I solved armpit odor problem by mixing cornstarch and acidophilus powder (maybe 1/4 c. cornstarch and one or two acidophilus capsules), and applying it to my armpits with a powder puff. These good bacteria must have broken down the self-protective biofilm the stinky buggies made.
Occasionally I get armpit odor, only on my left side though. The smell can be quite intense as others have said like ammonia big time. Not really sure what causes it, maybe diet or stress related but its so intermittant I cant tell. I do not use any deodorant nor have I used any for quite a few years. Baking soda has always cleared it up instantly. I'll shower and wash with soap (no dye or scent) and still be able to smell it on the left side. Once out of the shower and dry, I take 1-2 tsp of soda and lather it up while my hands are wet and apply to air dry. The smell gets more intense for a few seconds and then its 100% gone, usually for 48 hours or so. I might do this routine for a couple days and then forget about it for weeks/months until I notice the odor again. Wish I knew for sure what was causing this!
I have found out that in most cases the odor is cause by bacteria. Kill the bacteria, odor gone. Alkaline soap with baking soda & vodka will kill the bacteria. Then put on some calamine lotion (zinc) in all the places that collect moisture. Stop using deodorants and anti-perspirants, they are very bad for you. Also wash all of your cloths in Borax, an all natural laundry detergent and never use fabric softeners, they leave behind chemicals on your skin and help cause the stink!
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Hi. I stopped using deodorant with aluminum in it. I'm using toms deodorant which is natural. It's been 2 months now. My underarms are a weird red/black color and super dry. It's strange, but this has been since I stopped the aluminum deodorant because my aluminum levels were very high. Is something going on and the aluminum in my underarm skin? Can anyone help? I feel like I can never fully clean my underarms, and I don't know why? Thanks!
About 2 months ago I noticed when showering that when I applied soap to my skin I got a strong odor of ammonia. At first I thought it was the soap but after changing brands the smell remained strong enough to burn my eyes. My only choice was to bathe with baking soda which works. I am in decent health for a 64 year old except for reflux which I have been using the vinegar recipe to help with. What causes this smell? Help please.
New Haven, Ct
New Haven, Ct
New Orleans, La
New Orleans, La
I used to have severe body odor before I got tested for allergies and saw a doctor for Candida.
I'm talking about showering using betadine to wash under my arms and then using one of the three "industrial strength" deodorants that I rotated daily. I would still smell "soured" under my arms within 2-3 hrs.
It gradually got better after thousands of dollars worth of medical treatment to get my health better.
From what I have learned over the years...it may be caused by candida and toxins in your body. Try washing w/tea tree soap or GSE (diluted, of course). Try to keep carbs down to 40 gm or less a day. Rotate your deodorants, never using the same one 2 days in a row, the bacteria get resistant.
I don't have that problem now but I still have Candida synmptoms if I don't stay on the anti-candida diet. I found that even a couple of drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract help me to not have BO at all.
Oh yes, if your BO is that bad then your breath isn't going to be fresh, either. Bad breath usually comes from poor digestion, I'm in love w/digestive enzymes just now. lol Those and GSE should help.
Las Vegas, Nevada
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I am currently taking Apple Cider Vinegar for body odor! What I notice is that when I am in high anxiety situations it doesn't work. My armpits will have a moist feel to them and my deodarant never seems to absorb into my skin. When I'm home and I feel no anxiety it seems to work! I want to know why this is! I am currently taking Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda internally because someone wrote in that having parasites(I had an issue with pin worms) can cause body odor because the parasites release toxins which is causing the body odor.
My question is would there be an alternative to getting rid of body odor because of anxiety sweating while detoxing using Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda? Would taking a parasite cleanse also assist in eliminating body odor?
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Just wanted to share some info. I stopped using deodorant with aluminum in it years ago, only using one kind sold in health food stores, it was the only one that worked, then 4 years ago, I moved on to only apple cider vinegar which I have been using ever since, organic is of course best, I don't dilute it, I just put it on and go, have never had a problem smelling like acv, but what I really wanted to say is for anyone using baking soda with it or as sub for deodorant, you are defeating the purpose because baking soda has aluminum in it. Just thought I would make others aware.
