Is baking soda a substitute to deodorant for whitening armpits?

Home remedy for dark armpits

Baking soda is a very effective natural deodorant. Not to be confused with baking powder, whose composition is different and stickier. Take about one eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand. Add enough water to make a smooth paste and apply it directly on to your armpits. Make sure you add enough water to dissolve the powder or it may irritate and inflame the region. The final product feels a little slimy to touch and will more or less last all day. It may leave white patches on your clothes or on the counter top, but that should get washed off easily enough.

Frequent use of chemical deodorants and hair removing creams causes darkening in the armpit region. Certain hormonal problems can also do this. Some natural remedies to restore the original colour are :

  1. Lemon and Alum: Cut a lemon in half and rub the halves over the armpits. Take about half a teaspoon of powdered alum and rub it on in a circular motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off. Or leave it on for as long as you can if the texture doesnot bother you.
  2. Lemon, honey and alum: Mix some lemon juice and honey in equal proprtions in a little dish. Apply it on the armpits and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can apply powdered alum as before and leave it on.

Bleaching will also work in the short term, but is not a good solution overall because in the long term it will make darkening worse by irritating the skin in that area.

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