Making your own personal products is a blast, and you can control the ingredients.

Today we share yet another way to help you live a healthy, more sustainable and self-sufficient life.

Homemade Deodorant


diyNatural reader Samantha said, “I was extremely, extremely skeptical. I think even a little part of me wanted to be able to come back and say – no it doesn’t work. But, it really did! Like others here, I already feel that I’m sweating less, but as much as I’m excited about not smelling anymore (who wouldn’t be), I’m more excited that I won’t be throwing away shirts that are ruined by deodorant stains. Forget what I save on the deodorant, I will save hundreds of dollars not replacing my clothing!”

Why Homemade?

I like to address this up front to displace the common assumption that homemade products are made simply for the savings… savings is just one handsome benefit.

In reality, the benefits of making your own stuff go far beyond saving a few bucks. DIY projects also foster family togetherness, self reliance, creative exploration, and a sense of accomplishment.

It’s Sustainable

If you are a frequent follower of our homemade endeavors you should know that I require homemade products to be easy to make.

For us, difficult recipes requiring a lot of uncommon ingredients is simply not sustainable. So we seek to always adopt solutions that are easy to make and contain common ingredients (whenever possible), yet work extremely well.  Today’s recipe will embody that product philosophy more so than any other.

The Recipe

To make your own natural homemade deodorant, follow these simple steps:

  1. purchase a bottle of grain ethyl alcohol, a.k.a. high proof liquor like Everclear, (we used to recommend isopropyl [rubbing] alcohol but do no longer because it can be toxic when used for long periods of time)
  2. purchase a small refillable spray bottle (we use the 3oz variety commonly found in the personal product travel section) – approximately $1.00/bottle (buy glass spray bottles here)
  3. pour the alcohol into the spray bottle
  4. spray on clean armpits for protection against body odor caused by bacteria
  5. if you’d like, add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil per 1 oz. of alcohol (4 oz. alcohol = 40 drops tea tree).

How To Make Deodorant 1


FAQs

Does it work? Yes – it works.  Yes – it’s that simple.  Yes – it’s that inexpensive.  Believe it… I have been doing exactly this for about 3 months now and will never go back to expensive, chemical laden, store bought deodorants.

Does it sting/hurt? It depends.  It never stings for me because I do not shave my pits.  My wife said that using the spray immediately after shaving does sting, but will only last for a second or two and is definitely doable.

Does it smell? It smells like alcohol, but can be supplemented with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.  (Find 100% pure essential oils here.) Try an antibacterial essential oil to combat the odor like peppermint, tea tree, lavender, or lemon. For excessive perspiration, try lemongrass or litsea cubeba.

Will I stink? No… remember question number 1 – it works.  The alcohol kills the bacteria that cause the odor.

Will I still sweat? Yes, and you should. Sweating is good for you; it is your body’s way of releasing toxins.  If you blocking your sweat pores by using antiperspirant you impede your body’s ability to naturally release those toxins.  Impeding this process can also effect the pH balance in your body leaving your body more prone to infection by harmful viruses and bacteria.  Using the alcohol allows your body to release the toxins unimpeded, yet still eliminates odors by killing the bacteria outside the body.

How long does it last? Depending on how much you exert yourself, it may last all day, or you may need to reapply.  In my experience I have NEVER had to apply it more than twice in one day – once in the morning… and once in the evening.

Will it stain or bleach my clothes? No, not in our experience.  I would say as long as you are not dumping copious amounts of alcohol all over your clothing you should be fine.

Is it safe? Using alcohol as deodorant is just as safe as use as an antiseptic on cuts and scrapes.  Unless someone has an allergy to alcohol, using it as a deodorant is safe for adults and young adults alike. Research has shown continued use of isopropyl alcohol on the skin can have adverse effects, so we recommend using a high proof ethyl alcohol instead.

Why haven’t I heard of this before? Because companies cannot make money by marketing it.

Are there other uses for alcohol? Sure, be creative.  I always encourage people to decrease their dependence on consumer products, and increase their own ability to “think and live outside the box.”

Did I mention that this will save you money?

GO TRY IT!

What do you have to lose?


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Comments

  1. says

    I actually chuckled when I read the recipe. Admittedly, I’m a tad bit afraid of the sweaty pits but you are absolutely correct in that our bodies need to sweat. Maybe trying this now in the winter months will be good time for me. Even if I go half the year, it’s still an improvement, right? ;-)
    .-= Lydia aka Ms. MoneyChat´s last blog ..5 Benefits of the Great Exodus =-.

  2. says

    You will have to exercise caution, as with any other personal care product. Still, I think it’s great to deodorize without blocking sweat pores.

    And the best thing? No more deodorant stains on tshirts!
    .-= Arthi´s last blog ..Tips for a great home. =-.

  3. says

    I’ll have to try this one. As a mom of teen girls I’ve been extremely careful when it comes to having them introduce chemically laden products to their bodies. We only use natural ingredient deodorants and no anti-perspirants. Women who do use anti-perspirants should read about the possible links between anti-perspirants, shaving of the arm pit and breast cancer. The hard part is finding products that actually work well enough. Although we have found a few most of them don’t. I’ll look forward to seeing how this one works
    .-= Carmen´s last blog ..Be a SMART ASS and Design Your Best Life! =-.

  4. Julie says

    This is awesome! I use what basically amounts to a salt block. I bought it for 1.50, and it says it can last up to a year with daily use. I’m at six months and haven’t even used a tenth of it.

    It’s amazing what you can do (and how much money you can save) when you walk away from all of the chemical stuff and still be just as clean. Baking soda and vinegar are pretty much all we use to clean–it’s cheap and won’t pollute the environment.

    love these recipes and tips–keep them coming!

  5. Kate says

    Another use for rubbing alcohol (and you may already do this, since you use a lot of the same homemade products as I do), is window cleaner. Put 1 cup of alcohol, 1 cup of water (straight from the tap), and 1 Tbsp ammonia in a spray bottle and voila! Window Cleaner!

    Thanks for your great posts. It is so nice to know that others out there are breaking free from all the commercialism that has been pounded into our culture.

  6. says

    Using rubbing alcohol used to be used frequently for ridding of fevers. But there has been much to say against that use.

    I have to say that I am wary of using it for an underarm deodorant.

    Now cost wise…I think it’s awesome.

    I don’t mean to say negative against it, but working in the science/medical field has me analyzing any alternative uses.
    .-= Money Funk´s last blog ..20 Ways to Cut Expenses =-.

  7. Tina Fortune says

    I tried this over the weekend to see if it would work and it did. I, like, Carmen also have a teen and tween and I’m careful about them and their personal hygene. They currently use Mitchum. I also have used Chorophyll as an internal deoderant in the past and have not had to use an external. Saving money AND the environment? This is FUN!
    .-= Tina Fortune´s last blog ..I No Longer Like to Let Others Spend My Money =-.

  8. Heather H. says

    We stopped using antiperspirant 2 years ago and started using plain baking soda. It costs .50 cents and we use an old makeup powder puff to dust it under the arms. We’re still using the same container of baking soda from 2 years ago! We also noticed that after stopping the use of antiperspirant we stopped sweating as much. I truly think your body sweats more to try and eject that poison from your pores. I hardly ever sweat now. Come to think of it, we use baking soda for alot of things in our house. tub and tile cleaners, toothpaste, shampoo, ant repellant, removing garlic odor from my hands etc..

    • says

      Awesome advice Heather… baking soda truly is a wonder agent! Interesting concept you raise concerning less sweat… I suppose it is possible. All I know is that both baking soda and alcohol are FAR better options than chemical laden deodorant sticks! Cheers.

    • Diana says

      Another benefit to letting yourself sweat is that you’ll feel noticeably less hot in summer. We perspire more then for a reason. :)

    • Sheryll & Critters. says

      Heather,
      Save your baking soda for cleaning your chorme faucets & sinks. Use a big stainless steel spoon to rub your hands over. NO garlic or onion smell will be left.

