by Texas Homesteader ~
Recently I was thinking about the many ways I’ve cut the waste from our personal hygiene routine. Today I’m sharing how I save money and reduce waste for my deodorant.
Reducing Plastic Waste In Our Home
So, if you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all you know that I hate plastic.
Oh don’t get me wrong I think it has its uses, such as in the medical industry for example. But for regular consumer products I hate it and strive to reduce what comes into our home as much as possible.
Since striving to reduce our plastics, colas & juices have been replaced with delicious icy-cold sun-brewed tea. No plastic bottle or jug to dispose of. Plus it’s healthier (and so much CHEAPER) for us.
Much of our cleaning and hygiene products are homemade. But there’s one thing I haven’t shared with you yet. I dunno, I just figured maybe it was a little TMI. But it’s my deodorant. Let’s talk about that…
Deodorant vs Anti-Antiperspirant
My mindset about deodorant is that the body sweats for a reason. I’ve never liked to use antiperspirants. It just seems unnatural to me to force the body not to do something it was designed to do to keep it healthy.
But I’ve never been one to sweat heavily in the first place. I suppose I’d feel differently if I was a silk-shirt wearing CEO, meeting with important clients! LOL! But for my purposes deodorants have always been my preference even when I worked in an office environment.
I typically purchased the sticks instead of the sprays since I felt the aerosol in sprays were even worse for the environment. But I’d always hated the immense plastic waste of roll-up deodorants.
Sure it looks like there’s lots of product in these things, but the containers are typically not filled completely (or even close). There’s really not near as much deodorant as it appears in those big clunky disposable plastic tubes.
Plus there’s no way to use up the deodorant product at the end because it’s encased in the roll-up plastic holder thingy. (Yeah, that’s my official description. HA!)
As is often the case I got to wondering, “Hummm… I wonder if I can make this product for myself??” So I started trolling the internet for recipes for making your own deodorant.
I found that there are several options out there, but most sounded a little too hippy-dippy for me.
There were many recipes that called for weird must-order specialty ingredients too. Other recipes sounded reasonable but the comments about irritations with baking soda on the pits were common.
A Simple, CHEAP Deodorant Alternative
But then I stumbled upon a statement that made much more sense to me. This was years before 2013 when I started my blog so I can’t give credit to the author, but the blogger said underarm funky smell is bacteria. Dark, moist conditions under your arms are perfect for that bacteria to grow and, well, stink!
She sprayed her pits with alcohol. Nothing else. No concoctions or specialty products to order online & get shipped to her.
What? JUST ALCOHOL? Could that really work?? But it’s so cheap. It’s so simple! Is it too simple?
I decided to give it a try.
So I saved back one of those little travel-size bottles of hairspray when it was empty. I washed it well and filled it with alcohol to give it a try.
Well I can say it worked as well for me as the more expensive stuff sold in the roll-up container which contained much more plastic and many questionable ingredients.
Things to Consider
Now remember we live and work on a ranch. In the hot & humid NE Texas summer weather. Ranch work is hard and hot and sticky. I don’t want to work cows during the day & slip into my PJS and go to bed that evening.
So I shower (and therefore shave) at night, not in the morning. But I don’t apply my deodorant until I get dressed the following morning.
I’m not sure what spraying pure alcohol on freshly-shaved pits would feel like! Just something to keep in mind for your own typical routines.
Another thing I want to mention is about the smell of alcohol on your pits. I’ve found the alcohol scent disappears when it dries shortly after spraying. Especially since I use this little hairspray bottle because it sprays in such small droplets.
But I don’t care for the scent of alcohol. Easy fix, I buy the green wintergreen-scented kind. It costs the same anyway so why not?
UPDATE: Although I preferred the wintergreen scent over the plain ole alcohol scent, I did notice that if my armpits weren’t completely dry by the time I slipped into my shirt, the light-colored shirts began to stain light green under the arm section. Since the alcohol smell disappears shortly after spraying anyway, I switched back to plain ole alcohol and haven’t had any further green-staining issues.
And finally here’s my common sense disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor have I cleared my pit-funk-eliminator routine with my doctor. I’ve just never felt the need.
I mean, I’m putting less chemicals on my body so I’m assuming that’s a good thing. And it’s worked well for me for about a decade so far.
But if there is any question at all for you please check with your doctor.
I’ve been very pleased with this armpit-funk-deterrent method. And the alcohol keeps me from smelling funky even though my work is outside in the heat & humidity in Texas.
Sometimes during prolonged strenuous outside work I feel the need to respray mid day. But I did that with purchased deodorants too.
Using this cheap spray has been effective and also eliminated untold amounts of chunky plastic from having to buy commercially-produced deodorant.
Oh, and a single container of alcohol costs me a dollar and refills my little spray bottle many times over. So I’ve saved a good chunk of money too.
But then again, I’ve found being environmentally sensitive almost always results in saving some cash too, haven’t you?
Links Included In This Post
- Sun Tea – Brewed With The Power Of The SUN!
- MYO Sheer Face Powder
- 3-Ingredient Dry Shampoo
- Simple Spray Cleaner
- Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder
- Laundry Scent Booster
- Minty Mouthwash
- Homemade Lavender/Rosemary Soap
Zero-Waste Health & Beauty
- Zero-Waste Shaving Using A Safety Razor
- Low-Waste Snap Toothbrushes
- Homemade Minty Mouthwash
- MYO Light & Sheer Face Powder
- 3-Ingredient Beeswax Lip Balm
- Homemade Vanilla-Scented Shampoo Bar Soap
- 3-Ingredient DRY SHAMPOO Mix
- Homemade Hairspray
- MYO Naturally-Scented Hair Conditioner
- Morning Motivation Mint Soap
- Homemade Soap: Lavender/Rosemary
- Soap Grows On TREES! Soapberry Shampoo
- How A Bidet Can Be An Eco Win
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