Body Odor
Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Body Odor

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Avie (Uk) on 03/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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 Brenda (Texas) on 03/04/2017

You do not have to get rid of the smelly clothes. Dip the complete underarm part in ammonia and quickly put it in the washing machine. The ammonia can be slightly diluted with water. You can also add ammonia to your wash cycle but you will still have to dip the underarms of the clothes. You can use a face mask so that you don't have to smell the ammonia. The chlorophyll works for me (liquid or pills). Take it about 30 minutes before your shower, so that it will have time to work.

Posted by Hauwa (Abuja, Nigeria) on 02/03/2017
4 out of 5 stars

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

Alkaline Soap, Baking Soda
Posted by Madeline (New York) on 09/21/2016

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.

Posted by Lucy (Denver, Co) on 09/14/2016

Be careful about taking too much zinc in long run. Zinc can deplete copper and you might end up with other problems.

Posted by Icy (Denver) on 09/14/2016

Lime is more acidic than lemon: that's why it's more effective.

Baking Soda
Posted by Cibitka (Here&There, EU) on 06/26/2016 6 posts
5 out of 5 stars

For those who suffer from rash and irritated arm pits after using Baking Soda as a deodorant:

Make sure that you:
- buy Baking Soda and not Baking Powder (two different things)
- buy Baking Soda that was grinded very finely - the more grainy it is the more possible irritation
- don't apply Baking Soda on freshly shaved/depilated areas (leave the areas rest at least overnight)

My protocol of applying BS:
(I depilate my armpits.)
1. I apply BS in the morning.
2. I take about half of a teaspoon of BS and put it to my palm.
3. I wet the BS with enough water drops to make thick paste.
4. From that palm I take half of the paste amount on fingers of my other hand and I spread it under one armpit.
5. Then I spread the other half of the paste amount under the other armpit, just using the 'original' palm of the hand on which I did the paste. (so I end up with both palms with BS leftovers)
6. I allow the BS to dry out completely before I put on any clothes.
7. I use a towel or cloth to buff away excess BS from my armpits. But I make sure I don't rub. I just pat one or two times under each armpit. I like to do this over a carpeted room, as 1.) BS gets odours from carpets and helps to keep them clean. and 2.) it cracks unpleasantly when walked over on bathroom tiles...
8. Only afterwards I put on clothes.

When following this protocol, I have never experienced any issues with BS and I use it daily for already more than two years.
Also in southern EU countries, which get very hot during summer.

Baking Soda
Posted by Xoxo (Malaysia) on 06/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

You don't even know how hot is it living here. It is impossible for me not to sweat everyday and stink. Deos dosent work and leave stains that smells on my shirts. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarb) is the best. It is cheap and you can buy it anywhere. The downside is that it doesn't work on polyester. I stink wearing polyester only after 2 hours with BS. So I just avoid wearing jerseys and opt for cotton instead. It also leave white stains on your clothes but it is pretty manageable since you can wash it away with only water.

Baking Soda
Posted by Tom (Livingston, Tx) on 05/22/2016 55 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I read that some people use baking soda for deodorant, so I tried it and it works great. There was some initial stinging but that went away.

After my evening shower, I dampen my left palm and sprinkle a little baking soda on it and rub my two palms together and rub the wet baking soda under each arm.

I noticed that it lasts over 24 hours as a deodorant.

Baking Soda
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 11/21/2015

Dear Sarah,

Using Baking Soda for deodorant gave my son the same rash. If yours hasn't cleared up yet, a calendula salve is what cleared up his rash, which was itchy and miserable.

I think using coconut oil straight for a deodorant would have a tendency to stain clothes. I have seen recipes for home made deodorant creams or bars that have coconut oil in them, along with things like arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oils, and beeswax. It might be something to look into, I think mixed with other ingredients, coconut oil wouldn't be so likely to stain.

The following are some other things you could use as a deodorant. Magnesium Oil, Witch Hazel, Rubbing alcohol. (Either on a cotton ball or in a spray bottle.)

