Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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
- Armpit Massage
- 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
- Leafy Greens or Chlorophyll
- 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
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)."
04/22/2011: Nadir from Kannur, Kerala, India: "i have a serious problem. I am losing condifence and my life is going in a bad direction. Thing is I have serious body odour issue. I sweat a lot. Problem is I was not careful with cleanliness when I was a kid. Even though I bath twice daily now I still have problem. I think problem is fungal infection. Near my groin area. Even though I bath and put on new clothes after say 1-2 hour I feel restless and unclean. When I wake up after sleep I can feel the odour. Feel like fungal infection. I could see some white patch like thing near my groin area when I wake up... Before I could see some yellow kinda covering in the pubic hair in the scrotum. But nowadays I clean my body well using some bath scrub. Still I feel restless and itchy after an hour however well I hav taken the bath. As this problem have been there for pretty long time I think the infection is kinda there all over my body since I use the same towel after bath to wipe out. I am kinda ashamed to go to a doctor and explain these in person. I went once but I couldnt say the whole problem. so please help me out with problem."Replies
04/26/2011: Christine from Bellingham, Wa Usa replies: "I used to have athletes' foot but I always found it went away with a seaside holiday. Something about getting the sun, air and salt water on your body got rid of it until the winter when the old infected shoes went back on and it came back."
10/10/2011: Ryan from Oakville, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi there,
I too have suffered with a body odour for 5 yrs only mine has been a fecal body odour and I know of all the embarrassment u speak of! I like u, have tried everything to get rid of it! You may have something called TMAU! You should get tested for it! Also look into being tested for Lactose/Sugar Problems, Heavy Metals, IBS, etc, etc. Some people have suggested some good ideas on here for body odour! I would suggest looking into buying the Lye Soap and Neem Soap and see if it helps ya! I know when I get some money, that's what I'm doing! Lol. Anyways, I really do hope u can get your life back, as I totally understand how debilitating this condition can be!! You take care.
03/07/2011: Mellosmoothe from Metairie, La/usa: "I have a bad breath and body odor problem that I can't seem to remove. Have been to a lot of doctors. You name it and I have almost used it. Every doctor says I'm healthy have nothing wrong with me. I'm a very neat person so people says I have ocd. This my be funny since I have a body odor problem. I'm married and spend every moment I have on the computer researching this problem. Its not in my head because I have a job and people on my job have made comments about it. Its not in my head, clothes, nor is my diet I don't think because I eat healthy no meat etc. Don't know what is causing it(ONE THING IS FOR SURE IT HAS CHANGE MY LIFE NOT IN A GOOD WAY) I would give anything just to have one day of rest before I leave this earth even in my dreams I have no rest from this problem. now I have a family and they are suffering just as much. If you can help it would be forever appreciated."Replies
03/07/2011: Lotusland from Vancouver, Bc Canada replies: "You are not going to like my reply... There are a number of possible reasons for your troubles, and it could be something you have (inadvertently) not mentioned. It is difficult over the internet. Anyway, I have an 'out-in-left-field' suggestion that I have heard has worked for someone with your problem: Urine Therapy. The woman who tried it was like you - no probable cause, 'clean' eater, clean person etc. She had also tried everything. She began drinking her morning urine (do a search on how to do it) because she had nothing to lose and actually expected she would begin to smell worse. Well, it worked.
By the way, I myself have been doing Amaroli/Uropathy/Urine Therapy every morning for more than 3 years. I love it - it has helped many things.
03/07/2011: Granny Laura from Waco, Tx Usa replies: "I know where you are coming from, brushing and flossing didn't help, nor mouth washes and chewing mint gum.
I would shower on Sunday morning using a Betadine wash, shave under my arms, then use one of the 3 deodorants I used in rotation. My body got used to any deodorant I used on a daily basis, even "Mitchum's Industrial Strength". Lol But, by the time Sunday worship was concluded 2 hrs later I could smell myself and my sweat had soured. Phew!! By the time we ate lunch out and got home I would have to go and wash under my arms when I got home and apply deodorant again. It was like my sweat was soured in my body before it made it to my skin.
Then I got tested for allergies and started eating a rotated diet, mostly the items that I wasn't allergic (chemically sensitive) to. All my symptoms began to gradually get better, even the dandruff I was using a prescription steroid for when I washed my hair every day.
My theory is that it is our old nemesis "Candida". I couldn't have sugar or wheat, dairy or much fruit since I only tested negative for pineapple and cranberries.
Try treating yourself for Candida and look up rotary, diversified diet and get on it. The problem isn't just the bad smell, it is systemic. I was sick most of the time, and gradually getting worse. I knew that I wasn't going to last another 5 yrs at the rate I was going, and I still had my youngest child at home. My life consisted of antibiotics, antihistimines, and steroids, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and sleeping pills.
Start with eliminating all but about 40 grams of carbs a day for a while. Acv, no honey, should help digest foods. The bad breath is coming from your intestinal tract. Coconut oil will help kill the candida. There are a lot of other remedies for candida under the remedies tab.
My local doctors didn't have a clue about what was wrong w/me. I saw one of them write anorexia nervosa for a diagnosis. I was 5' 8" and weighed little more 100 lbs, I explained to him that I not only ate all I wanted but some more than that. AN wan't what was wrong w/me, I gained to 118 lbs in only a few months on my new diet, and was able to quit everything except the antihistimines. Good luck, now get to work! It's a long way back to good health."
