Are you thinking about trying natural remedies for smelly armpits?
Don’t sweat! I’ve got you.
Despite how unpleasant it may be to go about with smelly armpits, it’s a problem that many people often face and is nothing to be ashamed of.
However, if you want to try something new in the hopes that it will get rid of, or at least lessen your underarm odor, let’s talk about what causes odor and natural remedies for smelly armpits.
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What Causes Smelly Armpits
Armpit odor is caused when bacteria in the armpits act on the secretions that are produced from the sweat glands under your arms.
Your body has sweat glands all over it because sweating is a vital process that keeps us cool.
10 Natural DIY Remedies For Smelly Armpits
While there are many great deodorant products on the market, sometimes they just do not do the job. Or, we decided that we want to try more natural alternatives.
In either case, when it comes to smelly armpits, a few natural home remedies have proven to help manage odor.
1- Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant with some antibacterial properties. It helps to keep the underarms dry and clean by removing sweat and dead skin cells that build up and encourage the accumulation of odor-causing bacteria.
It can be used by itself as a powder since the powder by itself can help to absorb odor. It can be mixed with water as a paste, or mixed with other ingredients like lemon juice, rose water, apple cider vinegar, etc.
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Baking Soda & Lemon Juice Scrub
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Mixing Bowl
- Mix 1 tablespoon each of baking soda, lemon juice, and some water to make a paste.
- Gently scrub it over your underarms for about 5 minutes
- Wash it off using lukewarm water, and finish up by moisturizing your skin.
- Repeat this method 3 or 4 times a week for best results (less if you have super sensitive or dry skin)
- Apply sunscreen when going out
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2- Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice is known for its antiseptic properties which help to reduce the number of bacteria that is present on the skin. It helps to keep the armpits clean. Plus lemon juice has a natural citric scent that can help to make a body odor better.
It can be applied by itself on the armpits or mixed with other ingredients.
I highly recommend using lemon mixed with baking soda, you can click here to read how.
3- Apple Cider Vinegar
Antimicrobial properties are characteristic of apple cider vinegar. This can eliminate odor-causing microorganisms and neutralize the environment in the underarm region.
The consistent usage of apple cider vinegar can also aid in limiting the persistent growth of bacteria. It can be applied to the underarms by itself, diluted with water, or mixed with other ingredients.
Click here to learn more about DIY Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaner & Lighter Armpits
Apple Cider Vinegar OR Witch Hazel Toner
- Apple Cider Vinegar OR Witch Hazel
- Water (if needed)
- Cotton pads/balls
- Mixing bowl
- Pour some apple cider vinegar OR the witch hazel into your bowl
- If you need to dilute it, you may add some water until it is diluted enough for your skin
- Dip the cotton ball or pad into the liquid and apply it to your armpits
- Let it dry completely
- Repeat daily
4- Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel has astringent and antibacterial properties. It can help lower the pH of your skin, thereby killing the odor-causing bacteria and combating underarm odor.
It can be applied to the skin like a toner using a cotton ball, diluted with water, or mixed with other ingredients.
You can also use Benzoyl Peroxide For Underarm & Body Odor, click here to learn more
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5- Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has antimicrobial properties and is a significant source of antioxidants. It is therefore among the greatest methods for getting rid of underarm odor.
While aloe vera juice can assist with detoxification and lessen offensive odors, its topical use can get rid of the bacteria that causes stinky underarms. It can be applied to the armpits straight from the plant or the gel can be mixed with other ingredients.
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6- Essential Oils
Many essential oils have great antibacterial properties that make them good at reducing the number of odor-causing bacteria in the armpits. They also have strong scents that help to cover/mask odors even as they work to lessen them.
The best essential oils for armpit odor include tea tree oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, etc. However, they all need to be mixed with carrier oils or other ingredients and cannot be placed alone on the skin.
Essential Oil Deodorant Spray
- Essential Oil of choice
- Spray Bottle
- Add a few drops of the essential oil to a glass of water.
- Pour this into a spray bottle and spray directly on your underarms.
- Let it dry completely
- Repeat once or twice daily
7- Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium. Magnesium is an excellent compound as it helps to draw out all the toxins from the body.
And since bacteria tend to flourish on these toxins, drawing them out cleans the skin and prevents bacterial accumulation in the armpits. It is usually used in the bath as a soak.
