How to Remove Calluses from Your Hands

How to Remove Calluses from Your Hands

If you’ve had calluses on your hands or feet, you’ll already know how unpleasant they can feel to touch, and how irritating they can be. I find them rough to touch, and horrible to see on my hands. They’re thick patches of skin caused by repeated friction or pressure. Even doing every day activities like digging, gardening, or even DIY can form calluses. Other than being unpleasant to feel, calluses aren’t usually harmful, but occasionally they can become infected or cause ulcers. Most of the time they’re harmless, but annoying.

They are different to blisters. Calluses are formed from hard skin. Blisters can be caused by the same activities, but they can’t be treated in the same way.

How to Remove Calluses from Your Hands

How to Remove Calluses from Your Hands

I can show you how to remove calluses from your hands. I’ve tried it and it works. It does take time and it needs to be done regularly, but it is effective. You probably have most of the items needed at home anyway, but if you don’t then you’ll find them easily in a drugstore, or online. This method of removing calluses doesn’t involve any medical looking tool, or any complicated instructions. It’s easy to use, and you can do it at home.

What you’ll need

  • Pumice stone
  • Warm Water

Alternative tools

  • Foot file Or
  • Foot rasp Or
  • Pedicure tool

Alternative home remedies

  • Bread and white vinegar paste
  • Chamomile paste
  • An onion soaked in vinegar
  • Castor oil
  •  Lemon peel
  • Lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aspirin
  • Epsom salts

When I talk about how to remove calluses from your hands, I mention using a pumice stone. You can use a file, a rasp or a pedicure tool like a ped egg’. I prefer using a pumice stone because they’re a little more gentle, but if your callus is more severe then you might prefer to use a stronger tool to scrub.

You could also use any of the home remedies to help soften the callus before scrubbing it.


Some of the home remedies are added to the water to help the softening of the callus. Some of the home remedies are pastes that are applied directly to the callus. And some of them mean that you have to tape a soaked cotton ball to the callus and bandage your hand, leaving the ball on your callus overnight.

These methods can be effective, but I didn’t like the feel of the pastes. And I found sleeping with my hand taped and bandaged awkward. It can come loose, and it’s hot and sweaty. Almost every site, and article that shows you how to remove calluses from your hand has the same basic ideas.

Essentially, every remedy and old wives tale is to soften the callus, scrub away the layers of dead, tough, hard skin, and apply a moisturizing lotion. It’s the softening scrubbing and moisturizing that’s the important part, not what you’ve added to the water, or what you’ve soaked the cotton ball in.

Warm water softens the callus too, but if you want to add some oils to the water feel free. However, if you have a circulation condition, or diabetes, then it’s best to stick to plain warm water.

Step by Step Tutorial


1. Prepare a basin of warm water. If you want to add anything to the water, add it now. Apple cider vinegar, epsom salts or any oils you want to use can be added now. You can make a soak at home.(.) if you want, but the warm water will be doing most of the softening anyway so it’s not necessary.


2. Soak your hands for ten to fifteen minutes. The water, and anything you’ve added will help soften the callus. Some people, myself included, soak their hands while having a bath. You just keep your hands in the water for ten minutes before you get out of the bath. If you’re a shower person, it’s not as easy to soak the callus in the shower. It’s not impossible, but it takes longer and it’s not as effective.


3. Scrub the callus with a pumice stone. Scrub the callus for around five minutes. If you start to feel the callus getting sore, stop scrubbing. You shouldn’t scrub too hard. Use medium pressure circular movements with the stone. If you’re using a file or rasp, be careful not to scrub too hard. If it hurts stop immediately. You’re scrubbing to remove skin layer by layer, and this takes time.


4. Clean the pumice stone, or whichever tool you use. If you make this a part of your regular routine, then you won’t forget. Keeping your pumice stone clean will help make it more effective for scrubbing. As you scrub, you’ll notice your tool getting a sort of discolored grime on it. This is actually the dead skin cells of the callus, and if you routinely clean your scrubbing tool, it won’t become clogged up with them.


5. Wash your hands. You need to wash the dead skin cells off your hands. Use your regular soap and water. Make sure you dry your hands well.


6. Once you’ve dried your hands, apply a good quality hand lotion or moisturizer. You will probably need one with a thick formulation for nighttime, but an everyday lighter one is fine during the day.



7. If you do this at night, put some moisturizing gloves on to help the moisturizer sink into your hands.


8. This isn’t a quick miracle fix. If you have mild or moderate calluses, you should do this once a day, and you should see improvements in about a week. If you have severe calluses, it can take longer.


I hope this tutorial showed you how to remove calluses from your hands. It really is very simple to follow, and if you can make it part of your daily routine then it will work much faster than you would think. If you have any other tips, please leave a comment. And if you enjoyed this and it worked for you as well as it did for me, please share it as much as you can.

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About the Author

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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