~Mama to Many~

Baking Soda
Posted by Sarah (Florida) on 11/21/2015
0 out of 5 stars

I had been using clinical Dove and it stopped working. I switched to regular Dove. Most deodorants irritate my skin. I really wanted to stop using all the crap and read about the baking soda.

I would sweat even after applying the Dove but found that if I took some baking soda on my hand and rub it under my arms, it worked like a charm.

Until, I got this rash after a few days of using. It didn't really hurt or burn, just really dark. So, I stopped using it.

Maybe I should have mixed it- or maybe I just can't use it. I would love to because it really worked.

I have a question about the coconut oil. Does it stain your clothing?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Tessa (Somewhere, Ca) on 09/15/2015

For those of you who notice a stronger smell from one armpit, especially if you have or have had a cyst from other toxic deodorants, using a clay like bentonite or Aztec clay and making a paste with water and applying it to the underarms and surrounding lymph nodes helps to draw out the toxins, and may even reduce pain in the area. Leave the paste on until it dries, about 20 minutes, then rinse off.

Posted by Charles (Ghana) on 08/22/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

It's there any maximum duration for the use of lime in curing under arm odor? I've been using lime for the past one month now but whenever I don't apply deodorant after bathing I get some slight smell under my arm, am getting confused now whether to continue using the lime or quit and continue with the deodorant. Kindly advice.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Gerald (Ny, USA) on 07/23/2015

Great tips listed for getting rid of the BO but the key is to treat any and all clothing that you've ever worn before (and sweated or smelled in). Spray full strength white distilled vinegar under the arms and private area before putting in the wash cycle. Then add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Splash vinegar under your arms at the end of your shower and let sit for about 5 minutes then rinse. It balances the pH which caused the BO and kills the odor. *Please note however, if you use the vinegar on your body but you do not treat your clothes, your odor will return as soon as you wear them because washing them with detergent alone does not destroy the odor causing bacteria. This WORKS!

Best wishes!

Baking Soda
Posted by Devon (San Antonio) on 07/13/2015

You are such a Sweetheart! May God bless you always.

Diaper Rash Ointment
Posted by Meka (St.paul, Mn ) on 06/09/2015

Can it only be that one brand that u mentioned? Thanks Meka

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 04/19/2015

Dear Ms. A,

I am so sorry you are dealing with this humiliating problem!

I agree with Mmsg--she is suggesting some internal things to try. I think she is getting at this being an internal problem, and not a cleanliness problem. She has great ideas.

One of my children, when he was about 8, had a terrible odor. He smelled like onions, just as you are saying that you do. I gave him Bentonite Clay, internally every day for a while and that solved the problem. So, daily use of something like that, or activated charcoal powder may be a help to you. You would want to take plenty of water with each. If you are constipated, I would not take either one until you have the resolved. It could make it worse, and if you are constipated, that is likely the problem.

If you can get some liquid Chlorophyll, you could take a couple of teaspoons a couple of times a day.

I would consider eating plenty of fruits and vegetables or drinking fresh juice, like carrot, daily. If you eat processed foods, reduce that as much as possible.

Epsom Salt baths a few times a week may be helpful for detoxification. 1 cup of Epsom salt per warm bath.

These are some ideas to start with.

~Mama to Many~

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 04/19/2015

Ms. A: you live in the Philippines so you should be using coconut oil!! Internally and externally!

Also, check out if there are foods that your body doesn't like. Try going gluten free for a bit, and/or dairy free, and/or sugar free.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Ms. A (Philippines) on 04/19/2015

I'm female 26 yrs old I have been battling for b.O for 12 years and counting. I almost try everything from vinegar, lemon, hydrogen peroxide, alum stone and diff kinds of anti antiperspirant deodorant and nothing works. I smell horrible like a onion. others make fun of me and uploded pictures of me on facebook im so ashamed. even if I wash, scrub my underarm pits daily take a bath regularly. and as I put deodorant I still smell. Don't know what to do. but im not losing hope searching every possible solution in the internet. Milk of magnesia have good feedback hope I could find MOM here. or if its available here in the Philippines ...