You see armpit bacteria thrive in armpits that are slightly acidic. Now by keeping our armpits neutral we can either kill or slow down their growth rate.
And potatoes can help to keep our armpit’s acidity nicely balanced.
The potato is washed, peeled, and sliced. The slices are rubbed on the cleaned armpit skin. This is done for about 30 minutes and then washed off with water.
9- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a versatile oil that has great antimicrobial properties. Constant use can moisturize the skin and prevent the build-up of bacteria and fungi in the armpit area, leading to less odor.
Pure coconut can be applied directly to the skin or it can be mixed with other ingredients. However, keep in mind that coconut oil cannot replace your deodorant.
Coconut Oil + Essential Oil Underarm Lotion
- Unrefined (solid) coconut oil
- Essential oil of choice
- Mixing bowl
- Storage container
- Heat your coconut oil until it melts (just enough to melt it. Do not overheat it)
- Add a few drops of your essential oil and mix it well
- Pour it into your cleaned storage container
- Let it cool completely until it is solid again
- Apply to the underarms like a moisturizer twice daily or as often as needed
10- Castor Oil
Castor oil contains great antimicrobial properties that help to get rid of and control underarm bacteria. This helps to control odor.
However, castor oil is very thick and may block pores, so it is usually mixed with a thinner oil to achieve a runnier consistency that is easier to apply and keep on the armpits.
Castor Oil + Coconut Oil + Essential Oil
- Castor Oil
- Liquid (refined) Coconut Oil
- Essential Oil of choice
- Mixing bowl
- Storage bottle or container
- Pour some of the castor oil into your mixing bowl
- Add as much coconut oil as you need, but make sure that the mixture remains thin.
- Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil.
- Mix well to make sure all the ingredients are combined.
- Pour into your cleaned storage container or bottle.
- Apply to your underarms like a moisturizer once or twice daily, or as often as needed.
- Shake well before each use.
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Precautions To Keep In Mind When Using Natural Remedies For Smelly Armpits
Please note that while these home remedies and DIYs have proven to help manage underarm odor with constant use, they are not strong enough to do the work of your deodorants and antiperspirants on their own.
Therefore, I do not recommend that you try to permanently replace your deodorants with these remedies.
Instead, if you wish for a more natural alternative to your regular deodorants, you may switch to natural deodorants that you can use in combination with these home remedies to effectively manage smelly armpits.
Alternative Natural Deodorants
If you are looking to switch to natural deodorants here are a few great natural deodorants:
1-Ursa Major Natural Deodorant
Ursa Major does not believe that blocking your body’s sweat glands with aluminum is a healthy option. Instead, their deodorants work with your body to control bacteria and odor naturally. It is
- Made with clean and effective ingredients
- Made without aluminum, petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones, or PEGs
- Has a non-staining formula so it won’t ruin your clothes
2-Lovefresh – Natural Super Strength Deodorant
This deodorant is especially great for people who sweat a lot. It is aluminum-free and contains a variety of natural ingredients that help to prevent underarm odor.
3-Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant Stick
Dove is a big player in the traditional deodorant space, but it’s recently expanded into natural deodorants too. This natural deodorant stick:
- Is the kindest aluminum-free deodorant with no compromise on odor protection
- Is an effective aluminum-free deodorant stick that should provide 48-hour protection
- Contains 25% moisturizers for soft and smooth underarms
- Is gentle, alcohol-free formula with no baking soda
- Is infused with fresh cucumber and green tea scent
- Glides on easily for a smooth application
Types of Glands on Your Armpits
The two primary types of sweat glands are:
- Eccrine glands: These have an opening on the surface of the skin and cover a large portion of your body.
- Apocrine glands: These are found in locations with a high density of hair follicles, such as the armpit and groin. Apocrine glands release their contents into the hair follicle before opening up to the skin’s surface.
Eccrine glands produce perspiration to cool your body when it gets too hot. Until bacteria on your skin start breaking it down, it usually has no smell. In addition to specific types of medicine, certain meals and beverages you’ve consumed can also make eccrine sweat smelly.
On the other hand, apocrine glands primarily secrete an odorless fluid while under stress. When this fluid gets into touch with microorganisms on your skin, it starts to smell.
Now because these glands don’t begin producing anything until adolescence, people typically first become aware of their body odor around that time.