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Natural Remedies for Body Odor

| Modified on Oct 30, 2022
Body Odor Natural Remedies

Body odor is an embarrassing situation which can become discouraging if deodorants, bathing and perfume fail to address the problem. Some short term solutions to body odor can even cause health problems. Natural remedies for body odor such as activated charcoal and diy deodorants eliminate body odor and can resolve underlying issues that cause it in the first place.

Many products on the market are designed to cover odors with a stronger scent or stop the body from sweating. Neither is a good solution. Covering odors does not address the problem that caused odor. Usually this solution only ends in two strong smells – the odor itself and the overpowering smell of the scented product.

Products that stop the body from sweating are interrupting a necessary bodily process. Sweating helps the body to cool off and get rid of toxins. Aluminum is commonly used in deodorants to stop sweating. Unfortunately, there is concern that aluminum may contribute to cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

The good news is that there are safe natural solutions to the problem of body odor that can help keep the body smelling fresh and improve overall health as well. These solutions can be broken down into two categories – internal deodorants and topical deodorants. They can be used in combination if needed. Depending on the severity of the body odor and level of toxicity in the body, it may be necessary to continue internal remedies for many months.

Natural Remedies for Body Odor Used Internally

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a carbon that has been treated with oxygen. This resulting charcoal is highly porous and adsorbs toxins from inside the body when taken internally. Not to be confused with absorption, adsorption is defined as the adhesion of a chemical species onto the surface of particles. Adsorption is a different process from absorption, in which a substance diffuses into a liquid or solid to form a solution.

For body odor, 1-4 activated charcoal tablets can be taken once or twice daily with a full glass of water. If you have a charcoal powder, 1/4 teaspoon of charcoal in 8 ounces of filtered water is the optimal dose for 24 hours of body odor prevention.

Note that activated charcoal should be taken 2 hours apart from any medications. There is a theoretical risk of constipation, so plenty of water should be taken with it and lower doses considered by those with chronic constipation.

Activated charcoal even works in the most hot and humid climates. Watch Earth Clinic's video, filmed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to see charcoal at work for 24 hours!

In addition to long term relief from body odor, activated charcoal can be used instead of a topical deodorant but it does cause a temporary black stain to clothing, so most people opt to take charcoal internally for BO.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay also draws poisons out from the body. For internal use, sodium bentonite clay should be used, not calcium bentonite clay. As with charcoal, it should be taken 2 hours away from medication.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps your body to maintain balance. If you never sweat, apple cider vinegar can help you to restore an appropriate amount of perspiration. If you seem to sweat more than the average, apple cider vinegar may help your body to perspire at a more natural rate. 1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water once or twice a day is a typical apple cider vinegar tonic for health balancing.


A liquid chlorophyll supplement is a natural internal deodorizer that may reduce body odor from the inside out. Alfalfa tablets can be used for this same purpose.

Dietary Changes

A highly acidic diet can cause your body odor to be worse. Consume more whole foods and less processed foods and sugar can improve your overall health as well as decrease your body odor. Foods like onions and garlic can cause the body to smell like them, even beyond the classic, “garlic breath.” Consuming fresh parsley with onions and garlic can help as parsley works as a natural internal cleanser.

Topical Natural Deodorants

To maximize the effectiveness and even reduce the need for them, pay attention to reducing bacteria under your arms. It is bacteria under the arms that begins to smell as you sweat. Many of the remedies below work well because of their antibacterial properties.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can also be used topically to reduce underarm odor. After you shower, use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar to the armpits. You may wish to dilute the vinegar with water, usual equal amounts of each. If you have just shaved your underarms, this remedy will likely sting!