      Sheryll & Critters.

  9. Alexandra says

    Matt,

    I love your website! I am crazy into saving money and even crazier about saving the environment. Even though it can appear that they do not go hand in hand your website proves otherwise! I had a baby in the last year and I would sweat all of the time so I need pretty intense deoderant. This works! I put it on in the morning and at night and it’s easy. Keep these tips coming!

    Alexandra

  10. robbiekay says

    I’ll probably be giving this a try. Within the last six years my skin has become so sensitive that there’s only one brand of deodorant that I don’t react to–and I only know of one store that sells it and for some reason they only sell it in the travel size. Like Heather H., I hardly ever sweat, either. However, it’s been so long since I’ve used antiperspirant (20 years) that I don’t know if I’m sweating less now than I did when I used it. If this doesn’t work for me, then I’ll probably try Heather’s baking soda idea. (BTW, the best results I’ve ever gotten washing my hair was using baking soda diluted in water.)

  11. says

    Another alternative to deodorant is a fresh lemon, although it costs quite a bit more than alcohol. You simply take a slice of the lemon & rub it on your underarms. You get a light citrus scent, and it does the same thing by killing bacteria.

    • Kristin says

      i wonder if a lemon juice spray would work? maybe a little easier than cutting a lemon every morning =)

      • Amanda says

        I sweat alot and have been searching for the best natural deoderant. I’ve done the lemon juice and it worked great but for only a couple months. It started to give me a rash. The same with baking soda. So I’ll have to try the alcohol.

        • says

          It works great for me Amanda, not to keep me from sweating, but to keep me from stinking. Just remember to carry a 2-3oz spritz bottle in your purse so you can reapply as needed. For extra scent, add your favorite essential oil.

  12. Mo says

    So I stumbled on your website yesterday and I used this today and let me preface that I was a clinical deodorant gal before this, but I’ve had it on all day and no smells! I havn’t tried it in a gym setting or on a hot day but so far this works! I didn’t have 99% I only had 70% but it seems to work! My DH was a little skeptical but I think he’ll be a convert and we can save and be green and at the same time! Thanks and keep em coming!

  13. says

    A homemade vodka spray scented with natural essential oils works well too. I’ve used this and Lafe’s brand liquid crystal spray. Both are good, but in the summer I have to reapply it during the day. It took a while for my body to adjust, but I think i actually sweat less now that I’m off the antiperspirant.

    • says

      I second the vodka recommendation. I have not tried it (I use storebought natural deodorant but am thinking of switching to homemade), but a friend of mine does, and it works for her. Isopropyl alcohol does absorb into the bloodstream through the skin and is, I believe, more dangerous than ingestible types of alcohol. Wish I had some good references for you on this; maybe someone else does.

      • Susan says

        I “third” the vodka idea, but we use the iso- alcohol, too, since it takes a lot to do harm, as in the factory-workplace exposure. A bit off-topic: our biggest use for isopropyl 50% is to spray-bottle it onto our laminate flooring as the best,safest cleaner. We use microfiber cloths& dish-gloves;MSDS shows that it takes a lot of contact/breathing in to harm you, but it is not smart to expose skin and tissues if you can so easily avoid it (it’s all cumulative thru our lives, right?).The flooring advice found at a large installer’s online site (link? no! sorry: never thought I’d post on this subject!) explained that the pH of most cleaners damages laminate (it’s a plastic-y surface) flooring. We have it in kitchen and whole downstairs.
        Isopropyl at 50% or 90% can be used straight; it’s VERY inexpensive. If your floor is large or you can’t get down on the floor to clean quickly without breathing it (we’re old, but limber and strong!), we also rubber-band the cloth onto a swiffer-style mop. Once a month all-over & spot-cleaning. Do not use even “green” cleaners for this chore if the pH is not 7.0 — you could get a test-strip with a wide range of pH values (pond or aquarium store), or realize that all cleaners have a high (most detergents=basic), sometimes even low(acidic) pH.
        AND theatre costume pro’s use slightly water-diluted cheap VODKA to spray clothing to seriously freshen-out body odors and it is kind to most fabrics; also I used it neutralize that weird sweet-ish smell from thrift shops without leaving an odor. AND I am about to try this to neutralize toxic moth-ball (Naphthalene) stink…wish me luck.
        Refrigerated very-cheap vodka is perfect for tender & flaky pie crust (America’s Test Kitchen’s Jack Bishop)…look here (since Test Kitchen is a subscriber site) http://www.examiner.com/x-4612-Midland-Food-Examiner~y2009m7d7-Flaky-vodka-pie-crust-recipe-for-sweet-or-savory-pies
        Thank you so much for the dishwasher detergent recipe…it’s why I came here. I bookmarked your well-designed,well-written site. Thank you again!

  14. Kristin says

    I have to say that I love your website, but I went to Wikipedia to read up on Isoprophy alcohol because I had read some comments on other websites about the ingredient. Here is what I found…Like many organic solvents, long term application to the skin can cause defatting. So can I use this spray on my but? haha. I also read that poisoning can occur from ingestion, inhalation, or absorption. I’m sure that it would take a lot, but I’m not sure that I want to use this s a long term solution. I have heard that some essential oils work well, but I’m not sure of the recipe.

  15. Richard says

    ¿Its safe to use the isopropyl alcohol directly over the body?
    ¿Isn’t better dilluted with some water?

  16. Carmen says

    I have also used an all-natural salt block deodorant for more than 2 years on the same one. If it ever runs out, I’ll give the alcohol idea a try.
    I also LOVE making homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener.

    • L. Craig says

      Does anyone know if the salt type of deodorant is harmful to those
      that have high blood pressure? Was wondering if the salt can get
      into the blood stream.

  17. Tristan says

    I live in Southern Mississippi and I used this recipe skeptically. I was happily surprised that it worked. I had been using all natural store bought deoderant. This works better. It is less sticky under your arms and also I found that although it doesn’t keep you from sweating, you stay drier because of the alcohol high-evaporation properties. Most importantly, I don’t stink and it’s summer here in Southern Mississippi.

  18. Penny says

    For those worried about the alcohol absorption, I have started using coconut oil and it works really well and it is healthy for you. You can even mix it with baking soda and cornstarch…here is a link to that recipe…
    http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/02/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html
    But I have just been using the coconut oil alone, sometimes I will apply a baking soda/cornstarch mixture separately with an old make-up brush.
    I have found that coconut oil is even used for cooking…so no harm from absorption…

    • says

      Yes! coconut oil and some baking soda is AMAZING! the coconut oil has antimicrobial properties. this has even worked for my husband who has always been the one with what we call an “enchanting musk.” I rode my bike 8 miles to the climbing gym, climbed hard, rode back and had zero stink. i keep a little coconut oil in a jar, rub a small amount between my fingers, rub on pits, put the extra on my dry elbows, then pat a bit of baking soda on. If i have just shaved, i will skip the baking soda. anyhoo, as you can tell, i’m a huge fan!

  19. says

    How long does it last? Depending on how much you exert yourself, it may last all day, or you may need to reapply. vize işlemleriIn my experience I have NEVER had to apply it more than twice in one day – once in the morning… and once in the evening.

    can u explane details for this post.. thanks

  20. andy12345 says

    Take one look at the ingredients of your isopropryl alcohol and then look at the spray deodorants list.

    How much iso do you use if your spray once or twice on armpits? 1ml?

    Putting things in perspective, when you drink tapwater there is bound to be a residue. Driving your car, walking the streets. Eating foods without washing, even after washing.
    Do we need to take all of these precautions?

