Body Odor
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Natural Remedies for Body Odor

Armpit Massage
Posted by Smiggy (Singapore) on 07/28/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been struggling with armpit smell for the last few years and tried some of the remedies suggested in this website and even changing diet a little.

I do see some result when I do a fruit and veggie detox and the smell is not so much. Although those natural spray like apple cider vinegar or baking soda helps but it only mask the smell and did not totally get rid of the armpit smell. (my wife ensures that I know it smells)

Recently, I am studying into meridian massage and it has come to my understanding that if a part of the body is not function properly, it is because of meridian blockage. Meridians are like rivers and streams all over the body (western medicine will not get this as they see nothing when they cut open a person) but it can be proven that it exist.

I understood also that since my armpits smell on a hot day and even after a shower or worst, on waking up, it must be blocked. (like a river, it smells if the outlet is blocked.) So each day, during showering, I start to massage the meridians under the armpit.

These 3 things I do when I shower:

1)Soap the armpit generously and find the deepest point in the armpit and massage slowly and deeply.
2) After that, clench your fist and rub down against the armpit and surrounding area.
3) Use index finder and thumb and massage or squeeze to release the tension in the muscles between the chest and armpit and between the back muscle and armpit.

This I do for one or 2 sessions and viola, all my smell is 90% gone and one week later, I could confidently go out without any armpit spray. Mind you, where I am staying is hot and humid and armpit spray is a must.

Now, I can say that its almost 100% cure. No drugs, no medicine, nothing to apply. Pure meridian massage. (if u are not sure about the meridian points, its ok, just follow the steps I shown)

Last but not least, do not get carried away and think that diet is not important. While I am not a vegetarians, I do not consume fast food and do cut down on processed food a lot.

I also believed the blockage under the arm is due to the years of doing sports and injuries on the shoulders and the injuries did not healed properly. So if u feel pain underarm when you massage it, take it easy and slow.

Like me, I am more or less having an armpit smell free live now. Hope this will help a lot of people.

Potassium Crystal Deodorant
Posted by Jenny (Brisbane, Australia) on 07/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Re BODY ODOUR - Used to have it in summer, but have not had it for years now since I changed to using a pure crystal deodorant. It is fantastic. Bit expensive to start with but cheaper in the long run as it lasts for about 12 months or more. Try it, it is fantastic.


Charcoal or Liquid Chlorophyll
Posted by Shelli (Charlotte) on 07/07/2013

Hi Crzybeau from Las Vegas. Yes, the mint flavored liquid chlorophyll. I get the Nature's Way brand. Usually from GNC but other stores have it as well. Have NOT tried activated charcoal. (And won't. Just my personal preference.)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (The Usa) on 06/24/2013

Mary... I neglected to advise you that if you are deficient in one of the B vitamins you still must take them all because if you don't, you can cause a deficiency in one of the others. Because the B's are water soluble they are not stored in the body and can be replaced every eight hours. I have seen bottles of B-Complex that contain 100mg. of all the B's. That may be better to try first since you don't know why you may be deficient.

I feel it's better to try to find the cause of the BO rather than cover it up.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (The Usa) on 06/24/2013

Sorry for the delay, Mary... By now I guess you are aware that BSM is Blackstrap Molasses. I am in the process of trying to eat to heal and it's hard to sit here long enough read and answer, sometimes. There is a directory here on EC that defines abbreviations. I am not sure how to pull it up but I know I've seen it. Maybe someone will read this and advise.

EC: Here is a short list of acronyms:

Leafy Greens or Chlorophyll
Posted by Te (Charlotte, Nc) on 06/20/2013

Eating leafy greens or taking chlorophyll will help with body and breath odor. Also get rid of smelly tops or clothing because the odor is trapped in the fabric.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nancy (Cleveland, Ohio) on 06/17/2013

To Mary: I am very sorry you are suffering from this situation. Along with everyone elses suggestions, I would also advise you avoid caffeine while in the office or in the morning at least. Both coffee and black tea are known to cause terrible body odor. Best of luck to you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (The Usa) on 06/17/2013

Years ago when I lived in a house with a severe mold problem, we were near dismal swamp, I had a horrible perspiration stench. I also ate a lot of processed food. I was told to try "C_____-Dri" and it worked great. It has to be applied thin (it's roll-on) because it can cause itching if you use too much. After you get used to the amount you can tolerate it is a wonderful product. I could get it from a pharmacy at a discount because I purchased it by the case. I don't know if it is still on the market because I moved to an area that was dry and no longer needed it. I also stopped eating so much processed food. Could have been the combination of the two factors... I just don't know.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Body/underarm odour. Yeah.

