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Eliminate Armpit Stains With Homemade Deodorant

I can’t count how many times I have received inspiration from one of your comments here on the site. And today is no exception! Karen left a comment on my post about “Whitening Whites” saying that ever since she started making her own all-natural deodorant, she hasn’t had any problem with armpit stains! Well, that was enlightening! Apparently the aluminum in antiperspirant causes the yellowing….not to mention that aluminum is also associated with a number of health issues.

Thank goodness for homemade alternatives!

This homemade deodorant is all-natural, ridiculously easy to make, and a great deal less expensive than the store-bought variety. Once again I find myself asking… Why didn’t I start doing this a LONG time ago??

While there are dozens of natural deodorant recipes out there, I’m going to share one I found at SmashedPeasAndCarrots.com because I already had everything on hand needed to make it! Always a plus.

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Eliminate "Pit Stains" with Natural Deodorant

Homemade All-Natural Deodorant

  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Eliminate "Pit Stains" with Natural Deodorant

Warm the coconut oil in the microwave for :30 seconds (or less), or just until it liquifies.

Eliminate "Pit Stains" with Natural Deodorant

Then mix the soda and the cornstarch together and slowly add the coconut oil until it forms a thick paste.

It already smells good from the coconut oil, but adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil makes it that much better. I decided to add some Lavender essential oil for its’ antiseptic and antifungal properties

Eliminate "Pit Stains" with Natural Deodorant

I keep mine in a half pint mason jar and use in this lotion-y state. Others like to keep it in the fridge so it’s more like a rub-on deodorant stick.

If you’re looking for a cheaper, healthier, and non-staining alternative to traditional deodorant/antiperspirant…this really is a no-brainer idea. Thanks for sharing everyone, as usual!

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  • I really like this recipe and have adapted it a bit so the mixture will fit in an old lip balm tube by using a bit of cacao butter to help stiffen up the coconut oil when it hardens. I’ve also used a bit of beeswax, which worked too. I wanted a tiny container for a trip, that was easy to apply. Since that worked so well, I did the same thing for a longer trip with a trial size deodorant stick that had been used up

  • Going to make this when I get smaller jars. Right now I’m just dabbing coconut oil under my armpits. In the shower at night I splash a apple vinegar rinse there too and it has taken away the stink!

  • I’ve actually never got yellow stains on my shirts. Even when I used to be a distance runner and run 40 – 50 miles per week. I think I’ve always been very light with my usage of deodorant/anti-perspirant, so maybe that’s why. I use a version of this homemade recipe now, and I love it. Just a pea sized amount works until the next time I shower. It’s the best.

  • I have used natural deodorant for so many years and I still get yellow stains on my clothing. I don’t know if the commercial deodorants cause yellow stains too, but it makes sense that waste from one’s body causes yellow stains too. Don’t be surprised if yellowing is not eliminated. But the good news is our bodies are eliminating waste like it should!

  • I have a big issue with odor. Even after washing very well with a deodorant soap which I do more that once a day! I also use the best deodorant for my condition. Does any one have a suggestion beside the botox injections that was suggested by my doctor? Thanks!!!

  • How much beeswax should I add to make it more solid to use as a stick, my girls will not use it otherwise. Also thanks for all the time and effort you put into your post, you are my “go to” for nearly everything!

    • I would add 1-2 Tbsp of beeswax pastilles to the coconut oil when microwaving it. Let the beeswax and coconut oil melt together, and then continue with the recipe. :-)

  • Best thing about this is there are NO ALUMINUM CHLORHYDRATES!!!!! Research shows ALUMINUM CHLORHYDRATES to be the # 1 cause of breast cancer. I am a survivor, and thus daid, no longer use the traditional antiperspirants. Good alternatives are out there but not easy to locate, so I’m giving this a try!

  • I’m anxious to try a homemade antiperspirant but I’ll be honest: I use prescription strength deodorant bc I sweat a LOT, and it’s not stinky, just Wet. I hate feeling wet under my arms everywhere I go! Will this help or is it for people that don’t have this problem?

  • I, too, have used a version of this for years. I prefer powder deodorants, so I mix equal parts baking soda, cornstarch (or arrowroot), and bath powder. I put it in a travel-size baby powder container and sprinkle a bit into my hand to apply. I have read that arrowroot alone, or with sprinkles of EO, will work just fine. When I use up my current batch, I may just do that.

    • I made this, and after awhile the baking soda caused a red rash, and the coconut oil caused oil stains on my underarm clothes. Sadly don’t use it anymore.n i use the alcohol/EO recipe on your site, and it works for odor. Not so much for wetness. May try this one again without the baking soda, and add tea tree oil.

  • This works better than any deodorant I’d ever tried. I use 2 parts coconut oil, one part baking soda, one part tapioca or rice powder, whichever is handy. It doesn’t take much, I just use an old coffee stirrer to get a pea sized bit to smooth on and rub in well. It doesn’t get on my bra or clothing.
    If you’re just making the switch, try detoxing your pits for a weekend with a lot of exercise and then “clean sweating” in a hot tub or sauna, then shave. I don’t have to wash my clothes as often as I NEVER smell!! Saves on clothing wear and tear, on dry cleaning and laundry! Best of all-no more scary painful swollen glands under my arms!