    Certainly, it’s apparently safer to use only baking soda, namely to avoid iso fire issues and inhaling it. . The powder brush idea sounds very good (sep 2009 suggestion) and avoids white powder on the floor, but at the moment I am trialling two sprays under each armpit of a lemon oil + iso 70% blend aftershave. After all, iso wipes on skin for wound sterilisation have not seemed to cause any problems…..seemed..

    If it comes to soda, iso, or standard polychem formulas, I will take soda, then iso, screw the rest.

  21. Janet says

    I have been experimenting with homemade deodorants too. Coconut oil alone did not work for me. Baking soda kills the bacteria and I had no odor, but after awhile it started stinging and I had red bumps. I tried using vinegar the way you are using the alcohol. That works pretty well, although I sometimes need to reapply. I live in south Louisiana where it is very humid and I sweat alot. The vinegar also kills bacteria and is probably safer than alcohol. The smell of the vinegar goes away when it dries.

  22. blah blah says

    Rubbing alcohol will work as a deodorant, but not too good as an anti-perspirant. Baking soda is a good anti-perspirant, and so-so deodorant. So, you just combine the two. Put 1tsp of baking soda in your palm, then toss 1-2tsp of rubbing alcohol into your palm. Rub your hands together to get the baking soda dilted, then spread under your arms. The alcohol will kill germs, and the baking soda will dry to a very light coat that will prevent sweating. If you just use baking soda without any liquid, it can chafe. I have used baking soda with some water to make a thin paste for a year now, and it’s ok, but wears off towards the end of the day. Adding alcohol in will definitely kill germs. And, yes, you need to put this on after your shower in the morning and before bed at night…it works.

  23. Happy Mama says

    I used vodka (mainly because I already had it in the house) and added a few drops of geranium and patchouli essential oils. This recipe is amazing! I still smell like the essentials oils, and my armpits don’t smell like sweat! Even if I wear my trusted deodorant, my armpits always smell by the afternoon! I will use this for a long time–thanks Matt!

  24. says

    I just stumbled across your site and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I am in progress of trying to make everything from scratch and today I am taking my first hand at laundry detergent and I was thinking about dishwashing detergent so I googled it and found this!!! and of course the other night thought about deodorant, I am in awe of your info. Thank you so much!!! I will have lots of projects on my hands now!!!

  25. says

    My hubby and I made the kitchen compost bucket yesterday out of a 27 gallon bucket for cat litter. Terrible thing is it’s almost full LOL. And we’re just out to get some worms but have everything on hand for the worm farm too, which we’ll need to get on soon with the amount of compost I have already LOL. I shared your recipe and links for the homemade toothpaste with a friend and she made it and loves it! I have most all the other ingredients to do the rest and plan to soon. Thanks again!!!

  26. Paula says

    I have just found this site, I have learned alot already(some stuff I knew before and have forgot and some new stuff) We need sites like this to remind us, that we don’t have to use commercial products all the time, and that we can be green and eco friendly without spending so much on it. We just have to do a little work ourselves.

  27. Lori V says

    Wow – I just discovered this website and I am SO EXCITED!! My husband and I just decided we wanted to start making more of our own household products, and here they are – conveniently located on your website! Thank you so much – looking forward to getting started!

  28. Maria says

    What I use is Milk of Magnesium (magnesium hydroxide). Works great, and no stinging ever. You can even drink it, it’s not dangerous any ways. You can find milk of magnesia from any pharmacies. It’s normally used as a laxative. I just dab a little bit into my armpits, let it dry, and I’m ready to go!

    I recommend Milk of magnesia! :)

  29. says

    Still $$, but same idea – use some of the spray-on body scents from places like Bath & Body Works. They’re primarily alcohol based & have a wide variety of ‘flavors’ to try. The scents remain for a good portion of the day (sometimes all day). Some are also even good for your skin & won’t stain your clothes (as essential oils can).

  30. Stormy says

    Have you ever looked into homemade hair gel? It’s really easy to make with whole flax seeds. 1/4 cup seeds with 1 cup water, boil until the water is the consistency of egg whites (5-10 min), then strain out the seeds. Keep in the fridge since there are no preservatives. Awesome for curly hair, too. Each portion of seeds can be kept in the freezer and reused 2-3 times to make more gel. By my math, it works out to about $.10 per batch!

    • says

      Wow, that’s cool Stormy. Personally I don’t need hair gel. I haven’t used shampoo in over 2 years so my hair has great body and staying power just from the natural oils. I do rinse it and scrub it under the shower every day… just no shampoo. Sounds like it would get to stinkin’ and be gross, but it’s not at all. People with long hair probably couldn’t do this, but it works great for me.

  31. Marie says

    I love it ! I came up with the idea of using alcohol as a natural deodorant over 2 years ago and was just checking the web to see if anyone else was doing it too !.
    Yes, it definately works great because it actually KILLS the bacteria.
    I keep a small spray bottle in my purse and use it anytime I feel I need it. I also spray alcohol in my shoes and boots everyday after I take them off …to kill the odor causing bacteria. It also works great for disinfecting hands after you use public bathrooms etc.

    Good to know that I am not the only one who refuses to be brain washed by the marketers of consumer products.

    • says

      Ha ha, indeed Marie. I like how you mentioned carrying it with you in your purse because people need to understand that natural deodorants need to be reapplied. Sweating is normal and healthy, but to keep from smelling, just do what Marie and I do… carry it with you and reapply whenever needed (usually not more than a couple times/day.)

  32. Lynn Scheele says

    I have used Milk of Magnesia with great success. Learned about this on Earth Clinic.

  33. Camille says

    This is so funny because I was on my way somewhere on a hot day and realized (after I had already begun sweating) that I had forgotten to use deodorant. I rummaged through my purse and found scented hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. I figured it was better than nothing, but it TOTALLY worked! With the primary ingredient alcohol, now I know why!

  34. lee says

    I recently discovered that my Sauve deodrant began to cause my armpits to smell sour. Really “stinko”
    Decided to go back to my alcohol useage which a long time ago my doctor had told me to use and it had always without exception, worked. Only reason i changed back to a commercial one was the lack of a perfume “scentage”.
    Have gotten smart again…I’M BACK TO THE ALCOHOL AGAIN.
    I am preparing to let Sauve know that the expiration date on bottom was August 12, 1943. at least if I am reading it correctly. BELIVE IT OR NOT!

  35. Alicia says

    I just want to tell you that I am someone who has tried lots of alternative deodrants with all natural products in them and have always gotten horrible rashes under my arms…I have very sensitive skin. I even tried pure baking soda as my husband uses and it too gave me a terrible rash so I reverted back to my old standard deodrant but after reading your suggestion I have been using only alcohol and can only find 70% around me at stores but to my surprise it totally works. I have been trying it out for over a week now. I apply it first thing in the morning and do pilates almost daily which does make me sweat while working out and right after my work-out I re-apply and it totally takes away the odor for the remainder of the day. I am really impressed and will never go back to standard deodrant again. Thank you so much for this tip.

  36. Bonny says

    I have been using only all-natural (read no parabens, pthlalates, petroleum products, unnamed “fragrance” ingredients, etc.) for several years now. We live in the hot AZ desert. Problem has always been, after a few hours, and while in the cool a/c, I could smell me. Not bad b.o., but those who use that kind of deoderant probably know what I mean. And if I actually got physical and REALLY sweat? Oh my. Let’s just say no one wanted to be too close to me. :D

    So it was with MUCH doubt (my apologies) that I gave this a try this past week. I spray a few spritzes into each armpit immediately after a shower. Let dry, get dressed. That’s it. All day. Sweating and all. And WOW–NO STINK! My husband and kids keep giving me strange looks because they catch me sniffing throughout the day, especially after housework and getting sweaty. I am quite shocked, to be honest. I just shared this info with a dear friend of mine yesterday, and she’s going to give it a try, too.

