How to Get Rid of Body Odor: 5 Quick, Natural Solutions
You’re a few drinks deep at the bar with friends — when suddenly you get a whiff of something nasty. You do a quick pit check and realize: you stink.
Body odor strikes when you least expect it. Most deodorants just don't provide the pit protection you need to go all day, and showering three times a day is impractical. That doesn't mean you're destined to be the sweaty guy. Here's how to get rid of body odor.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Body Odor
Wash With All-Natural Antibacterial Bath Soap
Sweat isn't entirely to blame for your B.O. When bacteria on your skin mixes with sweat, it produces the striking scent you know as body odor. The only way to eliminate body odor is to attack the source: bacteria.
Wash with antibacterial bath soap to keep your pits squeaky clean and smelling fresh. Some soaps contain potentially harmful chemicals like triclosan. If you're concerned about chemicals in consumer body products, stick to soaps and body washes with all-natural ingredients.
Look for ingredients like tea tree oil, oregano, peppermint and eucalyptus. These natural substances have odor- and bacteria-fighting properties to keep you smelling great.
Wear a Breathable Undershirt
Wearing an undershirt is a great way to prevent body odor. Instead of seeping through your clothes, undershirts absorb your sweat, containing moisture and reducing body odor.
The type of undershirt matters. Natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo can help you fight bad body odor. Synthetic, moisture-wicking materials like polyester and rayon push moisture and bacteria outward — creating a more noticeable stench and sweat marks.
Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirts go the extra step to help control sweat and body odor. They are anti-microbial and hypoallergenic, offering a gentle, natural solution to fight smelly pits.
Plus, every Thompson Tee is equipped with a sweat proof barrier in the underarms to prevent sweat and odor from reaching your outer layer. The Thompson Tee’s Hydro-Shield sweat proof technology completely absorbs moisture and body heat — so you stay dry and odor-free.
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Use Probiotic Deodorant
You might have heard about probiotics for gut health, but did you know they're also important for your skin?
Probiotics are good bacteria that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria. Maintaining a harmonious habitat in your pits is the key to smelling fresh, and you can achieve it with probiotic deodorant.
It’s easy to make your own with a quick trip to the grocery store. Try this recipe from Dr. Axe, a natural health expert. To learn more about the benefits of skin probiotics, check out research from MotherDirt.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Pits
If probiotics aren’t your style, there’s another method you can try: apple cider vinegar. Its antiseptic properties kill bacteria and balance out the pH level of your skin.
Reduce B.O. by washing the affected areas with apple cider vinegar in the shower. Apply apple cider vinegar to your pits, or any odor-prone areas, then rinse it off with cool water. Do this daily to combat stinky pits.
Watch What You Eat
Your diet affects the smell you put off — for better and for worse. Here's a list of diet dos and don’ts to prevent body odor:
- Fruits and non-sulfurous vegetables
- Fresh sauerkraut
- Spicy foods
- Foods with garlic and onion
- Too much red meat
- Processed Foods
- Sulfurous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
- Excess caffeine and alcohol
Don't get called out for noticeable B.O. Adopt these body odor-fighting methods to avoid getting labeled "the smelly guy" at the bar or office.
We hope these tricks help you learn how to get rid of body odor for good. We recommend pairing one or more of these methods with a Thompson Tee for the best odor-fighting solution.