As you may or may not know, one of my goals for this blog is to provide readers with ways to live more frugally through making simple changes in their current lifestyle. Many times this results in just a teensy bit more effort, but it also results in money saved and a lot of times, a new skill learned.
A little hobby that I’ve been tinkering with over the past year and a half or so is finding the intersection between thrifty living and finding natural ways of accomplishing everyday tasks. It started out with finding shampoo alternatives (that’s a story for a different day) but quickly progressed to looking up recipes for homemade deodorant. I fiddled around with a few different combinations and moved on to the next once it became to irritating for my skin or just didn’t really end up working.
The recipe I finally landed on included shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, diatomaceous earth and baking soda. The baking soda is what really made all of the mixtures I tried work, but it’s also what caused serious irritation on my little pitties, so there was a fairly specific threshold of how much or how little to add. The other issue with this deodorant was that, because of the coconut oil, it had a pretty low melting point so it got a little messy at times.
Enter the most effective, painless, and easiest deodorant option:
That’s right! I spent a lot of time researching different methods of ridding your underarms from stink, and a lot of the methods required sorta pricey ingredients initially that would last a long time so they ended up being pretty inexpensive. Lemons, on the other hand, while they may not always seem like a cheap ingredient for cooking, you can get a lot of use out of them for deodorant.
and you can even grow them on trees!
Here’s how it works:
Cut a lemon in half
Squeeze the juice out of both halves
Pour the juice into a little spray bottle
Spritz Spritz on your armpit directly or into your hand and rub into your armpit
Live stink free.
I haven’t tried bottled lemon juice, but I hear that this only really works with fresh lemons. I see this probably being the case when, after using the same batch of lemon juice for a while, I notice the magical effects declining a bit along with the freshness of my lemon juice. Also, keep it in the fridge to maximize on the shelf life
Every single other deodorant I’ve used, homemade or not, has failed me, most times by the end of the day. With commercial deodorants, they would seem like they worked well, but in reality they were just mixing with my smell and creating a new, funky smell. Lemons make me smell like absolutely nothing. Not lemons, not a weird hybrid stink, not a thing. And it lasts all day and then some.
Won’t it make my armpits sticky?
Nope! It dries super quickly and that’s the last you’ll think about it.
Won’t it burn my skin?
For me, it doesn’t. Kurt (who I miraculously quickly convinced to try this method) has problems with it stinging a bit sometimes, but again, it really doesn’t last more than a couple seconds. Ladies, just wait a bit after shaving to apply for obvious reasons.
Won’t it lighten my skin that has been darkened by traditional deodorant and shaving?
Why yes! Yes it will. This has been one of my favorite benefits of this method of deodorizing.
I’m being dead serious. It’s the best. And! it doesn’t have icky chemicals!
Please let me know if you make the switch and how happy you are because of it!