soap for hand cramps, stop hand cramps

When most people think of muscle cramps what comes to mind are leg cramps. That’s because a “Charlie horse” can be super painful. The muscles in your legs are long and strong and when those muscles contract, especially in the middle of the night, the pain can be excruciating.

But there’s another kind of muscle cramp that can also be incapacitating. Hand cramps can be incredibly painful. Here are just a few descriptors from visitors to our website:

“My fingers get distorted and close up to the point of me having to pry them loose. The muscle between my thumb and my forefinger hurts all the way up to my elbow.” Teresa

“I have the same problem my fingers distort and I have to pry them open and it hurts up to the elbow.  Any ideas please?” Andy

“I don’t know what to do. Most all the time I have cramps in my right hand and fingers, day and night. Please help me.”

A professional fisherman was the person who alerted us to a possible “cure” for hand cramps. He would put in long hours on the water reeling in big fish after big fish. The constant strain on his hands often left him in agony at the end of the day.

When the hand cramps became unbearable he remembered a remedy he heard about on The People’s Pharmacy radio show for leg cramps, ie, putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near the feet. He figured, if it can work for leg cramps, why not hand cramps. The rest is history! Read some stories below. The first is from the wife of another fisherman:

“I read your article about using soap in the bed for leg cramps. It really works. My husband had leg cramps for years since he is a fisherman and on his feet 18 hours a day. They brought tears to his eyes, although he is very stoic. He’s had no more leg cramps since we started putting soap under the bottom sheet.

“We were playing cards the other night and he got cramps in his hands, holding the cards, as he sometimes does. I got a bar of soap and put it in his hand. Within a minute the pain subsided. He held the bar for about 10 minutes and the cramp never came back. Now we keep a bar of soap near where we play cards.”

“My left hand was cramping badly, my fingers twisting and enduring a scarcely bearable pain. I googled ‘hand cramps’ and found your page and just now tried the bar of soap ‘cure.’ 
Amazing! It worked within 2 minutes and the cramp hasn’t yet returned (quarter of an hour ago)
. What an indispensable tip.
 Thanks to all contributors at” R.W.

“Everyone is right about the soap. It really does work. I was really skeptical about that, until my mom was cramping in both her hands. She does dialysis three days a week and sometimes she cramps afterwards, so I was looking for something to help her with those hand and leg cramps and I couldn’t believe it when she said that the cramps stopped. Thank you for the home remedy.” I. Bll

“My hands cramp like a birds foot drawn by a string. The hands from a scoop shape sand the pain although bearable lasts a long time. I tried the soap, it seems to have done the trick.” JMD

“I don’t know why this works, but the cramps let up right away. I also popped a couple of tums with magnesium. I notice worse cramps when I don’t get my bananas in. This is a great emergency fix, as I couldn’t even move my fingers. Thanks!” Susan

“I always use any kind of bar soap for any cramps, hands, elbow, arms, legs and so does my daughter. It always works usually within a minute. I also eat bananas and calcium citrate.

But the soap always works. Soap is better.” Lala

Share your own soap story below, whether you hold soap in your hand for hand cramps, put soap in your bed for leg cramps or try soap chips in your socks for restless leg syndrome (RLS) we would like to learn about your experience. Speaking of soap chips, shaving soap is not always easy or fun. That’s why we “invented” People’s Pharmacy Leg Soap. Here’s just one story:

“A friend told me about the soap chip trick when I mentioned the debilitating thigh and calf cramps I had on my last plane ride and was afraid to fly again.

“I used Irish Spring soap under my sheets and my foot (broken foot bones with post arthritis), ankle, calf and hip bursitis pain is all gone. I am astonished!

“I ordered the The People’s Pharmacy Leg Soap from The People’s Pharmacy Store and put the small ones in my socks for a long plane flight. I experienced no cramping or discomfort.  Previously I used leg cramp pills and general pain medicine still with severe leg cramps on and after the plane trip.

“P.S. My internist is skeptical and although she says she has many patients with this problem, I doubt she will advise them of this ‘grandma’s remedy’…Too bad.” J.G.F.

Should you wish to try Leg Soap or Bed Soap, here is a link to our Body Care products, including Bed Soap, Leg Soap, Pomegranate Natural Lip Care, not to mention Aluminum-Free MoM (milk of magnesia) Roll-On Deodorant.

Please do let us know how any of these products work, especially soap for hand cramps, leg cramps or whatever hurts!

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  1. Maurice
    Baltimore, Maryland

    This is completely awesome for me… I’m visiting my parents and my mom, who’s 81 years old, started experiencing cramps in both of her hands. I didn’t know what to do… her pain was extreme! My first thought was to rush her to the ER… then I googled “hand cramps” and found this side. I read the first 3 stories and was a little puzzled, “soap”… WOW…

    I didn’t know how my mom was going to react.. her pain level was causing her to yell out. I ran into the bathroom and my mom has always kept two bars of soap in the bathroom, I’ve known why. I place the bars in my mom’s hands and she looked at me a little puzzled. I told her this should work. In moments her pain was beginning to decrease.

    She told me after 2 mins the pain was gone. She didn’t want to remove the bars from her hands after 5 to 7 mins. She finally released the soap and was completely rid of the pain. She was amazed. She could not believe her pain was gone. She’s telling anyone who will listen that this works. For me, I’m just as surprised. I’m surprised it worked and I’m surprised my mom allowed me to help her in the strange way. My mom grabbed a baggy from the kitchen and placed a bar of soap in her purse. Thank you!!

  2. Aspasia

    If this works so well, for such a common problem, why has some doctor or some lab not figured out WHAT is the curative factor? Also, some soaps are full of chemicals, but others — like olive oil soap — are natural. I am suspicious of testimonials from a Web site that sells soap.