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Hi All, I discovered this website several weeks ago and have been so excited about the body odour remedies. I tried BS about a year ago which worked but stained my under-arms so badly. Then having found this site, started drinking ACV which I think has improved my energy levels. I also apply ACV to my skin after cleansing. The skin appears brighter and so soft. My big issue is body odour though. I started applying ACV to my under-arms which worked for a couple of weeks but I started noticing the stained under-arms so have stopped. Drinking ACV has made no difference to my BO. However I am going to try all the other remedies listed on the site in turn - GSE, milk of magnesia, colon cleansing etc. Great site!
I have an occasional excessive sweating and body odour issue - right arm pit only! I have been suffering on and off with this since August (last bad case of this was a few years ago) and have ruined so many clothes and am so self conscious I just had to do something. Luckily I found the earth clinic website yesterday and all the wonderful advice from posters.
Today I applied Cider Vinegar to my armpit and left for a few minutes before showering (not organic with mother but I shall definitely be investing in some). I also applied a different deodorant from my usual one and have been dry and non-smelly all day.
Am also making a conscious effort to move my arms more/massage my underarm and drink lots more water.
Thank you to all contributors on this website!
I switched to more natural soaps and the deodorants without aluminum and so many chemicals since those irritated my skin, and was using them with success for at least 1 1/2 years. However, I started having problems after I started a new job. I do not know whether it was stress, diet, different clothing fabrics, or some other factor. I started getting recurring rashes on my armpits so at first I thought my deodorant was contaminated, but buying new ones did not help. I suspected moisture was a factor, probably causing excess bacteria or fungus growth. The aluminum-free deodorants do not stop moisture, but that was not causing a problem before. Eventually odor was also getting hard to control also, like never before. I even switched back to an aluminum anti-perspirant and a deodorant soap, but that was not helping.
I turned to this site (of course) for a deodorant remedy after deodorants were no longer effective and started using ACV with "The Mother" about a month ago. I use a cotton round to apply ACV in the morning, keep it on for a while, then rinse it off in the shower. I often use it before bedtime too and just leave it on, especially when I was trying to heal the rashes, which ACV probably only helped to heal and did not irritate at all. I also do not rinse it off if I am just staying home.
The vinegar smell is very strong at first, but it fades after it dries and with time, or after rinsing. Now I have no more odor problems as long as I keep up with it daily. I also do not have a problem with rashes anymore. I have not used soap or deodorant on my armpits at all since I started doing this. What I love about ACV is that it is not messy, there is no residue, and it is great for the skin! I even use it after hair removal (I use an epilator), but I see others saying the opposite, so be careful.
Even though the vinegar smell fades, I can still smell ACV a little bit up close. It is not a bad smell (and no odor most importantly), but I am always a little self-conscious wondering whether others can ever smell any vinegar on me up close. My husband does not notice it, but he does not have the greatest sense of smell either. He does hate the smell though when I first apply it of course! Either way, there have been too many benefits, so I am sticking with this as long as it keeps working!
Drinking ACV made my body odor go away.
P.S. A quick fix for Body odor is a drop of handsanitizer on the armpit
In reading the posts on ACV and body odor I felt it important folks know that the generic brands are made from petrochemicals and NOT from food products like apples. Only the brand that starts with an "H" is made from apples along with the organic brands.
If the folks were using the store brand or generic brands then that could be why the ACV didn't work to rid them of the body odor - it's the apples that make it work! :o)
Hello, I have read many posts here and tried several remedies. The most successful was Organic ACV, it has worked for almost 8mos, the most amount of time for any remedy so far. Well now I'm back to the normal horribly embarrassing smell I've had to deal with for 14 yrs.
I stopped deoderants last year, the ACV was effective but now when I use it, either apply and wash off, or apply w/ baking soda & leave on all day, it's almost like I have no protection. My arms smell horrible, and of course my clothes as well.
Is there any hope for me? It seems that almost any remedy I try may work for a few months then I'm back to the ususal stinky, strong odor!
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Apple Cider Vinegar worked temporarily as a replacement for deodorant. I followed the advice here and started using ACV before I showered, rinsing it off after a few minutes, but not washing it off. The first time I used it I was thrilled. It lasted 2 1/2 days with absolutely no body odor. But the longer I used it, the less effective it was. After a month, it wasn't even lasting a whole day.
So I'm off to try the crystal deodorant in my quest for a natural deodorant that works consistantly.
Perth, Western Australia