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How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)


Baking Soda

Since I learned about aluminum in normal antiperspirant about 19 years ago, I have been searching for the best non-toxic deodorant. For whatever reason, most “natural” deodorants don’t work for me – they don’t deodorize my underarms (how unladylike!).  

But several years ago I found Alvera Aloe & Almond Deodorant.  It works and smells beautifully.  It’s not tested on animals and it has ingredients I can pronounce.  The problem:  not very many stores carry it.  So over the years I’ve gone from natural store to natural store looking for it, I’ve stocked up from time to time, I’ve had stores order it, and I’ve ordered it online, but all that is time consuming, frustrating, and resource-depleting.  I did this for years!

[UPDATE October 2012: due to several comments about Alvera, I no longer recommend that deodorant. It contains "alcloxa": here's what Wikipedia says about alcloxa, or allantoin. And has this to say: "Alcloxa is a heterocyclic organic compound that contains aluminum. In cosmetics and personal care products, Alcloxa functions as a cosmetic astringent. Alcloxa, the aluminium salt of allantoin, combines the astringent and mild antimicrobial properties of aluminium with the anti-irritant, soothing, healing properties of allantoin." Thank you, readers, for looking into it!]

That is, until the week Matt went to the hospital when I brought him a bag from home that included a brush, shaving supplies, and… yep – our only stick of deodorant.  So, after stepping out of a nice clean shower at home, I desperately searched for an alternative.  I reasoned to myself that if baking soda works on my hair, why not try it on my underarms?  Afterall, it’s an ingredient in many deodorants….

So I used it like baby powder, just a splash.  And it was the best deodorant I’ve ever used.  No kidding.

The following day, I didn’t need to re-apply.  Amazing!!

But then… on day 3, I realized my left underarm was itching a bit.  So I did some online research, and found that straight baking soda might be too strong. Apparently, you need just a tiny bit.  In my various hours of research, I came upon a solution:  mixing baking soda with cornstarch.  The cornstarch actually works as a light antiperspirant, and the baking soda deodorizes.

I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and I love it.  Absolutely love it.

Antique Powder Jar


  1. In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.
  2. Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.
  3. Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator.  Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.


  • The application should last at least a day – for me it lasts at least 2 days!
  • This method hasn’t left any stains or residues on my white or black clothing.  It seems to do better than normal deodorant in that regard! (Still, of course use caution with expensive and/or hard-to-clean items, as you would with any deodorant.)
  • A nice way to store your deodorant powder is in an antique cosmetic jar (above), which you can pick up at a garage sale or thrift store.

More Information

  1. Aluminum is a neurotoxin, and is found in most antiperspirants.  It has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory illnesses, reduced renal function, and DNA damage. Find out more here, here and here.  You should be able to find aluminum-free baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) in your local health food store. Note at 7pm:  After receiving a few notes from readers, I’ve done some extensive research, and found that aluminum is used to make baking powder, but not baking soda. … So it looks like any old baking soda will do!
  2. The parabens in many antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer, and there are possible complications associated with SLS in deodorants.
  3. Curious how conventional antiperspirants work?  Find out here.
  4. If you decide that straight baking soda isn’t right for you, you might try “The Rock” or use one of the recipes here or here for homemade deodorant.

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305 comments to How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)

  • [...] either. But fat? Calories? Seriously? And deodorant? I stopped using that a while ago in favor of baking soda and corn starch. Works a thousand times [...]

  • I have been searching for a natural deodorant that actually works for years! Thank you!

  • [...] for her, so she combines it with cornstarch which also acts as an antiperspirant.  Read her post, How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe). She’s as evangelical about it as I [...]

  • [...] armpits. That’s it! Theoretically, it can work in sweaty environs for two days! However, as mentioned by Melinda over at 1greengeneration, you can mix it with cornstarch. This site recommends adding [...]

