Any parent of a preteen has smelled it coming: The onsalught of odors associated with puberty. When did your darling child go from the scent of candy bars and peanut butter to stinking like the bottom of an NBA locker? You may first notice it when you're driving carpool, or doing laundry, or hugging your child good night. Now what?
It's really important to be gentle and non-judgmental when talking with your preteen about this issue. Preteens may take any input from you as criticism, so figure out what you're going to say before you say it. "Tucker, I've noticed that your shirts are smelling pretty sweaty at the end of each day. You know that's all part of growing up, don't you? It's probably time for you to wash your armpits every day, and for you to start using deodorant" will work a lot better than, "Hoo-ee! Somebody's turning into a sweaty teenager!" Also, make sure the two of you are alone for this conversation--no siblings allowed!
Because of suspicions (although currently unproven) that aluminum-containing deodorants are linked with both breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease, some parents prefer not to use aluminum-containing anti-perpirants, and don't want their children to use such products, either. If you fall into that group, try these alternative deodorant methods. The advantages of these methods: They're dirt cheap, they'll stop odor almost completely, and they don't leave funky residue on your clothing. The disadvantage: They won't totally stop wetness.
Your preteen may do best with the spray-on options rather than the slightly messier application method needed with the baking soda and cornstarch recipe. Remember, where your preteen is concerned, simple works best!
Now, if they would just keep their bedrooms clean...
Looking for homemade deodorant recipes? These recipes are simple and inexpensive. Not only can you make them in your kitchen, you'll be able to use them immediately.
These recipes for organic deodorant are delightfully scented and work just like what you buy in the store. The bonus to these products, however, is that you know you are enjoying an organic approach to keeping body odor at bay.