Armpit odour can be embarrassing and unpleasant not just to yourself, but also to others. Smelly armpits are caused by an accumulation of bacteria on the skin. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist places, making your armpits a particularly good environment for them. According to the Home Remedies For You website, antiperspirants can clog pores, which leads to trapped sweat and increased odour. There are many remedies you can use to combat armpit smell right from your home.
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Things you need
- Antibacterial soap
- Epsom salt or rosewater
- Sage tea
- Cotton ball
- White vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Baby powder or talc
Shower or bathe regularly to keep your body clean. Shower with antibacterial soap as much as needed in the summer when you tend to sweat more, and shower after working up a sweat in the gym. Apply Epsom salt or rosewater to your bath if you prefer soaking in the tub.
Avoid wearing the same clothes twice because body odour lingers on clothes. Wear cotton shirts in summer because they soak up sweat, and avoid wearing sleeveless shirts that make armpit odour more prominent.
Drink a cup of sage tea daily. According to the Natural Home Remedies website, sage tea reduces body odour and reduces sweat gland activity.
Wet a cotton ball with white vinegar, and wipe your underarms with it. Allow the vinegar scent to fade, and enjoy being odour-free the entire day. Using vinegar reduces your skin's pH, helping control armpit odour.
Mix 29.6ml. water with two drops of tea tree oil, and poor the mixture in a spray bottle. Use this instead of over-the-counter deodorant. Tea tree oil prevents armpit odour because it's an antibacterial herb.
Apply baby powder or talc as another possible deodorant replacement that also helps keep the armpits dry.
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