    BTW–I can’t use the more traditional types of anti-perspirants as the end result is always big sore bumps. My body seems to be telling me not to touch that nasty stuff. The alcohol, however, doesn’t even sting after I shave!

    Thanks SO much for sharing this “recipe” with the rest of us! I am beyond thrilled that I no longer have to keep buying my $6 all-natural stuff anymore! YAY! I might even get brave soon and try some different essential oils to jazz things up a bit. Who knew deoderant could be so much FUN?!

    • says

      Awesome Bonny… I’m SO glad to hear positive reports like this telling about how others are benefiting from the information – we love helping!

    • Bonny says

      Wanted to add as a follow-up to my original post…

      It is now awfully hot here–we’ve hit 110 a few times now I think. Yes, it’s a DRY heat, but STILL! LOL

      Anyway, I’m happy to report, my armpits are stink FREE! However, I have noticed something both icky and interesting, so I wanted to share. If anyone has tried the alcohol but felt that it wasn’t working for them, it could be your CLOTHES and not your PITS!

      We’re in the process of moving right now (yes, we know it is not the time of year to do this if one can avoid it, especially here in the desert!), so I’m sweating a LOT more than usual. I was noticing that I was getting stinky, much to my dismay. So I was spritizing on more alcohol and noticed that is wasn’t going away. I did what any normal girl would do and I sniffed. Hmm, the smell wasn’t my underarms, it was in my shirt itself! Makes sense, as my hubby’s shirts still carry the scent of his deoderant (I’m working on him with this natural approach, but I have to take things slow so as to not stress him out!). So why wouldn’t my shirts still carry a lingering scent from my pre-alcohol days, right?

      I have found a solution! I now take a shirt that I haven’t worn since my new deoderant usage began and I spritz the armpit areas of the shirt, as well as ME. Problem solved! And no stains or discoloration to report, either!

      Just thought I’d share my discoveries with others, in case some were finding similar issues.

      Back to the moving and sweating! But hey, at least I am STINK FREE now!!! Thanks again for this fabulous site, I have C&P’d and e-mailed so many things to myself! And the tips that other posters have shared are terrific, too! So thanks for sharing, everyone!!!

  37. Alicia says

    Just wanted to update on this and say that I’m still using alcohol only and its still fantastic..I will never go back to standard deodrant again…but wanted to also share that my mother-n-law was using just pure baking soda and said she would have to re-apply it up to four times a day so upon my suggestion of trying alcohol only she has reported to me that she loves this and only applies it once a day and is hooked for life! Thanks again for this great tip.

  38. Melissa says

    I have been using a combinations of 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil mixed together for deoderant and have been pleased with the result…I am not one who sweats and stinks a lot though…I will have to try this and get my hubby to try it as it would probably be cheaper than what I use :)

    • says

      Just yesterday I added about 20 drops of Tea Trea oil to the 3oz alcohol spray bottle to act as an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal. Other oils w/these properties are lavender and eucalyptus. That said, the oils are NOT necessary… I had been using straight alcohol for years and am just trying the oils to see if they’re worth adding. I’m pleased so far.

  39. Michelle Goertz says

    I like using natural and preservative free prodcuts, but I admit on this one I was skeptical… I have always had more natural odor than most. I would put on deodorant and it would smell rank by mid-day, even with no sweating. When pregnant, I needed that “clinical strength” stuff, and THAT didn’t work. I had to super-wash all my synthetic fabrics on hot or the smell wouldn’t come out. I didn’t for a minute think this would work for me… was I WRONG! :)

    I spritz with vodka in the AM or after my shower, and pat with baking soda with a few drops of essential oil added (for a nice scent) and it lasts ALL DAY. Even under the hot lights of the jewelry store I work in, wearing a polyester jacket. No smell on me – and better yet, no smell to get out of my jackets and shirts! This morning, it was hot and muggy at 5:30AM and I decided to go for a good brisk hour long walk. I didn’t shower or apply my vodka beforehand and I came back expecting to stink – but I didn’t! I was perspiring, but no smell! I’m sold!

    It would appear that after all these years, it wasn’t ME that smelled… it was the antiperspirants I was caking on!

  40. Michele says

    Love, love, love your site. Found it recently, and you guys do a lot of what I’ve been trying to implement myself, but some of the older ones in my family aren’t willing to go along with me..like pulling teeth. I have one very stubborn hubby that has taken a long while to come around; now he is, slowly but surely.

    I didn’t know about the alcohol for deodorant, but one thing I have been doing is when I shower, I bring in a small amount of plain yogurt with active cultures and put this under my arms after I shave, and it has worked wonderfully for controlling body odor. I do use Kiss My Face Liquid rock right now, as well, but it would wear off, and I noticed odor and would have to reapply; this doesn’t happen when I use the yogurt, too. I haven’t tried the yogurt alone, but probably will give it a shot as I run out of the liquid rock:o)

  41. Nancy says

    Love your site. I didn’t read all of the posts, and my concern may be answered in an earlier post. But, as I was reading about the alcohol used as deodrant, I was a litle concerned about using alcohol for deodrant long term. Even though it is rubbing alcohol, it still goes into your blood stream and right to your liver just as it does when you drink whisky or any other alcohol. I learned that many years ago when I worked at a print shop. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • says

      Thanks for your question Nancy. You don’t have to worry about this though, the amount used is so little that it is completely safe.

  42. April says

    I love this! I hardly sweat at all and I thought I needed clinical strength deodorant! Now my clothes don’t have pit stains from the nasty white stuff I used to use. I love it and started using it during the summer! So happy, so thankful for DIY Natural!!! Keep the great ideas coming!

  43. Vicki says

    Can JDM (Jabs’ Deodorant Method) conquer the mother of all challenges (hot flashes/night sweats in record-breaking Texas heat)? Why, yes. Yes, it can!

  44. Samantha says

    I was extremely, extremely skeptical. I think even a little part of me wanted to be able to come back and say – no it doesn’t work. But, it really did! I have only done this for 2 days and I already feel that I am sweating less as others noticed when they switched. As much as I’m excited about not smelling anymore (who wouldn’t be), I’m more excited that I won’t be throwing away shirts that are ruined by deodorant stains. Forget what I save on the deodorant, I will save hundreds of dollars not replacing my clothing!

    • says

      Awesome, awesome, awesome Samantha… I like your comment so much I added it to the top of this article as a testimony! You rock, thanks for the feedback.

  45. says

    I tried it today. I started using Tom’s a few months ago and would notice my own odor by about 10am-12pm. This has been working great. I am honestly quite surprised how well it works. Thanks for the tip!

  46. Kathi Bourg says

    Just found your site a few days ago…I have been making my own facial lotion/cold cream & facial cleanser for a few years & wanted to do more. Did the “Duggars” liquid laundry soap recipe this past weekend using Kirk’s Castille soap instead of Fels-Naphtha (just sounded like nasty stuff) and altho it did not gel up, it still works very well, especially with vinegar in the rinse cycle. I also used your homemade toothpaste recipe and am very pleased with it….already noticing an improvement in my mild gingivitis. Next is dishwasher & dish soap, and may even try the alcohol for deodorant swap…a little scared about that as Houston is still hot as all get-out & I tend to sweat alot. I will be checking your site daily for new ways to save…money & the environment!!!!

    • says

      Awesome Kathi, way to take the bull by the horns and make a positive change in your life. Remember the deodorant is not an anti-perspirant, so it won’t stop sweating and we shouldn’t try to stop the sweating, it’s one key way our body rids itself of toxins. What the deodorant does do is just that, it helps kill and prevent odor causing bacteria. God bless, let us know how it goes.