  • Liz

    Hi! I tried Burt’s Bees spray deo but wasn’t thrilled with it. One shot per pit didn’t do enough for long enough, especially if I didn’t aim it just right. More than two shots per pit left a weird afterscent. Often, by midday I needed to reapply, which meant carrying the bottle to work. When I saw that baking soda (with or without added cornstarch) had worked for others, I figured I’d give it a shot. I did a 1:1 mix, sifting them to make sure the soda and starch mixed. I use a couple of cotton balls (can’t find a local supply of proper powder puffs) to pat the stuff on. It works! I’m happy! On the rare day when I’ve been particularly nervous or sweaty, I might start to get a wee bit whiffy by the time I get home in the evening but for the most part I just smell like me. i like that because I use scented handmade soaps and would rather smell that than stanky pits or “baby powder” from the commercial deo I used to use.

  • Missy W

    Great tip–I just tried something very similar. A quick internet search yielded this first standard recipe repeatedly. I made 2 kinds and use them in conjunction with each other as I got the best results than using each alone.

    I am not a sweaty person, but I do maintain a rather warm body temperature and do sweat a lot when running or if it’s above 90 out.

    Regardless, this is the BEST product I have ever used. None of the popular brands–Secret, Degree, Suave, Tussy, Lady’s Choice, etc. etc. have ever worked for me. I can’t stand their fake fragrances. Tom’s of Maine smells great, but failed to work by day’s end.

    Here it is:

    Basic Deodorant Powder

    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    few drops tea tree oil
    2 whole bay leaves

    Combine. I put mine in a small , airtight cyclindircal short tea cannister. Cost to make: less than 20 cents. I apply this AFTER the base below for best results. If using alone, moisten undersarms or apply before drying after shower. This works well alone, but with the below base, I smell fresh and incredible. I’ve never skipped a day as I shower daily but wonder how long it would last?

    To use, you pat on with a cotton ball. I have read readers who sprinkle on a wet washcloth first, but I like to use a makeup kabuki brush (Wm sells shaving brushes that would probably work as well). I removed the handle except for a 1 inch piece. Dunk lightly in powder and press (don’t brush) on underarm. Application this way seems better and more thorough than the wet washcloth or cotton ball in my experience.

    If you use without the base below, moisten your underarm with water first or apply before you have dried off from the shower.

    Basic Deodorant Base

    1/4 cup organic coconut oil (I use Spectrum brand)
    2 T rose water * (optional)
    1 Vit E capsule, cut before using
    few drops tea tree oil

    Put above in glass microwavable mixing jar. Microwave about 20 seconds until coconut oil is melted. Mix ingredients well with fork or wisk. Put in small glass container with lid. Will harden at room temperature.

    Apply small amount to underarms with fingertips (when you touch solution, body heat should melt enough). Follow with above powder.

    *Rose water: Pick fresh, organic roses. Put 2 cups in glass bowl and cover with boiling water. Let steep about 5 minutes. Stir. Strain and add 1 tsp glycerine and 1 tsp vodka to preserve. Smells heavenly. Keep refridgerated if you do not preserve with vodka.

    This isn’t a lot of work and I have found best results this way. Coconut oil contains a natural antibacterial. When I used the cream alone, I only had a small amount of odor the next morning. When using powder alone, I only noticed the slightest bit of odor after I had perspired one night in my sleep (had a virus) the next morning. When used both together and thru the last days of my virus, there is absolultey no odor or wetness whatsoever.

    P.S. The bay leaves left in the powder (shake up occasionally) impart a really wonderful, clean herbally smell suitable for women and men both!

  • Missy, thanks so much for sharing those recipes!

  • [...] did the 6:1 corn starch to baking soda recipe (mild compared to straight soda) due to my lovely tendency to have allergic skin reactions.  I [...]

  • christine

    Alvera Aloe & Almond Deodorant DOES contain aluminum.