Milk of magnesia has long been used to get rid of body odour. Alas it is no longer available for sale in Australia, but there are aluminum-free deodorants online made with milk of magnesia. It worked a treat for my smelly pits - finally, something that worked!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gail (Villas, Nj) on 06/16/2013

Underarm body odor is caused by a zinc deficiency. Take 50mg twice a day for awhile then you can lower it to one. Take with meals as it can cause irritation on empty stomach. Another symptom is white spots on nails though that can be absent and many skin conditions especially psoriasis and acne. Foot odor is usually magnesium deficiency. May this help you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Andrea C (Cardiff, Wales) on 06/15/2013

Hi xxxxxxxx I have found that B.O is stronger when your body is trying to detox some thing. I stopped using deodorant, and I can still smell it leaking outta my armpit's..... It's horrible!!!! I am also convinced, the MOLD, in my boyfriend's home has a lot to do with it. He will not have it!!!!! AND........... He work's as a printer... CHEMICALS. My health went seriously down hill since I've been with him. Now 'HE'S starting to show the same symptoms as me, you just can't tell some people. AND, the bloody DENTIST.... I had beautiful teeth and was a quick healer, before I went near them!!! I AM ANGRY....... I was being treated as a 'head case' for ag's, now I got a shopping list of problems. What I am trying to say is, look at your enviroment, and people you associate with. Also 'stress' will cause bad b.o, it's trial and error, trying to find the cause, and hearing other people talk about your problem will stress you out. If I were you I would tell them, "I know what you're saying behind my back, but I am unwell and have no control over my illness causing my BO problem!" That will shut them up! f they ask what is wrong with you, just say, "It's personal, I don't wish to discuss it thank you." I wish you luck. Love andrea c xxxx

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mawgee (Shelton, Wa) on 06/14/2013

Hi, try magnesium oil for body odor. After shower spray all over body and rub in well (not on nipples or other sensitive parts). You can buy magnesium oil at health food stores. But you can also make your own with magnesium chloride flakes, much cheaper than buying the already made oil. I get mine online, but you can get them at health food stores also. Sometimes it burns a little the first couple uses but that goes away after couple uses. I hope this helps.

Diaper Rash Ointment
Posted by Tiyanna Jones (Phenix City, Alabama) on 06/14/2013

Hey, does this really work for underarm odor?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Baldev (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) on 06/14/2013 189 posts

Hi Mama, You are so very correct, what you have suggested will not only get rid off bad odour but lot of other health problems. God bless you. Baldev

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 06/14/2013

Hi Mary from Minni - Well, first off, don't be embarrassed about drinking coffee! I would drink it all day every day, except it aggravates my gall bladder, so I am motivated to stay off it. But I do love it - okay, sorry, I am off topic. I asked about the other health conditions as sometimes other things will help with the overall puzzle. And, if you were on a lot of toxic medicines, that could cause body odor. My husband occasionally works with chemicals and afterwards we can smell them coming out of his pores even after he changes and showers. Scary! Slow digestion could cause odor. If you are not eliminating toxins out of your system regularly, you may be having a build up of toxins, which your body could try to eliminate through your skin. Since you have had this problem for so long (bless your heart! ) it may take time and diligence to get it solved. So, I would encourage you to persevere.

First, I would add Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw, unpasteurized) to your daily regime. 1-2 T. Morning and evening. You can add it to water. The goal here is to get your body more alkaline and less acidic. (Disease/toxins thrive in acidic environment. Think of a fish tank, how if the ph is off, the fish die! ) What I do to get my vinegar (which helps a ton of health problems for me and others) is put 1/4 cup in a half gallon mason jar and fill with water. I then add 20 drops of lemon or orange essential oil and 20 drops of Stevia. (I use the alcohol based extract - the other kinds have powder and fillers and such. ) Anyway, I drink my "Vinegar Tea" all day long. (A half a gallon of this a day will cover your water needs and should keep your system moving! ) I love it now. The vinegar has been known to lower blood pressure, so just be aware of that. It also helps people with high cholesterol!