Baking Soda

Baking soda absorbs odors and is commonly used in natural deodorants and DIY deodorant recipes. For some, this is a great remedy. However, for many, baking soda can irritate the underarms and even cause a rash.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial. You can apply it straight to your underarms. However, it is an oil and can cause staining on clothing. For best results you may wish to apply it at night and wear old clothing to bed. By morning the oil should be adequately absorbed. You can add essential oils to your coconut oil to increase the antibacterial properties and have a scent you enjoy. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of coconut oil. Tea tree and lavender are two popular options for natural deodorant.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria in a gentle way. Wipe your underarms with 3% hydrogen peroxide using a cotton ball. Or buy hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle for an easy application.

Rubbing Alcohol

Because rubbing alcohol kills germs, it can be used the same way as hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria under your arms. If you put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, you can add a favorite essential oil for a fresh scent. Use one drop of essential oil per tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.

Cotton Clothes

Wearing cotton clothing will allow your skin to breathe better than synthetics, reducing your risk of sweating. Synthetic clothing also is more likely to retain odors, even after laundering.

DIY Deodorant Recipe without Baking Soda

Because baking soda can be irritating to some when used as a natural deodorant, this recipe is baking soda free!

  • 3 T. Bentonite clay
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup shea or cocoa butter
  • 4 teaspoons beeswax
  • ¼ c. Arrowroot
  • 20 drops essential oil

Melt shea or cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in bentonite clay and arrowroot powder. Add essential oil.

Pour this liquid into silicone molds or empty deodorant containers. Allow to cool completely.

What Causes Body Odor?

Certainly sweating is associated with odor, especially when it mixes with bacteria on the body and the bacteria multiply in a warm, moist environment. Consuming certain foods can cause odor, like onions, garlic and alcohol. However, these things tend to resolve after bathing or in time after food has been digested and eliminated from the body.

Certain medical conditions including diabetes and kidney disease may cause a body to emit a particular smell. Some diets (high protein, low carb diets, for example) cause the body to eliminate ketones, causing an odor. Hormonal changes and stress can cause the body to have a particular odor.

Toxin overload in the body can cause body odor. Constipation can cause body odor as the body is not effectively getting rid of waste.

Do you have a natural body odor solution? Continue reading to learn which home remedies worked best for our readers and let us know what your favorite is!

Acidophilus Applied Topically

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Posted by Dee (Texas Hill Country, Tx) on 02/24/2014

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.

Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Rae (Maryland ) on 05/04/2020

Hello, my name is Rae. I'm a 22 year old young man with mild to severe body odor. My odor doesn't come from my armpits, but from my pores. I've been experiencing this issue since I was 20. I notice that when I eat certain foods like chicken, cheese, garlic, etc it makes my body produce a lot of sebum, like I get really oily on my face, back, neck, shoulders, chest, the smell is literally amplified or something it gets so bad. The only time I don't smell is when I choose not to eat. Someone told me it could be malabsorption, or even a disease.

I've tried chlorophyll and it did not even work.

I've been using the activated charcoal and it helps me significantly if I drink it with water and don't eat all. But I'm tired of this now, having to drink charcoal before bed or before meals. I need a permanent solution. Can someone help me?

I also heard probiotics help as well I wanna try those too.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

I am currently using a lot of outdated coconut oil after showers daily on my skin 1tbsp a day. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and I think it has been detoxing me. coconut oil is amazing. God told me to use this up on my skin, even though I was avoiding it an it's messy. Sunbathing is good for skin too. I get at least 15 minutes each side of my body whenever it's good enough weather. Ginger is some amazing stuff and helps detox body and odors. If you have some stored bad fats in your body, use some soy lecithin granules 1 tsp day to emulsify them out of your body. Also feeds brain cells choline and inositol. Apple cider vinegar with the mother or veil in it, don't heat or cool or it ruins the antibiotic function of the veil in it. I use 1 tbsp. in glass of water daily and then have 1/4 cup of kefer to feed good microbes. Try some milk thistle at bedtime to detox liver. Msg can be toxic in your body and stuck there if you don't have any l-taurine. B vitamins are needed for gut health. If you have stress issues it helps and you can also add ox bile if you have trouble digesting food. Chanca Piedra will get rid of stones in organs, so they function better. You may need some zinc to reduce sebum. Foot soak in Epson salt. Some kelp or vitamin k to absorb calcium and vitamin d. Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Find a place and start low dose and slow and keep adding until you feel better. Stay hydrated...and if you leave water out for one hour, no lid, the chlorine will dissipate from the water. When I shower daily I use white vinegar 1/8 cup mixed in 1//3 cup water and use my hand to splash my skin with it and then rise that off. I also use it to treat scalp and long long hair. Blessings, Charity

