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Homemade Deodorant

Make Your Own Baking Soda Deodorant

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Tired of spending money on store-bought deodorants/antiperspirants, only to find that they let you down and stain your clothes? Then, try this simple – and unbelievably cheap – alternative:

What You Need:

  • Wash cloth
  • Baking soda

What to Do:

Sprinkle baking soda – a little will do – onto a damp wash cloth, and apply it to your underarms. It'll keep you fresh throughout the day!

Why This Works:

Baking soda absorbs perspiration and neutralizes odors.

Benefits of Using Baking Soda Deodorant:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals (like the aluminum found in most commerical antiperspirants)
  • fragrance-free
  • alcohol-free
  • neutralizes odors, rather than covering them up

Tips:

1. If a dry application is preferable, use a duster or brush to apply.

2. For a scented deodorant, mix together equal parts baking soda and corn starch (for shelf stability); and add a few drops of essential oil or a handful of dried flowers (lavender is nice). Then, store in an airtight container.

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