Second, if you can tolerate it, add 1 T. blackstrap molasses morning and evening. It has to be blackstrap. This is a very concentrated form of nutrients. People find it helpful for many things, including constipation.

Third - charcoal tablets. 4 in the morning and 4 at night (but not within 2 hours of any medication as it will adsorb them. ) Charcoal adsorbs (really it is adsorb, and not absorbs) toxins. It may take some time, but I would do this for a minimum of 3 months and it would be very safe to do it indefinitely Some like to add a probiotic when taking charcoal, but I have never had trouble with it causing imbalance. You can get charcoal powder (I am taking about Activated Charcoal Powder from the health food store, here. ) and put 1 t. In a glass of water twice a day instead, but many do not like the grittiness. The most important thing is to find a way you can tolerate taking it regularly. Oh, charcoal can lower blood pressure, too.

Fourth- Epsom salt baths, for detoxifying. 20 minutes in a hot bath with 2 cups epsom salt. Try to get in as deep as possible. I would do this a few times a week. The Epsom salt also is a cure for constipation, so be warned. My toddler empties his bowels within minutes of getting into an Epsom salt bath! You can add lavender essential oil ( a few drops) to make it even more relaxing.

Next - Bentonite Clay - 20 minutes before your shower, mix bentonite clay with aloe or water and make a paste. You can apply this to the armpits to help draw out toxins at the source. Then you can wash it off in the shower. Try this a couple of times a week.

Lalitha Thomas, who wrote, Ten Essential Herbs, would almost certainly tell you that you want to include some blood purifying herbs in your regimine. She would probably recommend Chaparral. I am new to it, but she loves it to detox the body and help all kinds of health problems. You could take chaparral capsules - 4 before lunch and dinner.

Exercise- try to get some exercise at least 3-4 times a week. A mile walk is good. Sweating does help your body get rid of toxins through the skin and is just good for you in so many ways.

Okay, I have tried to list some relatively easy and inexpensive ideas first. All should be safely done together, but to see how your body is responding, I would start one and wait a few days and add the next. The vinegar and the charcoal are the most important, I think. Long term use is where you will see the benefit.

Some harder things but things that may be critical would be dietary. But it is a good time of year for some of what I would suggest. I would encourage you to eat lots of fresh fruit, salads, etc. Avoid sugar, fried foods, processed food, fast food, etc. If you can make your own salads, I would also make your own salad dressing to avoid things like MSG and other chemicals in food that will not be helpful to health. Nuts make a great snack - lots or protein to keep your blood sugar stable. (But watch out here, as many have msg or artificial sweeteners added. ) You could find a chart listing alkaline vrs. Acidic food and try to focus on the alkaline foods. The fruit and veggies will also help keep the digestive system moving.

If you can't get your digestive system to eliminate at least once a day (ideally twice) with the above measures, you could add some of Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel formula. This has the herb Cascara Sagrada in it which works very well. And it has other herbs in it so it doesn't cause griping pains when you take it.

Some other good all around supplements to help your health would include Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Odorless garlic (counter-intuitive, but it is anti- everything (fungus, yeast, bacteria, viral etc. ) Also, for some reason, I keep thinking Turmeric. Not sure why. But I have seen it help some amazingly with some serious health problems.

Some other things to research would be "oil pulling" (on this website), liver cleanses, anti-candida diet - but I don't want to be overwhelming. Just start with a thing or two, and as it becomes part of your routine, add some more things. It may take multiple different things to help and may take months. But I think we were designed to heal and I think herbs and such were created in part to heal us. But healing can take some time - we healed my son's asthma with simple herbal treatments (nettles and quercetin) but it took a year for him to heal. My little girl's migraines are completely controllable with an herb( feverfew). I sometimes think, How can something so simple work so well? But they do. Sometimes it takes some time to find what works best. It took many months of trial and error to find what helps my daughter's asthma. It was harder than my son's.

Something you can try in the meantime while you are trying to heal is rubbing alcohol. For years, that is all I did for deodorant. I used rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball instead of deodorant. I used it after a shower or as needed. You can even buy at the pharmacy, those little alcohol squares in a little package to keep in your purse for when you need to freshen up when you are out.

