Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alkaline Soap, Baking Soda
- Aluminum in Deodorant
- Ammonia Odor
- Anti-Candida Diet, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Borax
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
- Avoid Caffeine
- Avoid Deodorants
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Corn Flour, Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Baby Powder
- Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel
- Bentonite Clay
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Bitter Gourd Juice
- Borax, Coconut Oil
- Brown Deodorant Stone
- Caffeine Triggers
- Charcoal or Liquid Chlorophyll
- Clove Oil
- Coconut Oil, Baking Soda
- Coconut Water Vinegar
- Cold Showers
- Colon Cleanse
- Coriander Oil
- Corn Starch
- Deodorant Recipe
- Diaper Rash Ointment
- Distilled Water, Probiotics, Diet
- Eliminate Onions From Your Diet!
- Eliminate Preservatives
- Flax Seed
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hand Sanitizers
- Homemade Deodorant
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Spray
- Lemon and Water
- Liquid Chlorophyll
- Liquid Kelp Mineral Water
- Lye Soap
- Milk of Magnesia
- Mint Water
- Mouth Rinse
- Multiple Remedies
- Over the Counter
- Ozonated Olive Oil
- Potassium Crystal Deodorant
- Powder With Cornstarch
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Stainless Steel Bar
- Stop Using Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin C
- Wheat Grass
- White Vinegar
- Witch Hazel
- Zinc and Magnesium
- Zinc Oxide Ointment
12/10/2012: Rori from Carson, Ca: "Hey Mom is Milk of Magnesia and it works at preventing odors. take a shower clean your pits and then I just rup some on underarms and let it air dry, then I apply a light oil or lotion and let it dry and it..."
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[YEA] 01/08/2011: Brenda from Springfield, Il: "For my stinky pits, I now have a concoction that works wonderfully. After showering, I first rub virgin coconut oil on my armpits. Then I wet a finger with water and dip my wet finger into mixture of a little Borax and baking soda, and rub that on. Then I end with a squirt of vodka. (I mix in a spray bottle vodka and a few drops of sandalwood essential oil. ) When I just used baking soda, my pits became irritated and dry. I believe I had a yeast problem, thus the Borax; and the VCO for the dryness. No more body odor for me!"Replies
[YEA] 09/08/2011: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa replies: "Body Odor:
Ever since I was 13, no deodorant completely worked for me. I made the mistake of trying every chemical-laden deodorant on the market. I didn't realize, until I weaned myself off of commercial deodorants, that it is the DEODORANTS that are the problem!! I switched to rock type deodorants (there are several different brands, you can buy the kind with the rock or spray-on liquid) about 4 years ago and I will never go back to any other kind of deodorant ever again. In fact, when I do put on regular deodorants now, my body completely rejects them and I break out in horrific, very painful rashes. A few tips for effective use:
1) You need to give your body time to "detox" after using regular deodorants before the natural crystal rock kinds work for you. About 1 or 2 weeks is usually sufficient before you notice a real change.
2) Follow the directions carefully or the deodorant won't work! Apply IMMEDIATELY after getting out of the shower. For a rock deodorant, wet the rock under running water and apply about 20-30 strokes per armpit (yes, really, that many). For a spray deodorant, apply 4 or 5 sprays under each arm.
3) If the natural deodorant doesn't work for you on its own, you can also apply baking soda to the armpit area. Be forewarned though, baking soda can be a little harsh and can leave you with raw skin if used everyday.
- If you are experiencing a lot of body odor, also try the following things which addresses the issue from the inside out: oil pulling, taking coconut oil internally, taking ACV internally, eating an all-natural diet, eliminating toxins from your household, and using all-natural dioxin-free tampons.
Female Body Odor:
To prevent this, wash gently with a 100% natural glycerine soap everyday, which can be purchased very inexpensively for approximately $1 at most grocery or health stores. Don't use regular soap or body washes that are not formulated for use in this area - this is a very gentle region and a body wash that doesn't have a very neutral pH will sting and irritate the area. The more chemicals you can keep out of this area the better (latex condoms, tampons that have dioxide, douches). If you are still experiencing odor after keeping good hygeine, see a doctor, because it might be the sign of an infection.
Rock deodorants can be used for this same purpose - and it works! See the instructions above for application. I prefer the spray-on for ease of application.
Good oral hygeine is key. Brushing after every meal and regular flossing are obvious solutions, but if this doesn't work on its own, see the EC posts for oil pulling, oil of oregano, hydrogen peroxide and sea salt rinses."
09/09/2011: Rob from South America replies: "Great post!
