Making Homemade Deodorant

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Deodorant doesn't have to full of chemicals and not smell the way you would like. It doesn't have to be expensive reduce or eliminate body odor. This is a page about making homemade deodorant.


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I have been reading alot of stuff about deodorants and how they clog your lymph system. They are also full of aluminum. I decided to try lemon. I was a little skeptical at first but it works.

Just cut a lemon in 1/2 and put in baggy keep in the fridge. Rub the lemon under each arm, and it will last 24 hours. It is better then deodorants. I will not go back to buying deodorants anymore. Just be sure to tell everyone it's your deodorant so they do not use it as lemonade!

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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Did you know that sweat doesn't stink? Odors come because old sweat forms a breeding ground for bacteria. To avoid odors, you just have to keep your armpits clean! Use this between showers and after exertion. Shake the bottle before each use and pat dry afterwards. Spray whenever needed on your neck, chest, and armpits.


And just think of all the heavy metals you're no longer absorbing under your arms every day from the store bought kind! You may use this alone, or with a natural solid deodorant as well.

Total Time: A few minutes

Yield: About 1 cup

Source: Modified from a recipe I found in a book.


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 24 drops lavender, rosemary, or tea tree essential oil
  • small fingertip spray bottle


  1. Add your baking soda to a measuring cup with hot water. This will help to dissolve the soda.
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  3. Add 24 drops lavender oil. Mix everything well.
  4. Using a funnel, pour some of your mixture into your spray bottle. This is a fine mist bottle and can be purchased at Walmart for less than a dollar.
  5. I decided to cut a picture from an old magazine and tape it to the front. Prettier that way! :) A great place to get free outdated magazines is your local library.
  6. Store the remaining liquid in a jar until you need to re-fill your bottle.
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  8. Shake again before each use and enjoy!
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August 12, 2010

To make deodorant, mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup baking soda. Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil. Stir and add more cornstarch or oil until it is the consistency of silly putty. Then cram the mixture in your old deodorant container and refrigerate for about one hour.

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This is for an emergency only, such as you go to work and realize you forgot to put any on: rubbing alcohol. Most businesses have it in their medicine chests either in the form of a bottle or sealed wipes. It helps with the odor only.

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February 24, 2009

I found this recipe somewhere on the Internet, from someone who had also tried baking soda alone, with no successes. They eventually found out that the right formula was the one below:

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October 20, 2015

I have been keeping a bowl and mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and using it as deodorant. I have never been fresher. Mix a small amount into a paste.


I buy the value size on both at Sam's Club. I am at seven months and might get a year out if it. I used to use a deodorant costing 5.99 every two weeks.

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January 10, 2011

I began using baby powder containing corn starch and zinc oxide instead of antiperspirant deodorant. For me, it works even better than the deodorant and I don't have to be concerned about the aluminum from the antiperspirant being absorbed through my skin anymore.

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Extract juice from radishes and combine with glycerin. Pour into a squirt bottle and refrigerate. After bathing, pour mixture into palm of hands and apply under arms.

radishes in a basket

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Patti McKenna
May 23, 2006

Here's a recipe for Lavender Deodorant.

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I am seeking a good deodorant recipe; something other than coconut oil, baking soda, or cornstarch. Any thoughts? Thanks.

By VBartlett from Kissimmee, FL


June 21, 20100 found this helpful

Tea Tree oil, it can be purchased at a health food store. It works to control oil and moisture on the skin.

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June 24, 20100 found this helpful

Underarm smells are usually caused by bacteria, so ensure that you always wash well. I use apple cider vinegar in water 1:5 and it works really well, when you first apply (use a spray bottle) it you notice the vinegar smell but this disappears quickly.


Doesn't mark clothes either and no nasty aluminum to block up your pores and cause health problems

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

Witchhazel (will tighten pores), tea tree oil (will thwart bacteria), and a few drops of essential oil, like rosemary/lavender for scent.

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Does anyone have a homemade recipe for the natural, organic, mineral salt rock deodorant? I'd like to make this myself, but without the sodium alum which is still a version of aluminum. It's just not as "bad" as the aluminum chlorohydrate. Is it possible? I'm just over the OTC chemical sticks! Thanks bunches!


March 12, 20090 found this helpful

Search for"Homemade Mineral Salt Rock Deodorant recipe"good info there,good luck.