Replied by Liz

Dear Rae,

1. Try changing laundry detergent. Perhaps one of the ingredients in your detergent is exacerbating the condition.

2. The Liver: A good liver detox might help. Milk Thistle is one herb but there are many more.

3. The Lymphatic System: Exercise to a good sweat a few times a week to help lymphatic flow.

4. Fresh Vegetable Juice like Celery or Carrot.

Search online for recipes. Report back what you try please.

Alkaline Soap, Baking Soda

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Posted by Steve (Waco, Tx) on 09/05/2012

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!

Replied by Bailey
(Orlando, Flroida)

Here is a thought for everybody... I ordered one of those infrared lights for my face, it is for collagen and skin pigmantation. This light came with 3 different colors red, green and blue. The blue light is for acne and I do not have a problem with acne. After reading how the blue light works for acne.... By killing the bacteria under the skin, I thought well I don't have a problem with acne but I do get a stong underarm odor when I am out in the sun-heat. I know that BO is caused by bacteria so I thought I would give it a try for my underams. When I am out in the sun my BO is strong and different than just working out BO or everyday BO. I normally do not have a problem with BO until I am out in the heat and sun and I will immedietely smell worse than a man. I tried using the blue light therapy on my underarms and the next day-after going outside in hot Florida heat, I did not stink as I normally do when I am in the sun-heat. Now, I haven't had it long and only did it once but I did notice a big difference. It would be wonderful if I found a new cure for underarm BO. I would love to hear if anybody else is willing to try this and hear if it does help or does not help. I ordered mine off of Amazon and you can get a cheap one.... The one I got the wand glides on your skin for 3 minuntes. I would love to hear all responses.

Replied by Mary
(Minneapolis, Mn)

hi Bailey from Orlando-is the infrared light continuing to work how many times did you have to use it?? I to have the issue of when I go into the Sun or heat outdoors. Is it expensive??

Replied by Hauwa
(Abuja, Nigeria)

Use iodine under the the ampit for body odor. Onne application last for a week. This effectively takes off even a very strong body odor. I do not know of any permanent cure for body odor

Replied by Abdulqudus

Hauwa, how is the iodine used?

Alkaline Soap, Baking Soda
Posted by Barbara (West Virginia) on 02/13/2007

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!

Replied by Catpat
(Hillsborough County Tampa, Florida)

Thank you for this site. My problem is a severe onion odor under my armpits for the past 56 years. I have tried BS, crystal stones, lemon, lime and lavender oils, talc powder, antibacterial soaps, Drysol, and even bleach. Every one of these remedies worked for a period of time and then eventually stopped. Lately the smell returns within minutes of my (long) shower. This problem has been the bane of my existence. Can a digestive disorder be the problem? If so what are some of the remedies. How safe is 'ACV with mother'?

Replied by Kally
(Oxenford, Queensland Australia)

Hi have you tried drinking chlorella - my husband, daughter and I use this and none of us ever need deodorant also bi-carb as deodorant another good one is using silver water all three work a treat for us.

Replied by Kk
(Seattle, Wa)

I have the same problem. My underpits smell regardless, even if I just took a shower. It started in my 20s, now I am 39. Smell was kind of toxic at some point.

I started ACV about 2 weeks ago, Lugol's 10 drops/day. DE, HCL acid after meals, Magnesium with vit B. I have red clay coming, cystein and MSM.

