There’s nothing wrong with saving money. In fact, it can be quite addictive. However, making homemade products and finding alternatives to using can bring lots of enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment.
If you create these products as a family project, it also brings your family closer and gives both you and the children a sense of self-reliance. It can also stir interest in exploring options or learning more about how things work.
It Must Be Easy to Be Effective
If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to shop at small boutiques that carry exotic ingredients or shop online to find specific ingredients. If you’re going to create your personal products, you want to use ingredients that are easy to access and inexpensive.
You also shouldn’t have to spend more time making a DIY product than it takes to make supper. (Omitting the take out option)
How to Make the Deodorant
As noted before, in order to catch my eye, a product must be easy to make and this one is. If you live close to a liquor store, it’s even easier.
You’ll use Everclear or another type of high proof grain ethyl alcohol, such as vodka works.
I actually used the isoprophyl alcohol (91% alcohol) that you can find on your local drugstore shelf. But if you can find the ethyl alcohol, use that one.
- Put the alcohol in a spray bottle. Use a smaller one, such as the three ounce size.
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (but this is optional) if you’d like a scent or want more antibacterial protection, such the like of tea tree, lemon oil or oregano oil can give .
- Shake to mix and spray it on clean underarms to stop body odor.
There Are Always Questions
Below you’ll find some questions that people often ask when I tell them about the natural DIY deodorant.
Will it stop odor?
It works for me, and most people find they never have a stinky problem once they use it. It’s simple, relatively inexpensive and won’t put chemicals on your body that you can absorb through the skin.
I spray it after a shower in the morning and spray it once again after taking a shower at night.
It’s alcohol and alcohol stings, will this sting?
If you’ve ever applied deodorant right after you’ve shaved, you know that often that stings. This deodorant is no different.
It won’t burn if you don’t have any abrasions under your arm or small nicks. I’ve used it after shaving, and the slight burn is no different than other deodorants. Men normally don’t have this problem.
How does it work?
Everyone has bacteria on their skin. Your sweat doesn’t smell, but the bacteria on your skin that eat your sweat emit a foul odor we attribute to body odor.
The alcohol kills the bacteria. Eventually, the bacteria regroup and multiply, so you have to use it daily or for some people twice a day.
Will it make me smell like alcohol?
For a while, but that smell will dissapate. However, some people like to add essential oils to the alcohol to either give it more antibacterial properties or create a scent they enjoy.
Allspice is sweet and spicy, while also antibacterial. Calendula calms inflammation, so it can help with stinging, just as lavender does, but lavender has antibacterial properties. Lemongrass helps slow excessive perspiration. Peppermint, jasmine, sandlalwoood and many other essential oils will work. Make sure you use 100 percent pure oils.
Will this deodorant keep my underarms dry?
Antiperspirant keeps you from sweating; deodorants keep you from stinking. Sweating is the body’s way of eliminating toxins.
Antiperspirants stop that process, and that can affect your entire body and change your pH, which affects your immune system. The alcohol zaps the bacteria that create the odor, while still allowing you to sweat.
Some people use an antiperspirant just on days where they know they’ll be nervous, such as during a presentation. Others use underarm shields to prevent any sweat from appearing on outer clothing, but use the deodorant to eliminate odor.
Does the deodorant last long?
Most people can apply it once a day, but sometimes it’s not enough and a second application may be necessary. I use it once in the morning, but my husband uses it each morning and evening.
Will this cause damage to my clothing?
The small amount of alcohol used normally has dried before you can get clothing, but even so, it shouldn’t.
That doesn’t mean that spilling it directly on specific types of fabric won’t do harm and I can’t speak to the potential for discoloration if you use essential oils since you’d have to check each one.
Can I feel safe using it?
Seriously, do you worry about putting alcohol on cuts? Remember, you’re only using a small amount, and some people drink in a short time what you’ll be putting on your skin over a year or so.
However, some recent research suggested that frequent external use of rubbing alcohol—isopropyl alcohol—may have adverse side effects.
If this is so good, why don’t you hear about it more?
First, word of mouth is powerful, but not nearly as powerful as advertising dollars. Just like many alternative cures that cost very little, they aren’t advertised because nobody makes any money from their use.
Read labels of products you have on your shelves; you’ll often find common ingredients disguised with chemical names. One night my spouse awoke with back spasms.
While the Capsacin rub was on the shelf, it was empty. I read the ingredients and threw some chili’s from our garden, a few aspirin—acetylsalicylic acid—and some lotion because the rest were inactive ingredients, in the blender. It worked just as well but cost pennies.
I use so little of the alcohol, besides creating beverages, can I use it for anything else?
There are plenty of other uses if you want to get more creative. You can make your own extracts or perfume with it. Which will also save you money.