Homemade Deodorant/Antiperspirant


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Introduction: Homemade Deodorant/Antiperspirant

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Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own deodorant/antiperspirant with household items.

Cred to scoochmaroo for inspiring me to create my own recipe.

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients;

Baking Soda
Talcum/Baby Powder
Rubbing Alcohol
Vicks/Menthol Paste

Materials; 

A small air tight jar

Step 2: Combining

Put the baking soda and the talcum powder in the jar first, then the rubbing alcohol, then the Vicks.

Use approx 3 parts baking soda, 1 part talcum powder, 2 parts alcohol, and 2 parts Vicks.
(Perhaps add a little bit more alcohol than Vicks though)

*Thanks ERCCRE123 for helping clear up the ratios.


Step 3: Mix

Close the lid then shake vigorously until completely mixed.

Step 4: Finished

If you have an extra tube for deodorant and you make your paste extra thick then pack it into one of those. If not then keep it in the jar and apply with your finger. 

Keep rubbing it in until there is no more baking soda residue.

I find this lasts for approx 12 hours.

Hope you like my Instructable.
Constructive criticism is appreciated.

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    45 Comments

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    mainecoonmaniac

    I found this crystal deodorant while I was in the Philippines. It's a mineral stick that will last over a year and it cost $10. It doesn't have a scent but it works by killing bacteria under your arms. I haven't seen it in stores here in the US, but here's a link to the product. http://www.deonat.com/

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    Lazarus0
    Lazarus0

    Reply 6 months ago

    There's a version online called Thai Crystal Deodorant. I think it's basically alum in crystalline form. Another name for alum in the Philippines is tawas, but they sometimes use that word to loosely mean "powder" so you might not get alum depending on where you buy it from. Incidentally, alum is also used to lighten skin tone.

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    skaterqwertyuiop
    skaterqwertyuiop

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I bought it in a spray form. It's like mineral salts and water, it works pretty well, even though i sweat a lot (Darn you puberty!!!)

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    mainecoonmaniac
    mainecoonmaniac

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey enjoy your raging hormones! When you get older, you wish you had them.

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    debweb
    debweb

    7 years ago on Introduction

    is the Vicks used to bind it all together, for the aroma, both? Neither? Just curious.

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    nikki.mestas
    nikki.mestas

    7 years ago on Introduction

    It burns, figuring rubbing alcohol and possibly vicks. But I smelled good, but won't be trying again. Bummed about that.

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    happy cat
    happy cat

    10 years ago on Introduction

    question does it sorta smell pleasant? alsowouldnt it be hard to mix the vick together with the other ingredients

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    tqwerty
    tqwerty

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it smells quite good (in my opinion)
    and it isn't too hard to mix the Vicks in.

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    SeMi_AuToMaTic

    Couldn't you also mix this with your favorite cologne/purfume for the desired scent?

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    tqwerty
    tqwerty

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely, I just personally don't wear perfume or cologne

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    SeMi_AuToMaTic
    SeMi_AuToMaTic

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    True, but other people might, since most commercial deoderant is scented.

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    StickStoneBone
    StickStoneBone

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The only problem I forsee with mixing cologne with a deodorant... have you ever smelled that one hopeless human who uses NO deodorant but TONS of cologne? It's bad, Sooooo bad. I believe the commercial deodorants are chemically balanced with their 'smelly good' whereas this method is strictly home made. Might work with some types...

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    hanzie
    hanzie

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I wish to hell it was only one human.

    We could all chip in and send him to an island paradise somewhere downwind.

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    kaypgirl
    kaypgirl

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well hopefully this prevents smell. So you wouldn't need to add scent, just spray it on yourself like normal. Though the menthol smell may add an odd combo.

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    tqwerty
    tqwerty

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You don't need to use the menthol but I find it works better for smell masking and for a sweat barrier because it keeps the baby powder in for longer and makes it a better consistency especially if you wanted to put it into an old deodorant container.

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    bigmark
    bigmark

    11 years ago on Introduction

    why Vicks/Menthol Paste??? can you sub something else instead? outher then that great idea!!!

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    GDParduhn3
    GDParduhn3

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You could use straight Pure Glycerin . .

    that should bind everything together that and a little heat. .

    if you do heat up the mix in deep dry pot on the stove be aware (as someone mentioned to me they did not know) heating baking soda too high will change it into oxygen stain fighting powder. ( would kinda burn the pits..)

    one other alternative. . crushed kosher salt . . or no iodine salt, , maybe dissolve into a super saturated solution , , then add your Zinc based or lavender scented powder mint oil? vanilla , favorite cologne or whatever.

    the salt will deter bacteria growth as with natural salt stone deodorants.

    theres is also a foaming hand wash that many dollar stores have its alcohol free and marketed as ALCOHOL FREE HAND SANITIZER by many brands the main ingredient is Benzalkonium Chloride .. a great alternative..


    one more. . another powerful anti bacterial inhibitor / destroyer that goes very very far, is Chlorhexidine Gluconate

    if you ve been to a hospital or clinic lately most use this in their soap, dentist pack in your root canals and later it converts to calcium, a few drops can go a long way.

    i only mention in case some has some extreme allergies and need alternatives good luck to all. .

    maybe eventually there could be a " ible " brand of sundries and household items.

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    tqwerty
    tqwerty

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It would probably be just fine without the vicks in it, it just might be a little bit more watery. Though it would lack the cool soothing sensation of the Vicks and maybe it might not work as well??( I'm not sure about the not working part.) you could probably make a smaller amount and see if it works for you.

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    tqwerty
    tqwerty

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    or you could use petroleum jelly as kaypgirl said