  47. gena says

    About 4 hours ago I decided to look up homemade recipes that really work. Uh.. I have to go to sleep sometime tonight. This site is truly addictive and I can’t stop reading. I can’t believe what I’m reading and if you think about it, we all probably know we don’t have to listen to commercials that say we need to buy this and that. I am convinced that the beauty industry believes we are all fools. Watch a commercial for wrinkles. Using 20 year olds who’ve never had a child, been ill for a bit, gone thru life.. no wonder they don’t have wrinkles. And my goodness we’ve all bought into this idea that we need to buy this for my hair, that for my chin.. on and on. Women you see in the commercials with dazzling beautiful hair… the 20 years olds still. I have been around for 6 decades and the most beautiful person may not have the skin and hair of a 20 year old beauty but from the inside out we can do so much better with our money and time. I will go straight to the library tomorrow, print out every recipe I’ve seen here and hereby begin a new life without commercials. I’ve read that you should never let a child watch the tv until after 2 years of age. I wonder if we should watch it at all sometimes. Our heads have been filled for years with what will make us look better, feel better, live better. All while filling our grocery carts with vile toxins and chemicals filling their wallets and us chasing dreams of looking like something on tv. Forgive me, after reading all the wonderful recipes, comments, etc. I feel I’ve stumbled upon the best website I’ve ever found. My family and friends all have the website now and life is improving as we speak. God bless you both for this site.

  48. gena says

    Forgive me I was going to mention something about the deoderant thing. I read your suggestion regarding using antiperspirant and deodorant. I’m a very happy cancer survivor of 10 years now. I had my cancer treatments and surgeries in Houston at the best cancer center in the world in my opinion. I recall going to a seminar where someone presented an idea for us to ponder. Our bodies, head to toe have lymph nodes which are like little balls of tissue all throughout your body that filter lymph. Lymph consists of all the fluid that leaks out of your blood vessels plus all the white cells that were sent out fighting infecions and inflammation in your tissues. Basically, our lymph nodes work like a drainer in your sink. Our body perspires head to toe right? Now grab some antiperspirant/deoderant and wax up your pits for 40 -50 years or more. Oh.. so it’s sealed in huh? Guess what. We don’t wax our bodies so we won’t perspire. It just made sense watching the demonstration and I was floored. It took time but I did find a deoderant without antiperspirant but now I’m switching to the ideas presented here. You have an amazing site.

  49. Carrie says

    Another deodorant to try is what I have used for several years. Works fantastic and doesn’t stink or burn. 1 cup water, 1 tsp. baking soda, and if wanted, add a few drops essential oil for scent.

  50. Mandy says

    I am concerned with the harshness of alcohol. I used to use it on my fave as a cleanser but recently found witch hazel. Witch hazel is not as harsh and even helps prevent sweating, naturally. It is most commonly used as an antiseptic. I add essential oils for fragrance. I am going to try this as an underarm deodorant. Maybe it will be better than the alcohol. Any comments?

    • says

      Hi Mandy, as soon as I read “I am concerned about the harshness of alcohol.” my first thoughts were – she can use witch hazel instead, so your answer is correct, nice work. :)

      • Adri Birt says

        The cause of the bad smell is the bacteria that grows under your arms, the hazel water don’t kill bacteria, that is the reason does not works. Alcohol kills the bacteria, so it works perfectly. You can use the hazel water to dilute the alcohol a little bit so does not cause irritation in your skin. But usually when you use alcohol, it evaporates quickly so won’t irritate at all, unless you had shaved under your arms just before you use it.

    • Denny says

      You have the right idea using the witch hazel. I found some non alchol lavender scented witch hazel at my local health food store, but you can also buy it online. Thatchers is the brand name. Keep in mind that some of the essential oils have antibacterial properties as well. Lavender is one of them. I have very sensitive skin with psoriasis so I can’t use alcohol because it will aggravate it. At the present time I have inversion psoriasis under my arms so the lavender witch hazel is soothing and not harsh because there is no alcohol.

  51. Donna says

    Thanks so much for creating a site where so many fantastic ideas can be shared. I made the hand santizer yesterday and today I read suggestions about using vodka for freshening clothes AND arm pits. I had some vanilla vodka in the freezer (from the old party days) and tried it on some musty smelling sweaters I just unpacked for winter and it leaves a nice light vanilla scent! I just tried it in my pits. I’m anxious to see how it works for me so I can dump the commercial deo!

  52. Frank A says

    HOLD THE PHONE !

    99% alcohol is the not the best dilution, as it is too strong and bacteria will form a protective shell and survives. Best is 70% ! Sometimes less is more. Also, know that alcohol will cross the skin blood barrier; you will get it in your blood. And, the liver will convert into toxic by-product. So… take is slow, don’t go crazy, keep it low, and be safe!

    • Christy F says

      I would think the grain alcohol would do the same. So rubbing or grain, take the alcohol solution down.

  53. Rene says

    I’ve used alcohol wipes that you can get in individual packets for wiping you computer key board before I read this blog. It worked really well. I was carrying them around with me cause in FL it gets pretty hot and when I was heading to class, before our public massage clinic (I’m studying to be a massage therapist) I went to the restroom and used another wipe. It was great! Sweat itself doesn’t stink but if the bacteria on our skin starts to break down the sweat it causes an odor. The alcohol took care of that :)

    Very good tip! Thanks for posting.

  54. Tracy says

    I have been doing this for a very long time! But I also don’t like the feeling of sweet so after the alcohol dries I apply a little powder just to absorb the sweat. I feel like this works pretty well, but I may have to try to make my own powder at home. Seems like it would be pretty simple.

    • Lisa says

      Hi Tracy, I used to make a nice powder when I had babies, I believe it was 3 parts white clay, found at herb shops or natural food stores, to 1 part baking soda. Mix them together, then put the powder into a kitchen hand strainer or a sifter, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and gently sift, incorporating the oil into the powder. Sift a few times to really get it in there. You can also make fine kitchen/bathroom cleansers this way with straight baking soda sifted with essential oils like thyme, lavender, sweet orange. all very anti microbial oils.

    • Denny says

      Tracy,
      I made my own body powder that works very well and it is great for keeping moist areas dry. I saved an old fashioned powder case with the powder puff and lid so that I could apply the powder with the puff, which is a lot neater and you don’t end up with powder all over the floor. Cornstarch is the base for this powder. Cornstarch is an old remedy for prickly heat that was used on babies in the diaper area. It is very soothing and healing. I put about 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl and to that I added drops of pure essential oil of lavender, a few at a time, mixing it thoroughly with the cornstarch until I had the desired fragrance level that I wanted. I then poured the scented powder in to my powder case, put the puff on top and then put the lid on. It works great! I apply this powder after my shower or any time during the day when I want to refresh. It’s great for those moist areas that are so hard to keep dry. Keep in mind that lavender does have antibacterial properties and the cornstarch is very soothing, especially in hot humid weather.

      • Amy says

        Careful with the cornstarch. If there is any sort of yeast-based rash, it will make the rash worse because the yeast will feed on the cornstarch. Yeast already likes warm, dark, moist places.

  55. Aunie says

    Alcohol truely does work as a deoderant! I’ve been using alcohol as an alternative for 2 months now. Before using alcohol, my armpits would smell horrible even when using anti-perspirant/deoderant and showering twice daily and for whatever reason they seemed to sweat even more. I would be too embarassed to raise my hand near coworkers because it really smelt horrible! Now, I spray on alcohol in the am and during my lunch-break at work, I use rubbing alcohol pads to freshen up for the remaining of the day. I highly recommend this to everyone !!

  56. Eloise says

    It works!!! How amazing! I have added some rose scented essential oil to it. I love it. I will not buy deodorant from the pharmacy ever again! Thanks a million

  57. Jolene says

    You can also try the cornstarch, baking soda, and cocoanut oil recipe! Except, every time I use it they say you can put in into a old bottle, it always breaks mine… ha.

      • says

        Betsy had the same problem. Baking soda and coconut oil gave her horrible problems under her arms. She is now using my alcohol, tea tree solution and liking it.