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Me (Illinois, US) on 03/19/2015

Hey I know exactly where you are coming from. I too suffered from bad body odor. You mentioned that you take Garden Of Life probiotics. I seriously recommend that you stop. Those pills contain a lot of dairy. I used to take them too. They made me smell like a sewer! Also beans made me smell horrible. Maybe you should try eliminating both? Good luck!

Posted by K (Us) on 02/26/2015

Is it still workin for you? I do not know what I have. I did take the test for tmau but have not heard back yet. Although I'm kinda thinking it's something else as when I did the choline overload for the test I was prepared for me to smell so awful but my boyfriend was over and there was no smell from the overdose of it. So that leads me to believe it isn't a choline problem. But it is something. Weird smells I can smell (onion, among a and when I go I to places with smells of food I smell strongly like that food plus bad and I have alwayd had armpit odor (which I can't smell). My bf of less than 6 mths says he can never smell me although it's been cold most of our relationship, my parents deny smelling anything. But coworkers smell something AWFUL! I have recently changed my diet about a week or 2 ago. I eat no red meat, vegetables, fruit, fewer carbs, drink herbal teas, try to stay away from additives, chemicals and processed foods. So far I haven't noticed a difference. Idk if it's just not long enough yet or what. But I was wondering about taking chlorophyll. I've heard some people say it makes the smell worse!!!!

Posted by All4nature (Usa) on 02/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

TMAU or trimethylaminuria is a genetic disorder in which the enzyme responsible for breaking down proteins in the body is unable to do so, resulting in a build up of volatile organic chemical waste, which is then excreted through sweat, saliva, urine, etc. and produces an unbearable stench. The odor is similar to rotting fish, rotten garbage, ammonia/urine, dirty feet, or feces. There is no amount of soap or perfume that can eliminate the smell. This condition comes from within the body, on a cellular level.

I have dealt with this unfortunate situation for years, and it is the absolute most humiliating experience when you don't know what the problem is, why it is happening, or how to solve the problem. Meanwhile, the general public and everyone within your radius is judging your hygiene practices and coughing around you.

I was at my wit's end, having tried EVERY deodorizing product on the market and several home remedies for foot odor. I had switched to antibacterial soaps, organic soaps, a healthier organic diet, daily foot baths, powdering my shoes, spraying my entire body with perfume, using essential oils.....and the list goes on for miles, with no success.

That is, until I read about CHLOROPHYLL as a remedy for extreme body odor and halitosis. I said to myself, "Okay this is my last resort. If this doesn't work, I may as well just give up on life and scrub toilets forever, because no one wants to be around me like this."

I have found that liquid forms of supplements tend to work faster and more effectively for me, so I purchased 2 bottles of organic LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL at the health food store. It is made from alfalfa leaves, and cost $16 for 16 ounces. I mixed 1 Tablespoon of the green liquid with a glass of water, and drank it all at once. Then I ate a sandwich. It seems to be okay to take with or without food; no side effects for me. I waited a few hours to drink another dose. I noticed the next morning that my usual stinky smell had subsided. The freshness actually lasted! I take 2 to 3 doses daily, morning, noon, and night. (That is 1 Tbsp. of chlorophyll mixed in 8 ounces of water.)

Well anyway, I am absolutely elated to tell you that this product has finally given me my confidence back; my nasty odor is gone and I can get on with my life now. If you know anyone suffering from extreme body odor, and hygiene is not the issue, I encourage you to gently mention the information in this post. They may seem offended at first, but I guarantee they will leap with joy when they've found the solution.

Thank you for reading, and good luck to your health and happiness!

Posted by Daryl (Rolling Fork, US) on 12/14/2014

Do you use deodorant after putting lime juice?

Charcoal or Liquid Chlorophyll
Posted by Yasmeen (Atlanta, GA) on 11/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

This was happening to me before the charcoal. I had severe pain on my lower left. Sometimes the pain would come before my cycle, so I assumed it was that. However, lately, the pain would be random times during the month. This last time was so severe that I decided to use my fist to massage the area, and I could feel the knot. I was/am terrified. 20 minutes later, I was going to the bathroom. After that I began looking for causes and remedies... I am cleansing now with charcoal, and I am on a high fiber diet. I can honestly say I feel and smell much better.

