Introduction: Save Money by Melting Your Deoderant

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Being the natural tightwad that I am, I'm always annoyed when there is a small ammount of deoderant, shampoo, lotion, etc. that cannot be used in the bottom of the bottle or package. This solution allows you to use that last little bit of deoderant left in the stick.

Step 1: Materials:

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-Used deoderant stick
-New deoderant stick
-Baking soda, fragrance, or other additives (optional)

Step 2: Tools:

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-Microwave oven
-Paper towels (optional, but good for keeping things clean)

Step 3: Melt Out the Remainder of the Old Deoderant Stick

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Microwave the old deoderant for about 30 seconds or until it melts. It's a good idea to put a paper towel underneath the deoderant in the microwave so it doesn't spill anywhere.

Step 4: Pour Into New Deoderant Stick

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Pour the melted remainder of the old deoderant into the new deoderant stick. You can add several different kinds of deoderant in layers, or add baking soda for a natural deoderant. Let everything cool for at least half an hour before using. Throw away the empty deoderant stick (it's given everything it has!).


KevinP287 (author)2017-06-30

Good instructable, discontinuity. Also like the idea of a poster to turn the stick upside down in the microwave. I was going to post an instructable on this topic (even have the video made) by digging out the unused product from the plastic "pusher" at the bottom of the stick with a q tip (pusher is rotated to the top of the container and removed from the container) and piling old deodorant on the top of the new deodorant but your method is better. Maybe the poster from the past with no microwave could use this method.

TerrieM6 (author)2016-08-27

It's deODORant

Tasbih made it! (author)2016-07-06

I dug out the remaining bit of my DKaran $$ deodorant, put the pieces into a silicone cupcake mold, melted it (took 40 seconds total), popped it out 1/2 hour later~ I just pick it up like a soft stone and rub in on and place back in a ziplock!

trebuchet03 (author)2006-09-12

I gotta say... I'm a cheap ass when it comes to living expenses... college, lackofmoneyitus etc. made it necessity... But wow. You score an A because I am either 1)afraid of you for some unknown reason 2) thinking you have some useful OCD tendencies (such as my roomate :P). Nice first instructable ;)

Tasbih (author)trebuchet032016-07-06

LOl, I love this idea, but I also love your response to it! Thanks for brightening up my day!

JJMK (author)2015-03-28

Lavilin ( is
highly effective at killing odors. All-natural product.

dan.wolf.100 (author)2014-09-14

Great idea. Did it. Will continue to do so. Four comments: 1) turn the old stick upside down in microwave with cap on 2) use less time in the microwave (try 10 second increments until you hit your microwave's magic number); 3) consider it a two phase operation- buy your new deodorant, cut a bit off the new deodorant stick (perhaps a half-inch with a sharp long knife across the width for fastest results), place in one of the two caps, microwave this until it is liquid, pour the liquid into the old stick, allow the stick to cool being careful to brace it as it will be top-heavy and prone to tip over, use your old stick for another week or two, then microwave the entire old stick with cap on upside down in microwave, pour contents into new stick, and discard/recycle the old stick container. Employing the two phase operation keeps you from having to manage a stockpile of old sticks, creates needed space in the new stick at the margin, and also keeps you from having to deal with irritation coming from the hard edges of the deodorant case when you get to the very end of the life of the original deodorant stick. Thank you discontinuuity!

tomasina (author)2011-12-08

hey you guys....rather than buying the stuff from the store....why not make your own:

zigzag2 (author)2008-06-24

Yeah.... I was actually stupid enough to try this. All I got was an empty deoderant tube and a messed up microwave. This wasn't a great deal for me.

altgrave (author)zigzag22010-07-26

if you turn the stick upside down, the melting liquid flows into the non-porous cap, preventing it from spilling all over the microwave (unless you melt the cap).

benhudson (author)2007-04-04

Nice instructable. It's not really worth an instructable, and I'll never have enough stupid little ideas to make up a whole 'snippets' instructable, but you can use a similar technique for shoe polish. If you get annoyed with the last few bits of shoe polish that get left round the edges of the small tin things, heat it all up with a kitchen blowtorch/turboflame lighter. It all melts, and you can add it onto the new tin :)

altgrave (author)benhudson2010-07-26

shoe polish tends to be flammable - be careful!

butters8754 (author)2008-03-13 thats actaully pretty smart!! :) butters8754

JerryMopar (author)2008-03-13

Ill have to try this!

xproplayer (author)2008-03-13

throw old on the ground take last bit from holster put on new microwave a little to bond use enjoy

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-31

Really smart idea. I might do this when I have some left that I just throw away, or maybe I'll just melt it for fun. :-)

csda7 (author)2008-01-31

Down out right smart! I have 1657654651 almost empty sticks around too! Yay weekend Plans!

PyroMonger (author)2008-01-31

if you have a few low deodorant bars around..why not collct them then use this process to make them into one bar

drummonkey92 (author)2008-01-31

this is cool

but just for the benefit of the slower among us i would like to point out on ur behalf that this should not be used on spray deoderants lol

pressurized metal can + microwave = bad idea

PyroMonger (author)drummonkey922008-01-31

you forgot to add...with a FLAMMABLE liquid inside!

ojochris (author)drummonkey922008-01-31

lol *BOOM!!*

Domindude3 (author)2008-01-14

how does this save money when you need a new deo stick too?

whatsisface (author)Domindude32008-01-31

Because you're using more product for the same price.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-10-24

not bad, but when i melt my deoderent (with a mini 2000*F blow torch) it smokes and gives a 'doesie' smell

Mr. Rig It (author)2007-08-30

I have 3 or 4 low D/O bars laying around, I am gonna give it a shot. Thanks for the idea.

haircut100 (author)2006-12-12

Just use bicarbonate of soda (same stuff you use in the kitchen).seriously. It really works. I normally hate all that hippy stuff but you have got to try it. No odor whatsoever.

grassnose (author)2006-09-27

Woah...never thought about it...I don't have a microwave...rats.

untoherselfalone (author)2006-09-19

I love it. Sometimes there is a good chunk left over--it would certainly add up over time. Even one item off the shopping list for a week is good by me.

discontinuuity (author)2006-09-15

All deoderant brands are essentially the same stuff, so melting one into the other doesn't really change anything except the fragrence and color. In response to rautiocinatoin, I do use deoderant every day. This just lets me go to the store less often. Also, this really took very little time at all. Maybe one or two minutes, and then awhile after that for everything to cool.

meddler (author)2006-09-14

this could work if you use the same brand and just add the old to the new (old sure to new sure)like people who take that little sliver of soap and add it to a new bar...Seems like a lot of work though.

rautiocination (author)2006-09-12

is this really a solution, or a mixture? heh heh sorry terrible high school science joke pushing frugality to this stage gets dangerous . . .it can't be far off when you start thinking, "hey, if I only wear deodorant on alternate days, it'll last TWICE as long!"

mikesty (author)rautiocination2006-09-13

You mean it doesn't last twice as long?!?!?

austin (author)2006-09-12

Thats kinda nasty.

discontinuuity (author)2006-09-12

This is my first instructable, I hope you like it, Yes, I guess this is a little strange, but you get nearly a week's worth of deoderant out of the old one. That's like 5 cents!

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