There was such a great response to the natural and DIY hygiene post (like to see readership contribution – keep those comments a coming!) that I thought I should add a bit about our natural deodorant experience.

Like one reader said, body odor really depends on environment and the food you eat – we agree! Other readers wrote about using baking soda and apple cider vinegar – both are great, inexpensive natural alternatives. But sometimes, we find we need something a bit stronger either when we are out in public like when working at the tea shop or manning PTF’s tabling booth and during times of extreme tension and high pressure.

They say “cleanliness is next to godliness” so one should really try to present a clean and healthy appearance when in close contact with strangers – right? When it comes to BO there are natural ways to not have folks have to hold their noses – even when we choose not to use anti perspirants or chemically based deodorants.

Besides watching what we eat and drinking plenty of water, baking soda is ideal to combat odor but it’s sometimes quite bothersome to put on as the powder gets everywhere and not where you want most of it to be – under your arms.

We’ve tried the Crystal with good results but happened to stumble onto this little known natural odor fighting product. This natural deodorant puts the odor combating strength of baking soda into an easily applied paste form — and it really does work. I’m not one to make over products, but was really pleased with this deodorant’s results and easy application. It seems to do a great job at naturally fighting off any “unpleasant” body odor – even after a long and sweaty bike ride!

With our low impact living efforts of washing clothes only when necessary, I find this product does help in our energy and water conservation efforts. In fact, clothes (especially shirts) stay fresher longer, even when sweated on – saving us us from having to do laundry so often.

Back to Baking Soda

Something as simple and cheap as baking soda is great for combating body odor or used for toothpaste and non toixc cleaning product (not to mention stain fighter). Here on the urban homestead we buy the “big boxes” of baking soda — we have one in the kitchen/laundry and one in the bathroom.

What’s you’re favorite use for Baking Soda?

:: More From “Grandma Google” ::

Sixty Uses of Baking Soda
Baking Soda Book – Resourceful and Ingenious uses of Baking Soda
Uses for Baking Soda: Health and Beauty

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  1. Heather says:

    I’m fond of LUSH’s baking soda based deodorant stones that come in minimal paper/ cardboard packaging to reduce waste:

  2. Kym Hleiwg says:

    Another effective and inexpensive deodorant is rubbing alcohol. Just put some on a washcloth and apply under the arms, and you will not have a BO problem!A bottle of rubbing alcohol costs less than $2.00 and lasts me about a year.

  3. Kristi J says:

    I use baking soda in the laundry. I add it in with detergent and borax. I have a “Downy” ball that I fill with white vinegar and through in too. I have been able to cut out all colorsafe bleach and liquid fabric softeners and am breathing a lot easier than I used to. I also use baking soda on the carpet to help freshen it.

  4. Robin says:

    I tried out using baking soda for my underarms, but it stung, I think because I had just shaved. I will try the alcohol, but perhaps not right after the shower this time.

  5. Tara says:

    My *fave* use of baking soda is for a facial cleanser! I have combination problem skin and baking soda clears up blemishes quickly and leaves my fave looking brighter. I follow is with apple cider vinegar for toner and a dab of olive oil for moisturizer. Works great!

    (P.S. I get the error message when commenting too.)

  6. Amy says:

    I use baking soda to scrub the toilets, remove stains from countertops and remove hard water buildup from bathtubs, taps, etc.

  7. Tom says:

    I feel bad about criticizing a ‘natural’ product, (especially in my first comment to this website!), but this deodorant goo has alum powder in it. If you’re worried about potential aluminum toxicity, then it might be something to avoid. The rubbing alcohol suggestion is great.

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