DIY: Quick, Simple & Affordable Deodorant From Your Kitchen!

For years, my poor armpits have suffered. All of my skin is sensitive, but my underarms — whose smell begs to be tamed — get itchy and spotty from even natural deodorants from the health food store. I have not found ‘clinical strength deodorant’ (just antiperspirant), but I’d probably still rash out and itch as badly from it as with everything else.

After years of experimentation, I’ve found a formula that has worked amazingly for months to keep me stench-free without any negative side effects. And it doesn’t contain aluminum, which is in nearly every underarm product these days.

You can also make it a totally natural product if you buy organic ingredients (I just used what I had for this tutorial).

And since most of us have these ingredients in our kitchen already, it’s wonderfully affordable, plentiful, and lasts for months.

quick easy DIY deodorant from your kitchen

Materials used:

  • 1 part cornstarch
  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 washed and sanitized mason jar

Optional materials:

  • rubbing alcohol and paper towel to remove jar labels
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • funnel with larger hole
  • shaker lid for mason jar

How to make it:

First I gathered up my ingredients.

cornstarch baking soda and mason jar

Take that spaghetti sauce label off the jar with some rubbing alcohol and paper towel if washing it doesn’t do the trick. Please don’t judge me for my Walmart ingredients.

02 ingredients and measuring cup

Now put one part baking soda and one part cornstarch into a measuring cup or spoon. I used 3/4 cup of each for my jar’s size.

03 pour that mixture into the jar

Pour the two ingredients into your jar. You can use a big funnel for this (cornstarch doesn’t travel nicely through a smaller funnel) or you can spoon the mix into the jar.

04 shake things up

Pop the lid onto the jar and shake it all around, ensuring your two ingredients are well mixed.

voila! finished DIY deodorant from kitchen ingredients!

You’re done! Paint the lid with chalkboard paint if you want to make it look prettier and less spaghetti sauce-ish. They have cute green and blue chalkboard paint too, which I fully intend to use when I get to Michaels next.

You can also pop some holes in the lid if you want, or if you can find a jar with a shaker lid, use that instead. I am much too clumsy to use a shaker lid, however, so I just dab my fingertips in and get a little to use.

05 add to morning arsenal

Add to your morning arsenal! Pat your new-fangled deodorant on in the morning and any time you want to freshen up.

Best part about this deodorant is that you don’t smell. The cornstarch and baking soda deodorize and destroy bacteria, while lasting the full day. This is a big deal for me — the lasting part.

Second best: You can’t even feel it because it’s smooth, not sticky, but it keeps working all day so it’s definitely there.

Third best: If you accidentally get it on your shirt, you can just brush it off with the back of your hand. No gooey-ness at all. (This has been a big problem for me in the past. I may have mentioned the clumsiness…)

Fourth best: It’s SO cheap to make and 1 jar can last months!


Miklos says it’s the best working deodorant I’ve tried. I agree completely. No rashing out, cheap as heck and — most of all — NO STINKING. And you can apply it as many times as you need throughout the day, though you probably won’t actually need to.

If you’ve been looking for a better deodorant in every way, I hope this tutorial has helped!

Have you tried this DIY deodorant?  Let me know what you thought in the comments!

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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