8 Deodorant Alternatives to Keep Your Pits Dry

Are you tired of looking for natural deodorants that actually work to stop sweat and odor? If you don't prefer using harsh chemicals but still sweat excessively, the deodorant aisle probably doesn't have the solutions you’re seeking.

Luckily, deodorant and antiperspirant aren’t the only solutions for fighting underarm sweat and odor. Discover 8 best deodorant alternatives to keep your pits dry and odor-free.

8 Deodorant Alternatives and Natural Remedies

Did you know you can use common household ingredients to combat underarm sweat? If you’re concerned about your health or the environmental effects of regular store-bought deodorants, check out some of these top deodorant alternatives.

1. All-natural deodorants

First, check the label on your current natural deodorant. Is it 100% all natural? Some so-called "healthy" deodorants still contain chemicals, so always read the label carefully before purchasing.

Learn more about natural deodorants and how they work.

2. Baking soda and cornstarch

Baking soda expertly masks almost any funky smell — including body odor. You can make this cheap deodorant alternative in your kitchen with a couple basic ingredients. Mix one-eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a small amount of water, and rub it into your underarms. Don’t dissolve the baking soda — only add enough water to create a paste.

You can also add a little cornstarch to help combat wetness. Mix six parts cornstarch with one part baking soda and smooth it on your armpits.

3. Lemon juice

Applying lemon juice to your underarms is a simple way to stay smelling fresh. Lemon juice is packed with citric acid, which kills odor-causing bacteria. But remember that lemons are highly acidic, so be careful when applying lemon juice to your armpits after shaving. (Yes, it will sting!)

4. Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol also kills odor-causing bacteria. And the best part? You probably have some sitting in your medicine cabinet. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz it in your armpits. You can add a few drops of essential oils, like witch hazel or tea tree oil, to give it a fresh smell.

5. Essential oils

If you’re worried about smelling like rubbing alcohol or baking soda, essential oils can help. Certain essential oils like lemongrass, lavender, thyme and rosemary have antibacterial properties. Mix a few of your favorite oils together to create your perfect scent.

6. Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. The solution kills bacteria and removes excess moisture from the skin, making it an ideal deodorant substitute.

Witch hazel is a popular deodorant alternative because it doesn’t leave residue on the skin and zaps odor fast. Because it wears off quickly, you'll need to reapply it throughout the day.

7. DIY deodorant

Making your own deodorant is easier than it sounds. Get creative in your kitchen and experiment with ingredients and scents to see what works. You can find tons of DIY deodorant recipes on the internet. If you're short on time, we've compiled all the ingredients you'll need here.

Read more natural ways to stop sweating.

8. Sweat proof undershirt

No deodorant alternative is completely sweat and odor proof, and their effects don’t last forever. Most deodorant substitutes need to be reapplied throughout the day to keep you odor-free. 

To block underarm sweat marks and yellow stains for good, try wearing a Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirt, available for men and women. Thompson Tee’s patented sweat proof technology completely blocks underarm sweat from showing through your shirts — or your money back.

If you're not a heavy sweater you can also try Thompson Tee's fitted Premium Undershirt, which is infused with Odor Shield™ technology that blocks odor so you smell fresh throughout the day. 

Why Choose Deodorant Alternatives?

Still unconvinced? There are a number of good reasons you might decide to ditch traditional deodorants and antiperspirants in favor of something more natural.

You Want to Stay Away From Chemicals

Deodorants and antiperspirants contain controversial chemicals including aluminum, parabens, phthalates and triclosan. If you prefer not to put harsh chemicals on your body, you can find peace of mind with an all-natural deodorant alternative.

You Have Sensitive Skin

Certain ingredients like alcohol, aluminum and baking soda can irritate sensitive skin. Many deodorant substitutes are derived from gentle ingredients that can help keep irritation at bay.

You Have Axillary Hyperhidrosis

When you suffer from excessive underarm sweating, regular deodorant just doesn’t cut it. If you feel like you’ve tried every deodorant and antiperspirant on the shelf, it may be time to experiment with alternatives, such as a sweat proof undershirt.

You’re Tired of Pit Stains

Daily application of deodorant or antiperspirant can cause pit stains and leave unwanted residues on your clothing. If you're tired of cleaning pit stains or throwing away shirts, you may want to ditch the deodorant or antiperspirant altogether, and opt for deodorant alternatives.

We hope you find these deodorant alternatives and home remedies helpful! Try a Thompson Tee risk free today.