03/08/2011: Angela from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "I watched an episode of Mystery Diagnosis and a women had a similar problem. Her problem was an organ (can't remember which one) but it was emitting gases that caused her body odor. Unfortunately, there wasn't a 'cure' but she was able to minimize it."
03/08/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I will post again a question I have posted here a few times but no one has ever answered me! When you have certain complaints your doctor gets you to do a urine test because through the urine you can see the state of your health with things like bladder infections and so on. Won't you be drinking the bad stuff if you drink your urine? Suppose you have a bladder infection, won't you be drinking the bacteria? No one has ever answer this question..... I know that there are some books on the subject but I suspect that they will only give you the positive information."
03/08/2011: Lotusland from Vancouver, Bc Canada replies: "To detail Urine Therapy properly would take too much space and time on this board, especially as it has been said (better) by so many others. Briefly, the urine is a holographic 'display' of what is going on in your body - it will have antibodies etc of what is ailing the body in it allowing an immune response.
Would I (continue) to drink my own urine if I had a bladder infection? I would, yes. Urine Therapy is best done on a vegetarian diet. No medicines, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes should be consumed while doing UT. Having said that, I have broken those rules - trust me, you can taste the difference.
I don't know why the woman who got relief from her odour problem while doing UT. I assume it somehow balanced her system.
Here are some good sites to read up on UT. I have included one from The Skeptics Dictionary so you can see opinions that disagree. However, it must be said that most of the modalities suggested on this board will have nothing but negative/skeptical responses from the Allopathic Medical System. You have to trust what resonates with you, personally. Most of the Allopathic solutions have nothing but positive said about them - it doesn't mean it's correct or healthy.
03/08/2011: Dan from Whites Creek, West Virginia, Usa replies: "Mellosmoothe from Metairie, La/usa :
Did you have a major surgery in the past ?......... Where they could have left a clean-up sponge/rag inside of you........... And then it rotted at your tissue's 98.6 F temperature ? I read about such a case occuring, and they eventually found out that the surgeon left a sponge inside of them from a surgery. They cleaned it out and the body odor problem left. [and many other problems left also].
03/08/2011: Jetcat67 from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida replies: "If you want great body odor and great breath eat Parsley. Yes just plain parsley cured breath odor and my body odor. Could not believe what a simple remedy this was. Go figure!"
03/09/2011: Mesem from Toulon, France replies: "Maybe the bacteria that can survive in your bladder are not able to survive stomach acids."
03/09/2011: Lisa from Waynesboro, Va replies: "Thanks for this post! I have candida and have lost lots of weight and seem to have lived on antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, sleeping pills. That's what got me here in the first place. It's nice to know someone who has gotten through it."
06/26/2010: Louie from Reigate, Uk: "Hi
Does anyone know why my daughter's night time sweat smells of vinegar? The doctor has no idea. 2 years ago, we were told my an allergies/natural health practitioner that she was full of yeast, so we took her off yeast and white sugar which definitely helped. The problem has got worse again recently (never fully went away) with the warm weather, and though we keep her yeast intake to a minimum, she has more sugar in her diet than she used to. Any other ideas/suggestions. She is 8 at the moment, so isn't embarrassed by it yet, but will become more aware as she gets older."
06/28/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca Usa replies: "Hello! I am sorry your kid has this problem.here is a suggestion: beside taking Ted's remedies for candida and making her eat a lot of raw organic veggies and the anti candida diet, give her chlorophyll a couple of time a day and all body smell shall disappear. With children a lot of creativity is needed to keep them on proper diet and to disguise what they don't like, good luck!"
07/24/2010: Latina from El Paso, Texas replies: "Please help. I am 30 years old smell like poop all the time, but when I eat it is much worse. I can stink up a room in minutes just by breathing. I do have minor periodontitis, but my dentist keeps saying it is stable, has been for 3 years now, and is not sure what the bad breath is. I also have a lot of mucus in my throat all the time, so much so, that I often feel like I am choking and often spit up thick clear mucus. I have lupus, but am not currently on any medication and the illness is stable. Often, I have indigestion, heartburn, burp a lot, and am sometimes constipated. I brush after all meals, floss and use a tongue scraper. I use biotene toothpaste and mouthwash. I just started using ACV and baking soda, only 2nd day and have not really noticed any difference. My doctor checked my liver and kidneys, he said they can produce fecal smells, but they were fine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. How can I find out if the smell is from the stomach, nose, mouth, etc?"
07/25/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca Usa replies: "Hello! I am very sorry for the difficulties and I hope you get better. Here is a suggestion: follow Ted's protocol for lupus here http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/lupus.html
Also, select nutritious but easily digested food from what is allowed in the protocol and help your digestion with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water 15 minutes or digestive enzymes before meal. Have enough fluid (soup or water) at meal time to not allow your bowel to slow down to constipation. If at the end of the day you didn't have a movement: up your magnesium. Take chlorophyll and rinse/gargle and rinse your mouth with baking soda for 5 minutes. A mild intestinal cleanse is a good idea. I hope you get results fast but sometimes it takes a little longer to get rid of putrefied food in the digestive system so choose a protocol and stick to it for enough time so you can see results. Good luck!"
