Micro Deodorant




About: College student, firefighter/EMT, avid tinkerer, always loved working with my hands. Interested in a lot of things, so my tinkering tends to make dorky appearances.

Intro: Micro Deodorant

This Instructable will start with backstory and a disclaimer.

I pulled a new chapstick out of my backpack one day. My friend, sitting next to me, was surprised to see that deodorant is now made in a pocket size. I explained to her that it wasn't deodorant, but commended her for inspiring a life hack.

The disclaimer is that it turns out I'm allergic to this brand of chapstick so I won't be using it anymore. But I can at least put the plastic to some good use.

If you find yourself in need of refreshing during the day but are over encumbered to keep a regular sized stick of deodorant with you, this hack is just what you need.

Step 1: Preparation

For this 'ible, you will need two simple things. An empty chapstick tube and an old stick of deodorant.

How does one acquire an empty chapstick tube, you may ask? Due to my unfortunate allergy, I had to sacrifice the majority of the chapstick to the trash. But perhaps your chapstick melted in your pocket or you dropped your last bit on the ground. Whatever your reasoning, be sure to clean out the little plastic piece at the bottom and don't lose it.

As for the deodorant, my stick was nearing the end of its life in its container. So, I scraped the remains into a small cup. You can repurpose old deodorant, or you can opt to make your own. There's an Instructable for that!

Step 2: Repurposing the Chapstick Container

Remember that little plastic piece? Stick it back on the threaded rod and turn the bottom just enough so the threads grab. Pack the deodorant into the tube by pressing the open end into your cup. As you continue packing, keep turning the bottom so that the plastic piece moves lower into the tube. The goal is to get the deodorant densely packed in its new container.

Wipe away the excess.

Step 3: Relabel

I guess it wouldn't be such a great idea to advertise this for what it's not, so give it a new name. Maybe even a warning label.



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    9 Discussions


    8 months ago

    great idea to repurpose the tube. I will try this for use in my gym bag. FYI , various sizes of new tubes can be purchased online, usually from diy soap\cosmedics supply companies.

    Alex in NZ

    8 months ago

    This is a brilliant idea! I'd guess you'll get 3 or four days from that? Plenty for a weekend hike or multiple long-haul flights.

    1 reply
    bcrocker1Alex in NZ

    Reply 8 months ago

    For sure! I'm definitely taking one with me on my next adventure


    8 months ago

    My son labels everything with what it is not. I have a jar of glitter that is labeled 'not food' and a Ziploc bag of loose tea that is labeled 'not weed'.

    3 replies

    Reply 8 months ago

    Well hey it eliminates potential confusion!


    Reply 8 months ago

    I understand the tea--it is chopped up green leaves. What bothers me is that my son did not recognize glitter before he obviously put it in his mouth--he was 17 at the time.