  • Missy

    WOW. I have tried EVERY commercial deodorant for many years to no avail. This recipe actually worked. I did kind of have double protection, as I used another homemade concoction first (a spray of purified mineral water, witch hazel, patchouli, lavender and tea tree oil), then sprinkled the mixture of corn starch, baking soda and baby powder. Perfect combination and for the very first time…NO stink! YAY!

  • Dani

    Thank you so much! Only good things to say about this. Even my husband, who has been forced to stick his nose in my armpit every day as part of the trial period, has been surprised at how great this works. So easy, so great, going to share with everyone!

  • Jennifer

    I have tried every natural deodorant I can find and they don’t last me until lunch time. I’ve never considered myself to be smelly, but over the years since I gave up using the store bought deodorant with aluminum I’ve had my doubts. I can’t wait to go home and try it! Thanks!

  • V

    I think i may have to try with the cornstarch…i have used the salt rock thing, and it works but it’s a bit drying to my skin. and when i tried the baking soda thing, it totally rashed my underarms out, so i’m too sensitive for straight usage….and i think i’m like most of the ppl that post, don’t consider myself smelly, but the natural stuff just doesn’t work during those days when u really work urself up!!

  • zippy

    Milk of Magnesia makes a wonderful deodorant. Just rub it on and let it dry. It actually works better for me than the antiperspirant I was using.

  • Can anyone clarify for me if mixing baking soda with corn starch simply makes it into baking powder? I also read somewhere that this combo fizzes in the presence of water, has anyone found this?

    • mark

      baking powder does indeed contain corn starch and baking soda but may also contain an aluminum based acid salt (i’m sure it varies from brand to brand) not sure what the ratios are for commercial baking powder thats why i cut out the guess work and mix my own, that way i know exactly whats in it! i use a 1:1 baking soda/corn starch ratio because that works best for me and i can certainly modify it very easily if i need to. baking soda does not react with H2O to produce carbon dioxide (the fizz) unless there is an acid present (i.e. the volcano experiment in grade school with baking soda and lemon juice!!) however, acids are present in sweat and given off by the bacteria that thrive on our sweat (thats what causes the stink!) so it is possible to have fizz but i think as long as the baking soda ratio is low enough it shouldnt be a problem. also the corn starch absorbs moisture so that can keep the acid/base reaction in check. again, you can adjust the ratios to whatever works for you very easily…trial and error!! sorry for the long winded reply, hope it answers your questions!

  • mark

    finally something that works!! thanks so much, been using it for about a week and can tolerate being around myself now!! also using your non shampoo shampoo far so good!! i like knowing exactly what ingredients i am puting on my body! thanks again!! i’m spreading the word!!

  • I’m starting this experiment on March 27, 2010, and hope to report back good results. Thanks for the specific recipe. I’ve also been using a shampoo/rinse recipe for two years similar to that posted, which cleans very well and leaves hair shiny & smelling fresh:
    shampoo: 1 TBLsp baking soda + 8oz water, use just like shampoo (massage scalp, comb through with a comb) then rinse with plain water. Follow with rinse: 1 TBLsp white vinegar + 8oz water, and leave in hair for a minute before rinsing out with plain water. Use glass bottles, not plastic, as Bisphenol A (BSAs) in flexible clear plastics leach into fluids most.

  • Scott

    Here is a good article that Scientific American put out about aluminum in antiperspirants. It helps separate some of the fear from the facts.

    • Scott

      I’m wondering why my comment is still awaiting moderation even though a comment posted later than mine was ok’ed.

      • Hi Scott, I believe your comment was formatted much the same as a spam comment. Therefore, my spam filter picked it up as spam. I’ve had a big problem with spam comments of late, so I increased the protection parameters. Should be good now.

