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How to Make Talc Powder

Updated March 22, 2017

Talcum powder is primarily used as an absorber of moisture, and most people use it to soak up sweat or prevent it. Most commonly, you will see athletes use talcum powder before they compete in a game so that their hands do not become slippery from perspiration. Contrary to popular belief, talcum powder is very easy to manufacture on your own once you have the proper ingredients. In addition, there are numerous recipes you can look up to add fragrances to your talcum powder.

Pour the powder ingredients into the mixing bowl, and mix them together with the stirrer.

Pour the mixture into the container. If you are adding fragrances, pour the drops onto a cotton pad and put it into the container. Put the lid on the container and then shake up the ingredients inside thoroughly.

Let the mixture sit for 24 hours and then shake it again. Allow it to sit for an additional 24 hours and then shake it again. Wait 24 more hours before using your talcum powder.

Things You'll Need

  • 312gr. tapioca starch
  • 113gr. baking soda
  • 28.4gr. kaolin powder
  • 15 to 18 drops of fragrance (optional)
  • Cotton pad (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stirrer
  • Container with lid
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James Wiley graduated from Providence College in 2009 as a double major in global studies and Spanish. Wiley's capstone thesis paper was published in the Providence College database. He has also competed in international script-writing competitions and coauthored a pilot which placed in the top 15 percent of international entries over the past year.