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May 19, 20090 found this helpful

Instead of Mineral salt rock deodorant I suggest that you put a 1/4-1/2 tsp of baking soda on a cotton Pad (the kind used to remove nail polish). Slightly wet the bk. soda with tap water. Rub this lightly on underarms and it will act as good or better than expensive deodorants. I've been doing this for about 2 weeks and it works like a charm!

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

Deodorant Spray
A deodorant spray can be made easily using natural ingredients. The following combination is a simple choice:

½ cup aloe vera gel
½ cup with hazel
½ cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
10 drops essential oil

Simply mix the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

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December 1, 2010

How do you make homemade deodorant and antiperspirant in one, with natural ingredients?

By Patty Y. from Manila, Philippines


December 2, 20100 found this helpful

5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. After applying the product, you can just rub the remains into your hands as a lotion! This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
From Passionate Homemaking

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December 1, 2010

Can someone recommend a natural underarm deodorant?

By ann


Natural Underarm Deodorant

Apple cider vinegar (does nothing towards moisture, however). Rubbing alcohol, but only in a pinch (like @ work and you forgot to put it on). Many health food stores have more natural type deodorants, but they are pricey. I use the rock crystals years ago, but don't remember if they worked or not. (08/02/2010)

By Vicki

Natural Underarm Deodorant

I quit using deodorant a few months back. I was using alcohol and baby powder but got tired of that. I just bought a Crystal brand stick that is hard. You moisten it and rub it on while moistened. I bought it at CVS drugstore. It is in a clear pink container and looks like a stick deodorant. They also have it in a roll on, but I didn't want the wetness. This Crystal brand really works. I had used one of these years ago. Don't know why I quit. I stopped using regular deodorant because I was having a hard time shaving my under arms without using a facial scrub because the deodorant clogged up my razor unless I used the peach facial scrub. Glad I tried the Crystal deodorant once again. (08/04/2010)

By Linda Watters

Natural Underarm Deodorant

I like the salt Crystal too!! Deodorants and antiperspirants are so irritating to the skin. The salt crystal never irritates and works great against odor. I have also used corn starch but I like the crystal better. (08/04/2010)

By Patty

Natural Underarm Deodorant

Baking soda and corn starch, the old fashioned remedy. (08/04/2010)

By susan

Natural Underarm Deodorant

Equal parts baking soda (neutralizes odor) and cornstarch (absorbs moisture). Store them in a glass jar if you can, and add antibacterial essential oils, such as lavender.
Dampen a powder puff or cotton ball and dab into mixture and pat underarms.
I've been using this recipe for awhile, and it works great. It is from the book : Better Basics for the Home, by A. Berthold. (08/06/2010)

By Linda H

Natural Underarm Deodorant

I've been using the rock crystal all summer and will never go back to using commercial antiperspirants again. Its very hot where I live, sometimes up to 100 degrees or more and I don't have air conditioning at home. I have never had an odor problem nor wetness. It's really good and natural! (08/06/2010)

By cettina

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August 12, 2010

Instead of buying commercial deodorant that comes in disposable plastic packaging and is loaded with nasty chemicals make your own, and save money doing it.

Bear in mind that I didn't really measure a whole lot during this process, I had read something somewhere that gave me the idea, but I didn't remember where so I just winged it.

You need coconut oil (I just used good ol LuAnna, but you can use the organic good stuff too), baking soda and either corn starch or arrowroot powder (good if you have an allergy to corn)

I mixed about equal parts baking soda and starch (use more starch if you have sensitive skin, it'll make this less likely to irritate) then mixed it into a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil until it was a consistency that I liked.

You can use some essential oil to make it smell nice and boost the antibacterial properties. I use lavender oil because it smells good and makes the deodorant work better, but there are other good choices out there; tea tree oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil. Just remember a little goes a long way! I used about 4 or 5 drops for the whole batch. I would think that you could play with other additives as well such as cocoa butter, vitamin E or so on if you wanted to. I'll probably play around with it on my next batch.

To use it, scoop up about a pea sized amount and smooth it under each armpit. I do this every night after my shower, then I do it again when I get up in the morning as I'm getting ready for work.

So, does it work? I can honestly say that I do not miss my old commercial deodorant, I have had no complaints about my smell and so I'd say it seems to be working for me! I do sweat more than I did with antiperspirant, but really it doesn't stink!

Note: as I was typing this up I managed to find where I got the original idea so there is an actual recipe at the link for the source.


By Celeste from Colorado


Make Your Own Deodorant

Excellent post! I just gave you a thumbs up for it! That's an easy enough recipe that even I could manage to whip some up! Thank you! (03/01/2010)

By melody_yesterday

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