    • Denise

      This is an old post, but I beg to differ with the article that Scott posted regarding ingredients in deodorant, specifically aluminum, that cause Alzheimer disease. I cannot comment on that as I am not a researcher. However, I believe that chemicals in general cause… something. My body is very sensitive, I am a redhead with fair skin. I had once had a pre-cancerous lesion called an actinic keritosis cut off of my hand. I had noticed several more that were developing. I changed my way of life to exclude all artificial and over-processed ingredients from my diet and personal care products. The lesions are gone. I also had a little known condition called “geographic tongue,” the cause of which is unknown but in my experience I believe to be too much processed food and sugars. I no longer have this condition. No yeast infections, no flu… barely ever a cold… Getting back to the deodorant thing, I had been making my own for a while. I ran out and started using something store-bought that was “natural.” During the time that I used this, I noticed a small mole under my bra strap grow to at least 3 times its size and it became itchy and was sloughing off the top layer on a daily basis. I researched, and found that potassium alum, which was listed as an ingredient, is a form of aluminum. Quit using it, mole shrank… no other problems as long as I stay “organic.” Made me a believer. I have never been as healthy as I am now.

  • tiffany

    I have a question. With baking soda why does it leave a dark mark under my armpits? It works wonderful but it just leaves this dark unattractive mark could I be allergic? With regular deodorants they leave my armpits itchy and the smell is worse baking soda has been the best thing!

    • Stefanie

      Oh my – I have the exact same problem…I’ve been searching on line for others with the same issue. Please…if you get this message and reply, can we connect to discuss. It works like a charm but it’s so unsightly!!!! I rarely eat meat, logs of veggies, little sugar. I don’t think it’s my diet.

    • Chicajojobe

      Actually that might not be from the baking soda. It might be from your sweat! I don’t wear white tops because the color is unflattering on me, but I know that I turn my bras brown! That can’t be from anything other than sweat, because I’ve never worn deo or antiperspirant anywhere other than my underarms.

    • Jen

      I use to have darker skin under my armpits and discovered from my dermatologist that it was eczema. It could be drying your skin out too much. I was told by my doctor to use Eucerin cream that did take care of the problem. Hope that helps.

  • Toni Fisher

    The crystal or rock form of deodorant is usually ‘potassium alum’. This is still aluminium although not the aluminium chlorhydrate form found in most deodorants.
    In regard to the dark mark left in the armpit – I surmise that this persons system is very acidic. Too much meat, sugar, alcohol, starchy and processed foods contribute to this – possibly some health conditions and medications may also cause this.

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  • hello,my name is Neil Atos.I would like to ask what are the components or properties of baking powder and can it be a antiperspirant

  • Dale Howey

    I loved the deodorant recipe. I have been looking for something for so long. I am trying to get rid of packaging. Plastic plastic everywhere. I was buying one natural deoderant from my coop but it was from sweden. Didn’t make any sense. So, I’m going to try it!!! thanks. I’ll let you know how it works.

  • Lemongrass

    I have been using baking soda for years with very good results. I rode my bike to work from the Bronx,NY to the NYC and the baking soda worked well all day.
    A friend of mine combins baking soda, cornstarch and homegrown ground rosmary. She grinds the rosmary in a coffee grinder, she uses for her herbs.

  • sue

    I use rubbing alcohol (70%; the 91% hurts) and it works marvelously and very inexpensively.

    • Kairen

      Hi, I use rubbing alcohol too. I was worried when I didnt see anyone else using it until your post! I was then using what I hope is a “natural” store deoderant on top of it. I think I will have to check that one out after reading all this here! Thanks for the great tips.
      Not using antipersperant is not a bad smell. It is just kind of earthy, natural. :-)

  • Eva

    Wow! I’ll have to try with another starch (potato, tapioca, wheat, etc.) because I’m allergic to corn; but if this works I will be the happiest person alive!

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  • Barbara Duperron

    Whahoo! I can’t believe this works…so much better than any deodorant I’ve tried in the past. A little dab under each arm and after 10 hours work and an hour long work-out I smell perfectly fresh. AWESOME!

