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baking soda deodorant issues

I have been using baking soda as a deodorant for a few months now, and although it has worked amazingly well for controlling sweat and odor issues, I'm finding I'm having a few problems with it:

1) my underarms have started to get darker and sometimes they itch a great deal
2) the baking soda leaves residue on *some* clothing and not others...any idea why??


A few days ago I started applying vitamin e oil to my underarms (after I shower and before applying the baking soda) to see if it would change my underarm dryness and perhaps improve the discoloration, but I haven't noticed much difference. Anyone have the same issues??

**If it helps, I have semi-excessive sweat issues and I haven't used an antiperspirant for over a year now. Also, about a week after I began using bs, my underarms itched like crazy and after a week or two of "adjusting", they stopped itching on a regular basis. Any thoughts on whether or not my body just got "used" to it??

Any help would be much appreciated!!

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daisan
May. 29th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Not sure on the darker issue, but if you have residue it's probably because you used too much that day. I notice if I make the paste too thick I get a big white ring, but if I just put on the barest amount I'm fine in whatever clothing I wear.

Do you use tea tree oil and/or witch hazel as well as baking soda?
samayyah
May. 29th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
if you have residue it's probably because you used too much that day

this totally makes sense because when I apply more, it's usually when I'm wearing more form fitting things and I'm worried about sweating through them! thanks!

also, i haven't tried tea tree oil or witch hazel but i think i might give it a shot. thanks!
daisan
May. 29th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sure. I mix my witch hazel with a few drops of TTO and I find I have to use less bs because the mix kills bacteria under my armpits and helps keep odor down. I highly recommend them together. :)
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samayyah
May. 29th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
thanks for your input, but i checked that page and didn't see sodium bicarbonate anywhere. i also checked the 'Listing of NFPA Ratings for many chemicals' and all of the sodium bicarbonates listed (there were many listed by supplier) and all of them rated 000. this is what the site had to say about the numbers: "Hazards are assigned a range of 0 through 4, where 0 equals no hazard and 4 equals the highest hazard severity. In the NFPA Rate column, the first number is the health hazard rating, the second number is the fire hazard rating, and the third number is the reactivity rating".

did i miss something? is it listed somewhere i'm not seeing?
sabine_strohem
May. 29th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
you could try mixing the baking soda with cornstarch..that might help with the itch. I found the mixture effective for smell and sweat, however, the baking soda irritated my skin so bad it basically burned my armpits after a few weeks of use...painful! so, I switched to a rock crystal deodorant which has worked great for me.
samayyah
May. 29th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
thanks for your input. i JUST purchased a crystal a few days ago just to try it out - so i'll do that this week. i'm really glad i'm not the only one that has/had issues with baking soda because i was afraid it worked for everyone but me. it really is a shame that i'm having these reactions though because it is the best deodorant i have ever used!!
vellanya
May. 29th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
the darkness and itching might also be a fungal infection. I've actually ended up with one twice. Look into using something anti fungal for a while, is tea tree oil good for that, and see if that helps.

samayyah
May. 29th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
thanks for the advice - i think i'm going to pick some tea tree oil up today and see if it helps. i'm also (sadly) going to discontinue the use of bs and see if it clears up. if for some reason it doesn't clear up in a week or so, do you have another anti-fungal you'd recommend?
vellanya
May. 29th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I used a dr rx one both times that I had it. You may also want to check and see what is out there for Athlete's foot. My doc told me it was pretty much the same thing, just in the armpit. I'm still learning up on homeopathic remedies for that type of stuff.
touchofgrey
May. 29th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
I tried using baking soda as a deodorant once and ended up getting a nasty bacterial infection. (Very painful lump that had to be treated with antibiotics.) Treated it, it went away, used the baking soda again, it came back. I STILL might think it was a coincidence, except that the same thing then happened to my roommate. (No, we weren't sharing the same baking soda.)

I still hesitate blaming the baking soda because that makes no sense, but the infection hasn't come back since and I've been to scared to use it again. It did work really well, though. :-\
samayyah
May. 29th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
yikes - yeah i'd hate to think that the baking soda is the cause of it because it works soo well, but i think i'm going to have to stop using it.

what did you do to get rid of the infection??
touchofgrey
May. 29th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Antibiotics. I tried EVERYTHING natural I could think of first. But after about two months of it hurting like crazy to move my arm, I gave up and got the drugs. (The second time it started coming back, I quit using the baking soda IMMEDIATELY and put neosporin on it and it went away quickly that time. I think it just got too established the first time. I thought it was an ingrown hair at first.)
sweetanniehi
May. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
That happened to me when I was using it on my feet and armpits. I also had to go on antibiotics to clear it up.
touchofgrey
May. 29th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Very weird. I wonder what in the world baking soda could do to cause that. (The doctor specifically said that mine was a staph infection.) I use it all the time on my face and it's only done wonderful things for my skin there. (The only difference being that I wash it off after.)
sweetanniehi
May. 29th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
My doctor said that I must of had some sort of fungal or yeast growing there. The BS killed the fungus and made room for bacteria. The staph moved in before the good skin bacteria could.
touchofgrey
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. That does make a certain amount of sense. I wonder if the ACV I use on my face after the baking soda is what's kept anything bad from happening there...
violet_flames
Jun. 6th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
That makes me very sad. I've been using BS for about six months now and LOVE it. Best thing I've ever found, because I'm sensitive to scents, and get really bad BO when using regular deoderant (like between applications). I sure hope this doesn't happen to me.
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