Please keep us posted on your progress. I am praying for your wisdom and healing in this! God bless you!
~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary From Minneapolis (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/13/2013

Hi Kathy from Some, Where- What is BSM?? thank you for your concern.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary From Minneapolis (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/13/2013

Hi Mama to Many- Yes I am embarrassed to say I drink coffee in the morning (at least three cups) and will have a couple of diet sodas occasionally. I do drink plenty of water as I keep a 32 oz jug in the fridge and try to drink a complete bottle every day. I don't have female symptoms because my periods stopped many years ago. I guess I went into early menopause. Not sure why it stopped but my doctors do not seem to be too concerned about that. Even with the coffee and diet sodas and the early menopause I had this condition before all of these came into play. I did not start to drink coffee or diet sodas until apprx. 5 yrs ago but the problem started many years before then.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary From Minneapolis (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/13/2013

Hi Mama To Many-thank you for your concern. I do appreciate each and every suggestion from everyone. I have high blood pressure just diagnosed a couple of years ago and high cholesterol also diagnosed a few years ago. I do take a diuretic for the hbp but nothing for the high cholesterol because I am afraid of what the statins will do to my overall health. This has been going on well before I was told that I had hbp or hc because I first noticed this problem 20 yrs ago but thouht it was my deodorants not working. Which caused me to change my deodorants multiple times. When I realized that the deorants were making me smell worse I stopped using them and have not used deodorant since. As for my digestion I guess I can say that it is not regular as it probably should be. do you think that could be the problem?? my digestive system?? God Bless You for Caring about others.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, USA) on 06/13/2013

Mary, I thought of a couple of more questions to add to my last post...

  1. What is your diet like?
  2. What do you drink? (soda, tea, coffee, water, etc?)
  3. Do you have female symptoms? (irregular or heavy cyles, etc.)

Looking forward to hearing from you...

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, USA) on 06/13/2013

Dear Mary, So sorry about this miserable and embarrassing problem! I am already noticing some helpful suggestions being posted for you. I have been thinking about what might work and have a few questions that might help me and others to help you.

  1. Do you have any other health problems?
  2. Do you currently take and medications or supplements?
  3. How long has this been going on?
  4. How is your digestion working? In other words, do you have trouble with constipation or diarrhea?

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (Some, Where, The Usa) on 06/13/2013

I remember reading somewhere that body odor can come a deficiency of one of the B vitamins. A TBSP of BSM may help... possibly some B complex.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Te (Charlotte, NC) on 06/13/2013

You need to get rid of smelly clothes because the odor is trapped in it.

Posted by Tamara (Fort Collins, Colorado) on 06/13/2013

I can corroborate that a clean liver can mean no body odor, although I haven't done a colon cleanse. I've been doing some of the liver cleansing supplements recommended by Bill. These include magnesium, vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid, Co-Q10, B vitamin complex, and milk thistle. I'm not very consistent with taking them, but when I do take them at least twice a day, I notice that I have no underarm odor and I don't use conventional deordorant.

Another observation though, is sometimes when I experiment with taking magnesium and I can get the level just right, I will also not have body odor. I don't know if it's connected at all. However, this is trickier because I've noticed that my body's needs for magnesium change from day to day, depending on diet, stress, sleep, and activity. It is very easy to overdo the Mag and get looser bowels the next day. I haven't experimented much with topical application for therapeutic levels, but I have used body sprays that have Mag oil as a base for the function of deodorant that have worked very well. I also use Milk of Magnesia as a very effective, and cheap, deodorant, which is another form of topical magnesium.

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 06/12/2013

Read Your bodys many cries for water by Dr. Batmanghelidj.

For the atmosphere at work, take some baking soda and put it in a container around your desk or under it or sprinkle on carpet under you and change the air as it sucks up the odors. I used it in trash can with dirty diapers... Dog vomit, spoiled meat, rotten fish and odor gone. Put a pouch of it in a small bag you carry or a pocket and it will help.

Stress causes bacteria to grow in mouth and body and the bacteria eat our mucus and sweat and make it stink when the bacteria organism poops it out. If it is your stress level then try supplements for stress like B's and D and magnesium.. Positive affirmations help your self esteem if your fear of body odor cause you more stress and a vicious cycle.... I had this with a dental problem. No issues in the mouth but pain and dentist problem that was constantly stressing me and I felt helpless... Every week appointment I had horrible breath but at no other time than those 6 months.