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  • Carrie

    Thanks so much to Missy for the two recipes. I have tried baking soda alone before without good results. I am generally a hot, sweaty person and just couldn’t get this to last past mid-day. I also found it hard to get the baking soda to stick to my skin.

    I have used Missy’s two recipes together for the last few days and have found this to work well for me. I scented the deodorant base with a drop or two of lavender essential oil rather than the rose water and love the soft scent this provides.

    I still find myself to be quite sweaty and may have to continue to use an antiperspirant at times to eliminate the wet underarm problem but at least this natural solution is leaving me smelling fresh all day. Even after going out to run, or having had wet, sweaty underarms, there is no odour.

    I’m very happy to have found this solution to a long-standing problem and look forward to further experimenting with new scents. I’m also keen to try this on my feet in the summer months to eliminate foot odour.

    Many thanks, Carrie

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  • Danika

    Thanks for all of these good comments. This is a topic that I have been interested in for years, after trying many natural deodorants and finding that they either didn’t work or made me smell worse. The most interesting thing I have found lately is that coconut oil seems to be antibacterial or have some anti-smell properties, because I noticed it in a natural deodorant that I thought worked very well. I now have been mixing coconut oil (it’s actually an organic food grade one) with baking soda and cornstarch and it’s really amazing! I heat it gently on the stove, then pour it into a glass container. It has to be sort of scooped out like a butter and rubbed in, but it’s not slimy or greasy. I have also heated it up, let it cool a little bit, then poured it into recycled, clean, stick deodorant containers, then refrigerated the whole thing and it turns into a perfect stick deo.

  • Underarm Disater....

    I am so glad i came across this site.. I have been battling with boils under my arms since I was a teen.. Doctors have told me it is due to deodorants clogging up my pores.. Well i recently just took 10 days worth of antibiotics to get rid of a boil… Booooooo…. Within a few days i got another one under my arm…What in the world???If you ever had a boil then you know how painful it is. So i have come to the conclusion that i just cant wear store bought deodorants.. My mother suggested I use Baking Powder which does work. But burns like heck.. So I am so glad to run across this site so i can make my own and see how that works out…Wish me luck I am headed straight to the store in the morning to get some ingredients. Happy Thanksgiving all!!!!

    • jo

      good for boils: small amt bentonite clay mixed with mix of equal amts organic apple cider vinegar and pure H2O.
      make a poultice – cover nicely – leave on at least 4 hours – draws out the toxic substances. recipe from our chiro.

    • madmax

      Eat a packet of raisins for boils. A mild, natural antibiotic. I dont eat raisins unless required, so that “germs” dont build up a resistance. In biblical times wine and rotting cheese (penacilin) were used as poltices. Nothing new.

  • greenmamma

    OMG i have been searching and searching for websites that are GREEN………Love Love Love this one…..Now what iam needing is a stick deodrant recipe….for my customers they dont much like the powder

    • Here’s the recipe you’re looking for:

      1/4 cup Coconut oil (melted)
      1/4 cup baking soda
      1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder as it’s more natural/less processed.

      Melt coconut, add the powders, still together, pour into a glass container and you’re set. You can also add a few drops of Lavender or Lemon Essential oil if you’re looking for a scent. Hope this recipe works as well for you as it does for me.

      • Harper

        OMG! I used this and made it for my son and friends…i even changed up using coco butter once with shea butter, and another with coconut oil…
        THE BAD:
        No matter which I used all of us (5) had irritation under both underarms. MORE on the left side though.
        1. itching and burning after half of the day (ESPECIALLY AFTER A WORKOUT)
        2. We are African American so our armpits turned the LITERAL CRAYON BLACK… and then began to shed skin…(GROSS) with burning and extreme sensitivity…(WHYYYY SWEET BABY JESUS!?) lol
        THE GOOD:
        1. Well, we didn’t stink at all…lol it does perform well in that aspect…lol

        ***CAN ANYONE HELP!? Help us get our armpits NORMAL AGAIN? And figure out what went wrong!? :(

        • Oh my, I’m so sorry Harper! Clearly your skin had a bad reaction! I just use a tiny little dab – could that be the issue: using too much? I’m so sorry!