        • Karen says

          I also didn’t like any powders – too scratchy! So far I’ve used the 70% and 90% isopropyl alcohol with rose essential oil. I thought the 90% seemed too strong. Now that I have everclear 95% I will probably dilute some with aloe vera juice and use the rose essential oil again which smells great. I’ll post here after I try it out.

          • Karen says

            Some feedback – after trying Everclear 195 proof with and without diluting it with Aloe Vera Juice, I like it much better undiluted. I have not had problems with it being too strong and it is more effective undiluted. I’ve added tea tree oil with rose, geranium, and sandalwood. Best deo ever.

  58. Grace says

    This works. Four four years I have been experiencing terrible itchy armpits. It was so itchy that I would go to the bathroom to scratch. It would wake me up it itch so much. And now that I’ve switched to this, the unbearable itching is gone. Thank God!!! and you are a Godsend. Thank you too.

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  60. says

    I am allergic to all deodorants, so I am excited to try this! I don’t want to stink at the gym, but the hives from even “all-natural” deodorants really suck, thanks for the alternative!

  61. Kathleen says

    I use rubbing alcohol in a natural granite cleaner that I use all the time AND LOVE, and I was pumped to try this as I have been on the hunt for a natural deodorant. I did try it and it works wonderful! However, I decided to look into the risks of applying rubbing alcohol to my body on a daily basis and don’t think that it is safe as you imply. Have you done much research into the health risks? This article is a good starting point… http://www.livestrong.com/article/155021-what-toxic-chemicals-are-in-rubbing-alcohol/ Please let me know your thoughts about this article and the risks of using rubbing alcohol. I am considering trying this with vodka instead based on what I have read.

  62. Ashley Moman says

    I have been doing this for about three weeks and it works great. Even as a woman there is no sting when I spray after shaving. I am addicted to this site now. Also, I used 91% alcohol because it’s what I had on hand and it has been doing the trick. It takes a bit to get used to not having the feeling of deodorant because as a girl we’re used to that smooth feeling, but there is absolutely no body odor. Sometimes I apply a few times a day, but even when I was on commercial deodorant I would apply in the morning and at night, so I feel this is equally better. Plus it makes me happy to know this is something I can easily do myself that is better for my body than antiperspirants.

    Thanks so much for posting! I love it!

  63. says

    The alcohol solution seems like it maybe a little too harsh for my skin. I tried the all natural deodarant by Toms and those natural salts, burned the top layer of my skin off. So to make a long story short I was funky for weeks because I could not put any deodarant under my arms.

    I’m going to try this recipe and see how it works. I am looking for ways that I can find an antiperspirant, but as long as I don’t have to worry about anybody smelling my armpits, I’m fine. I’ll come back after a few weeks and give you guys an update. I hoep and it works!!

    • says

      Reesie, the natural deodorant sometimes irritated my skin too – that hasn’t happened once in the years I’ve been using alcohol.

  64. Alan Mcgowan says

    Hey, I was wondering can you use a deodorant after you sprayed the Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. (Just in Case)

  65. Melissa says

    Also, I have heard of people using hand sanitizer and would like to know your take on this…?

      • Melissa says

        Thank you! I meant that I have heard of people using hand sanitizer as deoderant and was wondering if you have tried this or come across anyone who has tried it.

        • Laura says

          I have occasionally. I fly overseas on long flights and after sleeping, I usually like to freshen up. One day I had forgotten my deoderant and really needed something, even after my little spongbath. I saw my little bottle of hand sanitizer and tried it. Works great. Not sure about toxicity for long term use, but in a pinch, works well!

  66. Tracy says

    Would apple cider vinegar be an even safer alternative? I think I might give it a try.

  67. says

    making products at home is not always cheaper
    I make my own clothes washing powder and I can buy ready made powder cheaper but I choose home made anything any time over commercially made products. It’s my mine, I’ve not had to go to the shops and I can put what I want in there

  68. Audrey says

    I’ve been using alcohol as an occasional underarm cleanser for years (quit using antipersperant/deoderant more than five years ago after reading everything in them – scary!) Usually I go with nothing at all, but if I start feeling stinky I just swipe some on and TA-DA no more smell! Hadn’t thought of the harshness of it, but since I rarely use it (less than once a week), I’m not too concerned – but I do have witch hazel I guess I could switch to, I just hate the smell!

    • says

      Yeah that frequency won’t be an issue. I used isopropyl alcohol for years before switching to ethyl, it’s still way healthier than using commercial deodorants/anti-perspirants.

  69. Bonnie says

    Hi,
    I just had an idea: have you ever thought about going into items for pets? I recently got a dog and was reading a site with info of how to do all sorts of stuff and when they got to brushing a dogs teeth, I thought “gee, i wonder if i could use something other than buying dog toothpaste…like, maybe baking soda…I’ll have to ask Matt.” What do you think? DIY for pets?

    • says

      Congrats on the dog Bonnie, I love dogs. The only pet article we have written was homemade dog treats. We probably won’t venture into the topic too much on diyNatural… but if we ever get a pet perhaps we’ll start another site JUST for pets. :) God bless.

  70. says

    This is awesome! I have been using deodorizing essential oils in fractionated coconut oil and rubbing it on for the last year, but this is even easier and cheaper. This way I can also add whatever essential oil suits my fancy for fragrance instead of depending on the oil itself for the deodorizing properties! Love it! and your website! Thanks so much!

      • says

        Yep, I use everclear too. Betsy uses coconut oil along w/a few other things… which we’ll probably write another article about soon and it’s for sure going in our next book – Homemade Personal Products. :)

  71. Curt says

    I recently purchased a deodorant that is blend of denatured alcohol, which hazel, arnica montana extract, and a couple essential oils. It worked amazingly and I am now going to try to make my own everclear / which hazel / essential oil mixture. Before the aubrey organics I was using Burt’s Bees coconut oil based deodorant stick with no luck. I was constantly having odor issues! I would need to wash my armpits a couple times a day at least. Anyone have ideas on what a good alcohol to which hazel ratio for a blend? Thanks for your help!

    • says

      I found witch hazel ineffective for me, but it’s best to experiment until you find what works best for you. I would start with a small batch of a 50/50 blend and go from there.

  72. Constance says

    I have been looking for 99% rubbing alcohol but can only find 70%. Will this work as well? What are my best alternatives to rubbing alcohol? Thanks,

    • says

      I recommend using high proof ethyl alcohol, like everclear or even bacardi 151 – but you could also use witch hazel (found next to rubbing alcohol in the store or pharmacy).

  73. Bea says

    Don’t forget; rubbing alcohol is toxic! It does absorb through the skin. I once had a bike rash which responded to rubbing alcohol, so I used it daily (as I wanted to keep biking). After some time – a month or two? – I got really dizzy in yoga class. I realized it might be the rubbing alcohol and quit. I never had the dizzy thing again. I’d use something edible, like everclear; it would probably kill germs, but not you, too.

  74. Donna says

    So, after reading the article and all the posts…. What is the best combo. Out of the clear blue one day I had a severe reaction to my deodorant and have had horrible dry, itchy armpits every since then. I’ve tried a variety of deodorants, including natural and they all are horrible. Relief would be great.

  75. Karen says

    All we could find was everclear 190…can we still use it and dilute maybe with aloe vera juice?

  76. says

    I switch back and forth between the rubbing alcohol and ACV. I like them both and they both seem to work.

  77. Vel says

    did some research about the differences between women in countries whose customs are to go without antiperspirant, or for the matter, deoderant, and those who use either of the two. To my surprise, I learned that women in less developed countries, who do not have antiperspirant, either for economic reasons, or they just do not –were more likely to have had significantly less rates of breast cancer –to piggyback on the lymph and tissue comment. That is really interesting.
    So, I been using a commercial salt “stone” product and supplementing it with men’s citrusy-smelling deoderant. Your’s sounds like a great idea. I’ll try it, to eliminate the harmful chemicals in commercial products. Thank you.

