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Posted by Heather (Colorado Springs, Co) on 11/17/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

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.

Replied by Jenny
Perth, Western Australia
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Yes, the same for me. It worked really well for around a week and I was stoked! Then it lasted shorter and shorter amounts of time. Back to the deodorant.

Replied by Al
Qc, Philippines

Guys, try to check dove with 1/4 milk moisturizing soap to use for the underarms, it has zinc content. Then use GLYSOLID Glycerin Cream as your deodorant. Regularly eat green leafy vegetables, parsley. Eat fruits and vegetable rich in zinc and magnesium. Drink plenty of water, warm water if possible every hour. Avoid eating much meat, sweets and avoid soda. Go veggies..

Replied by Monique
Brooklyn, US

I've had embarrassing odor for about 3 or 4 years and unfortunately cannot pin point when it started. Just started to realize people were moving away from me once they took a whiff. I suffer from body odor on the skin. My close friends tell me they don't smell anything, I'm crazy, but at school or work people try to move far away from me.

I'm curious to know has anyone tried parsley which is a natural body deodorant. I tried parsley fresh, I blend it with a juice or water and get great results but have to keep up with it everyday. another side affect is lowering the blood pressure so you have to be careful. Has anyone tried speaking with a dermatologist who would be able to explain or diagnose a skin condition, or can they even help. I feel so helpless and alone and when I went to my doctor he said I was crazy he didn't smell anything, it must be in my head.

I have so many questions, can I use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar to drink/soak in? After the problem is resolved can I continue to wear my clothes or is it a vicious cycle?

Posted by Glo1965 (Woodbridge, Virginia) on 08/18/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hello. First, this is an awesome website, I've gotten great advice! I have dealt with horrible, sweatty underarm odor for 13 yrs. I visited this site a few weeks ago and read a little about ACV. When you're in my shoes you'll try anything. I'm pleased to say that this has worked better for me than anything else I've tried. The doctor's have prescribed meds that burn, itch and sting; horrible side effects and more importantly they DON'T WORK!!! I've had a couple of days in this 3 weeks where I think it may have failed me. I apply with a dry cloth in the morning and when it dries I put on deod. Usually as long as I don't sweat I won't stink, so I know throughout the day when it's beginning to happen and there's nothing you can do! Does anyone have suggestions of a more effective way that I should use ACV? I read about applying a few minutes before showering and use plain water under my arms, I will try that today. In the meantime if there is any further advice I'd appreciate that!?..

Replied by Barbara
Morton, IL

Hello-I also use ACV as deordorant except on the days I shave underarms. I do not add anything to my underarms after applying the ACV. After air drying, I get dressed for the day. Your perspiration odor may be due to toxins in your body. You may want to take ACV, baking soda & water as posted by Ted. I have noticed a big change in my body odor since taking it consistently for several months. I usually have to launder my blouses after 1 wearing due to underarm stink. Not so anymore. Now I can wear a blouse 2 or 3 times before laundering. ACV is a great de-toxifier. I also use it as a mouthwash,astrigent on my face, itchy skin, and apply it to remove a mole. Good luck. I hope this helps.

Replied by Dana
Queens, Ny

(QUESTION) I did the Acv rinse and after I got out of the shower I reapplied and then applied deodarant after it dried. I do notice a difference, becuz If I don't use soap and deodarant I will just have the strongest odor! Just terrible. If I drink the ACV and Baking soda is water will that be better? And would U happen to know why ACV help with Body Odor? I'm really curious.

Posted by Angela (Charlotte, Nc) on 08/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am so very thankful for the remedies found on this site. I have had underarm issues for the last 30 years. I've tried everything from bathing in baking soda to using a men's deordorant---nothing worked!! Not until ACV. I am tickled at how well my self-confidence has hit the ROOF! I take a bath twice a week with 1cup ACV 1cup Baking Soda. Daily I use a cotton swab to wipe under my arms. I still use deordorant. However, I'm glad to say it's a woman's deordorant. Also, my next had an odor when I sweat. Therefore, I swab my neck everyday. In fact, my neck discoloration has gone away. I am African-American and figured my neck was naturally dark. Not anymore. Thanks Earthclinic for saving my LIFE!