I have been using baking soda for over 5 years and nothing else. It's the only thing that works for me and it works perfectly, I could even go a few days without a shower if I had to (and I live in hot South America). I'm sure the rock deodorant kind works also but I have never been able to find it (plus soda is CHEAP and works, so why not).
I don't find that baking soda irritates the skin. What I do is after showering I put a little soda on the palm of one hand, and with the other drop some water so the mix is in watery form. I mix with both hand and then *gently* apply on both pits and let air dry. If you rub it too hard you will irritate the skin and it will burn. I suppose the same happens if you do it after shaving.
Milk of magnesia equally works but it's more expansive and it leaves a "gooey"/stick feeling."
09/09/2011: Renae from Mpls, Mn replies: "Alfalfa pills are increadable. Only 1/day! Can skip a day now w/no problem!"
[YEA] 01/01/2010: Karen from Hongkong, China: "I've been embarassed about my BO for 18 years. I tried so many remedies such as diff. brand of deodorants but it doesnt work for me. I tried lemon juice and took a bath three a times a day but still the bad smell doesnt eliminate. I did it everything including washing the clothes thoroughly.. but then there's no improvement! Last month i tried to find a solution for my BO and guess what?! lucky me!i found it already! i've read all the comments and suggestions posted on EC site and have a try. I tried using ACV and baking soda for bathing it was really great for me! NO SOAP! i feel fresh everyday.I drink green tea instead of coffee. i also used green tea to rinse my face! it's all natural beauty tips.I also eliminate taking dairy product..(goodbye cheese lol).On summer i try to use milk of magnesia, zinc oxide ointment and essential oil or coconut oil. Today im very happy to share with you that great things happen to me!goodbye BO! Thanks a lot EARTH CLINIC!!be bless..:)"Replies
01/02/2010: David from Tokyo, Japan replies: "Does anyone think that shampoos and soaps actually cause BO? I've been shampoo and soap--free (thanks to borax) for about a year. I change clothes daily, but I often think I don't need to--even socks. Could shampoo and soap be stimulating the body to produce oils to replace oils removed and/or to remove toxins? I'm starting to think so, but does anyone have any thoughts?"
[NAY] 06/02/2009: Ron from Orlando, FL: "I have been dealing with BO for years & I really need a remedy. I been taking Zinc Supplements. I Started taking about 16 grams of Chlorella which contains high amounts of Chlorophyll. I've been bathing with baking soda & sea salt. I've been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning. I drink tea all day with Lemon juice & honey. I eat cloves & rosemary herbs. I've taken sage Tea two nights a week.
I'd like to think my diet is very alkilinizing & drinks fluids, Im too poor to level out meals with meat. i dont take much sugar either
I need help because I'm TRYING to get a JOB . Ted, Somebody HELP PLEASE"
[YEA] 07/14/2011: Roxanne from Ny replies: "Ted try MOM it worked for me, I suffered for over 30 yrs and MOM worked like a charm, gone is B.O, Bye and good damn riddance:))"
09/05/2012: Monique from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "What exactly is MOM what is the complete name and what can you said it honestly do for you."
12/10/2012: Rori from Carson, Ca replies: "Hey Mom is Milk of Magnesia and it works at preventing odors. take a shower clean your pits and then I just rup some on underarms and let it air dry, then I apply a light oil or lotion and let it dry and it works at stopping odors.
Baking Soda is the best alternative to deodorant I've come across. Seriously if you are funky anywhere take some baking soda and at some water to make a paste rub on smelly area let sit for 30-90 seconds then hop in the shower. will kill any and all odors immediately then after shower I take a half or a teaspoon of baking soda and add enought water to my palm to dissolve it and rub hands together then rub on armpits let it airdry then I add a good moisturizing lotion because baking soda can be drying and a little abrrasive for some I have sensitive skin and then works wonders. No more Odor. You will still sweat but you won't stink at all. Just try it a box of baking soda is around 50-90cents and some people like to make the deodorant instead of this method they add corn starch and baking soda and put that powder mix on their pits to kill odor, that powder method was too harsh and gave me a rash that turned my pits black so I now to the baking soda and water and lotion and haven't had any issues. One year of no deodorant use. YAY hope this helps"
Over the Counter
09/01/2011: Underarm from Toronto, On Can: "Choose a deodorant that doesn't stain.
A good deodorant is one without leaving residues and odours behind. I've been using UARMSOL deodorant for many years now, even when I sweat, I have no more underarm or armpit odours. I applied 1 pinch and it's all to it for the whole day without worries about any smell afterwards. There's no chemicals, oil or fragrances added. No staining clothes too. There's no after sport smell or odour masking. And the best thing is I don't have to shave!"
