Armpit odor is not only embarrassing, but may be difficult to get under control. This is a guide about remedies for armpit odor.
By gloria 1
Since my first child I've had the problem of arm pit odor. I'm thinking it has something to do with my hormone levels changing, but haven't had it checked yet. What have you tried, I've tried practically all the brands of deodorants including some men's brands, crystals, alcohol, and apple cider vinegar to no avail. irislynn777
April 16, 2015
More than 30 years ago, I contracted a staph infection in my left arm pit. After that, I couldn't tolerate any deodorant/antiperspirants with aluminum without getting a terrible arm pit rash. I was left with stinky pits all the time and tried every cure out there. Eventually, I read on line about using milk of magnesia. This has been the best treatment I've ever found for smelly arm pits!
I buy the generic brand, shake the bottle and apply daily anywhere on my body that I think might smell and offend other people, especially in the summer months. I've read it kills the bacteria that cause odor, so I smell good all the time now. The best thing is the low, low cost of this treatment. I never have the rash any more which was extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing. I take a small container on trips.
My underarms always smell a little bit bad after showering, no matter what I've used. I've used so many different showering gels, cloths, and sponges. None work. The smell isn't terrible, but it's never fully clean. I'm also on quite a tight budget. :/ Please help.
By Terri M.
February 26, 2014
Armpit odor is caused by bacteria. Shower body wash, gels etc. may not work for everyone. Try this on a weekend. After your shower apply antibacteria ointment on your pits. May take two treatments. The Walmart house brand is good. The odor will vanish.
February 27, 2014
I had the same problem so solved the problem. I exfoliated underarms with a paste made of baking soda and cornmeal, no more odor. We have dead skin under armpits. It works, try it
March 7, 2014
I found out from the People's Pharmacy website that baby diaper cream works best. I have been using it about twice a week after my shower instead of ANY deodorant for about six months and it really works. I use Boudreaux's Butt Paste brand that has a slight balsam smell, but you can shop around.
By Andrea 3
I have a strange odor emanating from my body. It's not a "BO" odor, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for when it starts. At first I thought it was some medication I was taking and which I stopped taking, but the odor continues. It isn't food related either. I went to the doctor and I have her stumped. What could be causing this?
By as327 from NY
August 29, 2009
Yes, I hate to say it, but you need a second opinion. Many illnesses cause different body odors. One church friend who had terrible BO had cancer... another had diabetes. If you're uncomfortable with your own odor, the first friend I mentioned started taking charcoal capsules, and that helped eliminate her BO. God bless. Jo
I am in college now, but still I can't cure my underarm problem. It's not the sweat, it's the smell. I've tried everything, but none of it worked. Some students was making fun of me and that's not really good. It's bringing down my confidence and I don't know what to do. I'm so hopeless for now, I feel so down. I don't wanna be the same girl anymore. I wanna express myself, but I can't because this thing keeps holding me back. I'm so tired of being teased. What should I do?
December 15, 2013
Maybe too much info but here it goes. In my personal experience deodorant just made things worst! I smelled like funk and flowers! :( I have given up the deodorant for good and only use baby powder to keep me dry a little longer. What I do now is I carry spare t-shirts in my purse at all times. I usually wash my underarms 2-3 times a day and change my shirt about 2-3 day & shower every night. I personally would love to go see a MD but I have no insurance or money so this is my remedy, I hope it helped in some way. Just know you aren't the only one struggling with this! I hope you find a solution! Best of luck!
I was using Rexona soap for 3 months. After that I developed an odor coming from my armpits. I even remove the hair from my armpits, but it does not help. It is very noticeable even in winter. I tried Lifebuoy and Dove soap, but there is no change. Can anyone please give me solution?
By Mani from Ap
December 13, 2013
Try using milk of magnesia, it works for me after the long search! Hope it will work for you too!
By jbj117 1
Hand sanitizer worked like a charm for me when I developed a sudden, strong underarm odor that no amount of bathing, traditional remedy, nor deodorant would control. Four physicians dismissed the problem as normal, even though I'm a middle aged woman who has never had a body odor and have never had to use deodorant.
After many months of this embarrassing problem, I got the idea to try hand sanitizer. Not only did the sanitizer stop the odor immediately, after a week's use the odor has not returned. I'm assuming the cause was bacterial and that the sanitizer killed whatever bacteria was lurking there. At any rate, it's a cheap, safe solution to try.
I'm a 35 year old female with excessive sweat and odor under my arms. I have tried most deodorants including the clinical strength. I just don't know what to do, nothing seems to help. Hope you can help me.
By can ya help? from Anaheim, CA
February 26, 2014
Nearly everyone sweats, it's the body natural air conditioner. What seems excessive to you may be in the normal range. Antii-perspirants attempt to stop sweat, often resulting in odor because the pores can function. Better to use a deodorant and let your pits 'breathe.'
I have tried everything from lime to baking soda to milk of magnesia. I try to remove all the bacteria as much as possible with methylated spirit. I use a men's deodorant now and nothing seems to be working. I am a teenager. It is very embarrassing because I am a leader in many groups and a lot of people talk bad about me. Please help.
By Camun D
April 21, 2015
You should take 1 chllorophyll tablet twice a day , Also wipe underarms with lemon juice[can use the stuff that comes in the bottle] - rinse and dry.then put deodorant on , You will still sweat but you won't have a bad odor , make sure you are not allergic to grass [chlorophyll] or green plants before you take the chlorophll , was with a good deodorant soap or a peppermint soap . . should help
I am 25 years old male and have seriously excessive foul smelling sweating, just from my underarms. I have tried several antiperspirants, however none seem to help. The sweating is not throughout the day, but usually random 10-15 minutes sweat bursts from specifically the underarms. No deodorant or perfume has been able to mask the smell.