Replied by River City Girl
Richmond, Va, United States

To Angela from Charlotte and others: When you rub ACV on your neck then go about your day...don't you smell like vinegar? I have your same trouble with the neck and upper chest smell. I tried peroxide on a cotton ball and it worked, but only for about 10 minutes :0( So do I have a choice? smell like vinegar or smell like body oder? What do you all use to not smell like vinegar? I'm blown away that so many of us have the same problem.

Posted by Jenn (Duluth, Minnesota) on 07/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a twenty-five year old female that has horrible strong under arm odor. I cannot even handle how bad I smell sometimes! I have tried everything to a different deoderant every day, using men's deoderant, shaving twice a day to once a week, scrubbing my arm pits until they were raw, to the crystal deoderant,... needless to say nothing has worked. I either stunk really bad or sweated profuersuly, or both. All of my t-shirts have stains on them or they stink baad! I was reading through the body odor part on and it said to use AVC. And I am willing to try anything, so I went out and bought ___ ACV. I figure that I will try anything for my body odor. I Dapped some on a cotton round and then dapped it onto my under arms and you would not believe it,.. I am still smelling fresh at the end of the day!! I DEFINATLY advise everyone to use ACV for under arm "deoderant"!!!

Posted by Atlanta55 (Athens, GA) on 07/06/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Hi Everyone, I've been trying the ACV method (putting a general amount on before I shower, then rinsing - no soap!), and it's not long did it take those of you who were successful to see results? I also tried baking soda under my arms for a couple of days, with no success....I'm also drinking ACV, so hopefully that will work...

No antipersperant or deos work for me - I've even tried perscription strength with no success, so I'm getting frustrated!

Did anyone find that they had to do this for a while to see results?


Replied by Kelly
Chicago, Il
1 out of 5 stars

I too have an issue and the ACV is not working. I even went out and bought the organic with "Mother". Applied it, waited 3 minutes, took a shower (no soap), also did not use any deo or antipersperants, but as soon as I start to get a little hot, I might as well jump back in the shower. I have been doing this for over a month, and it still hasn't worked. I even tried to do another application at night before I went to bed, but the morning had the same results.

Has drinking acv worked any better for you?

I've read that if your body was low on B vitamins, zinc and magnesium that you might have body odor. So I am trying to eat more foods with those in them. If that fails, I might just take those kinds of vitamins. If that fails as well, I'm not sure what else to do. I've even went to the dermatologist who prescriped something that smelled like rotten eggs that burned my pitts, but still did not work. I think that might have been for someone that has excessive sweating, but I don't have that, just the smell. And of course my left side is worse than my right.

I was curious if anyone read anything about hormones being out of whack might have anything to do with this. I'm only 30, but I guess that might be a possibility. I'm willing to try almost anything to not have the odor anymore.

Replied by Maury
Nr. Baltimore, Md.

For body odor try zinc ointment, and you can sprinkle on some talc free powder if you want to smell nice.

Replied by Kje10959
Bedford, Nh

I too had bad underarm odor. I tried the ACV and it sort of worked but I kept at it. I realized that the odor was coming from the residue of the deoderants (all natural ones) that had remained in my clothes. After several washes of all my shirts the residue is finally gone and so it the odor. You can try spraying your underarm area on your shirts with white vinegar or a stain remover before laundering to help remove the residue. After it's gone, I KNOW you will have results with the ACV. It took about 2 months for me to finally say ACV works!!! I used to spray the vinegar on before showering and then again when I was out of the shower. Now I only wash with a clean washcloth (I do that area first, NO soap), and when I get out and dry off, I spray the armpit area and rub it all around the whole area. If it's going to be hot and I know I'll be sweaty, I'll repeat the spray once the first one has dried. This has been successful for me. Don't give up, it does work!!!

