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Lemon juice as a deodorant?

by (1650) Updated April 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM Created April 05, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I was watching Regency House this weekend - you remember, when PBS was doing all those recreation shows, having people live as if it was the victorian era, or pioneer era, or whatever? This one was regency era, the time of Jane Austin, Pride & Prejudice and all that.

ANYWAY, I noticed the ladies were using lemons for underarm deodorant. Has anyone ever heard of or tried this? Thought it was interesting.

Of note, they also used egg whites, rum, and rosewater to shampoo their hair.

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6832 · April 06, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Lemon juice is a great deodorant, the citric acid with it's low pH breaks down the cell membranes of the bacteria and dries up excess oil - (the same goes for vinegar too) although some people can be really sensitive to it (especially after they have shaved under the arms).

It can be mixed with baking soda to make more of a 'powdery' texture which is easier to apply and dries quicker - the baking soda absorbs excess sweat or you can water down juice (with vinegar if you prefer) which has been strained through a cheesecloth and put it in a spray bottle to spray directly under arms.

Make sure the juice is completely dry before you put on your clothes as it may stain clothing or alter the color of the dye when it is subsequently washed.

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40 · January 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

I use lemon juice as my deodorant and it works very well- much better than other natural deodorants. It even works when I work out and get all sweaty:)

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950 · April 05, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I use coconut oil and baking soda as a deodorant. Just rub some deodorant on then pat some baking soda on with your fingers. Doesn't stain clothing and works better than any store-bought deodorant I've tried in the past.

I also use a whole egg and vinegar (about 1 tbsp in 1 cup water) to shampoo and condition my hair.

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3127 · January 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

i just shave my arm pits and dont use deodorant. i figure i dont want cancer causing chemical applied directly to the lymph nodes of the arm pits. i did this for 35 years long befor going paleo. sometimes i have to shower three times a day but i enjoy it. i think lemon or orange oil is a wonderful idea and will give it a go.

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10 · December 18, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I'm going to try adding in the baking soda because when playing sports you do become a bit sweaty, but otherwise I say lemons all the way.

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-2 · April 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

my sister uses lemon juice as deodorant and she smells terrible. How can I tell her she stinks without hurting her feelings. She needs to go back to using deodorant and she needs men's deodorant that's how bad she smells.

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