Easy Homemade Deodorant Powder Recipe

how to make deodorant powder– Basic Homemade Deodorant Powder –

Deodorant, everybody needs it, and no one wants to admit it.  It’s something we use every (almost) every day of our lives.  Learning how to make deodorant is easy, and if you are looking for a way to stay fresh with less chemicals here’s how to do it. 

According to many using your standard store bought sick of deodorant raises some health concerns.  Many of the shelf deodorants include parabens and aluminum.  I won’t get into their health risks here, but concerns include cancer, and Alzheimers.

There are all-natural stick deodorant alternatives out there, but many people have mixed results with their actual odor fighting power.  Not to mention that all-natural, and organic products can be expensive.

I like to keep things simple, with that in mind here is a great, extremely easy to make and use homemade deodorant for men and women that is as easy as shaking a box.

Time: 2 ~ 4 minutes

Update:  If you want to try out some slightly more involved homemade deodorant powder recipes check out my other post on homemade deodorant powder.

– Ingredients –

how to make deodorantThis is another great really easy homemade beauty (for lack of a better word) product.  All you need is:

  • corn starch
  • baking soda

 The corn starch will absorb and trap moisture, while the baking soda serves as an odor eliminator.

– Step One –

how to make deodorant with corn starchCorn Starch

This isn’t one of those exact measurement recipes.  I didn’t even manage to mess it up once.  Measure out some corn starch, it doesn’t really matter how much, just as long as you know how much baking soda to add next.

– Step Two –

homemade deodorant with baking sodaBaking Soda

 Then measure out an equal amount of baking soda, and add it to the corn starch.  It doesn’t need to be exact, we’re just going for about half and half.

– Step Three –

How to make deodorant

Mix it

Sift it, stir it, or shake it.  It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you mix it completely.

– Step Four –


A lot of people online suggest using essential oils to scent their homemade deodorant.  Personally I’m not a big fan of using essential oils.  The oils don’t really mix well with the powder, and it clumps making it harder to apply and use.  But if you want to give essential oils a shot feel free.

As an alternative I suggest trying something like powdered lavender.  In the future I plan to even try drying out some orange peel and using that in the deodorant power.

– Storing it –

You can store you homemade deodorant in pretty much anything you like.  It is vast if you find an airtight container.  Baking soda absorbs odors, and you probably don’t want it pre-absorbing any odors before you put it on your body.

A salt or pepper shaker will do the job.  An old makeup tin with a powder puff will work.  Or you can reuse an old powder squeeze bottle.  This cocoa powder shaker would work awesome too.

– Applying it –

Depending on how you store it you can either apply it with something like a cotton ball, or a powder puff.  If you want to you can even store it in something like old arm and hammer squeeze bottle and just poof it on that way.

Thoroughly coat your entire armpit.  One application should easily last for an entire day, some people even find that it will last for up to two days.

– My Experience –

I really like using my homemade deodorant so far.  Honestly I really like this deodorant much better than normal stick deodorant.  The powder can get everywhere if you’re not careful, but it’s awesome because it isn’t pasty.  As a guy I like it because it doesn’t make armpit hairs stick together.  Bottom line, it just feels cleaner than rubbing paste in your armpit.

I haven’t had any problems with my homemade deodorant affecting the color of any of my clothes.  However be cautious and test it out by rubbing some of it on an inconspicuous area of a shirt or two.

Now that you know how to make homemade deodorant go and make yourself a batch, and keep your pits stink free without all those extra chemicals.  Leave a comment with your own experiences and feedback.

  • Graham

    Nice recipe! I’m a fan of tea tree oil, and found that you can put a few drops on a cotton pad and let it sit in the powder mix for a few days. The scent mixes with the powder without clumping.

    • http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/ Lance

      That’s a great idea Graham, I will have to try that out for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.lazypolly.com Polly

    Thanks for the sharing! I wonder if the scent will work if I put dry flowers with deodorant powder, I will try it myself. Thank you Lance!

    • http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/ Lance

      No problem Polly! I hope the flowers work well for you! I’ve tried it myself now with some powdered herbs, but I didn’t get as much of a scent as I had hoped for.

  • Shannon

    I just mixed my second batch. Well third I guess. The first batch did not work for me. I got a bit of a rash and ditched it. I did not want to give up though because it had been working so well. I tried using arrow root instead of the corn starch and it worked great. I love it.

    • http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/ Lance

      That’s great to hear Shannon. I’m really glad that arrow root powder worked as an alternative for you, I’ve switched to arrow root powder full time instead myself.

  • Good Deal

    thank you for sharing i just love the homemade

    • http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/ Lance

      Absolutely! I do too!

  • Helene’ Murray

    I am happy to have found this recipe…stick deo has stain my tees and blouses…and will not wash out…I do spray a bit of my everyday perfume on a cotton pad and put it in to bottom of the powder container…now I smell the same all over…thanks Lance…

  • http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/ Lance

    I’m glad you found it helpful Helene! Stick deodorant really can be a pain sometimes. I’ll have to try scenting mine using your cotton ball method that’s a great idea, thanks for the tip!