DIY Deodorant Spray- That Works!

About 6 months ago a post from DIY Natural in my facebook newsfeed: a homemade spray deodorant. I read through it, read the comments and was very curious!
I’ve been making my own homemade deodorant for years. It’s worked wonderfully and is very effective. But my husband started reacting to it. He got a sensitive rash. After reading Heather Dressinger’s DIY Organic Beauty book, I decreased the amount of baking soda by half.  And that made the rash go away, but sadly, it wasn’t quite as effective for getting rid of normal body odor after that.
So, being fairly pregnant at the time, I made my husband go to the liquor store for me: I really didn’t want the comments that would go to a pregnant woman in a liquor store… and then, can you imagine me trying to explain myself? “Oh no, I’m not going to drink it.” Yeeaaahh. Better to just have the hubs do it.
We’ve been using it since and I love it. I love the fact that I can just spray it on and go- quick, easy and minimal! It works great and there isn’t even a hint of B.O.
DIY Deodorant Spray
Everclear 190 proof, grain ethyl alcohol
4 ounce fine mist spray bottle
Pour alcohol into spray bottle. Spray 2-4 times onto clean armpits. This eliminates odor by killing any bacteria. I prefer to have no scent, so I have not added essential oils to it. If I did, I would use frankincense or clove- Just because they’re my favorites. Matt and Betsy recommended 10 drops essential oil per one ounce alcohol. I recommend using a reputable company for essential oils. Contact me if you would like to learn more about essential oils.
Click here to read DIY Natural’s great article and list of FAQ on this deodorant.
DIY Spray Deodorant, That Works!

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  1. Julie Knight on 05/24/2014 at 10:57 am

    I have a friend who uses rubbing alcohol instead of grain alcohol. What qualities do you know of that make the grain alcohol better? I’ve started making and using the deodorant from your recipe and LOVE it. I’ve been using it exclusively for about 6 months now and it works great! And I do some sweating 🙂 Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

    • Wendi on 05/24/2014 at 1:41 pm

      Julie, I also have used rubbing alcohol and with fine results. I’m curious about the answer to your question, too. 🙂

      • Wendi on 05/24/2014 at 1:59 pm

        Okay, so I clicked the link for the FAQs on Matt and Betsy’s site and read that the drawback to the rubbing alcohol is that, over time, it can be harmful to absorb into the skin whereas the grain alcohol isn’t. 🙂

  2. Billie on 05/24/2014 at 3:40 pm

    Weeelllll, I kinda hit a snag on the Everclear up here in No. VA – apparently the state does not allow liquor over 150 proof to be sold here, so no Everclear. It is not even made/carried at a lower proof. Phooey! Guess not all states WILL have this if they have such a law, so will have to try with with Isopropyl Alcohol and see how that goes ~ once we might travel to another state though, I’m gonna look for it there! Or check if some friends who travel between states more than us (by car) can look for it at a liquor store where they stop at times. 😉 This might give others in the same predicament some ideas for getting this item. Have a happy day! =D

    • Rachel on 05/27/2014 at 11:50 am

      What a bummer! I believe there is research saying that using isopropyl alcohol on the skin regularly can have adverse effects.
      I would try a grain alcohol at 150 proof and see how effective it is. It may work with just a couple extra sprays. I would think a lower alcohol content would still kill the bacteria. I’m not sure what varieties of alcohol there is at 150 proof, but maybe the liquor store clerk could point you in the direction of something that won’t have a strong smell by itself.

    • Paula on 08/18/2016 at 11:51 am

      By law, ever clear and vodka are just water and alcohol, that is why they are used for this type application. If you can’t find ever clear, try a good quality vodka (not the new kind that now has flavoring.

    • Diann on 07/05/2018 at 9:23 pm

      Most people recommend everclear because it has a high enough % to mix with essential oils. If you can’t find 95% I agree with using the highest you can find especially if your not adding oils if you are you just have to shake well every time.

    • Tricia on 06/12/2019 at 3:10 pm

      If you can’t get ever-clear here is another really great effective Deodorant Spray recipe:
      • 4 ounce glass spray bottle
      • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) apple cider vinegar
      • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) distilled or spring water (extra strength use alcohol instead or water)
      • 30 drops lemongrass or lemon essential oil
      • 15 drops lavender essential oil
      • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

  3. jessica on 07/05/2014 at 1:11 pm

    seems like this would burn like crazy after shaving… is that an issue? also, are you good for the day if you just apply once in the morning, or is it necessary to reapply? i’m in AZ where it’s HOT & i sweat a lot… currently using a homemade deo i made w/ bentonite clay, coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder & baking soda – it works well, but i usually need to reapply again later in the day. thanks!

    • Rachel on 07/06/2014 at 11:17 pm

      It doesn’t bother me after shaving, I think it might sting slightly, but nothing to stop me.
      I’m good for a whole day with just using 4 sprays in the morning. But the warmest it gets here in the summer is 100 degrees. Lemongrass essential oil should help with perspiration, just add 10 drops to your bottle:

  4. Melissa on 09/08/2014 at 12:02 pm

    Has anyone with a gluten/grain sensitivity tried this? I know I stay away from non-potato vodka because I’m unsure of the effects on me, so I’m wondering if I should try this or not…

    • Bridget on 03/25/2018 at 7:09 pm

      You could use Tito’s vodka – it’s a fantastic gluten free vodka – both to drink and use for other purposes

    • Kim Lowery on 10/15/2023 at 9:19 am

      I’m so glad you commented this because I do have an allergy that’s found in some as well

  5. Joanne on 09/29/2014 at 4:20 am

    Don’t use alcohol. Lime juice is the answer. Squeeze in rollon and kèep in fridge. Kills odor the whole day.

  6. Valerie on 02/28/2015 at 2:55 pm

    In the theater we would spray the clothes with vodka between washes to keep them fresh. We called it ‘Russian water’.

  7. Gina on 06/20/2017 at 12:20 pm

    In a pinch, like when I realize I forgot to put on deodorant and it is 95 outside, I will put some (alcohol-based) hand sanitizer on my underarms. It has always worked. So it makes sense that this spray works!

    • Gina on 06/20/2017 at 12:21 pm

      Forgot to say that I only use this in emergencies and not every day.

  8. Hilda on 07/02/2017 at 1:34 pm

    I haven’t made it yet. I am concern with the long term affects of alcohol in your arm Pitts. Obsorping in your lymph nodes streaming it to your system. Any information.

    • AL on 03/07/2019 at 4:22 am

      I read using food grade alcohol
      Is safe on skin. I use everclear;or vodka if no everclear

  9. Trina on 09/07/2018 at 9:12 pm

    Use witch hazel

  10. AL on 03/07/2019 at 4:20 am

    I use everclear and at least 20 drops of each oil for a 2 oz spray bottle. It stings but only temporary. Zero irritation and very effective. Will experiment with adding a carrier oil into the mix.
    I use on armpits and jock. It also cures and prevents jock itch

  11. Carrie Smith on 09/17/2019 at 5:25 am

    I mix equal amounts about 1/4 cup each of alcohol free rose witch hazel and everclear alcohol with 15 drops ambi escents be calm essential oil and 1 Tablespoon magnesium oil. Shake up and spray underarms.

  12. Andriette on 02/08/2021 at 4:55 am

    WhT about wit h hazel instead of alcohol?

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