Body odor is an unpleasant smell emitted by our body, when the bacteria living on our skin breaks down the protein present in the sweat into certain acids. Although the deodorants eliminate this natural odor, the ingredients present in them are harmful to our body.
When you apply deodorants and antiperspirants on the skin, it is soaked up by the body, which causes negative effects. Therefore, people look for natural home remedies to combat body odor.
Home Remedies For Body Odor
This is quite effective in keeping a check on the body odor. Dust baking soda on the neck, feet, armpits and other areas that cause odor in your body. It absorbs the moisture and eliminates the bacteria that causes odor. Also, you can mix cornstarch and baking soda, which forms an effective combination to combat body odor.
Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV
ACV eliminates the body odor, especially underarm odor, when used instead of deodorant. This is because, it reduces the skin’s pH and bacteria cannot thrive in areas, which have a low pH. You can use ACV as a natural deodorant and get rid of the bacteria that causes unpleasant body odor.
The armpit odor can be reduced by wiping your underarms with undiluted ACV once a day. Foot odor can be eliminated by soaking your feet in a container filled with warm water and ACV (1/3 cup) for 15 minutes. You can repeat this process 2–3 times a week.
This is another effective remedy to reduce body odor, especially underarm odor. Squeeze out the juice of a grated turnip. Firstly, wash the underarm and gently rub the juice under the arms to get rid of the odor.
Honey And Alum
You can replace antiperspirants with alum because if you use the antiperspirants frequently, they can clog your sweat glands. Also, you can add honey (1 tbsp) to tepid bath water, which could be used as a final rinse. This remedy keeps the odor in check.
You can easily prepare homemade deodorant by using radish (2 dozen) and glycerin (1 tsp). Mix both these liquids and store them in a spray-bottle. You can spray your armpits with this solution to keep away the body odor. Make sure to store the bottle in the fridge after use. Alternatively, essential oils could be used as natural deodorants. Add a small amount of essential oil in water (1 cup) and use when required.
This is also a useful remedy to combat body odor. Soak a cotton-ball in vinegar and rub this on your underarms. The smell of the vinegar will be gone in a few seconds and you will remain odor-free for the entire day.
Skip Onions And Garlic
It is a known fact that your breath smells, when you eat onions and garlic, but if you are surrounded by these foods or even strong spices your hair and clothes cling to these odors. The smell is not eliminated until you wash your hair and clothing.
Use Antibacterial Soap
Using antibacterial bath soap will decrease the bacteria count, which in turn reduces the body odor.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.