07/27/2010: Susan from Dallas, Tx, Usa replies: "Regarding Extreme Body Odor: Several things come to mind: Hydrogen Peroxide, Povidine iodine, ACV , saline irrigations are just some great things that have helped me. . 1) Gargle with a cap full of Hydrogen Peroxide just swish it around in your mouth while taking a shower; you can take a larger swig, but add some water to it, this is a good replacement for mouth rinse and the hydrogen peroxide will help to kill off any bacteria around your teeth and gums, which will reduce mouth odors. This diluted mixture can be used twice a day, if you use it full strength you may feel some sensitivity on your teeth, especially near fillings or crowns, just use the diluted (1 part water. 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide) and swish it around for 2-3 minutes if you can stand it (NOTE: This is a good protocol for those of you with braces, this wash helps keep hard to reach areas clean! ! )
2) You say that you have a lot of congestion; I worked in a building with mold and fungus growing on the ceilings, I got very congested-do not take tons of anti-biotics, you need to get your sinuses cleaned out and irrigate them with a saline solution at least 2 times a day-if you irrigate more than 2 times, it may cause a temporary loss of your sense of smell. Note, for severely congested sinuses (noted by heavy post nasal drip down the back of the throat)get a menthol spray decongestant (cheapest store brand) only get the 4 hour type and not the 12 hour type. . . You need to reduce the swelling of the sinus passages, in order for the saline solution to be able to get into the the sinus cavities. When I have to use a nasal decongestant, after I spray, I usually wait about 1-2 hours-you can feel your sinuses start to shrink as fluid starts to run out more freely, after about 1-2 hours, do your first saline irrigation (I find the squirt bottle method to be more efficient than a "neti pot" but, I do also use an additional squirt of a saline spray into my nose to reach the UPPER sinus passageways. The Neti pot or squirt bottle do not reach the UPPER sinuses as well. ) When trying to get the congestion in your sinuses reduced, you may need to irrigate 4-6 times the first day or so. Do not freak out at what you may see, you are trying to get your sinus passages cleaned out, and the sinus cavities are notorious hiding areas for gross things. In addition to addressing your congestion-be careful of any foods that you may have allergies or sensitivities to, as well as any other allergens-these will cause you to become congested in your sinuses, lungs, etc.
3) After having sinus surgery to open swollen cavities-it was not fun-my E. N. T. (Ear, Nose & Throat Dr. ) even told me to stay away from spray decongestants, and anti-histamines (these dry out your sinus cavities and your body-notice how dry your mouth gets, how thirsty your body is. . )He said that if you irrigate with the saline solution 2 times a day you will keep the allergens flushed out of your sinuses, thus no irritants to cause allergies. This has worked for me, no more allergy attacks. Yes, I have gotten some very bad sinus infections-my fault, not irrigating with saline-felt good, could breathe easily, let my guard down.
4) The saline solution can be purchased at any pharmacy in tiny, one time packs. (I make my own with sea salt-extra fine grained and baking soda about 2 parts salt to 1 part soda. Keep in a dry place or a plastic zip lock bag. ) Use warm water-not hot-to irrigate with, some people do not like using tap water to irrigate with due to sensitivity to the chlorine or fluoride in the drinking water-you can use room temperature distilled water and just add a splash of hot tap water to dilute the salt. . )
5) Be careful drinking too much ACV if you have sensitivities to mold or fermented foods, the ACV can cause your body to react to the fermentation of the ACV.
6) Other body odor may be from foods not properly digested or not having daily bowel movements. Drink plenty of water and use fresh lemon juice as a diuretic and bowel stimulant.
7) A lot of body odor may be due to fungus on your skin. . Do you have skin flare ups? dry itchy feet? dry itchy skin? Mine was associated with the fungus caused by Athlete's Foot. I did not have the fissures caused by the fungus, but a lot of women (& men) mistake their dry, calloused feet as being dry and calloused when actually it it the fungus causing the dry, cracked and itchy foot. It can be cured with Povidine Iodine, both as a foot soak or just wipe it on your feet, let dry and then put on socks. There are good posts regarding the fungus and other cures on this website.
8) Another thing to check out is Candida growth. Too much or an "overgrowth" will cause you to be bloated and have a lot of mucus and congestion. These are good cures for that on this website also. A lot of times "heat rash" is actually the athlete's Foot fungus that has spread by your bath towel to other sites like a waist band, etc. Foot odor? Probably the foot fungus! Heat rash in sweaty areas? Does it have an odor? Probably the fungus! If you are female, and you have offensive odor in the vaginal region? Probably Candida! A vinegar douche will help, some even use an Iodine douche-again more info is available on this website. I wipe these areas down with a the Povidine Iodine solution (purchased at the drug store, generic brand is very cheap. )
9) Acid reflux, indigestion and gas may cause body odor. . A glass of water with a small amount of ACV (1 teaspoon or less) will help balance out the acid in the stomach, but you will not ingest too much to cause any allergic reactions from the fermentation.
10) Scalp itchy and has an odor?? Probably a fungus! Info on this website is very good. Can use the Povidine Iodine on the scalp and let it sit for awhile, then rinse off. A good rule of thumb is you are having any types of odors there is some type of bacteria, or fungus causing the problem."