I tried befoe taking H2O2 internally (I got to 15 drops a day) and on that I did not have armpits smell at all. I had to stop H2O2 because of nausea and severe redness of the face/sun sensitivity on it and thining of the skin.

I took antiparasitic meds already few times I tried to do enema before but nothing unusual came out with enema. Fasting made me pale and weak and I could not excercise.

Anybody knows how to detoxify well and continuosly? How to do liver/kidney detox?

I am afraid to take herbal detox pills (organic.. ), because of cleanness issue, I never know how they get to clean them since I do not know how to clean my herbs besides putting them in a boiling water.

Please let me know, I know I have to detox well and all the time.

Replied by Tina
(Houston, USA)

Good sources of foods that are rich in probiotics several times daily. Kefir, kombucha, sauerkrauet and fermented veggies are great sources of cheap and good probiotics.

Also good quality chlorella will reduce or help eliminate the issue. Good luck.

Replied by Kk
(Seattle, Wa)

Thanks Tina! I'll try this and will report back!

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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Anytime my B.O. increases I know, by experience, my Kidney functions have decreased. So if chronic B.O. is a problem, a good detox program would certainly be advised.

Replied by Lyndsey
(St. Louis, Missouri)

When it comes to detoxing, I think a lot of people get it wrong. They end up doing things that are similar to fasting, like the honey and cayenne pepper drink and such. I did my first detox at 21, through my chiropracter that was also trained in naturopathic medicine. He explained to me that what was most important was to give your body's natural detoxification system, comprised of a team of organs, all the nutrients necessary to do the job well, while also making sure that you aren't adding any new toxins to the body.

There are so many toxins in our food, air, and water that the body hardly gets a break from filtering out the new stuff constantly coming in. There's no time to clean out all of the old stuff that has built up. The best detox system, and the one that I do, is making sure that you are eating foods that are fresh, organic, and raw (if possible). Also, make sure that everything you are eating is NOT a potential food allergen. Get ahold of a list of all the foods that people have been found to be allergic to and don't eat any of these foods for 28 days. This means there are very few grains and nuts that you will be able to consume, and absolutely no dairy. Soy shouldn't be in your diet either, which can be tricky. There are breads out there made only from non-allergen grains. I found mine at Whole Foods. Night shade vegetables like eggplant are not good to eat, I think tomatoes are on that list too. It goes without saying that sweets, alcohol, caffeine, and nicoteine are not on the menu either.

After 28 days of eating pure, natural, fresh foods, drinky plenty of purified water, and getting enough exercise (like long walks! ), you are ready to start adding food groups back to your diet. This is how you discover if you have any food allergies you didn't know about.

Contrary to popular belief, allergic reactions do not only come in the form of rashes, sneezing, coughing, swelling, phlegm or other similar visible physical reactions. Allergic reactions to foods can come in the form of fatigue, anxiety, depression, and an overall mental and/or physical imbalance that you aren't even aware of.

After your 28 day detox, pay attention to how you feel and start keeping a food journal. Each week, add back a new food group, and each day try a different food from that group. I discovered that I am allergic to cow milk, but not really to cheese, yogurt, or icecream.

This was a really positive experience for me. The detox was hard, finding ok foods was a bit difficult, but it was really helpful to find out which foods were making me feel bad (and making me smelly! ) It was difficult to change the way I eat, but rewarding in the end. Now I can't imagine eating some of the stuff I used to, and if I do eat something unhealthy, I really feel it!