Replied by Bce
Sav, Jamaica

Try 1/4 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoon of acv in 8 oz of juice or water and drink on empty stomach daily. when you are going to bathe, wet up you whole body, then put some baking soda in you hand. wipe under one arm then the other then to all the places that you have odor or to your whole body. use you soap on your rag and soap your whole body and then wash off. you will feel very fresh when you are finished. trust me!

Replied by Nancy
West Bloomfield, Michigan

I started having bad odor from under my arms after my second child was born at 30 years old, I had alot of mood changes and my doctor said that my hormones were thrown out of wack from the pregnancy, I ve had bad odor, night sweats and hot flashes since, its strange that my right armpit is worse then the left, well I've tried alot of stuff but didn't have any luck, but I know Apple Cider Vinegar does get rid of odors as I've used it in a vaginal douche, so I will try it under arms too, hope it works.

Posted by Jackie (Lawrenceville, GA) on 06/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Well, because of so many medications I have to take, I have developed embarrassing body orders. I tried the ACV and I couldn't believe it, this really works!!! I put it on 3 minutes before I take a shower. No more deodorants, no more harsh perfumes or other types of chemical. This is my fourth day of using this remedy and I am really happy with the results. I recommend this to everybody:) Thanks earthclinic!

Posted by Noelle (Tampa, FL) on 03/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

ACV cured my acid reflux (and made me smell like roses!) ok, maybe not roses, but it definitely stopped any sort of bacterial growth that caused my body odor.

i take acv orally, 2 tablespoons per glass of water, every morning and two hours before bed. i was diagnosed with acid reflux at 12 and took pills off and on but i feel so free. Apple Cider Vinegar freed me naturally!

I also keep the acv in the shower and before i turn on the water i put some music on, pour the acv all over my body (i pour a little in my hand and then rub on my body), dance around for 2 minutes and then spend my shower rinsing, NO SOAP!. after the vinegar smell goes away i towel off and go about my business. every deodorant ive ever tried has let me down, time and time again, but this stuff-i love it! i ride my bicycle 10 miles a day commuting and i sniff and sniff and check and check and nothing-no smell at all, its a beautiful thing. i want to shout from the rooftops! These pharmaceutical companys tell us that we have to use their products, their chemicals- and we dont! we just need to go back to nature.

Replied by Nature Boy
Ft Laud, Fla Usa

Noelle, u r a funny man and I enjoyed ur post. im gonna do it just like you did, but I will have to get some grip tape for my shower. I dont wanna defeat the purpose by trying to get rid of b/o and break my neck dancing in the shower. That would be like the pharmicuticl companys saying here take this it will help with ur depression but whoops it destroys ur liver, just a minor side effect.

Replied by Hagi
Calgary, Canada

hagi from canada it is very nice to know about the results of ACV and I tried this product it really helped thank you earth clinic for this wonderfull website

Posted by Kj (Philadelphia, PA) on 03/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using ACV instead of deodorant for the past week and it works! I can go over 24 hours without having any odor. I sweat in my sleep and thought the ACV would surely fail me-- it didn't! I may never use deodorant again! I can't wait to see if this works in the summer.

Posted by Sharon (Charlotte, NC) on 02/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE this site! AMAZING! Yes, the ACV works miracles for under-arm BO. I mean, I haven't used deoderant in days!! I'm so glad b/c I was tired of putting toxic aluminum crap on my skin. I just dab some ACV on a cotton ball, apply it to my pits about 3-4 mins before I get in the shower, rinse off and I'm good for the WHOLE day! And the nght! I usually sweat a lot at night, so that was the ultimate test.I mean NO ODOR. It's wonderful..