I have tried everything from changing several shirts during the daytime, to daily showering using anti bacterial soaps. Nothing seems to work and this can be really terrible if occurs during a meeting or at my workspace. Wondering if someone is facing similar problems. Thanks
November 30, 2014
Botox is often used for this. I don't know how expensive it is.
I've never had smelly armpits. I do sweat, but it was always the salty-like smell; never a bad smell. About a month ago i noticed the change in odor. I thought it was this new perfume my roommate got for me which I stopped using immediately. Nothing changed. No deodorant helps, makes it instead worse.
I increased my number of showers from twice daily to three or four. Nothing changed. Am I sick? I really need help.
February 25, 2015
Try a gel hand sanitizer under your arms. Works for me. Many things can affect underarm odor. Stress, age, hormones, what you are eating and drinking. Think about what changed in your life before this began. Good luck.
It's a bit long winded so please bare with me on this. I shower every morning before work around 6am. I always use deodorant and aftershave. For a good few hours or so I smell great and feel fresh.
The office where I work doesn't have air conditioning and I find that by mid morning (say 10am) I start to develop an underarm odor. It's not terrible, you can just about make out the smell of my shower gel, but it just smells a bit off.
I also wear white t-shirts underneath my work shirts really just to prevent any embarrassing sweat stains appearing on my shirts. I've wondered whether this off smell might be coming from the t-shirts which in turn affects the smell from under my arms.
It's started to make me paranoid at work as I have overheard people talking about me in the office. It makes me feel useless because I'm aware of the slightly off smell.
Is there anything I can do to stop this slightly off odor I develop whilst at work? Any help would be really appreciated.
October 27, 2014
I find that if one wears natural fibres -- ie, cotton , rather than polyester or a poly/cotton blend, you will find that your clothes smell less. Just about everyone who wears polyester shirts or blouses will have smelly armpits by the end of the workday. Switch to cotton, and you will have less of a problem. If you wear a cotton undershirt, I believe you will have fewer odor problems, even if your dress shirts are part polyester, which is preferable, because they don't require ironing!! You should also consider changing brands of antiperspirant, and being sure that you have the fragrance free kind, as the perfumes in some brands are smelly in combination with personal chemistry.
By terryl 1
After reading all the tips and trying them out, none worked for me. However after I thought about the cause of the odor, which is bacteria, I realized I was going about it the wrong way.
I went out and bought a bottle of anti-bacterial soap. When pumped, and you only need to pump it once, it creates a foam. Take a bit in both palms and rub it in the armpit.
At the beginning, wash twice, rinse and dry and then take a little in each palm and apply to underarm. Let it dry a bit and then get dressed.
It took about 4 washes to get rid of the odor. I did this for a week and I was so happy. Now I wash my armpits twice a day (morning and bedtime) with the same antibacterial soap and only apply my regular anti-perspirant.
I use deodorants everyday. I started taking antibiotics a week and a half ago and for the past 3 days I been having this sour odor from my armpits. I take a shower twice a day.
May 5, 2012
By this time your antibiotic regimen is probably done and the odor will go away on it's own within about a week. Drink water throughout the day (don't overdo) and that will help flush/cleanse your system of the residual effects even more quickly.
By mremis 1
I come from a tropical country when I was a kid. I remember at school the teacher would make us rub lime with baking soda, that used to work very well!
I want to stop using a deodorant (roll-on) without my armpits having an odor, is it possible?
Ok, this one is so embarassing but I am at a loss right now. I get stinky armpits almost everyday. I don't sweat, it is just odor. I have tried literally every women's deodorant there is on the market but none help. Any suggestions? Should I see a dermatologist?
I have great results with a product called NATURALLY FRESH DEODRANT CRYSTAL. You can find it on this site (I actually bought mine at a Big Lots store and I'm sure you can find it in stores near you, too) http://www.tccd.com/ I use the 3rd one from the right in the picture at the top of this site. All you have to do is wet it to use and there's no perfume to interfer with other fragrances you may use. I really think you'll like this product. If you try this, let me know how it works for you. May God bless you!!! (07/19/2005)
We live in the desert. In the wintertime, I can use any deodorant and I'm fine, but in the summertime, I have to use Mitchum Clear Gel Deodorant. I think it's a man's deodorant, but I've found it's the only one that keeps my underarms dry & keeps me from smelling bad. I buy the unscented. (07/20/2005)
I use the crystal deodorant, too. It works great--no odor, little sweat. It's available from several sources. I bought mine at www.vitaglo.com. Enter "crystal deodorant" in the site's search engine and several deodorants will come up. Vitaglo has some of the lowest prices going for vitamins, brans, oils, personal care, etc. and carries hundreds of products. (07/20/2005)
I am the same! I use a powder of mainly cornflour with bi-carb soda blended in. After applying a deoderant, wait a few minutes for it to dry, then using a powder puff apply this powder. You can even blend in a few drops of an essential oil or your favourite parfum!! (07/20/2005)
I had the same problem. It wasn't the deo it was the cleaning method! Don't change your deo! Do you use those mesh sponges like you get from Bath and Body Works? Try good old bar soap and a washcloth. I was amazed how it worked. I have always used the liquid soaps and mesh sponges but now I am wondering how well the rest of my body is getting clean! Try this, you will be surprised. Let us know what worked for you! (07/21/2005)
By Teacher too!
I too had tried about every deodorant for women out there and none seemed to keep the odor away. I have started using Old Spice High Endurance and that keeps the odor away. (07/21/2005)
I sweat a lot in this muggy Louisiana humidity, and the BEST thing there is for me is MITCHUM CLEAR GEL DEODERANT FOR WOMEN, my favorite is the powder-fresh scent. (07/21/2005)
My doctor actually took a biopsy because it is worse in one arm than the other. but the best thing i have found is vinegar. yep vinegar. First, I wash real good then dry it. Then I put simple white vinegar on cotton balls and wipe under my arms. I keep my arms in the air till is pretty dry then pat the rest dry. Then I put on the deoderant which is yes mitchum. I smell like a salad for maybe an hour or less. BUT THE SMELL IS GONE FOR MAYBE 2-3 MONTHS. A Freind actully puts vinegar in her liquid soap. i havnt gone that far. (07/21/2005)
Now is the time to overhaul your diet. Most of the smell comes from red and high-in-fat meats; not to mention all the additives that are in prepared foods.
