After knowing that baking soda was a natural deodorizer, I began to research if salts were also a natural deodorizer since baking soda is hard to completely dissolve in water, whereas salt almost completely dissolves in a small amount of water. I wanted to find out for a recipe I was using for a deodorant, and since the baking soda tended to just sink to the bottom of the water and get pasty without ever really mixing into the water, I wanted to see if salt would be a better choice.
Sure enough, mineral salts, sea salt and regular table salt can work well as a natural deodorizing agent. However, I’ve unfortunately personally found that baking soda works a little better in this arena.
You have probably seen natural deodorant crystals and “rocks” that use minerals and mineral salts as their main claim to deodorizing the underarms and other areas of the body. That is because they contain naturally antibacterial properties, and body odor is caused by just that – bactrerial growth.
It is particularly pungent in areas of the body that are not exposed to light or air – hence the reason that our nether regions and our underarms are so prone to additional body odor. The underarms are both dark and wet because we perspire there. There are a large number of sweat glands clustered near the underarms, and it is a primary conduit to us ridding our body of built up toxins by sweating them out.
It is for this reason that I don’t believe coating the underarms with things like aluminum and prescription grade masking agents is good. You are basically blocking the sweat glands, and this in turn prevents your body from getting rid of the excess salt and toxins that build up in the body.
Sea salt is a viable alternative to baking soda as a natural deodorizing agent, however it requires a little more salt than baking soda to get the same results. It’s a great, cheap alternative to helping rid the body or the house of odors.
See a helpful page on this topic of natural deodorizing products here http://www.herbalnewsmagazine.com/natural-deodorant/