07/29/2010: Latina from El Paso, Texas replies: "Well, thank you both so much for your reply. Here is what I am doing so far. I am gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide twice a day 50 water/ 50 peroxide. Mouth does feel much cleaner. I have also gargled with ACV and Baking Soda(8oz of water, 2 tbs ACV, 1/4 of baking soda) and my mouth feels much cleaner with this also. I am not sure which one is better, any suggestions which one I should stick with? I am drinking more water with fresh lemon to help with bowel movements, but am not regular yet. I am drinking about 7 cups a day but will make it more tommorrow. I tried drinking ACV, (2tbs in 8oz of water) but somehow it seemed to make the smell worse and also caused nausea with an uncomfortable feeling and fullness in the middle of my chest area. I don't have any skin issues, rashes or fungus that I know of. However, last October I had Sepsis after giving birth, and due to a ton of antibiotics I still have a yeast infection. (Is this fungus?)It is very mild now, but still there. I will be going to dentist on Monday to ensure my gums, teeth are still stable and ask about bad breath AGAIN. I looked up some info on cleansing body, but am very nervous to do this, as I have to take supplements and eat regular balanced meals to keep Lupus stable. I have not yet looked at Ted's lupus cure info. But will hopefully try this as well. Any more ideas for me will be appreciate. It has only been four day, but I have not seen any results yet."
[YEA] 07/29/2010: Cc from Baton Rouge, La. replies: "I just wanted to say a quick Thanks to all who posted on the body scent issue. I have smelled just like my daddy for years. He was Native American and I never really minded that his scent was so strong, but I'm a girl. I mind it very much on me. I read many of your posts and in the end threw a cup of ACV into the tub and just used baking soda on my wash towel. I've been sitting around for hours wondering about my sweet smelling skin. It's not perfume. It's sweet like a baby just as I read. I know time will tell. I live in the deep south and sweaty, but at least for now I have hope. I drink and I smoke (habits I will work on now that I'm not that scary, stinky lady) but for today I love my scent. Thanks"
08/10/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Latina, I have been reading your posts for awhile now since the first one because I was curious to see the advice given. I see in your last post you said the acidophilus didn't seem to be making much headway for you. Well, from your issues that you first spoke of, it appears very clearly that you are dealing with candida. These are classic symptoms- heavy mucous, foul breath, extreme body odor, indigestion, heartburn, burping, constipation and you probably have even more. I would venture to say that you probably have not had a good diet, I. E. Processed foods, junk, crave sweets and breads and maybe had bouts of antibiotics to help the situation. Your internal flora is completely off hence, the reason for the strong body odors. My Chinese medicine Dr. Would always say that bad breath is due to stomach but I would go even further- our intestinal tract is extremely important. It is like a garbage dump- if that is not cleaned up then bad bacterias form, it attracts parasites, it smells to high heaven... Now you could attempt to cover it all up with deodorizers, use poisons to kill the parasites, etc. Or you could just clean up the trash that has accumulated and all the problems would disappear. I have helped friends overcome these problems but there must be a concerted effort made to change through your diet. Not an easy task but one that you will be well-rewarded if you do.
Start by getting lots of fresh veggies into your diet and decrease animal proteins if you consume them a lot. Eliminate sugar and simple carbs such as bread and pasta. Also dairy can be a big problem. This step will help you become more regular in bowel movements. You want to clean that colon! You can help it by enemas or even going to get colonics. There is probably a lot of old waste in there which only worsens the problem. If you can, start taking in fresh green juices which will also help to hasten the internal changes to restore your body's ecosystem.
Additionally read what Bill did and follow his protocols which are very sound. He too, would agree that there is no quick, easy fix for this but steps must be taken. You will go through ups and downs so be prepared because the body will have to go through elimination periods of the "bad bacteria" as it dies off. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them if I can. I wish you the very best, Lisa"
10/17/2010: Crzybeau from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States replies: "Hi lisa, I am also experience the same thing with candida symptoms. I have underarm odor and I am attempting to change my diet but I always end up breaking it and eating the bad foods. I want to make a commitment though and not look back. Thank you for your post and encouragment. I hope I pull through to notice the difference. Thanks"
05/21/2009: Cheska from Quezon, Philippines: "Hello everyone! Can you please help me? i've been suffering from BO since i was a freshmen in High School. The smell that my pits produce really gives me disappointment and shame. I don't know what caused this embarrassing problem but i've been struggling with it ever since. I've tried using deodorants with great smell but it worsened my BO.. I thought it was just the deodorant that didn't worked for me but i noticed that even if i changed to a new deo, the smell is still stinky. So i tried using odorless deodorants but it didn't seem to work for me. i'm already in college and I'm experiencing my worst nightmare.. people doesn't want to sit with me in class because of my odor.. and they judge me because of this.. i don't know what is the problem of my body.. when i just stay at home i don't smell that bad but when i'm outside mingling with my surroundings, i sweat then have BO. I don't know why!! :( Another problem is since my uniform is made from synthetic cloth, it causes my armpits to sweat more and smell worst. I live in a hot climate and this causes me to sweat a lot then have BO in a couple of hours. Even if i often stayed in air-conditioned rooms i still sweat and after a while produce this humiliating smell.. help me please!!! baking soda doesn't work for me and it left white stains in my uniform's pits!! what am i going to do?? please help me.. :(( i think my BO is associated with my excessive sweating.. i've been controlling my diet but it doesn't change anything.. help me please.. :( i would really be grateful for your immediate responses."