The clear crystals did not work for me. The alcohol can because the smell is caused by bacteria, but follow with a moisturizer because it is very drying.
Try a visit to your local health food store. Couldn't hurt! (07/21/2005)
By Fran Marie
Unless you are eating lots of food like garlic, what you eat has very little to do with body odor, so don't worry about that. There is a product called Certain Dri (I think that is the spelling). It works miracles. (07/21/2005)
By Katie A.
I use rubbing alcohol instead of a deodorant. Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub your armpits very good and let it dry. This works well for me. Good luck! (07/23/2005)
I can relate to your problem most anitperspirants and deodorants make my underarms itch and don't do a lot for the odor either. Here's what I have tried and found to work. Make sure your underarms are hair free, use deoterant soap like dial wash let it sit for a while then rinse off. Also I've found that ban roll on does work better than mitchum for me and is cheaper.
God bless and good luck !
I tried the one posts suggestion on the Crystal Deodorant and that didn't last but an hour for me..grr. Hmm. I tried rubbing alcohol too and that worked for a while with deodorant on top. When I feel my body get warm from being inside I just know I am in trouble. I don't think I need to overhaul my diet as one post suggested because I don't eat much red meat anyway. I might try Mitchum out one more time. It is so embarassing! (07/26/2005)
I use a mix of cornstarch and baking soda. A lot of times deoderants smell awful on me. (07/31/2005)
After you do the alcohol thing, when it dries, apply pure cornstarch instead of deodorant. I used to have this problem, and I went to a dermatologist. She said what it is, is your sweat glands get infected which causes your lymp nodes under your arms to cause you to smell. The deo does nothing but irritate it more. She said to wash under your arms really well with a good deodorant soap, then use your alcohol, let it dry and then use pure cornstarch. It works just as good as any deodorant I have ever used. (08/02/2005)
I find that womans deodorant is pretty weak and useless. I use men's deodorant. Both gillette and right guard work (not the gel kinds, the solids). Applying rubbing alcohol, rubbing it in well, and letting it dry completely before applying deodorant works well, too (as has been said). You don't need to overhaul your diet, as if it was your diet, your sweat in general will smell funky, not just under your arms. Hmm.. can't think of anything else, switching to mens deodorant, and using rubbing alcohol has worked for me.
Also, removing any under arm hair may work, as it tends to trap bacteria. (08/03/2005)
This is what I use. I wash really well in the shower while still wet I put some bakingsoda in my palm and make a paste with a little water, rub this in and rinse. I also use a product from the health food store called "LAVILIN" Cream Body Deodorant $20.00 Canadien. This is a great Deo, the more you use it the longer you can go without reapplaying and I mean days, the fist time useage can last for 3-5 days if used regular, and longer in between. I also rinse my mouth with bakingsoda after brushing my theet to neutralize odor.
Good Luck (08/05/2005)
I understand your problem. The same thing happened with me, no sweat (I was in an air-conditioned office) just a bad odour. Turns out it happened everytime I got agitated and stressed where I was working (due to arsehole employer). I quit and no more problems! A bit drastic I know, but maybe if you realise that you smell when stressed (I notice you're a teacher), you could learn meditative techniques. (08/19/2005)
I have had the same problem with my armpits. I found that Ban roll-on Fresh cotton works the best for me and it lasts all day! Good Luck. (08/20/2005)
I used to have a problem with armpit odor too. After reading in a magazine the smell is from bacteria, I started applying an antibacterial gel from bath and body works (warm vanilla sugar scented) and letting it dry for a few minutes. Then I apply the Mitchum clear gel deoderant. I find this works quite well and lasts most of the day. It did burn at first but doesn't bother me anymore and I have really sensitive skin. I think it works well too since you can keep the little bottle of gel in your purse and just freshen up later on in the day if you need to. Hope this helps!!! (08/25/2005)
I just wanted to say thanks very much for all your advice. It worked a treat! The UK equivalent for rubbing alcohol is antiseptic solution (brand I used was Savlon)- I just diluted it with water on a cotton pad, and applied to armpits following by my regular deodorate. I have noticed a remarkable difference, so thanks very much! (09/05/2005)
I am guessing I am going to have to go to the Dermatologist soon. I have tried all kinds of homemade solutions and literally every deodorant out there... nothing works. I don't get sweat spots, just stinky. It's so frustrating, will keep ya posted. (10/09/2005)
Have you tried lemon? I also read about Milk of Magnesium. I tried it and it worked last night. Only used it once. I'm going to try again tonight. Only problem is it's a little sticky. (03/22/2006)
I am so glad I found this forum! I have been dealing with this for years... no sweat, just bad odor, my left armpit worse than my right, I would wash my armpits in the morning really well and apply deo and around noon they'd stink! I thought maybe it had to do with what I ate or drank, so I stopped drinking coffee.. .after the 3rd day I have noticed a difference, then I read what you all say about rubbing alchohol, I will try that as well. (06/11/2006)
I have tried vinegar - nothing; tried rubbing alcohol - nothing; tried rubbing baking soda into a paste then onto my armpits... this really worked! I also just read this: read this: http://www.newstarget.com/004417.html it talks about what we eat come out in our sweat glands mainly our arm pits! This is what finally works for me! (06/22/2006)
I had a friend who never smelled at all. One day, we were talking about foods and stuff, and he told me that he was very careful what he ate. A few things he did eat that I know helped were lots of herbs, like rosemary, parsley, and any stronger 'good' smelling herb.
Rosemary is great because it also kills germs and will help keep you from getting sick as much. I have made a rosemary tea bath and I smelled great until next bathtime!