  • The words deodorant and antiperspirant seem to be used interchangeably here — I don’t see anything describing antiperspirant qualities. Does this mixture actually stop sweating? Thanks for your help, here.

  • I have been using this recipe for years and haven’t had any issues with grease stains or odor…I use cornstarch and lavender. And I keep it in the fridge (so maybe that would help with grease stains ppl have mentioned?) Have recommended it to all my friends….I’ve loved it!

  • I love this recipe and have been using it for about a year. It is also a very forgiving recipe. If you don’t want it as greasy use less coconut oil – although I have never found it to leave grease stains or discoloration on my clothing. I did however in the beginning find that it seemed to clog my pores a little and created an occasional itchy rash so I started using 5-10 drops of tea tree oil in it and voila, the perfect deoderant! I used to have to buy the super expensive clinical strength deoderant to attempt to keep my sweating and odor under control. It didn’t always work. My homemade stuff has NEVER failed me!! It’s one of my favorite homemade products! A must try for everyone! Thanks for sharing Jillee!!

  • I used to make this and loved it at first. Then I found I would get rashes so I left out the baking soda and replaced it with all arrowroot. That worked. However after using it for a long time I found my white bras and lighter clothing had gray stains under the armpits. I think it was probably due to the coconut oil leaking into the clothing from sweating so sadly I stopped using it.

  • This works but at the cost of getting skin tags under your arms! The friction of the baking soda on my overweight arms caused skin tags for me and I can’t get rid of them!

  • I make my own homemade deodorant, too. I bought some push-up containers on Amazon and just refill them when it’s time. I like to use Lemongrass essential oil, because it’s good for the lymphatic system and breast tissue.

  • Thanks for sharing Jillee! I’ve heard good things about homemade deordorant. I need to make this. I have a few questions. 1) would this mixture work well if poured into the push-up deodorant containers found on Amazon? and 2) have you made this recipe using cornstarch? If so, does it work as well as the arrow root?

    • I’ve used a very similar recipe for a couple of years, but with cornstarch instead of arrowroot – works great! I pack mine into an old deodorant tube, which works well. I just have to be careful to let it solidify just enough after mixing that it’s not so runny that it clogs the rising mechanism, but still pliable enough to smush it into the tube. The only problem I have in keeping it in the deodorant tube (as opposed to a sealed jar) is if it gets too warm, the coconut oil will start to melt and get messy. I haven’t needed to keep it in the fridge, as long as the A/C runs throughout the summer. But if you live in a warm climate or travel somewhere warm, I’d recommend using a well-sealed container or storing it in the fridge.

    • It might be a little loose/lotion-like for a deodorant container – but would work better if you kept it in the fridge! I’ve haven’t tried it with cornstarch, but it’s pretty similar to arrowroot powder. Should work just fine!

  • Brilliant! sounds like a very practical and useful recipe. So many people have been brainwashed into thinking that anti-perspirant is good but it stops your body from sweating. which, of course, is a horrible thing! your body *needs* to sweat to expel pollutants and to cool itself down.

  • Thanks for this recipe. I am definitely going to make it.

    In the printable version, “2-3 Tbsp coconut oil” is missing from the list of ingredients. Ah, the mysteries of the computer…

    Also, in the phrase, “I decided to add some Lavender essential oil for its’ antiseptic and antifungal properties,” there should not be an apostrophe after ITS.

  • Interesting. I’m going to try this.

    My mother said that before deodorant was invented, they used to use a paste of baking soda and water or even dry baking soda. She remembered her older sister bringing home one of those little flat jars of Mum, the first deodorant she had ever seen. For perspiration, they wore dress shields, flat cotton pads they pinned into their clothing.

  • Good idea. If I were to use this Id need something with anti-perspirant qualities. Whenever I’ve had appointments where I can’t use deodorant I just use some rubbing alcohol.

  • Perfect timing…just ran out of my favorite natural lavender deodorant. The prices on this product have skyrocketed! I’m going to make this right away! Thanks!

  • The 1:1 ratio of arrowroot:baking soda is very high and would be too strong for most people. Baking soda is strong enough to cause alkali burns on your pits. Not fun. My recipe (for my personal use) is closer to 10:1 arrowroot:baking soda. Though most people can handle more like 4:1. Please be advised that the baking soda in this recipe should be cut down significantly if you develop redness.

    • This is a pretty cool recipe that I can’t wait to try!

      Ali’s sister: I would love to hear more about your personal experiences with baking soda. When I was seven I ran into a swarm of bees which completely covered my legs. Mom immediately made a paste of baking soda and water and slapped it on, which drew out the remaining stingers and soothed the rest of the stings…so I know it can be a powerful benefit…but I never heard about it causing alkali burns…in fact, it has been used for decades to help with soothing burns. This is new information. I want to hear more if you have the time.

    • Good advice about the baking soda, less is best. I got a rash when I used it with too much baking soda. Use less, it still works better than any store bought product I have used.

  • I have been using a variation of this for the past 2 years and just love it. I add pure aloe vera gel to help keep it creamy. It works great. No stains and of course no odor.

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