How to Use Baking Soda As a Personal Deodorant

Four Methods:Using baking soda neatMaking a baking soda and cornstarch powderMaking a baking soda and coconut oil deodorizing pasteMaking a baking soda spray

Baking soda can be used to deodorize.[1] It's easy to use and is effective for many people, for up to 24 hours after application.

Method 1
Using baking soda neat

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    Purchase a box of non-aluminum baking soda. Make sure aluminum is not listed as an ingredient on the box.
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    Use small amounts. Upon stepping out of the shower each day, sprinkle about an eighth level teaspoon baking soda on one of your damp or wet palms. Dampen the other palm and rub both palms together for a few seconds to form a thin coating on palms.
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    Rub each palm under the opposing underarm to apply to both armpits.
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    Rinse hands with fresh water.

Method 2
Making a baking soda and cornstarch powder[2]

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    Place one part baking soda with six parts of cornstarch into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
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    Dust the powder under your armpits. The cornstarch will soak up sweat wetness while the baking soda will deodorize.

Method 3
Making a baking soda and coconut oil deodorizing paste[2]

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    Put 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine thoroughly, using a fork.
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    Add 4 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil to the powder mixture. Stir until it forms a paste.
    • If you need more oil, add up to another tablespoon.
    • To warm the oil to liquid state, stand the coconut oil in its container inside a bowl of warm water.
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    Transfer to a sterilized jar with lid. Store in a cool, dark place.
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    Use as needed. Simply apply a small amount of the paste as a deodorant.

Method 4
Making a baking soda spray

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    Assemble the needed ingredients:
    • Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda); do not confuse it with baking powder!
    • Water - distilled, filtered, or rainwater are the best choices to avoid adding more chemicals to your body
    • Lavender oil (optional).
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    Fill a spray bottle about halfway with water.
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    Mix in about an eighth of a teaspoonful of baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
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    Keep adding small amounts of baking soda. As it moistens, it will become paste-like. The amount you end up using will depend on the type of water used and the size of the bottle. Some water types remove the "slippery" feel, so you'll need to add more.[3] This slippery feel is essential.
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    Add a drop of essential lavender oil, if you want. You may wish to use a different type of essential oil; that's fine but be sure to know the properties of the oil and the safety for applying to your skin and for any medical conditions you might have.
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    Shake the bottle gently to mix all the ingredients together. It should feel slippery and it needs to be totally dissolved because any grainy particles can chafe the skin and irritate it during the day.[4] Once the mixture meets these requirements, the deodorant is ready to apply.
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    Spray the homemade deodorant on your underarms. Do not rinse, but simply gently massage underarm so that the skin will absorb the deodorant faster, and to enable it to spread to your entire underarm.

Tips

  • Each application should last at least 24 hours.
  • Baking soda is unscented, so you won't be giving off any scent.

Warnings

  • A number of people react poorly to the chemical (NaHCO3) baking soda. Always test a small portion of your skin before using in large amounts, to be sure that you don't have reactions to the ingredient or solution made.
  • Discontinue use if you experience a rash, itching, discomfort or skin changes.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda (preferably without aluminum); also known as bicarbonate of soda
  • Spray bottle

Article Info

Categories: Sweating and Body Odor Hygiene