DIY: Deodorant Powder

Today’s DIY Friday features a make your own powdered deodorant. This deodorant uses similar items as my previous DIY: deodorant. This is a simple recipe using only 2 ingredients (1 additional options ingredient) baking soda and cornstarch (essential oil for fragrance).

Baking Soda, alias sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring substance that is found in all living things, where it helps regulate their pH balance. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is made from soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate. To make ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda, the soda ash is mined in the form of an ore called trona. The soda ash is then dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled and sodium bicarbonate precipitates out, forming “Pure, Safe and Natural” 

Straight baking soda by itself while good might be a bit too strong for under your arms. You need just a tiny bit.  Melinda with One Green Generation has dedicated various hours of research, and came upon a solution to how strong the baking powder can be:  mixing baking soda with cornstarch.  The cornstarch actually works as a light antiperspirant, and the baking soda deodorizes.


In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.

Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.

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.

Pretty simple, yet very effective.


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