Posted by Misty (Indiana) on 07/29/2014

I eat a high fat diet with plenty of oil, dairy, and animal protein, and I smell just fine. Actually, I used to require high-strength deodorant as a teenage vegan, but I was also eating a lot of carbs and junk food back then. My diet is now mostly organic and very similar to primal/paleo.

Posted by Marcaq999 (Ca, US) on 07/29/2014

Check website. It talks about body odor relating to eating animal protein and dairy products as well as cooking/salad oil... Our bodies are not suited for processing these things. We are suited for plant based diet which causes less offensive body odor....

Undigested Proteins
Posted by T-ann (Fl, US) on 07/13/2014

Kay, I may have this same issue. Can I ask you where the odor is coming from? I have some chemical/food sensitivities that cause bad headaches. More recently, I eliminated wheat products (as much as possible) and love the results. Lost about 7 pounds, less hunger, less inflammation, no more skin rashes that bleed easily. But now, if I eat certain processed (wheat) foods, I get a bad odor from vaginal area. This happens within minutes of eating these "non-food" (or junk food) items. Maybe my issue is the same as yours....digesting protein. Thank you for posting this info. Please keep posting any more info or results that you get.

Undigested Proteins
Posted by Kay (Fl, US) on 07/13/2014

Months ago we held a fundraiser for a child plagued by such horriffic body odor she was evicted from school; the cause was her inability to digest proteins! We raised 100K for her to go to Mayo Clinic for Enzyme Therapy. Results are still pending...

Fast forward; 2 months ago (at the onset of some very minor yeast symptoms) I began getting some very, very bad body odor. Like many of you, I tried many de-odor treatments with little luck.

Fortunatly, yesterday I had an opportunity to watch my blood analysed under a "special" darkfield microscope projected on a large screen to count/chart the findings. My blood showed excess Yeast and Fungal Forms (advanced stage of yeast fermentation mutating into fungus growth/infection); and 4 related issues, all stressing out my liver (Spicules, Uric acid crystals, Rouleau, Aggregation of red blood cells). All were caused by "undigested proteins" in my blood (producing a by-product called monosodium urate).

The antidotes prescribed (by a Naturopath) were: Liver Care and Candida treatment (liver supplements, enzymes, alkalization, ACV/w Mother, lemon, garlic, coconut oil, probiotics, trace minerals, super greens and Vit C in high amounts).

The obvious and not-so obvious; a day or so before my horrible BO started, I had reintroduced wheat and other grains back into my diet (via an old friend visiting, and baking homemade bread every day for a week)! I knew the bread would probably caused a yeast flare, but I didn't realise how my poor digestion of it would inflitrate my blood, and stress out my liver too! So I'll take this bad news, as good news, and take my minor "wheat allergy" a lot more seriously now!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Monique (Brooklyn, US) on 06/22/2014

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?

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Brian (Sth Aus, Australia) on 03/10/2014

All of the above are great suggestions except the stinky garlic. Anyway, the simplest solution is stop eating sugar or at least reduce it to a minimum because even veggies have a sugar content. So does rice of any colour. Prefer a diet of veggies that can be eaten raw, fruits that are bitter, moderate meat, natural dairy, eggs and moderate natural fats and oils and you'll be normal in no time. Cheers.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Mt (Ottawa, Ontario) on 03/08/2014

Try to eat one clove of garlic a day -do it at dinner (it has to be fresh and you have to properly chew it -it goes well in a salad or you can smash it and mix it with a tsp of honey, avoid chinese garlic). Do not try to over do it -too much garlic can lower your BP and also increase blood coagulation time.

Drink Stinging Nettle tea each day -about 0.5l.

Drink a tea from the dandelion root each day-about 1 cup

Include dandelion leaves in salads.

Make an ointment from Extra Virgin Olive oil (100 ml), Extra Virgin Coconut oil (100 ml) and a smashed garlic clove -after mixing the components let the mix stay for a day and after that filter out the large pieces of garlic. The ointment has to be stored in a glass container (keep it in a dark place).

Use the ointment on all your skin after showering (spread small amounts of it before you dry out).

For the showers use warm water followed by cold water -repeat three times.