Posted by Mary (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/12/2013

hi Caleb from Calgary, Ab, Canada: I too work in an office setting with no strenuous work. Other than walking to the copier I hardly move but not less than 2-3hr after I get to work the strong under arm odor begins. We are in very tight quarters so hard for any one not to smell me. Can you tell me how you do the colon cleanse because we share some of the same habits such as going to the bathroon lathering up and doing this several times a day to no avail. I now think that people are avoiding walking by me area just so they don't get slapped in the face by the funk! .. Help! I am going to try the liver cleanse because that is the only thing I have not done so far. Everything else that I tried seemed to work for a little while but the odor always comes back. Do you use 100% grapefruit juice or can you use the pink grapefruit juice?? please respond because I think you may have hit upon something here. How many times a day do you do it?? how much do you take?? I'm praying that you have the answer.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/12/2013

Hi Ms Robert from Dumfries --just checking in to see if you found something that works. I have not found anything and again I am sitting at work with the same embarrassing issue of underarm odor and it has been 2-3 hours after I took a shower and can hear the whispers. People need to understand that we do not want underarm odor or BO but that is the hand we are dealt. It bothers me big time that I have this issue because at family gatherings I am constantly sneaking off to the bathroom to try to wash under my arms because I can tell that people smell it but don't say anything directly to you about it. This is sooooo embarrassing that if you do not have this problem, you for sure cannot understand the humiliation associated with it. Someone please help!

I did ask my doctor to test me for fungus and she just laughed and said, "You do not have fungus!" How does she know if she did not test me for it?? Another thing that I discovered in addition to sinus issues I also have allergies and a lot of the time I thought it was my sinuses it really could have been my allergies. Anybody have ideas on how this could be associated to underarm odor or bacterial under the arms?? It is more noticeable during the warmer months and when I am in the sun. the sun really triggers it and I try to not get close to anyone. I spend a lot of time to myself because of this problem. I know it is embarrassing to my kids when they are at family functions also. Not sure if they overhear people talking but sometimes the looks on their faces tell it all. Please, Please, Please somebody help me. I have tried just about everything on this site for this issue.

Alkaline Soap, Baking Soda
Posted by Mary (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/12/2013

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??

Baking Soda
Posted by Sunny (South Gate, Ca) on 04/28/2013

What does this mean (FG H2O2)?

I buy hydrogen peroxide from the dollar store, do those have impurities? If so where do I buy my hydrogen peroxide? Thanks!

EC: Sunny, that would be Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, a formulation of the chemical without additives and therefore considered safer for internal usage than standard drug store H2O2.

Avoid Caffeine
Posted by Leah (Philadelphia, Pa) on 04/25/2013

Thanks for this tip! I'm definitely cutting down. As for the remaining Bo, I can give you my recipe for home made deodorant that actually works: equal parts corn starch and baking soda mixed in a bowl, slowly add coconut oil till you get a dry paste, add a smidge of extra virgin olive oil till it is the consistency of butter icing. Store in a glass jar at room temp. I was a stink beast for so long and this is the only thing that stops bo in its tracks. Just use your finger to get a little bit and wipe on underarms after shower or after sweating as it goes on better if you are a bit damp.

Avoid Caffeine
Posted by Anonymous (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 04/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Even if you don't think caffeine is causing your body odor problem (I didn't), PLEASE TRY IT!!

Just avoid it 100% for a few days. You've got nothing to lose. Stick out any headaches or withdrawals, because the benefits could be huge.

NOTE: Decaf coffee can contain up to 60% the caffeine of regular coffee. It IS NOT 100% caffeine free.

It takes caffeine hours to leave your system, (even when you don't feel it anymore, it's still there about 4 hours after you consume it - google the half life of caffeine in your body if you're curious). Also, your liver is responsible for removing it; so it's an unneccessary burden.

Avoiding caffeine from ALL coffee and tea removed 90% of my underarm odor problem. Additionally, I get less anxious. After having coffee, I immediately begin sweating, and stinking, all over but particularly in the underarm area.

When I finally do need energy and know sweating/stinking isn't a problem beause I'm at home or something, I'll allow myself some coffee. But a MUCH SMALLER serving than I ever used to have. Caffeine is more powerful than I used to give it credit for, and as a result it caused anxiety, blood sugar crashes, poor sleep, and BO for the longest time while I wondered what was going on. Not just coffee, but tea as well. Although tea does have a milder effect.