  78. Jill says

    Here’s the recipe for stick deodorant I’ve been using for about a year. It lasts about 12 hours for me, but doesn’t prevent sweating. If you live somewhere hot, you may have to add more beeswax to keep it solid.

    1 1/2 T coconut oil (antibacterial, prevents odor)
    1/4 t beeswax (helps keep it solid in warmer temperatures)
    1/8 t castor oil (helps prevent crumbling)
    1/2 T glycerine (helps prevent crumbling)
    20 drops tea tree oil (antibacterial, controls odor)
    5 drops sage essential oil (helps stop excessive sweating)
    5 drops lavender oil (makes the scent more feminine)
    1/4 cup baking soda (absorb moisture & odor)
    1/4 cup baking powder (absorb moisture & odor)

    Melt the first 4 ingredients over medium low heat. Remove from heat, add essential oils then powders. Stuff into a clean stick deodorant container. Let sit overnight to solidify. The recipe makes enough for one regular container plus a bit extra that would fit in a small travel or trial size container.

  79. Laura says

    Thanks soo much for sharing your recipes:) I actually found your site because I was looking for natural alternatives to shampoo because I must have developed some sort of allergy or sensitivity. Shampoo has been making my scalp itch bad enough I even had my husband check to make sure I did not have lice! Really it was that bad! But I’m happy to say that after just one wash with your homemade shampoo/conditioner I’m itch free:) Also during this process it made me think of all the chemicals that get put in/on my body on a daily basis, the cost of all those products and the effect on the environment! I cant wait to use all your recipes on your site, but I really cant wait to get your book:)

  80. AngelBatwitch says

    My entire family has done this for years. My aunt read about it somewhere and tried it and the rest of our family has done it too. You can carry a small spray bottle with you in your purse to reapply if you are in an office with a broken air conditioner. (That was 3 days of HELL!) Also, I have a friend who refused to use deodorant but he had pretty bad BO at the end of the day. I asked him to try it for a week and let me know “as an experiment”. He continues to use just alcohol and I don’t gag anymore when he hugs me. ;)

  81. Tammy says

    Just came across this post even though I read so much from this website. I was using the coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. It worked well, but could irritate my skin. I have 70% isopropyl alcohol and started trying it today. Keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll work!

    • says

      Cool Tammy, glad you found it. I’m confident it will work for you, but I recommend not using isopropyl long-term. Instead switch to an ethyl alcohol like high proof vodka or everclear. The higher proof the better.

  82. Lisa Quenon says

    This works! I’ve been using it since I read it well over a month ago. I live in Texas. Nothing more to be said than that! Except that my healing doc said to me that continuous application of alcohol can cause over-dryness to the pores. He said to give it a rest on occasion and use powder. So I put a little baby powder (because for some reason I had some), some baking soda and a little corn starch in a dish and apply with a cotton ball. Resting the pores! Sometimes I use a combination of both applying the alcohol spray and letting it dry and then later putting a little powder mixture on. I’ve had no problems and no complaints from nearby friends! Thank you! I am so grateful to have something that works and is aluminum-free!

  83. Shelley says

    Do I get Everclear at a liquor store (I don’t drink alcohol b/c of allergic reaction when I drank it last – rash, triggered rosacea, etc.- so I haven’t been in the market for alcoholic beverages since then)? Also not sure if I’ll have the same reaction if it’s applied topically as opposed to consuming it. I can use isopropyl alcohol as an antiseptic for cuts without a problem, but not sure if I want to use it since seeing the article re: toxicity.

    • says

      If I were you I’d test the Everclear (grain/ethyl alcohol) on a small patch of skin to see how you react. If it’s legal in your state you can pick it up at any liquor store.

  84. pat brimm says

    I have been developing allergies over the past few years and for the past year, whenever I apply deodorant to my pits, I developed boils. I tried your suggestion of alcohol in a spray bottle and it is AWESOME!!!. Why didn’t I think of this? I have been using it for the past 6 weeks and have had no problems with odours and no more boils!

  85. Melissa says

    Thank you. I’ve been using alcohol deodorant for several months now. It always last at least 6 hours and if I re-apply it seems to be before I need it. I added some aloe vera juice to mine for those who are commenting about the harshness. That seems to work for after shaving and it has a nice smell.

  86. Melanie says

    Hi Matt and Betsy,

    Using alcohol as deodorizer, would it not cause dryness and darker under arm skin? Glad to find your website so helpful as I’m a believer of simple and clean living. Thank you :)

  87. Rhonda says

    Hi there. Thanks so much for the deodorant recipe! I have a comment and a suggestion. Normally I don’t read through all the comments on a post but I did this time because I was curious about your readers experience with this. About half way through I read the posts about toxicity issues with the isopropyl alcohol and saw that you were switching to grain alcohol. Had I not kept reading the comments I would have never seen this and would have tried the isopropyl recipe. I would highly recommend that you add a warning in the recipe or remove the isopropyl altogether so people who may not see your later comments won’t be put at risk.

    Thanks much!
    Rhonda

    • Rhonda says

      OK, that was weird – as soon as I posted my comment and the page refreshed the recipe changed and showed your warning. Either I’m not paying attention or the link is screwy. It’s probably me – ha!

  88. stace says

    I read quite a few of the comments, but not all, and haven’t come across any concerned about the odor of grain alcohol – so that’s my question: does the alcohol scent stick around after its initial use?

  89. Sheenna says

    I make my own deodorant as well. The recipe is easy. All you need are equal parts of baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil. Coconut is a natural anti-bacterial and the baking soda deodorizes. If you feel that it leaves you to dry add a little bit of baby oil to it and wah lah!

  90. Laurel says

    I just found your site a couple of days ago and love it! Thanks for your time, hard work and sharing with all of us. :)

    I do have a question. I live in Canada and apparently there is a law that won’t allow liquor stores to sell anything above 40% alcohol. Is 80 proof high enough to work as a deodorant?

  91. Tashi says

    I’m wondering if this is safe for children that are starting to need deodorant. We are not there yet, but I am trying to find an alternative to regular deodorant. I have always had allergic reactions to deodorant and generally have always just switched products trying to find something. When I found your website I switched to your method and am loving it! Just not sure if it effects blood levels at all and if I should try it with my daughter when she needs it. I would love your input! I guess I could try a baking soda recipe with her, but that did not work for me.

  92. Ruth says

    Hi, Matt and Betsy,
    I started using the rubbing alcohol but then stopped after reading some of the comments. If the ethyl alcohol is just vodka, could I use some of my homemade vanilla in a spray bottle? I know that probably sounds really stupid, but my vanilla is just vodka and vanilla beans. Thanks, Ruth

  93. michelle says

    Woa! Love your sight! This year I lost 90 pounds switching out processed foods and preservatives. I can not wait to try all of your ideas. Thanks!!

  94. Charlotte says

    I know this is a stupid question, but can you tell me where you purchase the high proof liquor used for your deodorant? Thank you and God Bless you.

  95. Annie says

    Where can I buy the alcohol? I scrolled through multiple posts, but I didn’t see that info. Thanks so much!

  96. Lexi says

    I think I may have inadvertently come across this same concept while traveling. I was on a trip for work and discovered moments before I was to leave for an event that I had left my antiperspirant at home. Almost in an panic, I looked around for something to use, cologne, body spray, something! Then it occurred to me that the odor is caused by bacteria and that if you kill the bacteria you kill the odor so I grabbed my bottle of hand sanitizer and slathered it on, let it dry, dressed and dashed out the door with my sanitizer in tow. Being a sales person, I carry it everywhere so when I’m forced to shake hands all day I have some defense. Much to my amazement it worked! I took it with me to the restroom on my lunch break and reapplied and was as fresh as when I left my room that morning.