I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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For many folks and not to their own advantage, a truncated version of the ideal diet that Lyndsey just posted is really the only practical way to go. In this compromised category of "people-on-the-go" in less than ideal situations, the diet must eliminate, say, the top ten or even twenty most harmful foods and beverages AND incorporate the top ten or twenty most beneficial foods, herbs and beverages. And of course their is conflicting dialogue and beliefs across this subject I.E. dairy or no dairy. With the best and worst foods and beverages taken care of, the next stage would be supplementing (which can become extremely confusing for a novis in this day in time), so the best way to cut that tape is to use the highest quality, most nutritious "multivitamin/mineral" at your disposal. Some brands sport hundreds of nutrients in a single tablet. Two multi's w/ every meal would be standard recommends.

Replied by Madeline
(New York)

Try a using a wet pad with a little betadine on it to wipe the underarms with. Rinse off with another wet pad. Follow with your favorite antiperspirant/deodorant. This cured my similar problem (had it for many decades). I love being free from that curse. I wish I had figured out this solution earlier in life. I hope you try this and I wish you the best.

Aluminum in Deodorant

Posted by Tony (Philly, Pa) on 06/12/2013

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!

Ammonia Odor

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Posted by Kleemarti (Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough) on 10/19/2010

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.

Replied by I Smell
(Atlanta, Ga)

I just searched and it looks like either:

1. You are too acidic.
2. An infection with helicobacter, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, or by eating too much protein.
3. Foods you are eating.

Replied by Zsaqwe
(Brownsville, Texas)

I remember that it happened to me too. I also smelled like ammonia when I was bathing. That was long time ago. I toughed it was normal. I started two months ago drinking ACV with mother and all body odors are gone. I feel like when I was a kid. I am still amazed and I am even scared. Drinking ACV with mother have changed so much my skin for the better that I don't know if it is normal. Body odor is normal why is it gone? Please, somebody answer what is ACV with mother doing to me? I love the change but is it normal? I am over 50, why my skin is softer it feels great. I drink one tablespoon of ACV with the mother mixed with V8 before bed time. Today I added another drink before lunch. I feel the odor change in the whole body hair, feet, armpits and even mouth.

Replied by Brijorg
(New Haven, Ct)

Kleemarti from Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough, I had some pretty bad reflux not so long ago. The #1 remedy for this I found on manukahoneyusa. There are types of foods and drink to avoid and those you should take but most important smear 1 tbls of the active manuka honey on (in my case) a 1"x1" piece of rice bread (no wheat gluten) and chew well and swallow do this about 20 minutes before each meal. Initially you will feel a slight sting (healing sting) but the honey will coat the esophagus and start healing. This actually works for many digestive issues. The honey has to be applied to something (bread apple, banana, etc) or else it is absorbed into the bloodstream too quickly.

Now knock that reflux out, the manuka saved my life.

Replied by Brijorg
(New Haven, Ct)

Make that 1 teaspoon:)

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

An ammonia smell coming from your trunk is usually a sign of a liver disease. Have it tested. Get some milk thistle with artichokes. Artichokes scrub the liver. Also, eat meat once a week and go on a fish and chicken diet. Incorporate salads with artichokes. Drink dandelion tea.

Replied by Beng
(Halifax, Canada)

May I know what V8 is... Thanks

(Traverse City MI)

Hi Beng,

V8 is the name of a vegetable juice drink, sold in cans or jugs found at the grocery store. It is a mix of 8 vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, celery, can't remember other ones). I just make my own these days.

Replied by Dennis
(New Orleans, La)

What is this mother you say that is taken with the acv?

Replied by Dennis
(New Orleans, La)

@ Beng V8 is a tomato and vegetable based drink they sell in all stores. Stay away from the splash brand, that's more like a regular juice. Look for the original v8.

Replied by Mj
(Manila, Phils.)