An added benefit of avoiding caffeine is that when I have it, it doesn't take much to really charge me up and give me pep - because I haven't built up a resistance to it or dependence on it. I feel like I have some conrol over if/when these things happen now, which is great!

So if you regularly consume caffeine and sweat too much or your BO is stinky, PLEASE TRY IT!

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Jerry (Ab, Canada) on 04/15/2013

I developed a nasty underarm odor 3 years ago. The smell would not go away with any amount of washing. Deodorant began to irritate my underarms. Before I knew it, I had developed a rash and couldn't apply deodorant. I suspect this was caught from my frequent use of hot tubs during the time.

After applying every known antifungal/antibacterial herb, I read online to use rubbing alcohol under my arms and eventually the rash went away along with the smell! Although using deodorant would always irritate my underarm skin and cause the smell to come back worse than before a few hours later.

Sadly the smell would always return if I hadn't used rubbing alcohol in 8 to 24hours or so. It would also always return 2 hours after a shower if I did not use rubbing alcohol after a shower.

I eventually developed some weird white pubic hairs in my private area that were thick and very brittle. I found out online it was Trichomycosis axillaris. The standard treatment for it is benzoyl peroxide.

Ever since purchasing a benzoyl peroxide product(acne face wash) and using it on my private area the bacteria was gone along with the usual smell I had down below(I always thought was normal) when I'd sweat too much.

I decided to use it on my underarms and wow my underarms no longer feel sticky and never have that strong smell anymore! Even after 2 days without showering!

Use it at the end of the shower, rub the cream into affected areas for 30 seconds then wash away. I got results after 4 uses of it and continued for 20 more uses after to make sure.

Deodorant Recipe
Posted by Tx Kel (Frisco, Tx, USA) on 04/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I didn't find this recipe for deodorant antiperspirant on the site. So I thought I would share. A friend of mine shared this recipe. I love it! It is easy and works as well as aluminum ones!! I should also add that I live in Texas and it gets hot here!!


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup corn starch or arrow root powder
  • 6-8 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • (lots of people add a fragrance. I like the coconut smell and it goes away)

Note: I had a reaction (hives) to cornstarch after shaving. So I tried arrow root. It seems to work as well, but no reaction.

Note: Melt the coconut oil by putting the tub in a bowl of hot water. Use all 8 Tb if you want more moisture, more smell, or have problems like a reaction / hives.

Sift both powders to remove lumps. With an electric beater (or by hand) beat in the oil until there are no lumps and its fluffy. (Run your fingers through it)

Spoon it into any small jar. It will turn hard if you refrigerate it for about 15 minutes. You may have to do this twice, but after 2 weeks of sitting in my bathroom drawer mine is very firm and doesn't get soft. ( Maybe it takes time to really firm up? ). It makes about 2 baby food jars. Apply a pea size amount. I do reapply at night if its hot. Some people put it into an old deodorant tube after making it. I have not tried this. Enjoy!!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 02/02/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Pour half teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into palm, rub palms together, rub underarms. It keeps odor away all day.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Anonymous (Who, Sk) on 01/06/2013

ask your doctor for a prescription for hypercare, it is for excessive sweating and it really works!!! Apply it everywhere you have sweat and odor problems read psalms 46:1 love u

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rori (Carson, Ca) on 12/10/2012

Hey Mom is Milk of Magnesia and it works at preventing odors. take a shower clean your pits and then I just rup some on underarms and let it air dry, then I apply a light oil or lotion and let it dry and it works at stopping odors.

