How to Use Baking Soda as a Deodorant

by Kat Consador

If you want a low-cost and effective deodorant, chances are, you'll find this product in your kitchen cupboard. From cooking to cleaning, baking soda is an effective and versatile household staple. In fact, baking soda can be just as effective on your skin as it is in the kitchen. The environmentally friendly product does not have any chemicals that may irritate your skin. It's a natural alternative to the conventional antiperspirants and deodorants on the supermarket shelf.

Items you will need

  • Baking soda
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Towel
Step 1

Wash your underarms with soap and water before applying baking soda, so that odor-producing bacteria are eliminated. Baking soda may be best applied after a shower after the area is scrubbed clean.

Step 2

Dry your underarms with a towel. Make sure that the area is dry for application.

Step 3

Do a sniff test. If you apply baking soda to underarms that are not fully cleansed, it is possible that the bacteria will still produce odor. Make sure that your underarms are completely devoid of odor.

Step 4

Brush or pat the baking soda directly onto your underarms. Use the amount that you feel is necessary.

Tips

  • Choose a method. Some people prefer to mix water with their baking soda for deodorant application Figure out how much baking soda you would like to use. In the end, everyone is different in how much product they should use. Try on different amounts and see which is most effective Continue your daily activities as normal. Consider applying more baking soda the next time you apply if you are unsatisfied with the results.

Warnings

  • If baking soda causes redness or irritation, discontinue use. Strong body odor that cannot be reduced from deodorants may signal a more serious medical issue. See your doctor if you cannot reduce body odor after bathing.

Photo Credits

  • slideshow.ivillage.com

About the Author

Kat Consador is a freelance writer and professional competitive Latin dancer. Her work has appeared in eHow and various online publications. She also writes for clients in small businesses, primarily specializing in SEO. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.