    • Elle
      New Jersey

      Good point. I had to respond because I just had the worst hand cramps after putting my hair into a ponytail. It wouldn’t stop after several minutes so I looked up remedies and found this page. Luckily I was in the bathroom and had a bar of Dove. I started wondering if it would work since they market it as a “moisturizing bar”.

      Anyway, I’m typing this cramp free less than 5 minutes later. I wondered if it was just a matter of putting your hand in the shape of the soap that does the trick. Who knows…Anyway, why would doctors or pharmaceutical companies want to share that a simple bar of soap can do this?

      That’d take money out of their pockets. I’ve ‘cured’ many ailments with tea tree oil and Louise Hay books. Now I’m adding soap to the list.

  3. Sue

    My husband was having hand cramps 3 minutes ago when I read this about the soap and although he doubted this, tried it and cramps stopped within 30 seconds. We will try the remedy for leg cramps also. Thanks

  4. Lynda
    Southern Pines, NC

    Does it matter what type of soap and is the size of the bar used important??

  5. Carol

    I get cramps in my figers all the time when i do amost anything it unbareable i tried different. Thing i bought me some potassium. Pills works wonders

  6. sarah

    Wow it relieved solved my moms hand . I never believed it but it works

  7. Pam
    Tulsa, OK

    Who cares why it works? It just does!

  8. Tammy G

    I do a lot of homemade pie baking which means lots of creaming together ingredients by hand. I always get muscle cramps in my hand causing my fingers to draw up disfigured looking and hurt like the dickens! I just found this website and read that the next time it happens I should hold a bar of soap to get immediate relief. Well, about 5 min ago, one of the cramps started in my hand so I held a brand new bar of soap. It took 4 min or so but the cramp went away! I hope it doesn’t come back here in a few minutes when I continue my stirring.

  9. Robin

    My mother came into the living room tonight almost in tears with her hand cramping so bad. I googled hand cramps and read these post, I honestly would not of believed but seeing it with my own eyes, the soap worked. Thank you thank you

  10. dolores
    Sydney, NS. Canada

    Hi just making pies and after pealing a lot of apples my both hands started cramping. Pain was really bad that all I could do was run them under hot water and I did a massage with liquid soap for a few minutes. At that time I had no idea how to get rid of the cramps so I googled hand cramping and was so surprised to read all the articles about hand soap. The pain was gone in minutes so this must work for liquid soap as well. But I will using the hand soap for foot cramps at night. What an easy remedy.Thanks/

  11. Cedarglen
    Oregon, USA

    Like many here, I’ve had miserably painful hand cramps for years. Generally, the outer edge of both hands. At times they were so painful that I screamed out loud in agony. I used to use 2-3 gulps of dill pickle juice, but in recent years that treatment seems to have become less effective. A friend recommended this article, so I tried it. While it may take a couple of minutes to be effective, the SOAP treatment has NEVER failed me and I am impressed. Furthermore, it is harmless since nothing need be swallowed. Wow, and thank you!!

    • Jacqueline

      Can I use any kind of soap? I get terrible cramps in my finger especially when combing my hair or using a knife.


    When you put the soap in the bedsheet for leg cramps, what position are you in even feet cramps?

  13. Robert
    Beaumont Texas

    The soap absolutely works. I used to have incredible pain in my legs. The only thing that helped was to get up and walk it off…
    I couldn’t lift my toes. But, if I could force them upwards the cramp would subside.
    My GF read about soap and I rolled my eyes.
    We tried it by putting a bar of dove soap under the sheets.
    It worked. Amazing.

  14. edith
    north carolina

    Hello, really didn’t think it was going to work as I was having severe hand cramps! But it did! After about 5 mins. It just stopped. Praise God I found you when I was searching for reasons for hand cramps. I will keep the soap with me from now on. Thanks!

  15. Steve
    Hendersonville, Nc

    My troubles came on suddenly shorty after joining the Army. I started having problems with both my thumbs locking up. Then both middle fingers along with numbness and tinging.I was told that I had trigger fingers. I had surgerys on both thumbs to cut ,and release the tendon sheaths so as to allow the knots on tendons to past through. Still had troubles . Then both elbows years later I had surgery for carpal tunnel on my right hand. Still no help! During all this I’ve been prescribed so many differant medication’s that I’ve lost count.So now I’m wondering why my Dr’s have never said anything about soap!Now some thrity years later the same things has moved to both feet and legs. That’s been called neropetly all of this has caused a lot of terribe cramps! I’m at my wits end so I’m going to give soap a try. Thanks for a possible solution for cramps,although I’m going to ask my doctor’s first.Does anyone know whats in soap that is supposed to be a help?Please advise.

  16. Jerrie

    Well I’m using the soap now, but I have tingles and numbness in my fingers and hands.

  17. David
    Stoke-on-Trent England

    66 year old male been having hand cramps for years, just found your site I am going to try soap, thank you all for info. Dave

  18. Ruth
    United kingdom

    I just did it now and it worked. I held a bar if soap in my hands and I felt a soothing sensation from my shoulder down to my palm and pain is gone. Thank you for the home remedy.

  19. Throckmorton

    Spent 5 hours pull starting then using a string trimmer. 4 hours later after 16oz grapefruit juice & a banana, my hands started clenching hard enough to break iron. Fou nd this article, grabbed a bar of Dove & put it into a knit glove to keep it tight to my palm. 10 minutes & problem solved. I’m breaking out more soap just in case things get dicey tonight.

  20. Bek

    I have been dealing with the oddest, painful, distorting hand cramps all morning long with no clue how to make it stop. I held a bar of soap in both hands & am amazed at how well it works. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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