How to Make Your Own Deodorant

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Make your own deodorant from pantry ingredients - cheap and chemical free!

“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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8 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Deodorant”

  1. I love your site! Thank you for sharing…hubby and I are new with the truly eating clean and such so your site is really helping! My husband uses rubbing alcohol on his pits and it kills the bacteria and so he has no need to buy deodorant. I am wondering though if this works for someone like me who needs an anti-perspirant especially in the summer?

  2. I find the better I eat, the less stinky I am. If my diet is bad no deodorant really works and if my diet is good I hardly need anything.

    A truly great deodorant is to buy some zinc ointment (for baby’s diaper rash) and apply it under your arms every day for the first week, then just once a week is enough to keep you fresh. So easy! This is sold in health food stores at 100 times the price of buying it in the baby section of a drug store. My husband has used this for years. It works on most people really well.

  3. Thanks for these instructions, I’m trying desperately to kick the aluminum habit but the crystal deodorant just isn’t working for me. I’m trying this today!

  4. I just tried this for the first time today and I am absolutely AMAZED at how well it works. So long store bought deoderant!