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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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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This is AMAZING!!! I have NEVER found a deodorant that worked this well....if you are skeptical, give it a try, you will be amazed...I suffer from a lot of problems with my sweat glands becoming swollen due to sensitivity to products but this is the first thing that gave me no trouble at all!

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I know I already reviewed this in April, but I just want to say I'm still using it and it's still great! Everyone needs to switch to it. Right now! It's so cheap and easy.

I use it straight, no water added. And usually only have to re-apply once a day.
I also sprinkle it on my dreadlocks to keep them odor-free and clean.

Absolutely amazing!

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I am so surprised this works! I tried it for the first time last night after taking a shower. I usually sweat in my sleep so smelled myself in the morning and no smell! Put some on again this morning, did house cleaning, and so far, no smell! I love how it is no smell at all, not even that deodorant smell that I HATED. Does anyone ever notice that the deodorant smell is sometimes much stronger and worse than the BO smell? I will prob not ever buy deodorant again, now. This will save money! ;)b

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I basically use this all the time. This year I have been giving it a hard core summer sweat test and so far so good! It does not prevent you from sweating, but it kills the smell. Which is all that I care about. I've been out hiking and in hot yoga with this and not been stinkin! Sometimes I do think I smell something like dough-ish...then I'm like oh yeah, its my pits, hehe. ;)b

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I've been using baking soda as deodorant for probably a year now and it was great at first but in the last month or two it's stopped working... i'm not sure why but I've been really pongy lately, but I don't want to go back to regular deodorant since it's either animal tested or contains aluminium or doesn't work anyway! Anyone have any other tips?

I switch it up, like shampoo.  I have found that using the same thing every day, every time loses effectiveness (for what ever reason, but like using the same shampoo will cause buildup, but switching to a different one will wash away the build up from the first one).  Anyways, I alternate between Tom's of Maine and the Salt sprayable kind.  Maybe this will work for you too. 

Any tactic is better than using conventional deodorant, which are not only tested on animals, contain aluminum, but many also contain Fermaldehyde. 

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I've been using baking soda as deodorant for probably a year now and it was great at first but in the last month or two it's stopped working... i'm not sure why but I've been really pongy lately, but I don't want to go back to regular deodorant since it's either animal tested or contains aluminium or doesn't work anyway! Anyone have any other tips?

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Ahh! This is awesome. I've been using it without the water and it's been fine for me. Thanks!

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baking soda is vegan. i don't see why it (sodium bicarbonate) would need to be tested on animals as it's own substance. they mostly likely test because they turn it into products that contain all kinds of junk you don't want.

I agree, Arm & Hammer the company does test their products on animals (boo!), but it's the products they are testing not the single ingredient sodium barcarbonate (baking soda).  http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/brand.php?brand_id=185
At any rate I don't support companies that test on animals, even if a specific product they sell isn't tested.  I also did a bit of research and learned that the Arm & Hammer label is owned by Church & Dwight Co. (http://www.churchdwight.com/), which sells under many name brands.

I use Bob's Red Mill Baking Soda, it's cruelty and aluminum free too.  http://www.bobsredmill.com/

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baking soda is vegan. i don't see why it (sodium bicarbonate) would need to be tested on animals as it's own substance. they mostly likely test because they turn it into products that contain all kinds of junk you don't want.

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I was just thinking..I know that Arm and hammer is on the animal testing list..so is baking soda vegan?!  :-\

That's a good point, but one that I think each person needs to decide for themselves. I would like to point out that there are other brands on baking soda, however; for example, I use Bob's Red Mill. I'm also pretty sure I've seen store-brand varieties before as well. So if you are concerned, it would be easy enough to switch to another brand. :-)

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