Many people look at those who suffer from embarrassing body odor as if they never bathe or are unclean. Unfortunately for many body odor sufferers that is not true. Some people, regardless of their bathing, showering, cleaning and primping methods begin to emit a foul odor soon after they have applied deodorant and perfume or cologne. It isn’t always bad hygiene habits that cause some people to have a worse than normal smell to their perspiration.
Most body odor originates under folds of skin or under the breasts, in the armpit or groin area of the body. Many people sweat and have little odor or no odor. For some people minor dampness on a warm day will cause them to smell bad; the reason has more to do with the bacteria living under your arms, in the groin area or under the breasts or folds of skin than your cleanliness. When the moisture from perspiration comes in contact with the bacteria, the bacteria multiplies with each bacterium emitting a light foul odor. The number of multiplying bacterium emitting a light odor all adds up to one big odor. For body odor sufferers, the rate at which bacteria multiplies is often far greater than that of those who do not have body odor.
Always check with your doctor or health care professional if you have uncontrollable body odor with good hygiene. Body odor can be a sign of a metabolic disorder, skin infection or one of several diseases. Of course bathing or showering should occur daily along with applying deodorant to the underarm area. If you are currently following a proper hygiene regimen and still have bad body odor, you may benefit from one or more remedies for body odor.
Start With Clean Clothing
Sometimes the body odor starts with clothing. Wash or have your clothing professionally dry cleaned every time you wear it. If you wear a dry clean only blouse or shirt wear a light cotton shirt under it to absorb sweat and bacteria. This practice will help to cut down on dry cleaning bills while keeping you and clothing fresh.
Wash clothing in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Use chlorine bleach on fabrics for which chlorine bleach is safe.
Dry clothes in a clothes dryer or hang to dry.
Only wear the clothing once is has dried completely.
Showering and Bathing
Choose and antibacterial body wash or bar soap and use it daily on underarms, the groin area, under breast and skin folds. Sure some soaps smell pretty, but not all kill bacteria.
Avoid using body scrubbers without washing them in hot water and drying them. Nylon net scrubbers harbor bacteria and may be contributing to the odor causing bacteria on your body.
Use a new, clean wash cloth every time you bathe or shower. Just as the nylon body scrubbers hold bacteria so can the washcloths.
If you currently use antibacterial soap and still suffer from body odor, try using Betadine.
Wet your problem area with water from the shower.
Pour a dime size amount of Betadine into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then wash armpits, under breast and groin areas.
Immediately rinse it off and wash a second time with antibacterial soap.
After showering, pat your skin dry. Do not leave your skin damp. Walk around for a few minutes if possible without clothes on to help dry your skin.
Throughout the Day
Carry natural cotton balls and a small bottle of one of the following; white vinegar, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide with you.
Several times a day, saturate the cotton ball with the deodorant of your choice and wipe it onto problem areas.
Dispose of the cotton balls, never reuse them.
Sage for Underarm Odor
Boil a cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of sage.
Allow the sage to steep in the boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Strain the water to remove the sage.
Allow the sage tea to cool to room temperature.
Pour the sage tea into a lidded glass jar and put it in the refrigerator.
Soak a natural cotton ball or gauze pad in the tea and wipe down your underarms.
Sage reduces perspiration and kills bacteria.
Essential Oils for Underarm Odor
Dab your underarms with one of the following essential oils, peppermint, pine, lavender or tea tree oil.
All have antibacterial qualities.
Cut a fresh lemon into thin slices.
Pat the lemon on underarms, under breasts or carefully in the groin area.
Immediately pat the area with a clean, dry cloth until the skin is dry.
Dispose of the lemon slice after use.
Lemon is acidic and bacteria have do not do well in acidic environments.
Add to Your Diet
The old saying goes “you are what you eat” and this also pertains to odors. What you put into your body is a reflection of what your body smells like.
Eat food rich in chlorophyll which is a natural deodorizers.
Green leafy vegetables contain high amounts of chlorophyll. Choose fresh spinach, kale or chard.
Add parsley tea to your diet. Parsley is also an odor fighting green.
Boil 1 cup of water and add a teaspoon of finely chopped fresh parsley.
Let the parsley steep in the boiling water for about five minutes.
Strain the tea through a paper coffee filter.
Allow the tea to cool slightly and sip.
Other Body Odor Fighting Tips
Keep the underarm area and groin area free of hair or at least keep it very well trimmed.
Add a chlorophyll tablet to your day, especially if you are not a fan of green leafy vegetables.
Use cornstarch or baking soda instead of perfumed body powders. Dab the cornstarch or baking soda around the groin area, under breasts or under your arms. Allow the powder to remain for 15 to 20 minutes and brush off with a clean washcloth. Apply a second dusting of deodorizing powder and leave it on your skin. If you begin to smell body odor, reapply.
Keep track of the foods you eat in a journal and note your level of body odor for 24 hours afterward. Pinpoint body odor causing foods and avoid them or limit your intake.