I took a handful of bulk rosemary and dropped it in a very hot tub. Once it cooled down enough to get into, the water was very green, but smelled wonderful. Nice de-stresser, too. (07/02/2006)
If you are close to a Filipino Store or any oriental store that sells Filipino groceries, ask the store owner to sell you "tawas", pronounced as "tuhwhuss". It looks like a small piece of raw alabaster rock. This is the same crystal that they mentioned here but you can get it there for a fraction of the price. Also, you need to get the smell out of your clothes.. Take a sniff test on your freshly laundered clothes - more than likely, the smell will still be there. If so, soak the item overnight in white vinegar/plain water mix (1:1 ratio), concentrating on the armpits. (I am not sure if the color will bleed.)
Oh, I have a very sensitive nose and can almost pick up this scent - can anyone tell me how to break it gently to a friend who has it? (07/05/2006)
I have found all the responses very interesting and helpful. I am wondering if anyone has noted an increase in armpit odor when discontinuing birth control pills. After my last child was born and my husband had "the procedure", I went off the pill. I don't sweat but I have a stinky odor which I never had before. Anyone else notice the same? I have been off the pill now for over a year. (07/31/2006)
I started having the arm pit problem around the middle of 2004. I still have not found a solution, I just read everyone elses comments. Almost everyone seems to have a different solution. Rubbing alcohol and baking soda seems to be the most common, so I will try that before going to the dermatologist. I have tried Lady Mitchum (solid & gel) many different times, it never seems to work. Other deoderants that do not work are ... Arid spray, Secret "Ocean Breeze" (which seemed to work for about a wk, then stopped), Mens Old Spice, Gillet for men, Arm and Hammer solid, Simply Basic, Soft Dri, Midnight Magic from Avon, and Bath&Body Works deo's. None of them work. I am tired of spending money on deoderants, asking my docter who has no idea. My right arm pit is worse than my left. They do seem to get worse under stress, but at the same time, there has been occassions where they still stink after a shower and scrubbing w/ bar soap on a wash cloth. (have tried every different brand of soap as well) I do get sweat rings on white shirts. My boyfriend says he is starting to get used to it, which is sweet, but it is still so emberassing! It has totally screwed up my self esteem and I am not an ugly girl by no means. I am afraid of getting close to people, for I fear they will smell me and think that I do not bathe, when I do EVERY SINGLE DAY! I have tried eating yogurt, which does not work. I am beginning to believe that this situation is hopeless. I do believe that it is the sweat that comes out of my body, and I guess it is bacteria as others have said, I just want a solution and it is amazing that others have the same problem, atleast I know that I am not alone. (08/09/2006)
Thank god there are a bunch of others who have the same issue. It has totally begun hurting my self-esteem. I live in Miami so everytime I set foot in the outside world I run from shade to shade cuz its the buring sun that gets me hot the quickest. To people close to me, Im usually like: Hurry up! My armpits! and they laugh but it's not that funny to me... My husband's used to it but I know that its a turn off! Men like their ladies fresh and powdery! I've got to try the rubbing alcohol because I think it might work better than anything else. At work when I have forgetten my deo, I put hand sanitizer on it and for some reason it has worked miracles. I need to get this dilemma resolved because it's a big disappointer and many times kills my confidence when I look strikingly good.
By Minnie Mouse
I have used lavilin deoderant with great success. i found it local at a health food store, but it can be ordered from vermont country store. it works for days and kills the bacteria found in the arm pits. has no aluminum or chemicals. i also like the crystal stones that have been mentioned give the lavilin a try... (08/13/2006)
Wear tight clothes. Take a piece of paper towel fold it, and spray it with hydrogen peroxide, 3%. put it on and wear a tight shirt over. Make sure the sprayed side is touching the skin. peroxide will harm your clothes. if you work, go to the washroom and do the same thing, remove the old napkins and replace with new ones. That's the only way i have kept my self dry and odour free. Helps to wear white undershirts. (09/05/2006)
Drysol (aluminum chloride hexahydrate) works excellent, but don't use strong deodorant in the morning. use a natrual salt crystal spray. I used ban one time, oh man it hurt so much. I stopped using anything, for two weeks. when my underarms were ok, I started using drysol again. Drysol is the only one thing that keeps me from sweating. Use it every night for about 3 days and after that you can reduce the usage to about once every two days. Make sure you don't use harsh soaps before you apply drysol, it will burn. Just wash underams with nice cool-warm water and then use drysol. Bacteria doesn't go inside your skin, so stop scrubbing and hurting your skin. One other thing is that you really have to respect your skin. i have found that too much stress on the mind really makes your skin dull. On your day off, take a relaxing bath, and just sit and enjoy your time off. Don't get stressed. (09/06/2006)
I made a comment a month ago, I'm on down the line. At that time, I was complaining that I have been a stinky bi**h for 2 and a half years and I was ashamed to be around others and that no deoderant works for me. After reading everyones comments I DID try the alcohol suggestion and believe it or not... IT FREAKIN WORKS! (09/27/2006)
Use on your underarms an antiseptic skin-prep (available in drugstores) containing 0.5% chlorhexadine, and 70% isopropyl alcohol once a day, and I guarantee you will be odor free. The smell is caused not by sweat itself, but by the bacteria that feed on it. Get rid of them, and you will get rid of the odor- Simple as that. (11/16/2006)
I use a regime of sulphur soap followed by baking soda. Wash with the soap, then apply baking soda onto clean, dry skin. For a toddler with odor, I wash them with dial soap, then make a thin paste of dial soap and water, and rub under their arms. They are too young for reg. deo. so this does work while they are at day care. (12/06/2006)
Pour a small amount of baking soda onto hands, then squeeze some lemon juice onto baking soda. Rub mixture on underarms. (01/14/2007)
A very reasonable and effective three (3) step treatment for underarm odor.