Ozonated Olive Oil
[YEA] 09/20/2007: Steve from Phoenix, USA: "I have become a huge fan of Ozonated Olive Oil. First off it's definitely the best all natural underarm deodorant I've ever used. Only have to use it every other day. It works for insect bites, speeds wound healing, burns, etc. But I've found it really helps reduce wrinkles if used consistently over a couple week period. I suppose the oxygen is being absorbed into the skin and rejuvenating the tissue. I'm going to keep experimenting with this and see how far I can turn back the clock. It's not even that expensive. I bought a 1 oz jar online for only $5.99 and it usually lasts our family of four about three months. Great stuff!"Replies
03/01/2009: James from Vancouver, BC, Canada replies: "Check Out Earthonated's Ozonated Olive Oil, this is a great super strong ozonated product.
02/23/2010: Colleen from Minneapolis, Minnesota replies: "Steve, where did you find this oil? All the places I looked into online charge quite a bit more than yours. I know this is an old post, but perhaps you can tell us where you got it. Thank you."
08/16/2010: Coregon from Medford, Or, Usa replies: "Just a note, I found ozonated olive oil (by several different manufacturers... on Amazon.. Be sure to read reviews to find the most effective one)."
Potassium Crystal Deodorant
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/23/2008: Mariah from Lanham, U.S.A.: "I had tried several brands of natural deodorant and none of them worked. With any small amount of strenuous movement they immediately wore off (not a fun experience when you are around people). I tried the hydrogen peroxide & baking soda which did work, but it was a little messy applying the baking soda. Currently I'm using Thai Cyrstal deodorant which seems to be doing the job and it's much easier to apply then the HP & BS. I haven't done a full sweat filled workout to see how well the it holds up, but there have been a few hot, sticky days when I was out moving around quite a bit and so far, so good."
[YEA] 05/05/2008: Julie from Las Vegas, NV, USA: "Hi, my husband and I have been using Thai Crystal Deodorant Mist from health stores. It's just potassium, and it works great! It really sticks, and has no aluminum. When I need to remove it, I just use a little aloe vera. Hope this helps."
Powder With Cornstarch
[YEA] 02/21/2011: Jeffrey from Pawtucket, Ri: "Several years ago I switched to natural deodorants from aluminum based anti-perspirants/deodorants due to health concerns and skin irritaton. Eventually even the natural ones began to irritate my skin, so I tried powder with aloe and cornstarch. It works amazingly well for days when I don't do much sweating, like a typical workday sitting behind a desk. Usually one application in the morning is all that's needed. I'm thinking of keeping some at work, so on warmer days or on days that I go for a walk or bike commute, I can do a quick wash of my underarms in the restroom and re-apply. My underarms feel so much better! Healing after a long time of being irritated and raw. "
09/17/2012: Esme from Greenbelt, Md, United States Of America: "I need help, I have a serious problem with my armpit it smells stronger than a male odour. I try to cover this odd smell with perfume and deodorant but it just make it worst and noticeable by other people. I stay in the shower more than 30min washing my armpit after shower it smells the same and whether or not am out on the sun or in the house when its cold my armpit stil has this strong odour. This bad odour is on all my cloth, this odour is stressing me out I need a cure. please help..."Replies
11/15/2012: Jim, Florida from Wpb, Fl replies: "Standard soaps are mild because some people have sensitive skin. Your soaps are not strong enough to wash off the oils and deodorants. I use environmentally friendly, colorless dish soap. Dish soap is made to clean off oils. The first time, or if you don't use it daily, you may need to use it 2 or 3 times to achieve odorless arm pits. This will also work on men's groin area."
[YEA] 04/05/2013: Marcaq999 from San Diego, Ca, USA replies: "My bo problem started when I was 12 yrs old. My armpits were like leaky faucets, they drip constantly. I used all kinds of deo/antiperspirant, both natural and store bought. Nothing works, until 3 months ago ( Late Jan, beg Feb 2013). I am now 56 years old. My armpit sweating has diminished by 80 percent ( No cure, it came with aging). However, up until late January, my armpit and groin odor intensified. What was the smell? Amonia/sufur/onion smell, this smell will start 2 minutes after getting out of the shower and after doing a full body scrub.
Today, I am 85 to 90 percent odor free.
What did I do different? I changed my diet. I eliminated processed food, junk food, gluten food, sugary food. I ate food rich in Alkaline. I now use tea tree oil for deodorant. I use a q tip, dip the q-tip in the bottle and apply it to my armpits and groin area. My armpit still sweat, but the offensive odor is now tamed.
My new diet.
