick, easy and frugal foot scrub!

Don’t forget the Handmade Mother’s Day link-up this Tuesday. I hope you will join me!

I’m sharing this post in Frugal Friday at Life as Mom. Visit her for more frugal ideas!
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  1. This seems like a fun project to make – especially since I don’t give my feet the extra treatment that I probably should. :)

  2. Pattie O says:

    I am SO new to all of this… so please forgive my stupid questions. Where do I find essential oils? What kind of store would I go to? Is there someplace online to get them cheap?

    • I buy most of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have good prices and quality. I’ve also seen them on

      They are also available at many health food stores, but are usually full retail price. Depending on what you want to buy, it might not be too bad. Oils vary is price quite a bit, depending on what they are made from.

      I’ve also seen a few at Target! They don’t have a huge selection, but they did have some.

      Just make sure you buy “pure” essential oil and not something that has been diluted. Just check the ingredients. It should only have one ingredient.

  3. this looks great!! thank you for sharing!!!

  4. What a lovely idea. I think I will try to make it for my daughter.

  5. Love this idea! :)

  6. I am currently writing my “Friday’s Favorite” post and I’m going to link to this idea. I love it! I am actually going to make some sugar body scrub this weekend, and I am going to pick up some lemon essential oils for the foot scrub. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. This sounds very nice! I’ve been trying to give my feet extra attention lately since it is sandal season. I’m wondering what role the cornmeal has as I haven’t used it in a body care product before?

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