Stop using commercial soap and shampoo. Go for natural solutions (Allepo soap).

Use the info from the video ( to get lacto bacillus culture. Mix some of it with water and apply it to all your skin each morning.

In the summer go to the seaside -expose full body to the sun and also wash in the sea multiple times a day -let the salt dry on your skin.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 03/08/2014

Xxunknownxx, changing your way of eating is probably the safest place to start, although it is hard. You can try Paleo or some similar diet which eliminates grains and beans for a while. You probably will have to make "friends" with many more veggies than you are used to!!

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Man (Sojouring America) on 03/08/2014

Oh, I forgot the most important thing. Use baking soda on your wash rag and stop using any soap or any shampoo. Use baking soda only. The odor problem will stop and it may stop overnight. How? for thewashing with a wash cloth fill your sink with hot water and saturate your wash cloth with water. then take a spoon full of baking soda and rub it into the rag. Use that to scrub your body and face and every thing. NO more store bought soap. Your self confidence will sky rocket.

To wash your hair take a quart bottle and and put in 5 tablespoons of bakeing soda and shake it up every time and then pour some on your hair and work it with your hands gently. and then rinse out . No more shampoo from the store.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Man (Sojouring America) on 03/08/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Take baking soda right after you shower and and take it and put in in your arm pits and sprinkling it all over your body. Keep some with you at all times. It will work. Put in your shoes too.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Mike62 (Denver) on 03/08/2014

Xxunknownxx: A Vietnam veteran sometimes smells really bad. The meds they give him are toxins. Toxins, bad hormones, estrogen dominance, and pathogens are accumulating in the body. To get rid of them search raw food videos and become an 80/10/10er like me.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 03/08/2014

Dear xxxunknownxx,

You have certainly dealt with a lot with this issue, and I am sorry that people have been so unkind. You have done well in improving your diet, losing weight, and trying different things, enduring suffering and working. I am hopeful that your persevering spirit on healing will bring the desired results to you.

If you haven't already, do read the posts on Earth Clinic on this issue:

Then just try different things, as you have been. I will mention a few things that I will start with.

I would try Raw Apple Cider Vinegar added to the water you drink. 1-2 Tablespoons in a tall glass of water once or twice a day. It is fine to have a splash of vinegar in all your water if you acquire a taste for it. (I like my water with vinegar better than plain now.)

I would try different types of baths--Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Bentonite Clay, etc. These are all detoxifying. Having a couple of these a week (or more often if you like.) 1-2 cups of the Espom Salt or Baking Soda. On the clay, you will need to research this. The clay bath is a little more trouble, but people find them helpful.

You mention the possible issues of leaky gut and candida. Do you have other health issues? Also, do you have trouble with constipation? If you are not eliminating toxins out of the bowel regularly (at least daily) this can cause odor. I would look into colon cleanses.

If you do not have trouble with constipation, you can take the Bentonite Clay internally. I had a son who had a body odor problem when he was about 8, long before puberty. Showering did not help at all. It seemed to just come out his pores! I gave him Bentonite Clay daily for a while and it did seem to resolve. You Can mix 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water and let that sit overnight. Then take 1 Tablespoon daily on an empty stomach with a glass of water.

Are you getting daily exercise? It is good for the body to gets out toxins that way.

I would also look into the turpentine section on this website and also look into parasite cleanses.

Whatever you try, try it for several months or more. It is possibly going to take a while to completely heal a long standing issue.

Keep us posted on how you are doing! I will be praying you find a solution sooner than later.

~Mama to Many~

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Xxunknownxx (South Gate ) on 03/08/2014

long story short , why does my body smell any suggestion would really help , remedies , medicine anything ... here is what I know so far

people thing I'm stupid , because I smell like Shht. they comment all the time ever since I was a child. Yet I am not able to smell my self but am 100% sure I smell. child hood experience , a kid suggested to the class it smell bad, middle school.. High School year , people suggested , it smell like Shht .. I was fat as a kid , I did take showers. I ate alot of process food as a kid, in middle school I became aware of this stench but it was a real toll on my mental strength , grew up anti social because of this , miss most of my school activities , did not do things most kids /teens get to do in life .. had real true friends who stick to me even when people commented how it smell / how someone needs to take a shower / how it smells funky ect .. now I need some help . I want to eliminate this for good .. I want to get my life together but can't seem to ..

