7 Surprising Uses For Deodorant That Can Benefit Your Health And Household

by Nicole Cannizzaro
Nicole is a writer who studied journalism. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Deodorant is obviously used as antiperspirant under the arms. To control your sweat, and your smell.

And while we can commonly find unusual replacements for deodorant, it’s less likely you’ll find other things you can use your deodorant on.

When I realized that you could find a safe deodorant within your household items, I can’t lie, I was a bit impressed. I wanted to go become a scientist in my own kitchen! But I don’t think I’d ever just replace my stick with a jump to some lemon juice right away. I feel like that would really sting after shaving!

It turns out that your store bought deodorant has a chemical makeup that can do the trick of a lemon (with a plethora of smell choices), and also a few other unusual tricks you might love!

From random other body parts sweating, to even helping you with those uncomfortable work shoes. The deodorant sticks you commonly toss out could actually be much more valuable to your everyday life than you’d think.

Use #1: Tame Frizzy Hair

Deodorant for flyaways
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Deodorant to de-frizz my hair? I would have never guessed.

But, it turns out it’s true! If you’re going out on a hot and clammy day? Just add some deodorant around your hairline and it will prevent it from frizzing up.

Obviously, hairspray might be your usual fix, but it seems that this hair trick is one you should always keep handy when traveling or out without your go-to.

I might finally not have fly-aways in front of my face when I wear a ponytail!

Use #2: Prevent Blisters

Rub deodorant on ankles
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Heels are possibly the most loved, and most hated, item in a woman’s closet.

We wear them because sometimes, we might feel like we look better with them. We can walk taller, look leaner and sometimes just feel more confident when they’re below our feet.

But the truth is, the problems come when you take them off and realize there’s blood on your toes or blisters on your heels.

Applying deodorant before putting your uncomfortable shoes on will create a layer that can help prevent blisters. It’ll act as a buffer between your shoe and your skin and you might just never have to worry about bubbly blisters again!


Use #3: Soothe Rashes And Chafing

Deodorant for thigh chafing
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Chaffing. Everyone knows about it, but no one wants to talk about it.

And with deodorant, you might not have to!

If you apply a thin layer of deodorant on the inside of your thighs, this too will act as a buffer for your two legs.

Plus, it’ll smell great and even prevent some sweating if you’re running around too!

Use #4: Soothe Bug Bites

Use deodorant for bug bites
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Mosquito bites seem to be the most annoying little problems of the world.

Shockingly enough, these annoying bug bites can be soothed with deodorant.

If you apply deodorant directly on your itchy area, it will calm the skin and your itching can subside within seconds!

This is a great hack for wilderness lovers!

Use #5: Fix A Squeaky Door

Applying deodorant to squeaky door hinge
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OK, deodorant on a household item is something unusual definitely. But also, efficient.

If you apply the deodorant on the hinge, then move the door open and shut a few times to really work the deodorant in there, it will stop the squeaking.

Applying it on both sides and making sure that it’s really in there will help enforce the trick and make the silence last!

Use #6: Stop Sweat

Putting deodorant under boobs
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Underboob sweat will always be a struggle for women.

Something seemingly unflattering, or not talked about, yet it happens to everyone.

But, as we’ve found out by now, deodorant works for this kind of sweat too!

Sometimes we might think that deodorant is only for underarms, but it’s really great to help any kind of sweat!

Underarm, underboob, underfoot, under anywhere!

Use #7: Safe Storage

Hide money in empty deodorant
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This is my absolute favorite unusual use, and it doesn’t even really include the deodorant inside itself.

This is something any mom, daughter, grandma, granddaughter, could use. Even the male side of the spectrum can make use of this one too.

When you’re traveling, it’s always important to keep your belongings safe, and what would be better than hiding your money somewhere other than your wallet deep at the bottom of your purse?

If you take all of the parts of your deodorant container out, then you have a free, secret, little wallet at your disposal.

Put anything you want inside and no one will ever even think to steal your used deodorant, right?!

Why Deodorant?

Deodorant stick
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Deodorant has so many bodily uses because of its make up. Most include antiperspirant, aluminum compounds, Cyclomethicone and anti-bacterial ingredients.

All of those make a substance that is thick enough to mask odors of smell, but not thick enough to actually stop your sweat.

This combination helps create a layer that will help things like blisters and chaffing too, and I think it’s safe to say that more unusual uses will only pop up over time.

With so many years with deodorant, who wouldn’t figure these ones out? I’m sure glad they did, my heels have never been so forgiving.

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