I had tried using deodorant substitutes before, and reported the results on the blog. I thought it would be interesting to try out a actual recipe and see if it would work. I found the original recipe on the Root Simple blog.
1 tablespoon Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus oil (I used Eden’s Garden but any brand should work)
1 cup of water
In a small jar, add the baking soda to the water. Shake it up. Then add 4 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties but it does have a strong smell. I added 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and shook it some more.
That’s it! Carefully pour the mixture into a recycled spray bottle.
To use, spray all over areas you normally perspire and wipe off. Test on a small area first in case you have some sensitivities. I like mine as the eucalyptus makes it smell like a spa treatment. You may prefer a different scent such as lemon or peppermint.
Does it work?
I tried it after a strenuous workout and it worked pretty well. It did not have a strong fragrance, but it was effective in getting rid of any sweaty smells. Note that this does not work the same as a commercial deodorant. It will freshen you up at least for the rest of the day, til you take a shower. But for the purpose of freshening up, this works just fine, and only costs a few cents to make.