- For carbs (bread/white rice replacement) - Soba (buckwheat) noodles, quinoa, millet, sweet yams
- Processed food replacement - I eat whole foods - lots of green leafy vegetables like bokchoy, cabage, cilantro, parsley. Also, lots of brocoli, cucumbers and salsa (fresh tomatoes etc).
- For protein - tofu, sun flower seeds, wild caught fish like sardines, perchs, mackerel (not canned but sea fresh).
- For deodorant - tea tree oil, baking soda.
- For alkalizing drink: 3/4 cup water, 2 teaspoon ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda mix together, and drink it 1 - 3 times a day."
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: My anxiety, mood swings, paranoia, depression is 95 percent better!
Above problems were so bad that I have to quit my job (over $60K/year) almost 2 years ago. Yes, loosing my job was so sad, but, the brighter side, I have gained my life back. I am still not employed.... But looking and praying that God (I am a Christian) will direct me to the better job than I had before, in His time. In the mean time, I garden (growing basil, green onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocadoes, lichee fruit tree (with my wife), garlic, ginger.... It's exciting.... I NOW HAVE A LIFE......
Don't loose hope.... you will find some cures to whatever your problem is...
If you want to e-mail me... marcaq999(AT)gmail.com"
08/14/2012: Red from Boyle, Ireland: "My groin smells so bad that I cannot go to church or sit in a bus. Even when I bathe it doesnt go away. Help me because am suffering."Replies
08/15/2012: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "I think that this page might help you.
06/13/2012: Gina from Pasadena, Texas, Usa: "Hello. Please help. My husband has a very bad odor that clings to anything he sits or lays on. I really notice it when I have been gone for a few days. Its not a sweaty smell, but like a very odd smell of something very old, sort of like a nursing home smell? I can't explain the smell. Sometimes I smell it on his scalp. He has diabetes and hepatitis too. Hes always had a very bad diet and doesn't listen to me about eating healthy. Please if anyone knows what this is, and if there's anything that will help, I would really apreciate it. Thank you so much, Gina"Replies
06/13/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Hi, Chlorella works wonders for strange body odors. Start slowly and build up.
Also very good quality probiotics either in the form of probiotic rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, lacto-fermented veggies several times daily (or good quality probiotic pills in bottles) helps add good bacteria to the system which resolves body odor issues.
See http://culturedfoodlife.com/ to learn to make these at home for cheap.
Good luck, T"
06/16/2012: Dave from Banning, Ca. United States replies: "Your husband system could be toxic due to eating wrong. Been there done that! He needs to eat fresh fruit and veggies. And stop with the junk food--Sugar, white flour and processed foods are terrible for the body."
06/16/2012: Kk from Seattle, Wa replies: "That is not true completely. You can get parasites from fresh fruits and veggies and your odor is going to get only worse. I would say have proper treatment for parasites/flukes. Ignore the testing part, there are no good tests available for anybody.. If you get to fruit and veggies, make sure there is nothing bad on them."
06/16/2012: Hattie from Hacienda Hts, Ca. United States replies: "Funny but I have never gotten parasites from eating fresh fruits and vegetables? But of course I wash them before eating them. Cantalopes and watermellon should also be washed before slicing them. I read of one woman that became ill and died from eating an unwashed cantalope.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the best foods you can eat for your system! According to the book FIT FOR LIFE you must eat fruits on an empty stomach or the fruit can be blocked from emptying into the intestine and putrify.
People can emit awful odors from the intestines or stomach if they don't eat properly. I sat next to a man whose odor coming out of his mouth nearly made me faint whenever he spoke. And I don't believe the odor came from his mouth. I believe the odor was coming from his stomach. I felt I was sitting next to a Corpse Flower!"
02/08/2012: Betty from Kampala, Uganda: "I've been sweating excessively for about six years now regardless of the weather and time of day. It worsens when I take a walk. I've tried to use chlorophyll, gone for checkups on my liver, gall bladder, spleen but with no promising results. Sweating brings me discomfort, shame, lack of confidence, etc. Please help because I'm really tired of the situation. Thanks."Replies
08/16/2012: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "Take a look at this page.
11/16/2011: Ian_me from Taguig, Manila: "When I read all the remedies in body odour I just want to know how long you've take this medication?.. A lifetime?.. Because I have a bad smell too.. I've tried many deodorants but it seems smell bad. Is there any suggestion to cure my body odor to last? I try to go to dermatologist but I don't have a budget to totally take care of my body odor so it will not occur anymore.. please help me..thanks."
