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Home to Make Homemade Deodorant

Commercial deodorants make me cringe. So many of us go to great lengths to make our diets and lifestyles as clean and toxin free as possible. We seek out organic food, we purify our water, and we purchase natural body products, but we forget one regular source of toxicity – our deodorant.

The problem with deodorant is, it’s always there. It’s not socially acceptable not to use it, and unfortunately there aren’t many safe, natural, alternatives.

Day in day out we massage those aluminium salts and synthetic scents (not to mention all the rest for it) under our arms – into that soft, sensitive, porous, highly vascular skin.

White powder

So is there an alternative? Yes there is! This is so ridiculously simple, and it works well.

Here’s the list of ingredients:

Baking soda

That’s it!

You need baking soda (pure sodium bicarbonate), not baking powder. When you get out of the shower in the morning, dust a small amount into the palm of your hand and rub it into each armpit. You can reapply later in the day if you feel you need to, but most people won’t.

Baking soda won’t stop you from sweating but it will stop you from smelling. The alkaline nature of the baking soda prevents the odour-causing bacteria from flourishing in the warm damp environment of the arm pit.   It’s obviously not going to be as robust as the hard-core chemical deodorants. It won’t survive a 35 degree day in a nylon shirt, that you’ve worn for 3 consecutive days without washing. Also if you are a heavy sweater, it may not be suitable.

For the majority of people however, if you shower in the morning and put on a clean shirt each day, it’s going to be a safe and reliable alternative.

People with very sensitive skin might get a slight irritation in the first few weeks of use. That’s fine, just give it a break for a few days then go back to it.

Give it a try. Start with a day when you are at home so you can test it. Most people who do try it are really surprised at the lack of odour at the end of even a very busy day.