EC: There are many more remedies on the body odor page than just baking soda. Shredded purple cabbage, milk of magnesia, or zinc oxide ointment all sound promising!
05/21/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "I had excessive sweating for several years, mostly under arms, it caused me to not be able to wear certain fabrics due to the odor it produced. I took a powdered ionic form of Magnesium Citrate and it stopped the abnormal sweating. It has been many weeks ago. My original post is under excessive sweating."
05/21/2009: Anonymous from Anonymous, USA replies: "Virgin coconut oil has lauric acid in it which kills bacteria.
05/21/2009: Anonymous from Brazil replies: "Wow, I'm suprised baking soda didn't work for you. I'm even more surprised it left you white stains. Are you sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder?
Baking soda works PERFECTLY for me, where deodorants never did. I don't even use much: pinch on a wet amrmpit and voila! It lasts a day or two, even if I skip a daily shower (not recommended). I live in hot humid weather too, and I no longer smell bad like I did all my life.
Have you tried Milk of Magnesia? For me it works just as good, except I get this sticky feeling in my underarms, and it costs more. But it does work too for me.
Keep trying, don't be discouraged. Everybody is different, there is no single cure for all. You just need to have a positive attitude and keep looking for answers. You will find it!"
05/21/2009: Sheryl from Atlanta, GA replies: "Have you tried increasing your magnesium intake. Two 400mg magnesium oxide tablets taken one in the morning and one at night could help. Also applying a small amount of magnesium oil to your armpits will greatly reduce the odor. Make sure you google "health benefits of magnesium" and research thoroughly. Please let us know your results. It may take up to a week for full effects to show."
05/22/2009: Cheska from Quezon, Philippines replies: "Thank you so much for you advices.. i'll try increasing my magnesium intake from 100mg to 400mg.. :) i'll report to everyone the results as soon as possible.. thank you so much! i'm really touched with your concerns about my condition.. :D thank you!"
05/22/2009: Cheska from Quezon, Philippines replies: "Thank you anonymous!! :) i might have been applying baking soda too much that when i start to sweat it leaves white stains in my pits.. but i'll try what you said.. :D i do have a question.. you did say you also live in a hot climate, i was wondering if you sweat excessively because that's one of my biggest problems and i think it causes me to have BO. and do you use soap when taking a bath or just hot water? I would really like to be sucessful in this.. and i know you can help me because you also live in a hot climate. :) thank you so much!"
05/23/2009: Bramble from Olympia, Washington, USA replies: "A young teen girl I knew suffered from horrid body odor. She was happily able to be seen by a naturopathic doctor. She was cured with a combination of acidolphilus and digestive enzymes."
05/23/2009: Becky from Aptos, CA replies: "Hi :) I raised four boys - and let me tell you - they had some STINKY BO and esp bad foot odor!!
Another mom of "stinky boys" told me to add magnesium and zinc tabs to their daily morning meal - and it worked like a charm... I think it may be related to growing up -- seems like it was really bad in the 8 to 10 years and then again in late teens - so maybe it's also partly hormone changes as you grow through various stages of young life. :) Good Luck!~"
05/24/2009: Ironrod from Green Bay, WI replies: "Hi, BO sufferer... Please look at your diet for the cause and cure. The job of the skin (other that holding us together) is to assist the body in throwing off toxins. The toxins (stink) come mainly from "MAN MADE" food. If you will eat food "As Grown By God" "Wholesome - Not Partsome - (man made)food, your problem should clear up. Read food labels - better yet if it has a label don't eat it... It's really that simple... If you can control your tongue you can control your destiny (in more ways than one) Good luck, Carl"
05/24/2009: Frank from Winston, NC replies: "I've been going through the same thing but not just the pits. I've been taking 50 mg of zinc for 2 1/2 months now & I started taking Chlorella on Friday. i still need to add magnesium & Potassium as a supplement. I drink either Green tea or Black tea w/lemon every day 7 I take sage the night before a big appointment.
thanks to this site I take Honey & ACV & cinnamon daily but they havent really helped with the BO.
Im still learning things to do or add to my diet plus I wash with anti-bacterial soap.
I am on a Job search with the labor dept so I really need to find ways to deal with this now so I can get a Job.
PLEASE HELP ME"
05/25/2009: Kaylin from Hampton, Il replies: "You definitely need to deal with the problem from the inside. Strong BO is a sign of a much deeper problem. It's not merely skin-deep. I've never had horrible body odor, but I definitely needed deodorant, and if I didn't shower after one day, I could smell myself. Yuck. About a year ago I completely stopped eating sugar and grains. I've lost a bunch of weight and I feel a whole lot better, but also my body odor is gone. I still sweat, but it doesn't smell at all. You need to get the inside of your body cleaned out to remove toxins in order to eliminate the odor your body is producing."
