Greener Every Week – Deodorant

“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.

One of the biggest sources of toxins in most people’s bodies comes from the stuff they put on their skin. Makeup, shampoo, deodorant – almost all of them have some questionable chemicals in them that add up to a largely unnecessary level of chemicals in your body. The flip side, of course, is that we like using these things! I like having shiny hair and nice makeup and not smelling bad. But if there’s a way to accomplish all that and reduce toxins, then sign me up.

This is a fun trick because you can try it with stuff you probably already have and if you don’t like it you’re not out anything. Turns out, that same baking soda that is good for deodorizing your fridge and your litterbox also works on your armpits. Go figure.

The only catch is that for some people it can be a mild irritant if applied straight, so if you mix it with a bit of cornstarch you solve that problem.  Start with a 1 to 6 ratio of baking soda to cornstarch and if it doesn’t bother your skin you can add more baking soda to make it more effective.

I keep mine in a little glass jar and apply it with a big makeup brush right after the shower (being a powder it does fly around a bit so applying before you get dressed is useful). It really works, better than some commercial deodorants I’ve tried.  And it costs pennies, saves on plastic packaging, and is literally clean enough to eat. I love how often being eco friendly and being cheap go together!


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