How to Get Rid of Body Odor: 7 Quick, Natural Solutions
If you’re concerned about your body odor and looking for natural, chemical-free ways to manage it, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out our top tips on how to get rid of body odor naturally:
- Wash with all-natural antibacterial soap
- Always dry off thoroughly
- Wear natural fabrics or anti-odor undershirts
- Use probiotic deodorant
- Update your laundry routine
- Use apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or witch hazel
- Watch what you eat
7 WAYS TO GET RID OF BODY ODOR
Try these 7 hacks to get rid of body odor naturally and permanently.
1. WASH WITH ALL-NATURAL ANTIBACTERIAL BATH SOAP
When bacteria on your skin mixes with sweat, it produces the striking scent you know as body odor. The easiest way to get rid of body odor is to attack the source: bacteria.
To get rid of B.O., wash with antibacterial bath soap to keep clean and 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.
Pro-tip: Look for ingredients like tea tree oil, oregano, peppermint and eucalyptus. These natural substances have odor- and bacteria-fighting properties to help you fight B.O.
2. ALWAYS DRY OFF THOROUGHLY
Bacteria thrive in moisture. If you’re prone to body odor, exercise caution after bathing, showering or swimming. Towel dry yourself completely before putting on your clothes, and be extra careful about drying off areas where you sweat more (like your underarms).
3. WEAR NATURAL FABRICS OR ANTI-ODOR UNDERSHIRTS
Natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo can help get rid of body odor. Synthetic materials like polyester and rayon, on the other hand, push moisture and bacteria outward — creating a more noticeable stench plus sweat marks.
Wearing an undershirt is a great way to prevent body odor naturally. Undershirts add an extra layer of absorption to contain moisture and reduce body odor.
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4. USE PROBIOTIC DEODORANT
You may 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 key to getting rid of body odor.
Probiotic deodorant is available at your local store or pharmacy. It’s also easy to make your own — try this recipe from Dr. Axe, a natural health expert.
5. UPDATE YOUR LAUNDRY ROUTINE
If you struggle to get rid of body odor, try updating your laundry routine with these tips:
- Wash sweaty clothing ASAP: Don’t allow sweat to sink into the fabric, or you’ll have difficulty getting the odor out of your clothes.
- Wash clothing inside out: The detergent will do a better job of removing sweat and odor from the inside of your shirts.
- Add 1 cup of vinegar to your laundry cycle: To get rid of tough odors, add vinegar to the load. You can also substitute vinegar with 1 cup of baking soda (but don’t combine the two).
- Ditch the dryer: Warm, musty dryers can worsen the odor on your clothes by baking them in even further. Try air-drying or line-drying your clothes for better results.
6. APPLY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, LEMON JUICE OR WITCH HAZEL
Remove body odor naturally by dousing or washing affected areas with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or witch hazel. These kitchen and medicine-cabinet home remedies contain antiseptic properties that kill bacteria and balance the pH level of your skin.
Using a cotton ball, apply apple cider vinegar or witch hazel to your pits (or any odor-prone areas), then rinse off with cool water.
Or, rub half a lemon on your armpits or other odor-prone areas and rinse off. If you have sensitive skin, you can mix equal parts lemon juice and water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply on your skin.
Apply these treatments on clean, dry skin only and avoid if you have cuts, scrapes or burns.
7. 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 and get rid of 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
We hope these tricks help you learn how to get rid of body odor naturally.
To cure body odor permanently, pair the above methods with a Thompson Tee for the best long-term, odor-fighting solution!