questions I need answers to ...

why does a hobo who doesn't shower not smell as bad as me . I pass through homeless people with no sign of a hard core stench that my body seems to emit . also I have realize that it reaches a very long distance like 30 - 40 ft . I have verified it as one time as I was crossing the stop lights. I took no more than two steps and the people in the opposite direction where already coughing ..

question two , I know what we can't smell our self , the same way we can't smell our bad breath . so why is it that I can't smell myself >? not even a little hint as to what people had to suffer through .

question three , I take showers, very long ones , scrubbing the rear end of my tush and my hole body . at the end of my shower I am able to smell the fragrance of the shampoo. I leave the shower smelling like head and shoulders to my nose but the moment I go outside to see if the smells is gone , but not ever one minute goes by that a person walking by goes with out coughing. ill go to stores having people cough , every where I go its all you'll see , people reacting to my body odor .

This has literally ruined all my chances in life , my desire to go to college which I am trying to be toughen up mentally , after high school took 2 years off to get myself mentally ready and hoped that it worred off as I thought it might be some sort of puberty body hormonal change . Yet nothing..

I have change my diet, stop any intake of process food for as much as I can remember , started implementing some good eating habbits, like now I am not as chubby as I was once before , I use to weight 180 now at 143lbs. my diet consist mostly of whole grain rice , beans , some vegetable here and there, 95% consume nothing but water. I have taken probiotic , as I thought it might have to do something with my body flora as I never did take care of myself as a child eating nothing but sugary sweet which lead to me being over weight.

I have taken: chloryphill tablets, charcoal tablets, garden of life probiotics, zinc

yet nothing.

I feel fine, have never gone to the doctor do to financial reasons and due to the fact I have no health care.

I have checked for many reason as to why this can help it , I did some of my homework ,

1st Theory (TmAu) :

2nd theory (Leaky Gut) :

3rd Theory (Candida / Fungus):

Please, I have tried many things and I need some advice from the geniuses on these forums, I want to change my life, I don't know what being normal is. I have good friends who I owe my life to . never slightly once made a bad remark about my odor , and my family who beleives that I am clue less about it. I try no to worry them, I make it seem as if I don't know , I have mental scars that have help me handle some bad remarks from people so it doesn't hurt as much when I hear some harsh comments. I am very gratefull to have a job , but people are always people , and will always be curious as to why is there an odd person who don't say much , but always stinks up the place, now I will leave it in the hands of faith, and hopefully someone in these forums can help me understand why???? if not than ill do as I have always done and put on my mask, my fake smile and live my life as best as I can knowingly know I smell offensive yet to the eyes not give a single hint that I am aware as I don't react to the smell as others .. my the blessing of your god thank you .......


Posted by Man (Sojourning America) on 03/04/2014

I have been using baking soda for under arm deodorant for several years now. In fact I use baking soda for body wash. It seems when I use store bought soaps that I have body odour no matter how good the soap smells. It only takes a tiny amount of baking soda for the underarm deodorant.

I have a suspicion also that home made sauerkraut in the diet once in a while may help the body to fight the bad bacteria in the gut which may help with reducing body odour. Home made sauerkraut is raw and unheated and therefore still alive with beneficial microbes. That store bought stuff has been cooked or pasteurised.

Posted by Krystle (Elk Grove, Ca Usa) on 03/01/2014

I was wondering exactly how you did your cleanse! Thanks!

Acidophilus Applied Topically
Posted by Dee (Texas Hill Country, Tx) on 02/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Glycolic Acid, Essential Oils
Posted by Traveler (Dallas Tx) on 01/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I've used earthclinic a lot, and done many of these BO busters in particular. White Vinegar spray lasted longer than Apple Cider Vinegar (after a few weeks though I noticed no difference so I rotate.) Baking soda is fine, but chafes and I don't like it as much as other options. The two options I'm using most lately are either Glycolic Acid, or essential oils. I had some leftover glycolic acid from treating my face at home-- I believe it was around 20% strength, so I thought I might try adding to my underarms thinking that maybe, even with shaving, there's a lot of dead skin that holds onto bacteria that makes it stink more easily. Found that the Glycolic Acid carried me for around 3 days (no body odor smell at all that I can recall) and I didn't get as funky after that point (at least for a little while.) I'm out of the 20% but I do have some 10% that I'm currently trying.

