2 Easy & Effective DIY Deodorant Spray Recipes Without Baking Soda

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Here, I’m going to show you how to make two DIY deodorant sprays. This natural, homemade, spray-on deodorant won't stain clothes, contains no baking soda, and causes no itching or redness.

For some people, baking soda gives them an itchy red rash when used on their underarms.

The reason why it’s widely used in natural deodorant recipes is that it’s fantastic for absorbing odors, but some people just aren’t able to tolerate it. This is totally fine as there are many other alternatives out there, such as these recipes.

One common complaint with oil-based recipes is that they can stain clothing if you don’t wait for it to dry before getting dressed. This isn’t very practical, especially for that early morning rush to work. So I looked for a quick-dry alternative that wasn’t oil-based, didn’t contain baking soda, and actually worked.

Tools and materials:

  • Magnesium oil
  • Spray bottle (4oz or larger)
  • Funnel
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Measuring cup
  • Essential oils
  • Ethanol alcohol
Why use magnesium oil?

Magnesium oil deodorant

I’m going to share two recipes with you as some people find that the magnesium oil deodorant may not be strong enough for them.

Instead of using an oil-based magnesium spray, we’ll be using magnesium oil, to begin with. Fun fact - magnesium oil doesn’t contain any actual oil, though it does feel oily, so it won't leave any stains.

It is used because it is incredibly effective at preventing underarm odor, plus you get a nice healthy boost of magnesium along with it.

Some people may experience a tingling sensation when they first start using magnesium oil, this is quite normal, especially for those who are low in magnesium, and it should fade in a couple of days.

Also, another note, if you do shave and then spray on the magnesium oil deodorant, it can sting a little bit to begin with but it will fade pretty quickly. So if you do find that it stings, just rub it in using your hands, and it will help stop that sensation.

A tip for this magnesium oil spray deodorant is if you want to make it more effective, just mix ¾ cup of water with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and apply that to your underarms after showering. Then, let that dry before applying the spray deodorant.

This helps remove any natural bacteria found on your underarms and helps the deodorant last longer.

DIY deodorant spray without baking soda

To begin with, you’re going to need ½ cup (4oz) of magnesium oil and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils.

How to make homemade deodorant spray

I added a bit more because I like my deodorant to be really strong and last longer throughout the day, so I added around 20-40 drops of essential oil, and that was a mixture of lavender, tea tree, and orange essential oil.

Make your own deodorant spray

I recommend using a dark spray bottle as a light spray bottle means that the essential oils inside are more likely to get damaged by sunlight if they come into contact with it.

Shake the bottle up before you’re ready to use it to ensure that the essential oils aren’t separated on the top but rather mixed throughout the spray deodorant.

To use, spray a small amount on your underarms and rub it in gently. Then let it dry for about 5 seconds, and you’re good to go.

Alcohol-based deodorant 

For those who have tried magnesium oil deodorant and have found it ineffective, here is another spray using ethanol alcohol (such as vodka or gin) but not isopropyl alcohol because that can be quite toxic when used for long periods of time.

A few things to keep in mind with making your alcohol-based natural deodorant spray - a lower proof (70-90) alcohol means that it will have lighter coverage, while a higher proof (120+) alcohol means that it will have a higher coverage in terms of odor protection.

Alcohol-based spray deodorant recipe

To make this alcohol-based natural deodorant, all you’re going to need is two tablespoons of ethanol alcohol. 

Making the homemade deodorant spray

Then take your essential oils, and I used around 20-40 drops of those. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to combine them all. 

Homemade deodorant spray without baking soda

Shake before use each time and give each armpit 2-3 sprays and let them air-dry.

Using the DIY deodorant spray

DIY deodorant spray tutorial

I hope you’ll have a go at making these two natural deodorant spray recipes. I love using natural products because I know exactly what’s in them.

One thing to keep in mind is that it might take some time for your armpits to adjust to using a different deodorant, especially if you’re going from a commercial one to a natural one.

Let me know what you think of these recipes, and your results if you try them out, in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Magnesium oil
  • Spray bottle (4oz or larger)
  • Funnel
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