Y'all are just pourin' it on THICK today with the Spazzy compliments today, aren't you? I LOVE IT!
Feed grade should be small enough in granular structure to use as personal use.
Though I don't even own 50 pounds of baking soda in my apartment (how impressive is THAT?), I do keep what I'm immediately using in a variety of shaker containers and a plastic pour-top lidded container, the same kinds used for bulk quantities of cereal of flour. See this post for my container types:http://www.mothering.com/discussions...=475859&page=6
Baking soda is pH basic, so plastic is a great place to keep baking soda. It doesn't harm the plastic and it keeps moisture from clumping your baking soda.
As to armpit stuff, I have an Arm and Hammer plastic shaker bottle that I reuse. You can buy them at the grocery store, baking aisle. I buy the kind that says "Baking, Deodorizing" - so I can use it for personal use and then refill with more regular baking soda. There is another shaker bottle that has a picture of a stainless steel sink. These granules are big and are a little harder to use on the body (it'll flake off and doesn't dissolve so well in liquids or lotions) - so don't get this one for personal use.
Speaking of which, I don't actually mix the baking soda with anything. My guess is that baking soda would be kind of irritating on my armpits all day, a lot like keeping soap on your armpits all day, so I don't mix it and leave it on.
, maybe that's the problem? Constant contact with something that's grainy and pH basic? PLUS other stuff mixed in to irritate? -- perhaps if you want to leave the baking soda on, you can dissolve the baking soda first in a spray bottle with water and the aloe vera/lotion. This way you won't have any granules and it'll dilute the baking soda a little. It will soak in your skin better too).
Otherwise, if you're using lotion, perhaps diluting the baking soda in a little water and then adding a lightweight lotion will work better. I have found some deodorant recipes, I'll post them below:http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/tip...akingsoda1.htmhttp://www.elysiandream.com/recipes.htm
This one is interesting. These recipes use a combo of essential oils, some of which use baking soda. The trick is to kill odor causing bacteria, which equals stink-free pits:Basic Deodorant Powder: 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, a few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon, or try cedar and sage for men. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Do not rinse.
Basic Liquid Deoderant:1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender, or tea tree. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Makes 3/4 cup with an indefinite shelf life.
Here's what I personally do.
I just shake about a tablespoon of baking soda into my hand, divide it, and use one hand to scrub one armpit, the other to do the other one. I rinse it off, then spray apple cider vinegar (1/2 ACV, 1/2 water). I keep that on while doing other stuff in the shower for a few minutes and then rinse that off.
I finish off after I shower by spraying a Lavender essential oil spray on my armpits. This spray dries in a minute. You can make your own by putting a capful of lavender in a small spray bottle and adding distilled water to it. My particular mix has bergamot and cedarwood oil too. These oils are all bacteria killing and astringent (pulls moisture). So the spray keeps me smelling dainty and dry.
If it's particularly hot or disgusting outside and I'm going to be out and wearing something light colored, I'll put baby powder (cornstarch based) on my armpits.
So, in short:
- Baking soda scrub
: Grab some baking soda, divide for two armpits, scrub in circular motion. Rinse.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
: Spray apple cider vinegar on armpits. Leave on a few minutes if you have time, but if not, no biggie. Rinse.
- Burt's Bees Lavender Spray (now homemade)
: Spray essential oil combo (lavender is main. You can add tea tree oil too).
: Baby powder with cornstarch on occasion/if needed.