When I want to mess around with smells, I try a variety of essential oils. Lavender oil works really well and gets me lots of compliments from people who think it's my perfume. Orange oil works okay-- not bad at all but not as strong and long lasting. I've tried less flowery ones for when I've been sick and so didn't mind smelling strongly herbal. I would just say to be careful and make sure you're not applying something like basil essential oil full strength since that would burn. See what is okay straight, or add to your baking soda or coconut oil, and spot test. I use it straight just fine but I've also used these in other applications so I know what my personal skin to essential oil level I'm comfortable with.

I'll likely use up my 10% glycolic acid stuff and then eventually get a $25 bottle of 20% glycolic acid and use that once a week or so. Since it's an acid, I wouldn't recommend using it everyday or even close to that--maybe twice a week tops.

Bad Body Odor Treatment
Posted by Bud (World) on 01/07/2014

Take a magnesium and zinc supplement. It will take a few weeks for it to work. Good luck!

Bad Body Odor Treatment
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/07/2014

Dear Shalik,

Well, I am sorry you are having this trouble! When one of my teenage sons had this trouble a few years back, we gave him bentonite clay for a time (internally) and it did seem to help. Most bentonite clay you will find is not mean for internal use (sodium bentonite is not for internal use.) We have used something that is a combination of sodium and calcium bentonite for internal use. Here is where we got it, with more information about it.

He took 4 capsules a day (We made it into capsules, but you could put 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water and drink it. It doesn't taste bad.) He did this for at least a month. Be sure to take it with plenty of water so it isn't constipating to you. If you have trouble with constipation, you will want to make sure to address that, as it can cause body odor, as well.

Some other things to try would be the following:

drinking plenty of water each day

taking an epsom salt bath a few times a week (1 cup epsom salt per bath)

having an apple and a banana a day

avoiding fried food, fast food, soda, etc.

Earth Clinic has a lot of information here:

There are many things you can try. I hope you find a solution soon. Please let us know what helps you!

~Mama to Many~

Bad Body Odor Treatment
Posted by Shalik (Sharon Hill Pa) on 01/07/2014

Hi I am 17 and I been having body odor trouble for some time know. I wash correctly I use clean towels and everything clean clothes everything like that but it's a smell that will not go away and It's very embarrassing. I need help please.

Ammonia Odor
Posted by Dc1 (London) on 12/29/2013

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.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Rose (San Diego, Ca) on 12/16/2013
5 out of 5 stars

It's a miracle!!! I'm an avid Earthclinic reader so when I started stinking in my armpits non-stop about 1.5 years ago I started trying the suggested remedies. I tried ACV, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda...well just about everything and nothing worked. I smelled extremely strongly of some musky scent that was overpowering. It would go into my clothes and they reeked. I finally was at my breaking point when on 2 recent occasions I had someone ride in my car and they practically were gagging and clawing their way for air - how humiliating. I had never had a BO issue and did not have to use deodorant in the past. I recently ordered a bunch of products on the internet, including Hibiclens which users said will wipe out the bacteria that causes the BO. In the meantime I tried MOM (Milk of Magnesia). I poured it in an empty roll-on container and applied it to my pits. I couldn't believe it, but after a few hours I was smell free. My clothes were smell free too! I have been using MOM when I get up and when I go to bed and it has eliminated the problem. I'm not sure if this will continue to last, but hoping it will because right now I am so happy and relieved to be smelling like a rose.

Posted by Funkedafied In Texas (Houston, Texas) on 10/16/2013
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This made me smell even worse than I did before. I don't know why?

Posted by Suz (Mendocino) on 09/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

A chlorophyll gel cap every morning and evening has eliminated body odor for me since 1997.

