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Simple Baking Soda Deodorant

What you need: 

1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of water

What you do: 

Dissolve the baking soda into the water - the liquid should feel slippery, since sodium bicarbonate is a base - and apply directly to skin. Adjust quantities as necessary - you may need less, you may need more.
Since there's different "types" of water, you may need to adjust the recipe. If your water easily rinses away the "slimy" feel of sodium bicarbonate, you'll need to use more. If your water does not easily rinse it away, you'll need less.
Too much sodium bicarbonate will cause some skin irritation. It also needs to be dissolved sufficiently, because dry powdery baking soda can chafe skin just like sand.
By the way, the water solution will leave white stains on clothes or countertops wherever it drips and dries out, but it washes away easily. After all, another use of baking soda is as a cleanser!

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Please becareful doing this – I tried it and yes it worked (amazingly well at first), but a few days later I broke out in boils, alot of boils. The baking soda obviously irrated my skin big time. Since then I have spent 6 months in and out of hospital with intravenous antibiotics (vancomycin) and surgery (twice!) because of a subsequent MRSA skin infection. Finally after 3 months taking a high-dose combination of two different oral antibiotics, I seem to be in the clear and will never, ever try DIY deodorant again…


I love it! Thanks so much for posting. All I do is put a little baking soda in the palm of my hand, add a little water and apply. It's fast, simple, safe and effective.


I love bicarb soda! I use it in the shower as a facial cleanser, body exfoliator, etc. It works amazingly for ingrown hairs too!


I see this is an old thread but I just wanted to put my two cents in!
My daughter was using baking soda as a face scrub so she had a plastic cup filled with it in the shower. Folks, just washing my pits with it, and then rinsing , worked perfectly for me. I'm a post menopausal woman so I have different hormonal influences but this has always worked for me. The only thing is , if you happen to skip a shower day, it stops working.By the way it also helped my daughter's acne, that is why she was using it.

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Okay, I must say I held off for a few days to write this review because I wanted to be absolutely sure it was working. I started using it last Saturday, and Sunday I went rock climbing. I wasn't expecting it to work, so I smelled myself every 15 minutes or so. No stink. Confidence starting to grow...

Monday and Tuesday I ran 8 miles each day, but it was only about 30 degrees out, I didn't sweat that much, so I still wasn't sure if I thought it was working.  But starting to think that I was on to something...

Wednesday: the ultimate test. I ran an 8 mile tempo run indoors, in the 80 degree gym (or just felt like it) on a treadmill surrounded by people. This was it. Make it or break it. Result: worked perfectly, no stink, barely any sweat (from the armpits--I was soaked everywhere else!). HOORAY! MIRACLE!

I can't believe this! I mean, I've stunk for years because regular deodorants couldn't cut it for me. I tried every clinical strength, lots of men's deo, everything. Nothing was worked, until now. And it's practically free! I've been telling everyone that will listen just how awesome this stuff is. AND, this is awesome too, since I'm not stinking so much, I even re-wore my running shirt Tuesday that I wore on Monday. I've NEVER been able to do that before. Less laundry!!!!

I am over the moon about this. Where has this been all my life? :)>>>


the darkening of skin is due to the abrasiveness.  I have to mix the baking soda with corn starch.  My pits were raw from plain baking soda.  I put 1 tablespoon baking soda with about 4 tablespoons of corn starch in a plastic container.  I don't add any water. 


i really liked this at first, but it turned my pits a weird purplish brown color.  so, if you don't have dark skin already, beware!  otherwise, it worked great!

i have same problem so i just stopped using it.  but it was nice while it lasted.


My fiance and I were stinking it up pretty bad because we refused to damage our bodies any further with soft metals. Just whipped up a batch and added some peace oil that I got from a local occult store and I smell sooooo fresh! Thanks for the recipe!!



I just wanna say, this worked great for me yesterday, and it was a LOOONG and busy day. I hope it does the trick in the summer time.


I've tried every kind of natural antiperspirant and deo That i could find and nothing did the trick until i stumbled upon the baking soda idea! it works like a miracle. ;)b I just mix some Bob's red Mill baking soda (aluminum free!) with some witch hazel into my empty roll on container (popping the ball out and back in is the hardest part) and fill it up. I might mix a little patchouli oil (for its antiperspirant action) or grapefruit extract (antibacterial) into it but it works great and even helps me with the sweating! I was raving about it so much but I kept going through it so quickly that I finally said something to my husband and he confessed that he'd been using it too instead of all the other ones I bought him! ^-^

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