          I’m afraid to give you other advice, given your experience… If I were in your situation, I would use the mildest oil possible to replenish your skin… And not use this mixture again obviously. Sounds like you need something milder!

  • i’ve been using cornstarch mixed with tea tree so well..just made up another batch..gonna dump it into a bowl and add a half cup of baking soda…

  • Audrey

    I used the baking soda/cornstarch mixure and it didn’t work for me. I even tried applying essential oils before or after application. The store bought natural deodorants don’t work either. Are there any other options? Even the aluminum based ones aren’t perfect, and I would really hate to use those.

    Any recommendations would be most welcomed.

  • This is an interesting site. I have also had deodarants from Health Food shops not work for me. I thought the crystal would work but my armpits smelt like nothing was ever on it after using it.Then I came across this site. Yeh! Well, I’ve just tried some of the soda/starch combo with a drop of lavender oil,love the smell of it and I will get back to you with the results.

  • Inomine

    am about to try i know it will work

  • I have used the Baking soda/Cornstarch combo for a week now,and I am happy to say that I LOVE IT! My armpits stay dry without any odor at all for the whole day.Thank you.

  • Brooke

    Thank you for this wonderful idea! I recycled a baby food jar and mixed one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of corn starch and so far no stink or sweat! And I sweat easily. So I’m definitely vouching for the light antiperspirant effect of cornstarch. Of course the real test will be the summer months, but I’m VERY happy with this mixture so far!

    Next, I am going to try shampooing with baking soda and water. I’m very skeptical about that (the no poo method did not work for me) and very addicted to shampoo and conditioner, so we will see what happens.

    And for anyone saying that baking soda has aluminum in it – sorry, you are misinformed. Baking powder may have aluminum content in it, but baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate – no other ingredients whatsoever. If you are unsure of what you are buying, just check the label: you want 100% sodium bicarbonate.

  • Maile

    I have been using this since Sunday, 1 application a day, and so far I must say it’s the best deodorant & anti-perspirant I have ever used.
    As I have very sensitive skin, I made a 6:1 cornstarch:baking soda mix, added 2 bay leaves & 1 drop each of tea tree & lavender essential oils. I shake it daily & use a small “dusting powder” type applicator to apply it.
    I am not getting the itching & irritation all the store brands have caused, nor am I getting the sweat & smell that would arrive half way through the day. I get a full 24 hours of protection. Many Thanks !

  • Rickki

    This baking soda and cornstarch worked for me, but I found it a bit messy and it did wear off fast if I did not apply it heavily. I was desperate for a solution, and went to my doctor. She prescribed Drysol. I knew that was not going to work, but tried it for two day. The irritation drove me nuts and I quickly stopped using that.

    What finally worked for me was a crystal called Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal. ( I found this at my local health food store. This product is GREAT! If only I knew about this before! I have been using it for about a week and I have NO odor from my underarms. I am still testing this and if it continues to work, I will NEVER go back to the other products like Sure, Dry Idea, Ban, etc.

    I would still like to know the specific cause of my under-arm odor. It just kinda popped up one day. Age, hormones.. I do not know. This crystal works for me and I will use this from now on.

  • Greetings ! Very helpful advice on this article ! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing !

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  • Amie

    I found this recipe and I have to admit I was skeptical, but I tried this and it works awesome! I am never switching back. I was using Tom’s of Maine apricot and it seemed to dry my skin out, but it kind of worked. It worked as good as the regular aluminum filled brand at fighting odor, which was just ok. I felt like I smelled all of the time – I am sure no one else noticed, but I always felt gross. I tried this and I am hooked. Bye bye store bought, expensive deoderant.

  • atj

    Hey I wanted to ask will cornflour do, instead of cornstarch ?