Posted by Constance (Los Angeles, California) on 01/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a new member and I used the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy for underarm odor and I am shocked that it works. I must use it daily; otherwise, it doesn't work for me. I would also like to mention that some cause of body odor is caused by a condition called Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) - it is a rare metabolic disorder. There is much information online about it. Good Luck and thanks agains for the ACV remedy.

Posted by Anne Cutty (New York, New York) on 12/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I put apple cider vinegar to the test for underarm deodorant. I am pleased to report that it works! Here's the skinny: I dunk a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to my underarms. The trick to making this remedy work for at least 24 hours (no odor whatsoever) is to wait before you jump in the shower. I try to wait a minimum of 2 minutes. I have tested the time frame for the past week and washing it off under 2 minutes from the time you apply it shortens its effectiveness. So go and brush your teeth or hop around the apartment to some music before you wash it off. The longer you leave it on, the better. Also like someone else reported here, I don't use soap to wash the vinegar off. I just hold my arms up one at a time to the shower and then do a sniff test.

The real test will be next summer on a hot and humid Manhattan day, but so far so good this season!

Replied by Lynda
San Francisco, CA

Which ACV exactly should I buy? Can anyone tell me which works for you? Should it be diluted or filtered?

Replied by Jeremiah
San Diego, California

Lynda, I would highly recommend buying an Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, since filtered processes out a lot of the beneficial enzymes, as well as "the Mother", and unless you like an EXTREMELY tart, acidic taste in your mouth, I would highly suggest diluting it. Earth Clinic has an ACV Recipe page for dilution instructions.

I myself like to buy ___ Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, although I have tried ____ when my store was out of stock as far _____'s. Those two are the one's I would personally recommend, as both are Organic, both are Unfiltered, and both definitely get the job done :-)

Posted by Tim (Berkeley, CA) on 11/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found out about apple cider vinegar as a deodorant about 1 year ago and have tried various amounts and ways of applying it. It works really well and I have settled on applying filtered ACV via a small spray bottle right before I get into the shower in the morning. I leave it on for about 1-2 minutes as I brush my teeth and then get into the shower and wash it off. It leaves me odor free all day. I love it and 2 of my friends have adopted this method and now swear by it as well.

Replied by Tess
Palm Beach, FL
5 out of 5 stars

Tim, thank you for your post about acv curing body odor. I tried your technique the past 2 days and it has worked fabulously! I used a very cheap brand of apple cider vinegar from the grocery store (not organic but "all natural") and applied it straight using a doused cotton ball to my armpits about 2-3 minutes before getting in the shower. I did not use soap to remove the smell, just hot water. It does last all day! I worked out at the gym last night and even though I had a good sweat, still no smell. I had been using the baking soda remedy but gave up on it recently as it caused too much irritation. Thanks again for your post!

Posted by Amy (Sachse, TX) on 07/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I'm not sure about cellulite, but I'm sure if anything would work ACV would. I had horrible acne and started applying it straight topically and taking two table spoons internally daily. Also started applying it to my arm pits nightly. I had a horrible problem with deodorant not working after my first pancreatic attack. I now only have to apply deodorant once in the morning. No reapplying 3 or 4 times during the day. I noticed after about a week that I was using the restroom more regularly. Because I have Pancreatitis, sometimes my food does not digest properly. The ACV has also helped with this. I have never believed in anything the way I believe in Apple Cider Vinegar. It is inexpensive and good for you. So even if it doesn't work for Cellulite it will make you feel better over all. I have heard of people using ACV as a fat flush to lose weight. Maybe that is why it has helped with some peoples cellulite. Good Luck!!!

Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using ACV for months now instead of deodorant. I use cold shower therapy and no soap and the vinegar is working great. When you apply it, be sure to go over the area well and not miss a spot. Cut the vinegar with water if you are sensitive. I have showered in the morning, applied ACV, done a vigorous Tae Kwon Do workout (1 hour)at noon, reshowered and NOT reapplied ACV and gone through the day without odor. In fact, sometimes it lasts until the next morning! I do believe there is something about anxiety perspiration that is different than our everyday perspiration however, because whenever I have a big social event or an occasion where I may have to do some public speaking, the vinegar has failed me. I have to rely on that nasty commercial deodorant on those days and I hate it! I would love to get some feedback on using ACV like this.

Replied by Dana
Rosedale, Ny

I'm so happy you mentioned anxiety perspiration because this is the problem I am having along with sweating(nothing excessive) I can feel nervous and not show it but I will just start to smell. I am going to try this I have the organic acv with mother and now I can get rid of my problem. I just recently got a prescription of the generic brand of drysol, it works if you keep using it but it turned my armpits so dark, and the itch is unbearable. I will be using apple cider vinegar from now on!

Replied by Gloria
Washington, Dc

Hi Dana---I hope you've found some relief... May I suggest that your odor may be coming from your digestive system. If you are not eliminating your bowels regularly and completely at least once a day, you may have a build up of bacteria, which escapes the body through our sweat, our breath etc. You should try a good colon cleanser, be sure to take fiber, omega fish oil 3-6-9, and probiotics with it. Try this and you should notice a difference within a week. You may still sweat some, but without the embarrassing odor.

Posted by Sandy J (In the sticks, Nevada) on 07/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking ACV for about 6 weeks now. I feel very good, but haven't noticed any miracles. I DID notice that the whites of my eyes are much whiter now--like a child's.

However, I tried ACV as a deodorant as described by one of your readers and was amazed. I had tried this before without much luck. The trick is to use NO SOAP in the shower (I have been taking cold ones), just rinse as well as you can and then apply to your body. And I mean that I have used this in place of soap on ALL parts of my body. Proceed with caution if you have sensitive skin, but it didn't sting or bother me in any way, other than the smell. The smell goes away when the vinegar is dry. I truly put this new deodorant to the test. I hoed weeds in the morning, went to a grueling hour long Tae Kwon Do class (cold shower rinse afterward and NO reapplication of ACV) and spent the rest of the day as normal. The next morning -- still no odor. For me this is a miracle -- even toxic, nuclear waste type deodorants would not last that long for me! Thank you so much Earth Clinic and all of you who have shared your results -- you are changing lives.

Replied by Mary
Minneapolis, Mn

I too have used the ACV before without success. So does the no soap theory also include body washes?? please respond because i am desperate to know if this is what is causing my body odor to continue. Also you use it all over your body??

Replied by Mary
Minneapolis, Mn

what is the crystal spray that you mention and where can i get it?? I have tried just about everything from the ACV which i continue to use with no change to limes, baking soda, tea tree oil you name it i have tried it. I do scrub, scrub and scrub my underarms but sometimes the smell seems as though it is coming not from just my underarms but my skin too. I only use ibuprofen for aches and pains could this be causing it. I use it for menstrual cramps and when I get sinus headaches mostly. Could this be the culprit. If i use any kind of fragrant lotion, perfumes, deodorants (which I stopped using over 6 mos. ago) i stink to the high heavens. I notice that people dont get too close and i dont want them too either because i cant stand the smell and i am sure that they cant either. I need help because i have started a new position and the awful smell is reeking up the whole office. Please Help Me I cant take this much longer. I have stuck with the ACV for several months now and it is not working so i need something else. I use it in the shower with no soap of course and then i leave it on for a deodorant but it does not help. what should i do. Ted if you see this, can you help please. I take magnesioum and zinc as i know that you said that could be the problem. i even take chlorophyll everyday but so far it is not working. i have been taking it for at least 3 weeks now.

Replied by Marilyn
Milpitas, Ca

For body odor try liquid chlorophyl internally. Most health stores carry it. Taken by 1teaspoon 2x day in glass of filtered water. Most are mint flavored so it tastes good.