Baking Soda is the best alternative to deodorant I've come across. Seriously if you are funky anywhere take some baking soda and at some water to make a paste rub on smelly area let sit for 30-90 seconds then hop in the shower. will kill any and all odors immediately then after shower I take a half or a teaspoon of baking soda and add enought water to my palm to dissolve it and rub hands together then rub on armpits let it airdry then I add a good moisturizing lotion because baking soda can be drying and a little abrrasive for some I have sensitive skin and then works wonders. No more Odor. You will still sweat but you won't stink at all. Just try it a box of baking soda is around 50-90cents and some people like to make the deodorant instead of this method they add corn starch and baking soda and put that powder mix on their pits to kill odor, that powder method was too harsh and gave me a rash that turned my pits black so I now to the baking soda and water and lotion and haven't had any issues. One year of no deodorant use. YAY hope this helps

Posted by Tom (Bristol, Uk) on 12/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Have detox baths 3 times per week with a cup of himalayan salts. Everyday when you shower soak a washcloth in hot water with himalayan salt dissolved in it and hold the warm washcloth under each armpit for a number of minutes. The salt will draw out any impurities and kill and bacteria. Dont use soap underarms just scrub lightly with this cloth after holding it there for a while. Thats it. No more smell.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Leesa (El Cerrito, Ca, Usa) on 11/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Milk of Magnesia is AWESOME! I have had an odor problem and tried so many things that did not work. I would start to smell after taking a shower? All I know is the MOM works like a charm for me. I emptied one of my old roll-ons and added MOM and ready to go. Must dry before you put your clothes on. Good Luck. Thanks!

Posted by Dale (Picayune, Mississippi) on 11/12/2012
0 out of 5 stars

You have to be careful if you have sensitive skin.. I tried this and it burned my under arms terrible.. I was miserable for a week.

Posted by Melanie (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) on 11/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was looking at Apple Cider Vinegar uses and came across post. For underarm odor. Rub underarm with lemon, cut the end off rub on, when it looks done cut off the slice and use new end. I have to tell you I was not convinced, but happened to have a lemon so thought what the heck do I have to loose. I used it and went to work, I did take my deoderant just in case. I am blown away! I had really strong body odor and persperation and had to change deoderant often as they would stop working.

This really works for me! No odor or persperation at all. I had to share and thank you to the original sharer! I love Earth Clinic!!!

Posted by Freaky (Washington, Dc, Usa) on 11/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After doing a whole body cleanse, I was left with body odor in one arm pit that persisted without mercy, regardless of deodorant, extra shower scrubbing, etc. I even tried witch hazel to no effect. Finally, I engaged in a vigorous exercise routine that caused profuse sweating, and suddenly it cleared up and has been gone for days.

Baking Soda
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 11/06/2012

Hi Jaya, Sounds like you have a lot of internal cleansing to do. I would check out the many detox remedies here on EC- and there are many!

You may also be dealing with systemic candida which could easily have occurred with all your medication.

Also, work on cleaning up your diet.

And look into the Body Ecology Diet which you can google and learn an incredible amount on their site including recipes.

I just helped a friend over the course of 9 months radically change her lifestyle. She was plagued with migraines and had been on migraine meds for over 3 years. She would often hear me speaking on various issues and remedies and diet but wouldn't say too much. Then one day she asked me if I could help her revamp everything and she was ready to finally take that step. She went to my acupuncturist who she then began working with twice a week. The migraines began to abate but she continued on her meds. I encouraged her to wean herself off and she did. Next step was changing her diet and cooking her own meals 3x a week for her family. The family loved it and it encouraged her. Three weeks ago she began to explore superfoods and has fallen in love with them. Everyday, she comes into her ballet class enthusiastic and full of life now! She tells me everyday how different she feels.

So, I encourage you to take the first step to change your lifestyle and restore your health. It can be done with commitment and encouragement. Wishing you the best of health, Lisa

Baking Soda
Posted by Jaya (Salosan, Pi) on 11/06/2012

Hi! I am suffering from terrible b.o and bb too. I also notice that I get a sour stomach. I am chronic asthmatic, due to my medication I am constipated. I also have migraine, had a mild stroke too. What is the best advice you can give me. Thank you

Baking Soda
Posted by Miranda (Campbellsville, Ky) on 11/05/2012

Try this: I buy a real lemon, cut off one end, rub that under my arms once a day. After a day or two, no more oder at all. Makes me feel lemony fresh too : ) Keep it in my frig, when the end gets funky, just take a knife and cut off a slice and start over. Works much better and lots cheeper than storebought.

Baking Soda
Posted by Naturalgirl (Lansing, Mi) on 10/31/2012
5 out of 5 stars

A simple, but effective answer for armpit odor is a dusting of baking soda every morning... A miracle solution! And some people choose one other answer... Rubbing virgin coconut oil on their armpits. I believe the baking soda is best.