@Dennis, Apple Cider Vinegar is Apple cider vinegar. see the link

Replied by Holly
(Fayetteville, Ar/usa)

An answer to the "mother" question, found on the _____'s website:

ACV - Mother Nature's Perfect Food

Natural (undistilled) organic, raw ACV can really be called one of Mother Nature's most perfect foods. It is made from fresh, crushed apples which are then allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels, as wood seems to "boost" the natural fermentation. Natural ACV should be rich, brownish color and if held to the light you might see a tiny formation of "cobweb-like" substances that we call the "mother. " Usually some "mother" will show in the bottom of the ACV bottle the more it ages. It never needs refrigeration. You can also save some "mother" and transfer it to work in other natural vinegars. When you smell natural ACV, there's a pungent odor and sometimes it's so ripened it puckers your mouth and smarts your eyes. These are natural, good signs.

Replied by Dc1

I had a lot of reflux a while ago and had an operation to fix a hiatus Hernia. Now I am definitely not saying you have one of those. Nowadays I get a bit of pressure and burn if I have normal milk or dairy.

In your digestive system you have an enzyme called Lactase which helps you digest Lactose (the naturally occurring sugar in milk). The Lactase it seems is mostly designed to help us digest our mothers milk so for this reason we start to produce less of it with age, some of us more than others, causing Lactose intolerance.

If you have something in your stomach that you cannot digest maybe your stomach becomes more acidic? I don't know all I know is that that is what gave me reflux.

I now drink 'Lactose free milk'(which has lactase added to it) which you can buy in the supermarket in most countries I think. You can also buy Lactase liquid or tablets to take with dairy, if needed, from health food stores.

Hope this helps. Go see a doctor though or you'll drive yourself insane. As someone once told me its usually the simplest answer.

Anti-Candida Diet, Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Posted by Granny Laura (Waco, Tx Usa) on 02/03/2010

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 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.

Replied by Crzybeau
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Hello Granny laura, I would like to know how exactly you did it to get rid of your underarm odor. I believe its due to candida and I want to stop this embarrasing problem. Please help. Im desperate and depressed :(

Replied by Healthnut
(Los Angeles, Ca, Usa)

This Yay is not for anti-candida diet because I don't follow that, but I've always had a very strong/unpleasant body odor, it started with puberty and I think it's because I got parasites (pinworms) as a kid and never told any adults because I didn't want to suffer the humiliation of having them pulled out of me like other kids did. I think the pinworms would go away and come back and I just dealt with them and this has caused my very strong unpleasant BO, because parasites release toxins in your body and the horrible smell is the evidence. I've used natural deodorants from healthfood stores for the past 15 years, they are not that effective but I use them anyway. I can't use anti-perspirants, they cause huge sweat balls under my armpits that hurt and they make me smell worst.

Last night I had a breakthrough, I bought GSE (grapefruit seed extract) and put it in fresh pressed coconut milk/water and drank that. I put about 30 drops. today, I woke up wiht no BO whatsover and that is almost impossible for me, I have a super strong odor, usually an hour or two after washing/shower. I am besides myself, happy and decided to look up GSE and BO and sure enough people have used it. I also rubbed GSE under my armpits. I'm doing my own parasite (pinworm) cleanse by eating 11 cloves 3x a day, cranberry juice, I'll incorporate the other ingredients prescribed by I hope this helps a lot of people out there. God bless you all!!!

Replied by Mary Lee
(Coaldale, Colorado)

I know you probably are ok with GSE but has anyone ever mentioned charcoal to you? You can get the powder or tablets almost anywhere. It will adsorb the toxins in your body. That is what is causing your problem. God Bless You too!!!!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Avie (Uk) on 03/27/2017

I pour a couple of caps in warm bath water which I find reduces body odour across the day. Also clothing made of Bamboo and Merino wool is very helpful too.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rachel (Jamaica, Ny) on 05/10/2012

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?

Replied by Nycbgirl
(Las Vegas, Nv)

While going through menopause my BO was so out of control that I didn't know what to do! So the first thing I did was change to deodorant that was made out of salt crystal, it's wonderful! No odor at all ever!!!! I bought it at Walgreens for about 7 dollars. Then I went on a diet and changed my eating habits and as a result I no longer have an odor on my skin.... Sometimes I smelled yucky, my husband said I smelled like a mans locker room! Thanks! Anyway I have been off the diet for a few weeks and the odor is coming back so back on my clean eating program again... as a side note the baking soda worked for under my arms but I developed an itch so bad that I had to stop using it.

