Most of us can’t step out of the house without wearing deodorant. After all, who wants their armpits to smell especially when there are other people around? But there are reports that talk about the toxic ingredients that are present in commercial deodorants and most of them shouldn’t even touch your skin. There are even concerns about Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to your current deodorant or you simply forgot to use your deo and you need a quick fix, here are safer alternatives to make your armpits smell fresher:

1. Lemon Juice

Just slice a lemon and apply the juice to your underarms. This will stave off bad odor because of its citric acid’s bacteria-killing properties.

2. Witch Hazel

This is a natural astringent from the shrub and can kill bacteria, while getting rid of oils and moisture that have been trapped in the skin. Get a cotton ball and apply witch hazel on your underarms.

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3. Essential Oils

There are essential oils that have antibacterial properties, including lavender, thyme, rosemary, and lemongrass. They are very safe to use on the skin and you can even reapply them throughout the day.

4. Coconut Oil

What’s really great about coconut oil is that it can do everything you want from body lotion to facial wash to a lip balm – and of course, as deodorant. Coconut oil can fight bacteria that can protect the armpits from odor. The downside is that it is very oily, so you will have to use it sparingly.

5. Baking Soda

Another versatile kitchen ingredient you should always have around is baking soda. It has deodorizing properties that even commercial sticks contain it. You can apply it like powder on your underarms, but the majority of its users agree that it is better if you mix it with a small amount of water until you have a paste. You will need to experiment on the amount of water to use though as it can either be too runny or flaky.

6. Baking Soda + Coconut Oil or Cornstarch

Combining baking soda with coconut oil can work better than simply water because of the consistency that can create a soft cream. Both have antibacterial agents that can fight bacteria-causing odor. Cornstarch, on the other hand, can fight odor and even wetness. It’s also very easy to apply.

If you’re aiming to go to the natural route, these deodorant alternatives are a must try. They are safe, effective, and definitely inexpensive.