Baking Soda
Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca) on 09/06/2013

Hi Trish... I too, had the same rash from using baking soda. Read on EC to use Aloe Vera. I had some outside. Picked a large stalk, peeled the spines off, split it in half and applied it to my under arms. Did this everyday until it was all cleared. Did not take long at all. Good luck.

Baking Soda
Posted by Sp (Wb, Nj) on 09/05/2013

Hi Trish, not sure if you're looking for help with the baking soda rash or the underarm odor. I learned about using zinc oxide ointment here at EC for underarm odor. Most deodorants give me a rash. Then I'd have to use nothing until the rash cleared up enough that I could use a mixture of baking soda and cornstarch. I use zinc oxide ointment now instead of commercial deodorant and I swear by it. Very gentle and effective.

Baking Soda
Posted by Trish (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/05/2013
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HELP!!! I too have a horrible rash from the baking soda. It started under both arms, it's finally down to one, but I've had it for 4 months!! I have tried tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil and nothing is working. Does anyone have a solution? Thanks!!

Colon Cleanse
Posted by Mary From Minne (Mn) on 08/14/2013

How often can you use the epsom salts to do the colon cleanse?? Is every week too much?? I notice that when I do the colon cleanse I don't smell as bad but if I don't do it the smell comes back. can I make my high blood pressure worse by doing the cleanse every week or so??

Charcoal or Liquid Chlorophyll
Posted by Chanra Nang (Cambodia) on 08/09/2013

Yes, thank u for ur reply.

Bentonite Clay
Posted by Mary (Minneapolis) on 07/30/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Casey, is this still working?? how much water did you use??

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Smiggy (Sg) on 07/30/2013

The problem with all these external remedies is it is temporal and did not resolve the problem. I suggest you try armpit massage or armpit meridian massage. (see my post on armpit massage for BO issue)

I was struggling with these smell for a few years now and in one week, I more or less got rid of 90% and it comes back only if I don't shower for 2 days. This is really an achievement considering that sometimes, I do smell a little even after shower especially in our hot and humid weather.

Posted by Caleb (Calgary) on 07/30/2013

Sorry all, I didn't visit this particular page for a while as you can see. Here's my response to your questions. I'm still happy to say that I don't have underarm odors anymore and I don't use any deodorant. Sometimes I put 2-3 drops of oil (lavender etc just for the accented good smelling oil). I go to work without any deodorant, gone 3 or4 days without taking a shower just to prove that it's not there, shower every 2 or 3 days when I want and I don't smell. Of course there'll be a little body smell but I have to dig my nose in. I did the liver cleanse and it was with grapefruits I bought at the supermarket and squeezed the juice. Do a search for "grapefruit Epsom salts olive oil liver cleanse" and you'll get the formula. However I haven't done that since I did that first post so this is what I do now if I want a colon cleanse. You can google for "sea salt flush". It has to be sea salt – totally unrefined and no additives. Use 2 level teaspoons of sea salt to 1 litre of water (I use filtered water) and drink it on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning before breakfast. Weekends work best for me as I don't have to go to work. It's not the most pleasant but it works and all of the water comes right back out in about an hour taking all of the smelly remains with it so make sure you stay at home and have unrestricted access to the washroom. You'll be going there several times in quick succession.

Mary, in response to your question of how many times I do it – I do it now maybe every couple of months if I notice that there's odor when I go to the washroom. When I did the liver cleanse the odor elimination was a wonderful side effect. I wasn't expecting that. So you don't have to do the liver cleanse if you don't want to, you can just do the colon flush. You do it till you notice no more odor and that might 1, 2 or 3 times, it all depends. I also take psyllium husks in between to add more fibre and does a good job of cleaning the colon so I don't do the flush often, only when my body tells me and it has its way. Be odor free like free and I wish you all the best.

Charcoal or Liquid Chlorophyll
Posted by Chanra (Cambodia) on 07/30/2013

Where can I get it? Can u show me the photo of charcoal or chlorophyll? I am looking forward.

EC: Hi Chanra.You can find images of activated charcoal by searching Google images here. Liquid chlorophyll images here. These two products are sold in many health food stores and online ( here in the USA, but not sure about Cambodia.

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