Everyone sweats, it is the body’s natural way of regulating its temperature.
However, the awful, unpleasant smell that sometimes accompanies sweating can be very embarrassing. This smell is referred to as body odour.
A popular misconception is that body odor is caused by sweat, in fact, human sweat is odorless. Body odor occurs when the bacteria on a person’s skin breaks down protein molecules present in sweat, thereby producing an odor.
While a deodorant or an antiperspirant roll-on can be a temporary solution, here are some home remedies to help get rid of body odor.
Vinegar balances the body pH, this inhibits the growth of bacteria because they cannot survive in an acidic environment. Apply white or apple vinegar using a cotton ball soaked in the vinegar to your underarm after having a shower. This will leave your underarms feeling fresh and bacteria-free.
Note, do not apply deodorant after the vinegar dab, also do not apply it on freshly shaved skin as it will cause a burning sensation.
Lemon also creates an acidic environment where bacteria cannot survive. Rub lemon directly on your armpit then rinse off with cool water or mix some amount of lemon juice in your bathing water.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has strong antiseptic nature. Its antibacterial activities and sweet smell makes it the perfect remedy for body odor. It removes bacteria from the body and provides healthy, fresh skin while also leaving behind a sweet smell.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda works by absorbing moisture, thereby reducing bacteria growth. It can be rubbed on your armpit like a talcum powder. You can also make a thick paste using baking soda and lemon juice and rub it on your underarms.
Tomato is a natural antiseptic and can destroy bacteria. Extract pulp from a tomato and apply it to your armpits. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes.
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