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:

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

Step 2: Tools:

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

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

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

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!).

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Smalm4444

11 months ago

So with this, there are some in the comments complaining it gave them a bad mess in their microwave. Is there a way to melt it down in an empty pot put in a pot of boiling water? Or just with heat alone? I have a stick that is dehydrated and I have 0$ and am just wondering if the stovetop could be an alternative? I don't want stinky underarms. I just want my deoderant stick to be new again.

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KevinP287

1 year ago

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.

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TerrieM6

2 years ago

It's deODORant

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trebuchet03

12 years ago

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 ;)

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Tasbihtrebuchet03

Reply 2 years ago

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

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JJMK

3 years ago on Introduction

Lavilin (www.lavilin.com) is
highly effective at killing odors. All-natural product.

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dan.wolf.100

4 years ago on Introduction

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!

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tomasina

6 years ago on Introduction

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

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Make-Your-Own-Deodorant/

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zigzag2

10 years ago on Introduction

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.

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altgravezigzag2

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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).

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benhudson

11 years ago on Introduction

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 :)

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xproplayer

10 years ago on Introduction

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

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GorillazMiko

10 years ago on Introduction

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. :-)

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csda7

10 years ago on Introduction

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

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PyroMonger

10 years ago on Introduction

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

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drummonkey92

10 years ago on Introduction

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

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