Baking Soda
Posted by Cris354 (Ny) on 10/15/2012

MAGNESIA MILK works better than anything. Comercial deodorants only works for 10 or 15 minutes on my skin, so I start using lemon juice, ammonia, coffe, peroxide, alcohol, borax, baking soda and cant remember how many things I tried. Nothing works for my stinking armprit and having clear, dry and clean smell in my underarm.

Baking Soda
Posted by Momma2boys (Pacific Nw, Usa) on 10/15/2012

Hi, The baking soda in the recipe actually irritates a lot of people from what I've heard. I just use virgin coconut oil by itself. It works great - I don't stink at all and this has been my deoderant for 4 or 5 years now. :)

Baking Soda
Posted by Harper (Smyrna, Ga) on 10/15/2012
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911 HELP!!!! I have been trying to find a REALLY good natural deodorant... I used a common BS recipe that MANY people/blogs/sites SWEAR by.... And made it for my son and friends and initially it was AWESOME!!

Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Other Fragrance/ES... Changed up the Coconut Oil for Shea Butter and once again with Coco Butter.. to no avail.

THE GOOD: Well, we didn't stink at all... Lol it does perform well in that aspect... Lol Even after extreme cardio/Run outside!

THE BAD: No matter which variation I used all of us (5) had irritation under both underarms. FAR WORSE on the left side though.
1. itching and burning after half of the day (ESPECIALLY AFTER A WORKOUT)
2. We are African American so our armpits turned the LITERAL CRAYON BLACK... And then began to shed skin... (GROSS) with burning and extreme sensitivity... (WHYYYY SWEET BABY JESUS! ?) lol

******CAN ANYONE HELP! ?******

1. Help us get our armpits NORMAL AGAIN?
2. And figure out what went wrong! ?
3. A really good alternative/natural rememdy that REALLY works?

*** The pain ONLY left when we went back to store brand traditional deodorants... :(

I even tried ACV w/lemon juice in distilled water!! HELP PLEASE!

Zinc Oxide Ointment
Posted by Driftergal (Arnaudville, La, Usa) on 10/13/2012

I am going through menopause which has caused hot flashes and night sweats. Not just a few but at least hourly. Besides being aggravating it also caused extreme body odor which I have never experienced before. I remembered the "think zinc and don't stink" saying I heard years ago and started taking zinc. I guess I'm inpatient but after 2 weeks or so of taking more than the bottle said I saw no difference. I found this web site and saw where someone had used the zinc mixed with water and put it under their arms and it worked so I tried it. Sure enough it worked immediately. I went to drug emporium and found deodorant cream which has zinc as the third ingredient in it. It's fantastic. Even after having a flash or night sweat I have not smelled the BO.

I'm also experimenting with the ACV with Mother for the hot flashes. So far I have seen a decline in the number and intensity of the flashes. I've been using it for just 2 days so I'm pretty excited about that too. The ACV took my breath away the first time I tried it because I tried taking it plain. I forgot that I read to mix it with water so I now use the 2 TBS with 6 oz water and 4 drops of stevia. It's still not real pleasant but it's worth it to get some relief from the hot flashes.

Baking Soda
Posted by Anonymosaurus Rex ( Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead) on 10/05/2012

Sorry for the late reply, Linda. Soap nuts are available online through ebay sellers or mountain rose herbs. You could also try a local health food store or a food co-op. I'm not in your country, so that's the best advice I can offer. Hope that helps :)

Baking Soda
Posted by Kiko (Bag, Cord) on 10/02/2012

A cheap Milku 2in1 underarm and foot powder solved my smelly and sweaty armpits. It reaaly worked and im happy with it. One day when I used milku powder it controlled my heavy sweating but there was a bit only of sweat, after class I smelled my armpits and they did'nt smell bad promise! :) I was amazed. You can buy milku at watsons drugstore in the powder section :)

Coriander Oil
Posted by Cendriyon (Springs, Gauteng, South-africa) on 09/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to post this my daughter had a very strong body odour that I tried everything and land on essential oil.

I add few drop of coriander essential oil on her roll-on (men roll-on) and you can't imagine how the smell disapeared like magic its been 3 days now and no more smell.

I can tell you, I know what I am talking about your child jumping on you and that body odour but you have to live with it, it's your child you can not reject her.

Coriander essential oil, give it a try!

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