1) Cut the armpit hair. The hair in the armpit is a great breeding ground for bacteria. If you have curly hair, cut the hair very low but not to the skin or you will get ingrown hairs, which promote bacterial growth.
2) Wash with an antibacterial soap. This will kill most of the bacteria. Some soaps say "99.9%", this is not true. So take a small amount of rubbing alcohol and thoroughly wipe the armpit AND the part of the arm that rests across from the armpit.
3) Use Tinactin before applying your deodorant. That's right, "Tough Actin'" Tinactin will work with your deodorant to keep sweat, and most importantly, odor away.
Try it for two weeks and you will see. Not harmful to your body and not expensive. There also may be hereditary and other "internal" problems with your Ph levels. Once a week, take two tablespoons of natural vinegar to level out your natural acids in your body. Exercise and eating well help also. Regular activity to promote sweating is also ideal (running and other strenuous activities).
By Dr. Garrison Jester
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Hi, I posted back then and have tried something new: I use the Men's Right Guard solid--not gel or clear gel as those made my armpits itch real bad. I still wash in the morning with antibac. soap, then apply a very light layer of this deo, it works all day, just wash it off at nite and don't apply too much. It's the antipers/deo kind. I know it's not good to apply antipers, but it's the only thing I could find that worked for me and I didn't change my diet! (02/02/2007)
I've had the same problem since i hit puberty. not to mention i tend to sweat more than the majority of my male friends. at first i tried all the female deodorant there was, then i figured guys are meant to be more stinky so their stuff has got to be stronger. it worked for a while, but then i started to realize that the smell of my armpits along with the smell of the deodorant actually makes me smell even WORSE. so i switched to a hypo-allergenic deodorant that has no fragrance and also keeps my skin from getting irritated after i shave under my arms. mind you, it hasnt made me stop smelling, but it has reduced the smell significantly.
oh, and over the years i've also realized that the type of fabric you wear makes a big difference. natural fibers, like 100% cotton, let your underarms breathe a lot more than polyester.
Rubbing alcohol does the trick for me. I haven't used deodorant since mid-December. Just rub the alcohol on my pits when I get out of the shower.
Like someone else posted - it's NOT the sweat that stinks...... it's the bacteria attracted to the sweat. Keep the bacteria in check & you've got it licked.
How can I get rid of really bad arm pit smell?
What about the special pads they used to make called dress shields? The idea was to absorb all moisture so no bacteria could grow. I would think any homemade version would work, like folding a washcloth, or paper towels, or whatever. You are looking for anything to keep skin from touching skin. (06/05/2007)
By Kim Ch
Try antibiotic ointment. (06/09/2007)
I have solved the problem. I wash with a antibacterial soap, then when I get out of the shower I scrub my underarms with alcohol and or hydrogen peroxide. Then I dry with a blow dryer to make sure there is no moisture.
Then I put on this crystal deodorant. It's a little more expensive around $6 but lasts a really long time and has no aluminum in it. It keeps me fresh all day. If its hot out and I sweat then I carry some alcohol soaked pads and rub under my arms if needed to feel fresh.
Try this and maybe it could help. When I put on the deodorant I also dry it with the dryer to make sure I have no moisture under my arms. Good luck. (06/09/2007)
I have tried tons of products including rubbing alcohol, anti-bacterial gels, baking soda--even Lysol to no avail. The only thing that works for me is iodine. It is used to protect cuts and scrapes. I use a cotton ball to swab it on. I am careful to get in all nooks & crannies. I let dry and put deodorant on top. Yes, my armpits can get discolored since the iodine is colored. At least I do not smell anymore. (06/11/2007)
When you wash you can use some baking soda. Make it into a paste, dry the under arm and rub some on your skin. It will help with the odor. Good luck. (06/13/2007)
My boyfriend says that I should use bleach on my armpits, is this a good idea?
Editor's Note: No, this is not a good idea. Bleach is very caustic, has fumes and not good for the skin. (06/28/2007)
I am so glad to see this question. I thought that I was the only one with this shameful problem that takes over my social life. I have had this problem from age 17. I am now 24, that's 7 years of pain and suffering. I have tried every thing: Dove, Secret, Mitchum, Speed Stick, and every store brand. They all work for a day or two then I am wet and stinky again. Certain Dry, Maxim and B-Drier all leave me red under my arm, not to mention the pain.
I am so embarrased by this feeling it has taken over my whole life. I am scared to go out not to mention dating. I also tried changing my diet. It did not work. The situation got worse ,waking up in the morning I am so stinky. In the winter I sweat and summer is here it will get even worse.
I think about what might be causing the smelly problem and it might be the way we eat. But, the wetness, I don't have a clue. Limes or lemons take away the smell, but not the wetness.
Thank you, people, for the idea! I never had to use a deodorant until about a year ago when my armpits started to smell. Even with a cologne I still smelled worse than a dog to a point that I was thinking about it all the time, especially when I had to fly people as a commercial pilot.
After I read your feedbacks, I realized that the odor is caused by a bacteria and has nothing to do with a stress or food. I started a war against bacteria.
In the evening I just used sulfur soap again for ~30 minutes and washed it off. Got up in the morning and for the first time since I forget when, I did not smell at all.
Thanks again and I wish all of you good luck too! (07/11/2007)
Taking Zinc supplements is a great helper for body odor. Zinc also helps with bad breath too!
I wanted to let you guys know what happened to me: I'm one of those unfortunate people that tend to sweat a lot. I tried everything in the way of antiperspirants, the stronger, the better. But years ago, I noticed that after I used an antiperspirant I would really start sweating, in fact, I would sweat twice as bad! So, to make a long story short, I found out that my body was rebelling from all that antiperspirant. So I started using only deodorant with no antiperspirant in it. This has stopped all of my excess sweating and made all the difference. I just read the ingredients, if it has anything with the word "Aluminum" in it, don't use it. If you're like me, you'll probably say: "But I HAVE to use an antiperspirant, deodorants without antiperspirants don't work!" All I can say is: Try it!. It'll only cost you $2 to give it a try!