  97. Sue says

    Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice works really well too. A light dusting of cornstarch after it dries and all is smooth and dry feeling. Just cut the fruit into small slices and refrigerate. Take one as needed. Love the refreshing smell in the morning. Been using for 6 months now and no odor. You will perspire though and that is good for the body.

  98. Jan says

    I used the alcohol (Everclear) with a drop of essential oil and it worked okay, but being menopausal and active, it was only “okay.” By the end of the day or after mowing the yard and such, I was a little gamey. But I stumbled on another recipe using coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch (to which I added a drop of lavender essential oil) and I absolutely love it! At the end of a long, hard day there is still no “stink.” The alcohol is handy and cheap and easy and refreshing, and I’ll probably still use it occasionally, but for me, the coconut oil recipe is a keeper!

    • says

      jan, i use the same thing and i too love it. i put it on at night after i shower and it last until the next night. i too am menopausal, and i think we have a harder time w/this. also, i work a lot outside in my garden and i will sweat like crazy, but my underarms stay clean w/o smelling:) i love this, and will prob. not change, ever! simple and safe, and totally effective.:)

  99. Jeanette says

    I have never commented like this. I used some hand sanitizer yesterday and i did not have a smell ALL DAY. Nothing! Wow. Im hooked. I made the shampoo and conditioner and will try today.

    Im off to find borax! Deleting one chemical product at a time

  100. Beka says

    When you say alcohol, do you mean like vodka? Can I just use vodka? Or alcohol like you buy at the drugstore?

  101. Jeanette says

    Matt, do I need to keep my essential oil (the tea tree) and/or the deodorant spray in the fridge.. someone mentioned it going rancid.. I am a week now on sanitizer and I am in AWEEE… I just bought everclear and tea tree to make the spray

  102. Ginny says

    I haven’t tried the alcohol, but what I use is 1 part coconut oil, 1 part corn starch, and a few drops of essential oil (I used grapefruit oil because that’s all I had). I have been using this for about 3 weeks, and I have to say – it works great! No smell. I don’t normally sweat, so there’s not much difference there. Sometimes I apply it with my fingers or sometimes with the back of a spoon.

  103. Jeanette says

    Im bummed. I started to use the everclear with a bit of essential oil and now after a week or so its failing. It makes it til after work but i definitely need to reapply and im sure i would need more if i actually sweated. Any thoughts.

    • says

      Making it until after work? That’s not a failure, that’s a success. Just reapply when you get home. I reapply some days, other days I don’t have to.

    • Tamarinera says

      I use 1 part baking soda to 2 parts corn starch to 2 parts coconut oil. Makes a paste that fits into a tin (I’ll get a small tupperware container for travel) and deodorizes great all day. I do need to make sure I use it daily (with commercial antiperspirants I could go 2 days) but I love the moisturizing of the coconut oil. I have not tried the alcohol but may give it a shot because it seems simpler and cheaper. I just know baking soda deodorizes just about anything!

  104. Marti Stevens says

    I will definitely try your alcohol remedy to underarm deodorant, as well as the coconut formula also mentioned by others. My grown children like very much the homemade glass cleaner, laundry soap, fabric softener, skin conditioners and other products I’ve recently made to help the environment, save money, and avoid harsh chemicals. My four-year-old grandson has had skin irritation all his life. His parents were told not to bathe him every day, and they were told to never use soap to wash him with. They use the soap I make now, and Derick’s breakouts and rashes have disappeared!

    Your recommendations and recipes are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

  105. Cheryl Reed says

    I made this when the recommmendation was isopropyl alcohol and it is great. I have always been allergic to anti-persperant and as such have tried the crystal and many other store bought deodorants over the years. Being 50 this year I have started to sweat more and was not getting enough protection from the store bought deodorant. I made this and have great results, I do have to apply a second time when I exercise but that is ok. I feel good about this and know that it keeps chemicals out of my system.

  106. Elaine says

    I don’t drink-is this the type of alcohol that people drink? If so does it get in your system? Sorry if that’s a dumb question.

  107. Vinnie says

    I read over this past weekend a natural deodorant, tried it and all I can say is WOW! Simple and effective;. You rub a stainless steel spoon across your arm pits. I actually placed one in each arm pit and sat that way while going through email. When I removed the spoons they smelled like body odor but my arm pits had zero odor! Give it a try, it might work for you as well! It has been hours since trying this and still no BO!

  108. Lilly says

    For the body deodorizer using coconut oil, are we talking virgin coconut oil or the regular cheap coconut oil processed under high heat?

  109. Folly says

    Pls help me with d best solution for my groin odour. Ur suggestions work great for my underarm but am stil having odor problems with my groin.

  110. Folly says

    How do u use the hand sanitizer. Do u just use it to wash d armpit and rinse off or apply and leave to dry up?

  111. David says

    I rinse my pits with cider vinegar and then clear water when I shower (I keep the vinegar in a plastic diner ketchup bottle), or I do the same thing in a sponge bath form with a washcloth. It does the same thing as the alcohol but doesn’t dry out your skin. Plus no smell at all after rinsing.

    • Lisa says

      I use witchhazel to wipe down my pits prior to putting on anything else. I often go with nothing else, but I want to try applying coconut oil, but I do worry about the oil stains.

  112. yvette says

    I have been using baking soda mixed with some cornstarch from May this year.I dust it on every morning and night.I always carry a little in my purse in case of emergency and I have emergencies twice, both of them during a camping trip this September(In the Caribbean the heat can be unforgiving). I just dusted some on real quick and that was the end of the problem. I am never going back to antiperspirants. I got really scared when I found out that they played a major role in breast cancer.

  113. yvette says

    Some body mentioned about cheap coconut oil processed under high heat. Maybe i need to get a little more educated about this virgin coconut oil thing because i am fifty years old and as a child I was taught to make coconut oil my my grand mother and the process was simple we heated the coconut milk to extract the oil. we used it to cook (our elderly would be 80 years and up and going up to the hights to do their gardening. Our elderly being senile is a quite recent thing.) we used it for medicine, to heal wounds and sores,for babies skin, for our skin etc etc. I have known it no other way, my parents have known it no other way , my grand parents have known it no other way. Now that coconut oil have become the New Thing (Its no new thing to us, we have been using it for centuries and experienced all its benefits) we are now hearing that heat extracted coconut oil is not good. Could someone please enlighten me

    • Stacie says

      I would say that if you are making it yourself, it’s fine. You and your family have been doing it for generations, and it’s probably better than the high prices the rest of pay at the store. Don’t worry about it, and keep doing what you’re doing Personally, I’d love to know the process you use.

  114. Laurie says

    I’m in Canada and can’t find Everclear at the LCBO. Where can I get it or can I substitue another alchocol?

    • says

      No, but follow these instructions:
      1. use less than a pea-sized amount
      2. let is absorb into your skin for a few minutes before putting your shirt on.
      Blessings!

      • Catherine says

        Perfect….
        I had bought some Tom’s of Maine…(I should have known when he sold out it wouldn’t be the same) and never read the ingredients….it has aluminum in it !
        So now I am making my own….teaching my children that the big Co’s only care about bottom $….not the earth or people’s health.
        Thank you so very much.

        • Shannon says

          Just FYI…the Tom’s of Maine antiperspirant has aluminum in it, but their deodorant doesn’t. I was just looking at their products. I have noticed that many are almost as bad as the regular commercial products.

          FWIW – I have been using the everclear/oil concoction for a month now, even on my runs! I only had one day where I noticed a slight odor. I was out and about & used hand sanitizer to “tame the beast” until I got home. Overall, I am very pleased with the recipe & am a convert!

  115. Alison says

    I use white vinegar with some lavender essential oil, I also shave my armpits every day, so far have been doing this for approx five months and works very well, I rarely have to re-apply and I reached my half century in January! :o)