08/30/2011: Aikatsu from Brunei: "ive been using baking soda as deo but then I just realised it doesnt help but I think the odor is not from underarm, or is it me that didnt smell it? why is that? and I used lime too after shower or before shower.. Should I use milk of magnesia? what do u think.. Its really bugging me.. I am still a high school student in a hot weather climate country, my sch session ends at 4 pm.. which worsen the situation."Replies
08/31/2011: Jitzky from Dallas, Tx replies: "Baking soda as a deodorant can make your underarm dark and sometimes irritated, leaving more bacteria which causes more body odor. What best works for me is to scrub with a loofah or a wash cloth morning and night. Then dry off completely with a towel and spray with 3% hydrogen peroxide as your deodorant. You can purchase the 3% hydrogen peroxide in a dark spray bottle at Walmart, or maybe CVS or Walgreens, and it's very cheap. Purchase another tiny spray bottle and transfer some peroxide in it to carry along with you during the day. Spray your underarm everytime you go on a restroom break or as often as needed. I've been doing this for a long time. My armpits stay clean all the time that I could now go for more than a day without spraying and there's still no smell. Give it a try! Hope this helps!
Benefits: It kills germs and bacteria, it helps whiten your armpit over time, no harmful ingredients, and it eliminates odor."
08/31/2011: Nina from Malma, Sweden replies: "Hi there! I would try and take a grren drink like chlorella , green barely , or spirulina. These all come in powder form and you can buy them in health food stores or online. They are great for cleaning the body. Do a google search on chlorella and I think you will find some information about body oder. I would also with out a doubt start taking acidophulus pro probiotics or drinking fermented yogurt as this problem could be cuased by a slight imbalance in your stomache. Before taking probiotics.
Best of luck!"
08/17/2012: Umaga from Anaheim, California replies: "To Nina from Malma, Sweden. Try applying Milk of Magnesia to your underarms, feet and groin. It solved my problems. Good luck!"
08/10/2011: Shaun from Austin, Tx: "Hi u doing I'm a male with body odor it seems I only smell when I sweat alot it's not my underarms it's my under my testicles I sweat kinda alot maybe that's the problem. It effects me hanging out with friends because I'm always worried about smelling please give me some adivce."Replies
03/01/2012: Shane from Newcastle, Nsw, Australia replies: "I've read a few of the remedies considered on here and would like to add my experiences..
ATM I have bad BO and have for a few years it comes and goes.. it maybe related to what I ingest?
What I have read about ACV is that it could cure alot of stuff definitely ingest it! The book I read says take some at any chance you get add it to drinks cakes sauces whatever it is, I havent done this never really seen the need to..
I also use it to rinse my dreads after a baking soda wash with oils in it like tea tree (for bacteria) rosemary (for dandruff) thyme, lavender (for mould) and lemongrass they all have their own properties but lavender rosemary and teatree are the most benificial with what they do, the lemon grass is mainly for the nice smell and the thyme oil is good for syrocisis (spelling) it works well and my hair scalp have never been happier mix it all up with 2L warm water and wash the dirt away.. Its the best clean you will ever have!!!!!
I did an experiment and washed my hair with shampoo first then again straight after with the baking soda mix and still got dirt out, dreads catch allot of dirt, oils and smoke in the air.. IMO shampoo is pretty usless compaired to this stuff!!
The Apple Cider Vinegar then brings the PH back up.. Its also mixed with water and rinsed in the hair. I dont always use it as it sometimes makes my hair oiler not so good when you want dreads to knot up. Acv is also used in my chooks water in small amounts it helps the beneficial flora in their and our guts to fight off the bad ones.
As the smells may be related to our insides too it seems, So now im pretty keen to use it under my arms and ingest it.. The Apple Cider Vinegar that is, not the soda mix :) just wanna be clear on that.. when I do my hair ill wash under my arms with the soda mix.
Ive also found the soda mix helpful with pimples on my back not sure exactly which component it is that helps but it might be worth a try if you have this issue too.
BTW leave the soda in your hair for 10-30mins pending on how much hair u have and rise out then rise with ACV and rise out the Apple Cider Vinegar should only be in your hair for 5mins it works fast...
08/10/2012: Always Wanted To Make Remedies from Kingston, Jamaica replies: "Ok ok... Don't twist my arm any more... I will tell. For my underarm odor I just took two of my zinc supplement tablets and put them under my armpits for about half an hour. After this I made a paste and rub fully underarms. Did for two to three days. Tested by stopping the application and getting sweaty. Voila!! No sweaty scent. Still smelling my clothes in awe! Can't believe it! No sweat scent and I don't sweat that much again! I think the poster with smelly testicles should make a paste and apply it down there. I'm almost sure this will help and improve sperm count in the process.
A very cheap solution for anyone!
I know I could have gotten millions for this information :o) but I'll forego that and help from here :o)."