Any deodorant will work, but I've found that "TOM's (of Maine) Natural Deodorant (with Lichen & Coriander) works best. I like the Unscented kind myself. Tom's brand of products are available anywhere they sell Health Food products.
If you really MUST use an antiperspirant, I've found that those Deodorant "Crystals" work amazingly well, and they don't make my body rebel and go into "sweat-overdrive"! Buy it in it's "Rock" form. This usually has no added ingredients. If I'm going out, I will use the Rock Crystal after taking my shower (while still damp) then, apply my Tom's deodorant afterwards. But for every-day use, I just use the deodorant by itself.
One more thing: If it's really hot out, I fill a small bottle with rubbing alcohol. I take this with me, along with my deodorant. If I start really sweating alot, I'll either use a paper towel and wipe the rubbing alcohol on my pits or I'll just poor a capful of alcohol into my other hand and "Splash" the alcohol on. This kills any bacteria. Then I re-use the deodorant again.
If you use rubbing alcohol after shaving, it will hurt, but this will close your pores & you'll have much less chance of getting those red "Shaving Bumps".
After using antiperspirants for a while, you will develop a "film" on your arm pits where bacteria can breed. This film can be hard to get off. Take a wash cloth and some rubbing alcohol and really scrub. OR use some salt or sugar mixed with a bit of shampoo and scrub with this while in the shower. Do this about once a week. (07/11/2007)
Do not use rubbing alcohol as a deodorant! After posting my previous question here asking about the safety of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol (since everything applied to the skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream), I did a bunch of research on my own. I found out that continual absoption through the skin (like your arm pits) can result in acute poisoning. I've felt kinda weird lately, dizzy, nauseous, etc. and couldn't figure out what was doing it. The only thing different is I've been using rubbing alcohol every day (sometimes twice a day) as my deodorant. There may be a connection here. Check out Wikipedia under "Isopropyl Alcohol" and read the warnings. (07/11/2007)
A doctor told me to wash armpits with shampoo, because it is oil-based, whereas soap is not. The sweat released from apocrine glands contains lipids. (07/27/2007)
Take a close look at the clothes you are wearing, I've found that particular types of fabric, (also certain styles, probably too tight clothing) can make me sweat, or worse smell like the bottom of a pond.
Also, make sure to clean out the filter in the washing machine often, today's detergents build up something horrid, and need to be cleaned at least once a month. And hang your clothes to dry outside in the sun if possible (turn them inside out to stop fading) - this kills some bacteria that could be hiding out in your clothes (even after you wash them). (08/02/2007)
There are couple of things which really help to control your armpit odor. Below are the details.
'K' mentioned a problem with horrible armpit odor.
I relate - there was a time in my life when nothing worked. I went to the dermatologist who gave me soap to help with the wetness element. What I tried, and what worked for me are apple cider tablets. They're available at any drug store or health food store. I usually take two, three times per day. I can't remember the mg, but really I don't even take that into consideration, I just take whatever I can find - 2 tabs, three times a day.
The only thing I can think of about the apple cider tabs is that apple cider vinegar eliminates the acidity in the blood. Viruses cannot live in a neutral, non acid state - bacteria and viruses thrive in the acid state. When I think I'm getting sick I start taking apple cider vinegar tabs. Certain foods will cause acid state in the blood - I'm not an expert, but you can read about it on the web. Good luck. Also try eliminating garlic, onions, strong spices from your diet - all of these smells, residuals come thru the skin eventually. (08/27/2007)
I am 40 and have had an issue with my deodorants failing me everyday for about a year. It was beyond embarrassing. Now when I shower I wash with a deodorant soap and follow with antibacterial soap. After I am out of the shower I dry my arm pits and spray them with white vinegar. It stings like mad after I shave which is daily but I have not had an odor problem since! (08/29/2007)
Wow! I thought I was the only one really bothered by this problem. The order was much stronger under my right arm. Couldn't explain it but I would come out the shower and it was there. The odor would get in my clothes. I even noticed it when taking them out the washer. I thought I had found the answer after switching deodorants. Smelling fresh and happy! After about 6 months it started again. I shower, put on deodorant and as soon as I would sweat the odor was there and in my clothes. It was extremely worse in my suits that I wore to church. Finally I switched my deodorant (this time with my daughter's brand that I bought her from the dollar store). It's been about 3 months and I'm fresh all the time. I'm thinking I'll just have to change deodorants every few months. Hopes this helps someone. (10/03/2007)
I went through all of the supposed solutions. Deodorant, rubbing alcohol, diet changes, vitamins etc. Some worked temporarily, but my BO seemed to "adapt" and came back.
I recently tried running a couple of miles several times a week and it works. I think I sweat/breathe out the source of the problem or maybe it is an immune system response? I don't really know how it works, but a good hard run eliminates my BO for 2-3 days. (11/17/2007)
I heard Botox injections will stop odors. (11/30/2007)
Look closely at your armpits. If you have large pores you might find that squeezing them will produce a long skinny white "nurdle" of really stinky perspiration material. I do that every few months to my left armpit. (my right is OK.) Then, I use Clinique antiperspirant or a crystal (12/10/2007)
Drysol is a bit extreme for just odour, as it will completely stop the sweating. If you do not suffer from over active sweat glands in your armpits then I would not recommend using it. I get a very slight burn (just a tingling feeling, no redness or rash) from it but I have read people talk about it being much worse on sensitive armpits.