  • adrianna

    thanks for the tip I’m doing science fair and seeing which type of deodorant works best.

  • nali

    I don’t think that you should ever use any antiperspirant because your body needs to be able to sweat…so maybe don’t use cornstarch… It’s disturbing that people are afraid of underarm sweat. It’s natural. Let’s not give in to this peer-pressure to be sweat-free. Personally, I think that body order is fine too. But at least controlling odor isn’t as damaging to one’s health as controlling perspiration.

  • Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  • TucsonMom11

    This really works! I am so happy! Finally, something natural and it is so inexpensive. Thanks for the great idea.

  • M2

    I can only echo so many of the comments – this really really works! I’ve been using the 6 parts cornstarch/1 part baking soda for about a month now – no stink – needs to be applied every other day and I’m a big and very often sweaty guy.

    I had allergic reactions to the aluminum and the propylene glycol in regular deodorants and finally found one w/ out both, but after paying a LOT for this one brand for years, and frankly not being too impressed w/ how effective it was, I had to find an alternative – I’m so happy I stumbled on to this site – great solution! Great alternative! Thank you!!!

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  • Ebony

    Does such recipe causes underarms to darken ?

  • abi

    ya hooo! definitely going to try it. i pray it works so i can say bye bye to itchy underarms

  • SMF

    I used an old mint sauce jar and instead of a powder puff, I used a makeup brush, works great.

  • SMF

    Instead of a powder puff (which are hard to find), I used a medium-sized makeup brush instead, works great.

  • [...] Say goodbye to deodorant! Super cheap, super easy and better yet? It totally works better than the natural deodorants I’ve tried so far! [...]

  • Kel

    I’d be really careful using any tea tree oil. As a breast cancer survivor with an estrogen positive tumor under her arm, I would never use tea tree oil on my body. It, along with lavender, is a “xenoestrogen” which means it acts like estrogen in the body and excess estrogen is what fuels breast cancer cell division. In a trial, little boys using lavender and tea tree oil soaps actually grew breasts, which diminished once these products were stopped. (Google it.) does not recommend either of these products if you are trying to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

    That being said, I love this recipe – I just use it plain with no added fragrances, using aluminum free baking soda. It works better than the “natural” stuff from the store! Thanks for posting! :)

  • Lesley

    Wow! I love this simple recipe. I made some this morning because I had run out of deoderant and I must say it works great. It’s simple to make, easy to store, and very cost effective–so thank you. I will use it forever. Now, I will try your shampoo and see if I like that too. The savings in products will be amazing. Thanks.

  • João Vitor

    Good ideia… Thanks.

  • Rachel

    I like this but i do something different i use 2 drops baby oil, a few pinches of baking soda, and green mint tea bags rip it open and put 5 pinches in.

  • Evelyn

    thank you so much… I want to go green, but its not my reason for looking for a new deodorant… its because while both my pregnancies, I had a rash on both my arm pits… my little one is 8 years old and the black under my arm still there… looks ugly and i dont like to wear sleveless shirts for summer…. i need help. maybe you would have somenthing in mmind. thank you in advance.

  • Mona

    Has anyone with brown skin found alternatives that do not leave your skin looking dusty/ powdery?

    • Judy

      You could try mixing in cocoa powder to get a product that was closer to your skin tone. I don’t know how that would work under your arms, but I know Bea at The Zero Waste Home uses cocoa powder as a bronzer.

    • Try this recipe:

      1/4 cup coconut oil
      1/4 cup baking soda
      1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder

      Melt coconut oil, add powders, stir well, and pour into a glass container. The coconut oil will absorb the powders into your skin. Hope this works for you as well as it works for me.

  • I’ve been using your recipe for deodorant for over a year now and I love it! It works really well for me and doesn’t bother my sensitive underarms. Thanks for sharing this!

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  • wow so informative and green as…These ideas also are thrifty hey

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