Replied by Joyce
(Cambridge, Canada)

Hello, Also try rubbing or use a spray bottle to apply Apple cider vinegar to your armpits about 5 minutes before showering. Shower and dry well. No need for deodorant. Make sure the oral form of ACV you are using contains "Mother. " (organic).

Replied by Michelle

Rachel, food grade DE should help with the pinworms. 1 tablespoon 2x's a day in whatever kind of liquid you like to drink. ACV and baking soda taken internally are amazing, so keep it up. I use a mixture of 3parts arrowroot, 1part baking soda, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and orange essential oil as a deodorant. It's amazing, hope it helps.

Replied by Meiya
(Makati, Manila)

My problem about my b.o. is always coming back, I used powder odorless deodorant because I don't like the smell of perspirant, and it left stains at my clothes.. Just want to ask how to use the baking soda?

Replied by Yvann

I have a question. If I use ACV, let's say 3-5 mins before taking a bath, do I still have to use deo after? I'm just a bit scared that if I don't, I'll smell. Btw, I have hyperhidrosis (sweats excessively) and I am an anxious person so yeah. It's a tough life having bromhidrosis. :(

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Posted by Mthomas (Columbus, Ohio) on 03/22/2012

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.

Replied by Heather
(San Diego)

You are misinformed. Most baking soda does not have aluminum in it. It is an advertising thing Bob's Redmill started putting on its products because it was being bombarded with phone calls inquiring about aluminum content.

That said, BAKING POWDER often does, and you should look into that separately.

The main brand of baking soda in the US (orange box with hammer) has been contacted by multiple people to verify this. They state there is no aluminum in their products. You can google it.

Here is a link to an article on the subject.

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Posted by Londonlola (London, Uk) on 03/02/2012


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!

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Posted by Pleased With Results (uk) (Guildford, Surrey) on 11/20/2011

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!

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Posted by Holly (Chicago Suburbs, Il, Us) on 01/08/2011

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!

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Posted by Linda (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/06/2010

Drinking ACV made my body odor go away.

P.S. A quick fix for Body odor is a drop of handsanitizer on the armpit

Replied by Mel
(Selangor, Malaysia)

My place is very hot and humid all year, so I sweat all day. Sadly, this causes my armpit to smell really bad, but usually my deodorant can cover it up (I rotate deodorant every 2 days - the theory behind it is so that the bacteria will not immune with deodorant). But recently, I found that the smell gets worse, but only on my right side (the left still smell, but not so much) and it happen so sudden!!! I thought it was because of my hormones, but after sticking to healthy diet for a month, still, no effect. I try using lemon and lime, but the effect is no better than normal soap. And baking soda irritates my skin. Four days ago, I try using hand sanitizer as deodorant, just for experiment. And for 4 days it works wonders!!! My armpit didn't smell AT ALL!!! But this is only 4 days, don't know when will it get back to being smelly again.

But just now I try to drink ACV as lots of people in EC suggested. I wanna drink it, but man, IT IS SOOOO SOUR!!! 1 tablespoon ACV diluted with 1 glass of water, and my throat feels the pain. I wanna try with honey, but some people in EC say AVC not suppose to be consume with honey. Is it really?

Maybe I should just use it for topical use only... Wish me luck!!! P/S: But seriously, if you're travelling for a couple of days, just bring along hand sanitizer for your armpit. No hassle!

Replied by Lon
(Stanhope, Nj)

I've been having very good luck with Milk of Magnesia, the cheap kind without any other additives. The more expensive brand has bleach or something added to it, which we don't want, so check the label. I dab it under my arms with a piece of gauze.

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Posted by Loulabelle (Central, Nebraska) on 04/27/2010

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)