I swear by the following deodorant recipe because it's cheap, easy, natural, and my husband says it works better than any of the extra-strength commercial varieties he used before (he sweats a lot and gets stinky): 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave, mix together and pour into an old and empty deodorant container or an empty push-pop type of plastic popsicle container. Keep it in the fridge, otherwise it will melt when the temperature gets past 70. It's not a hassle having it in the kitchen instead of the bathroom because everyone I know goes into the kitchen in the morning when they are getting ready so putting on your deodorant becomes part of your coffee and breakfast routine in the kitchen. If you shower at night then you'd have to make a trip to the kitchen, but honestly it's not that big of a deal. I love this recipe because I tried all the natural deodorants on the market (like Crystal) and none of them were strong enough to handle some sweat and stink. This one does, I promise you! Also, thanks TallSarah for the comment that you can find it in big bags at Costco! I will be buying one soon!
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I just got back to California after living in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia for a year (my parents live there) and totally agree with all these! The health care system is also so much better and speaking legislatively, they can get so much more done because their checks and balances, while still working effectively to check and balance, don't keep important legislation from going through because everyone disagrees. Here in America, so much less seems to get done because there the checks and balance system goes too far. Thanks for this interesting article! I definitely line dry more now after living in Australia and love the electric kettle for boiling water quickly for cooking pasta or whatever else you need boiling water for! Unfortunately, Costco is moving in over there now so it will probably become more like America in terms of needing more storage and big refrigerators soon.
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