08/05/2009: Z from Ga, South Atl replies: "I tried sea salt & it hasnt helped"
[YEA] 08/24/2010: Coregon from Medford, Or, Usa replies: "I FOUND A BODY ODOR SOLUTION! I agree with Kaylin regarding body odor: "deal with the odor from the INSIDE". I have never in my life had an issue with body odor until a couple weeks ago. I rarely needed to wear deodorant, unless it was really hot out. But a couple weeks ago I started perspiring (even 5 minutes after a shower, in a cool house! ) and NOTHING was working. Very unpleasant odor. I tried all the remedies on here: No soap, natural deodorants, baking soda, vinegar, Milk of magnesia, lemon juice, limes, tea tree oil.. NOTHING worked. So I went back over the past couple weeks to see what I may have changed in my diet and nutrition. What I remembered was that I had run out of chromium picolinate about the same time this odor began. (which I take after every meal for blood sugar problems) I immediately ordered some and within 2 days of chromium picolinate.. All odor disappeared! I think many are right that this odor originating from a yeast problem, but I think if you control your blood sugars (with chromium picolinate) the yeast diminishes and cannot grow. Just had to write this in. After this experience, I truly feel empathy for those having this problem, it controls your life, you don't want to go anywhere or be near anyone and feel really isolated. This may not be the remedy for everyone, but if you are feeling like I did, you will want to try anything! It is a cheap supplement, I have taken it for 4 years and I have never experienced any side effects, only good benefits. I take 200 mg after every meal. (I used double this amount for a couple days until body odor issue was resolved). I realize that this is a higher dose of chromium than recommended by the medical community, so take what you feel comfortable with, but this amount has worked for me, with no detrimental effects. Hope this helps someone experiencing this problem. ** By the way, I really do believe that soap contributes to odor and now use baking soda or borax in the shower under arms instead of soap. I feel it keeps the lymph glands open and functioning better. Soap clogs them up, in my opinion. I like 4 drops of tea tree oil mixed with 4 ounces of aloe vera gel for deodorant. Soothing to under arm skin and very effective for me. Lavender would probably work as well if you like the scent better. Note: I take chromium picolinate CAPSULES, they dissolve faster, get into your system faster, and the tablets seem to have a slower assimilation."
10/17/2010: Crzybeau from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States replies: "To Coregon, hi, where do you buy your chromium picolinate capsules?"
07/07/2011: Lili from Montgomery, Alabama replies: "If everything fails I heard some botox shots will help with exsessive sweat. I know is not natural but is a final solution and end the sweat for good. Might do a better research for side affects and also the shots might be expensive."
[YEA] 06/01/2009: Dorett from Lima, Ohio: "I read in a book that regular rubbing alchohol is good for boby odor. I was fasting and was having problem with odor from all the toxin that was coming out. i tried bathing two to three times a day to help eliminate the odor which only help for a short time. So I decided to try this remedy. This really help, I have been using it ever since. That is the 70% volume. I splash it under my arms after showering."Replies
[WARNING!] 06/04/2009: Tim the researcher from Louisville, KY USA replies: "Rubbing alcohol is an abnormal solvent and one of the worst things you could put on your skin. Read the research by Dr. Hulda Clark. Avoid contact with solvents at all costs."
[YEA] 12/04/2012: Tom from Bristol, Uk: "Have detox baths 3 times per week with a cup of himalayan salts. Everyday when you shower soak a washcloth in hot water with himalayan salt dissolved in it and hold the warm washcloth under each armpit for a number of minutes. The salt will draw out any impurities and kill and bacteria. Dont use soap underarms just scrub lightly with this cloth after holding it there for a while. Thats it. No more smell."
[YEA] 05/16/2012: Jennifer from Chicago, Illinois, Us: "IODIZED SALT (Yea)
I am battling several illnesses right now, and ever since I got sick I have the worst armpit odor! Soap doesn't remove it. I've tried baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide (separately) and they all work fairly well, but they all feel harsh on my skin and I don't like it.
The other day, I discovered a better solution: iodized salt. I had bought one of those himalayan salt stones for the showerbig mistake. Little crevices in the smooth-looking salt crystal actually SCRATCHED me and literally put salt in the wound! Will never do that again.
However, it gave me the idea of simply mixing some salt into water and applying that right in the bath after washing with soap. Works like a charm! The effect was immediateno smell whatsoever until the next morning (and then only faint). And I didn't even use deodorant!
I chose iodized salt because iodine is a powerful antimicrobial in its own right. I mix the salt with about two parts warm water (some will not dissolve) and keep it in a little jar in the shower. At the end of the shower (soap and rinse first), I just pour some of the saltwater into my hand and splash it under each arm, being careful to get the whole underarm. When the liquid gets low, I just add some water from the shower for next time
Plastic is best for use in the bath because of the risk of glass breaking. Might be convenient to get one of those dispenser bottles with the pointy top!"
06/10/2012: Jennifer from Chicago, Illinois, Us replies: "UPDATE: OK, there's bad news and good news. The bad news is, the iodized salt I was using on my underarms stopped working after three days. Don't know why, maybe it killed off one sort of underarm-dwelling bacteria only to be replaced by another one that doesn't mind salt?
The good news is, I combined two other remedies from here on Earth Clinic and for the last two weeks they've been working great!
The remedies are "stop using soap" and fresh lemon juice in place of soap and deodorant. This combo eliminates ALL odor for me and lasts almost two days... Without using deodorant! Today it was 90 degrees in Chicago and my underarm smells exactly the same as my forearm, no joke. I still can't believe it!