If you like commercial scented antiperspirants I would suggest Arm and Hammer Clear Solid. It comes in some pretty nice scents, also unscented and actually controlled my sweating better than anything else (besides the drysol, which pretty much ceased all my sweating). (12/27/2007)
By sweaty dude
I had a terrible problem with excessive sweating a few years ago, and I think it was stress triggered. I had to carry deodorant and baby wipes around everywhere in order to freshen up my pits every day. Eventually I started going to therapy and trying stress relieving breathing excersizes. Since I've finally gotten better at controlling my stress, and I have taken steps to keep my commitments to a level I can handle, the excessive sweating has disappeared. I know its hard to relax when your pits are sweating like no one's business, but I honestly think working on your stress can be a really good solution. (01/06/2008)
I am amazed how many people have a problem with underarm odor and sweating! Mine started about 2 years ago. I never use to sweat! I wore the same deodorant for over 15 years, then all of a sudden one day it just stopped working. Over the past 2 years, I've purchased and used every type of deodorant made for men and women and nothing helps! Well, Certain Dri helps me out a lot, but only on the weekends! I can go without any deodorant on the weekends and I don't sweat at all. On Friday's I scrub my armpits with a sugar scrub and it helps a lot! My armpits are smooth and nice smelling afterwards! If I have to wear a little deodorant, I also use Mitchum Unscented.
One thing that I discovered is that I only have my sweating problem while at work. My right arm is worst than my left. I think that my sweat comes from sitting at my keyboard for hours with my armpits closed! I figure that because my armpits are in a locked position while typing and no air is flowing, it causes my underarms to sweat a lot and then comes the odor! The stress from sitting here waiting on the sweat/odor to start doesn't help either!
I find myself going to the bathroom 3 or 4 times a day to clean my armpits with Safeguard soap and dry paper towels when I start sweating, then I take a little walk or go outside to let some fresh air hit my armpits. Certain Dri (sold at Walgreens & Wal-Mart) normally last for 3 days or so! I'm thinking about getting Botox shots in a couple of months, but before I do that, I'm going to try Drysol to see if that helps. Thanks for your time and Good Luck Everyone! (01/10/2008)
To Jalissa, I would only use a thin layer of Arrid Exta-Dry Cream only. Be sure to only wear cotton shirts and stay away from Acrylic's any kind of sweaters. I tried a method over the weekend and it worked over the entire weekend and it seems to be working today too! I mixed vinegar and baking soda together (more baking soda than vinegar) and I got a hard toothbrush and I scrubbed my entire armpit area with the mixture for about 5 minutes each arm. Then I applied a little more baking soda to the mixture to make a paste. I let it sit under my entire armpit area for about an half an hour and I wipe it off with a towel and clear water.
You won't believe how smooth my armpits are. I swear I didn't have to wear any deodorant from Friday night until Monday morning, even after taking a bath each night. I purchased some Arrid Extra Dry Cream from Wal-Mart and I applied a small amount under my armpits this morning and even though I've been sweating very little today, I don't have the odor like I usually have. (01/14/2008)
I hate this problem. I recently bought Secret Clinical Strength deodorant/antiperspirant. So far, really good luck with it. I sometimes would just get out of the shower, put deodorant/antiperspirant on and ten minutes later, have armpit odor.
Also, I find that taking apple cider vinegar tablets really helps me too. I buy them at the drug store such as, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, any place like this. I live in Houston, Texas, USA and they're easy to find here.
Or, take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one glass of water three times a day.
Good luck to you.
My armpit odor was a result of my body's chemical interaction with the fragrance used in scented deodorants - kind of like how perfume doesn't smell the same on everyone. Switching to an unscented deodorant solved the problem.(b)(/b) (02/09/2008)
I had the same problem that was considered as one of the diseases originated inside the body with irregular digestion. I don't have it now when I treat it with the herb of the ancient Mekong River. It's name is "K Seaweed". It is the Great Mekong River seaweed enriched with Selenium, the anti-free radical and chlorophyll with the excellent property for absorbing all kinds of smell. (02/24/2008)
I think everyone has a problem on the armpit odor. I also had the odor in spite of taking baths but, just try these things out.
I also had a problem with armpit odour. Even after washing my armpits there would still be a faint smell. My tips is to not spray your armpits with Anti-perspirant or deodorant and instead dust your amrpits with baking soda for 10 days (this is what worked for me) Then I picked up a pump spray deodorant called Bionsen. It works by 'neutralising the bacteria that causes odours' and it is gentle enough to be used on the most sensitive of skin. I haven't felt or smelled this fresh in years. However if excessive sweating is a problem for you then this won't help you as it does not prevent perspiration. (03/31/2008)
OK, I have to say that botox is not the answer for most people, and it has nothing to do with curbing the funk that comes out of the pits! The reason why I say this, is because I suffered from CHRONIC sweating called hiperhydrosis and I tried every single thing under the sun to make it stop. Bleach, prescription strength Aluminum Chloride, electric shock to the hands, feet, pits, Botox, etc., not to mention every deodorant imaginable.
I had no idea what was up and I couldn't find a doctor who could do anything about it, or even care. Most of them called it a superficial condition and said that I shouldn't worry about it. So, one day I saw on the TODAY SHOW a woman who said that she had a surgery to get rid of the problem. I didn't remember what the name of the condition was, so it took me years to figure it out. When I finally found out that it is called hiperhydrosis and that I needed to go to a thoracic surgeon I was so relieved!
I made an appointment, told him all of the things that I had tried with no success and told him that I was sick of it. He told me that it wasn't a problem to at least try to help and he submitted the request to my insurance company. I was in surgery in less than two weeks. My main problem was with my hands and feet, the armpits were secondary. After I got the surgery I pretty much stopped sweating. Of course you still sweat a little bit from the places where we don't like, but that is natural and it would be terrible for the body not to. The surgery that is performed is called a SYMPATHECTOMY, and I recommend that anybody who sweats a lot consistently.
The reason why I don't like the botox is because
Now, just so you know, this doesn't relieve the funk that comes from the pits. That is a bacteria thing and I have issues with that still. If you are constantly using deodorant or antiperspirant you are never going to get rid of the smell because it is clogging the pores and never giving it time to breathe or clean out. I have done everything I can to stop using it, but it still freaks me out because I totally reek. I am glad to hear about the vinegar. I have been trying Witch Hazel for the past two weeks and it only works for a while until it starts to smell again. I have found that carrying saturated cotton balls in a ziploc bag, and then using them when the smell comes back has worked to pacify the stench for a short time. I think that I am going to graduate to vinegar cotton balls.
One more thing, antifreeze may work, but I sure wouldn't put that on my skin. Your skin is the largest organ you have and antifreeze is SUPER TOXIC! Why jack up your insides by allowing poison to penetrate it? All your body is going to want to do is sweat it out to eliminate it, Plus, if it doesn't come out in your sweat, your body is going to want to urinate it out and that means that it has to go through the liver, kidneys, and such. That can literally shut your organs down. Please be smart, there are better ways other than petroleum based or manufactured chemicals I am sure of it. (06/23/2008)
First off, I cannot believe people will use antifreeze or Clorox on their bodies. I've always been a "sweater", and I stink when I sweat. I've been using a spritz of alcohol after my shower, followed by Jason's Tea Tree deodorant. It works fine for me. I realize this may not work for everyone. But I noticed I had to go through a detox period, after giving up anti-perspirants. About 2 weeks or so, my body adjusted, and I do not sweat like I did before. It's amazing. I'm truly surprised. I gave up anti-perspirants because of the cancer risk. (06/29/2008)
I don't sweat but about 3 hours after I shower and use deodorant, I start to smell BO. I am a very clean person. I was not sure if it was hormones or what. I was carrying wipes and deodorant in my purse very embarrassing. Then I tried Mitchum for Women, it has 20% aluminum. It works, I don't have armpit odor it last all day. I bought it at Walmart. (06/30/2008)
By By Sara
My husband has very little BO, he showed me it was his diet; no cooked foods, only fruits and raw eggs/fish; also most people don't scrub hard enough under the shower. Remember, it is fatty acids degradation, it is oily, it doesn't go away with a simple soap wash. Bacteria still remains and that starts the odor. Look up for aluminum toxicity on internet before you smear any more poison under those arms. (08/13/2008)
The solution to the problem of having underarm odor is to scrub a bit harder in the shower.
Then, use a deodorant that'll work. I would recomend Secret. Secret Flawless works great!
Or, else, you could have a medical condition. Its also caused by bacteria and certain foods.
You could change your diet. Hope this helps. (08/13/2008)
By Enter your nameLeslie
I also have terrible underarm smell. I was reading my doctors column in the local newspaper and he says to use milk of magnesia. So, for the last week I have been, it seems to be working so far. I just shower in the morning and wash very well with Dial gold soap, antibacterial, then take a small cotton ball and put milk of magnesia on it and rub it into my arm pits, let dry then get dressed. I too, believe it is from the deodorants we use. I am also trying to detox them at night using a simple paste of flour and water. I put them on a plastic gauze and tape them to my armpit. I ll let you know if that starts to work. (09/05/2008)
Buy the new clinical strength deodorants in the supermarket. They work perfectly. (09/07/2008)
I went to a Fiipino store and look for tawas. I tried it the following day and to my surprise, my armpit didn't sweat at all. It's been 2 months now that I haven't had an odor. Soleil (09/13/2008)
I can sympathize with all of you. I'm an active 21 year old male in college and I've been a sweater since I came out of the womb Socially, it's an embarrassing problem that unfortunately a lot of people have to deal with on a day to day basis. I myself have never stopped looking for that panacea because I refuse to just "live" with the problem. In this day and age I think there's something for everybody.
Now my experience with deordorants has been quite a bad one. I've found that most of the time they do not control my perspiration and furthermore tend to stain my clothes! We can't have that. Now here about a couple of months ago I saw this antiperspirant on the shelf at Wal-mart that I thought I'd give a go at and to my surprise it has absolutely saved my life! I can finally go out without having to worry about huge sweat stains under my pits or ruining all of my nice clothes with these big ol' stains! What a relief! The product is called Certain Dri. It comes in a little white box with a roll-on applicator containing 1.2FL OZ of water, sodium bicarbonate (inactive ingredients) and aluminum chloride (12%) (active-ingredient). There are zero perfumes and it truly does the job of keeping me from sweating and not staining any of my clothes. I really hope that this helps someone out there. (09/20/2008)
A good way of getting rid of smelly armpits sweat is to change your diet. I have that problem too no matter what kind of deodorant I used I still smelled horrible. It turns out that it's because I wasn't eating right at all. What you need to do is that you need to cut the red meat out, or not eat too often, stay away from junk food, and dairy stuff because they cause toxins.
What you eat will make you smell. So, if you are not eating right than start eating right. You wont have the problem of a smell ever again in just a few weeks. I don't believe in those deodorants that say they will get rid of the smell. Eat right and you will be free from smell. I did and now I don't smell anymore. Just try a healthy diet and you won't regret it. (10/19/2008)
I am sorry to hear that more than half of the world has the terrible armpit sweating and armpit odor problem, but I might be able to help all of you out!! I was told by my doctor that sweat doesn't smell, but bacteria on the skin does when it comes in contact with sweat. My doctor prescribed the following for me and it helps a lot.
Good Luck! (10/24/2008)
Mix those powders with a ratio as follows:
97% + 1.5% + 1.5%
If you sweat a lot, and don't like the light color of green tea and ginger powder showing on the t-shirt; buy essential oil (refined oil) in those Soap & Body stores, you will be able to find colorless ginger and green tea oil concentration. Then, use 100% baking soda powder mixed with a few few drops of these refined oils.)
Put these absolutely natural and herbal solutions under your armpit three times a day when you have time. Make sure you wipe the old powder away and put new powder on.
DO NOT ever use anything that contains alum. Alum, although it is a natural crystal stone, and acts as anti-sweating agent, contains aluminum. This chemical makes people's brain become dull (stupid) if a person's body has too much of it. (12/17/2008)
By Chinese Medicine