Here's what I do. Once every 5 days or so, I take three small lemons and run them through my juice extractor whole. The remedy page suggested just squeezing them, but it's easier to run them through the juicer for me and anyway, the skin contains essential lemon oil which is a powerful germicide in its own right.
I put the juice in a small plastic spray bottle with two tablespoons of salt just for the heck of it. I think the salt keeps the lemon fresh longer, too, since I just leave it in the shower rather than refrigerate it. When I get in the shower, I spray under my arms, dampen a clean washcloth with warm water and rub back and forth a bit before rinsing. Then, when the shower is over, I spray the lemon again as a deodorant (no rinse).
It doesn't burn, except maybe the tiniest bit if I push too hard while shaving (no soap or gel), and it lasts me beyond the next morning! My health is kind of a mess at the moment (the reason I started smelling so bad), so sometimes I skip a day showering when I don't have to go anywhere. Ever since the no-soap-lemon-juice trick, I can skip a day and go out, even in hot weather! I wouldn't have believed it if someone told me, but it's true.
I've noticed a couple of things about this. The washcloth is key to making it last longer, and it should be a CLEAN washcloth, or at least a clean side of one. My washcloths are the giant spa kind and take forever to dry, so I fold them in half and keep track of what side is clean (I wasn't a washcloth person before this, only use them for this).
Also, I really do think the combo is what does it. I tried using soap followed by lemon juice and it didn't work quite as well. I think it's because the soap is very alkaline, so it cancels out the acidity of the lemon. Also, as people note on the no-soap page, it leaves a film that bacteria can feed off of.
Even though I didn't have real problems with this until I got sick, I've never smelled this fresh in my life! And without deodorant!!
So grateful for this site. :O]"
Stainless Steel Bar
[YEA] 12/23/2011: Cientxa from Indianapolis, Indiana: "This stainless steel soap shaped bar really does work for body odor. I was skeptical when I read about it and my curiosity got the best of me and I ordered one. It works in the shower after bathing with soap. You rub it like deodorant over problem areas and there is no odor all day. It has certainly changed the way I feel about using deodorants, the fact that it is just a piece of metal.I have had a "sweating problem" all my life and this is the first time that something has worked instantly and continues to work daily."
Stop Using Soap
[YEA] 11/28/2007: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "I learned from a patient back in the 60's that she had never used deoderant. I was aghast and told her that most people who didn't use deoderant, I could smell a block away when they lifted an arm. She replied, "My father was a chemist and he told me that if you didn't use soap, you didn't need deoderant, because soap is what makes you stink" so she had never used soap. I filed it away in my little brain in hatever area we file stuff like that in, until 1980. At that time I lived close enough to the office, I could run home and bathe and eturn within l5 minutes, if I found my failure to use deoderant as well as soap, failed me & I stunk! Lo and behold - I have not used soap, except for occasional handwashing. I figured the rationale behind that one must be that soap is alkaline and must destroy the slightly acid mantle our skin is supposed to have. As I tell people, you do have to bathe, but just use a good, thick wash cloth and water, and you don't stink. I am happy to do without it as soap makes me itch."Replies
[YEA] 08/14/2008: Sharon A. from Greenwich, CT replies: "To Joyce from Joelton, Tn -- thank you for this simple cure. It is the best!
I had been using the baking soda cure for body odor for a few weeks, but stopped because it was causing small cysts where I nicked myself shaving. I have now been "off" soap for 5 days (ha ha, that sounds funny) and after the second day, no armpit odor. I shampooed my hair yesterday and later in the day, smelled some b/o. I deduced that it must have started when I rinsed my hair, some of the shampoo residue got under my arms (duh, obviously)... So as long as nothing but water touches your underarms, no body odor. Our family started using the natural laundry detergent that doesn't contain phospates and fragrances, just essential oils, so that must be helping too."
[NAY] 08/16/2008: Samantha from NY, NY replies: "Hello Sharon A. from Greenwich, I recently posted about what I used regarding underarm odor. However, after reading Joyce's post regarding "Stop using soap" earlier this year I totally stopped. I take a longer shower and use baking soda as a body scrub (also saw this here on Earth clinic). I guess everyone is different because I found that even after eliminating soap (and with a diet of no processed food etc. etc.) after a few hours I needed help. I cannot run home to shower so I am using baking soda which is excellent and for me more long lasting than Thai crystals. When I shave I apply VCO which helps to expedite healing of any hidden cuts. After a day or so I return to baking soda because VCO is great but not as effective as baking soda.
I recently tried another natural remedy which I have not seen here on Earth Clinic - lemon juice. It sounds crazy but a friend announce that like Julia Roberts she has never used roll-ons - antiperspirant/deodorants. She does not know Julia and does not know what she uses but my friend uses a bit of lemon juice. I tried it it and was amazed that it was equally as good as baking soda. Has anyone else tried lemon juice? It is wonderful that nature has so many solutions for our needs."
08/18/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Samantha from NY: Sorry that no soap didn't pan out for you. May I suggest that if you try it again, unless you have 3 days to bathe without soap, before returning to work, start off the first day or two of bathing without soap but use a cup or two of ACV in your bath water to remove soap left over from your last bath. Because as someone else found out, any soap, shampoo, etc. will negate not using soap."
08/18/2008: Samantha from NY, NY replies: "Joyce, Thanks for your feedback. I will try your method again when I can be home for a couple of days. I will post thereafter to inform you of the results."
05/08/2009: Rena from Mineral Bluff, Georgia replies: "Hi Joyce from Joelton,
I did an experiment this week. I have been using a salt stone as deodorant for at least 5 years, and have been using borax as a shampoo, and body wash for at least a year. I thought since it's not exactly soap, maybe I can get by without using anything under my arms after my shower. Sure enough, I have no odor, and most of the temps in my area have been around the 80's this week, and I work a physical job. Thanks for the tip, who would have thunk that soap is what stunk (sorry bad rime). Peace, Rena."
[YEA] 06/21/2007: Hi from syd, aus: "i was told that underarm BO is caused by bacteria feeding on soap residue. supposedly if u wash under your arms with water only, & dont get shampoo or conditioner under your arms you should be stink free. (this may take a few days) lol"Replies
01/24/2009: Robin from Rocky Ridge, Ohio replies: "Actually, soap has a higher alkalinity than our skin prefers. Our skin prefers a rather acid ph. This is why after a shower with soap we itch, it's because the ph of our skin has been altered and the natural oils neutralized/removed by the soap. A remedy for itchy skin is a moisturizer of lotion, cream or oil. Oil is actually an acid and that's why the itching stops, because the ph has been altered back to acidic with the application of the oil substance.
When the skin gets alkaline, it creates a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes odor. The bacteria feed off of the sweat in the alkaline environment.
I've been using the no soap and AC vinegar method. I put 50/50 ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz it on before I shower. After scrubbing with a plain wet washcloth, I get out of the shower and spritz the ACV/Water mixture again instead of deodorant.
What stumps me is the baking soda working on body odor because it is an alkaline substance. The only thing I can think of that causes it to work is that it may become too alkaline for the bacteria to thrive and/or absorbing the sweat. But given all the redness, rashes, itching and reactions to the BS, I would say its probably too alkaline for the skin of most people and the reason for these reactions.
For those of you using regular baking soda from the stores, name brand or otherwise, they also contain aluminum. The only baking soda I know of that is aluminum free is a brand available at the health food stores that specifically states on the label, Aluminum Free. If memory serves me correctly, most of the baking soda found in stores is a by product of aluminum manufacturing. They just don't list it on the label. I buy the aluminum free BS to use internally to keep my body alkalized.
I'm also intrigued by Ted's explanation of magnesium and zinc deficiencies being a cause for an increase in body odor. Earlier today I actually started taking zinc and this evening I took some magnesium citrate because I've been getting the heart palpitations back again and the mag cured it before. hmmmm...I think he's on to something...
02/21/2009: Kj from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania replies: "Robin, did this method of cleaning work immediately? Also, did you use the ACV solution ALL over? Is this safe to use on your private areas?"
02/22/2009: Sara from Calgary, Canada replies: "I have successfully been using zinc creme for body odor. the cheap store name brand from my local pharmacy. i use a very small amount on the tip of my finger and rub it in well. it's not greasy if you do this. i remain BO free all day long.
10/06/2009: Robin from Rocky Ridge, Ohio replies: "Kj, sorry it took so long for me to get back to this, I've not been on the site for awhile.
To answer your question, yes it worked right away. I'm still on the no soap and ACV/Water regime. I use it everywhere and because of the alpha hydroxy acids in the ACV, it is an exfolliant, removing the dead skin from your body. I pay special attention to elbows, knees, and feet to keep them soft and at times you can see the dead skin it's removing. (just be careful to shave after using it, not before) The 50/50 water/ACV may be too strong for some. it can be diluted down to 66/33 or 75/25 water to ACV and still work as well. I've been using a deodorant crystal as deodorant but have recently been researching the use of himilayan sea salt, the kind used for salt lamps as a deodorant instead. It's used the same as the crystal deodorant, rubbed on wet and comes in a bar form like soap. It's another alternative to traditional chemical based deodorants. It works because it doesn't allow bacteria to grow...think of foods preserved with salt...same concept. Blessings and good luck!"
05/04/2012: Snoopy from New Orleans, La Usa replies: "If you use all natural soap you will not have this problem(most people). Natural soap hasn't had the glycerin(acid) removed. Commercial soaps have the glycerin removed and this is why skin dries out. Bacteria actually flourish in an acidic environment, so it's possible that if your skin is too acidic, you will stink. If you find natural soap too expensive to buy, try making your own. It's actually really easy and there is plenty of information available on how to do it."
Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 09/06/2012: Anon from Anon: "Put a few drops of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and rub it into your feet."
03/23/2009: Dee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "Cure for Under Arm Odor That Works!!
To solve under arm odor, at the end of my shower I use plain vinegar under my arms (not apple cider). I use a palm full under each arm (I keep it in my bathroom in a plastic bottle). It really works and lasts a day or two!!! I tried it in summer (August)!!
I did not try it to run a marathon or engage in a lot of exercise. You have to let it dry for the vinegar smell to go away, but IT REALLY WORKS!!!!!!"
EC: Plain vinegar = distilled white vinegar