Keep Underarm Odor Under Control

Underarm odor (aka Bromhidrosis and Erythrasma) is caused by a bacteria that adheres to your hair follicles and skin and when the (odorless) sweat comes into contact with the bacteria on your armpits, the odor begins! Ewww!


Below is what I do to keep my Bromhidrosis under control and I hope that it will help you too! It seems like a lot to do, but it really isn't and don't you want to smell better?


  1. Once a week (on Fri or Sat nights), I pour 4 capfuls of bleach (yes bleach), 4 pumps of Softsoap Clean Protection, and 1/2 cup of warm water into a "special plastic bowl" and stir!

    I use bleach because soap alone DOES NOT remove the dirt and bacteria.
  2. I soak half of white washcloth in the mixture and I scrub both armpits and the back of my arms like crazy! I repeat with the other half of the towel on the other armpit!

    I use a white wash cloth to make sure that the dirt and bacteria is being removed. You won't believe the dirt and the odor that will come off of your skin onto the towel. Rub your armpits to see how smooth they are afterwards and you'll see.
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  4. After washing off the mixture with warm water, I apply some Softsoap Clean Protection under both armpits and I then shave both armpits.

    I shave after steps 1-2 because if you shave first, the bleach will burn like crazy right?
  5. Wipe your armpits off with warm water and a non-fading towel and dry them both off.
  6. I normally do these steps on the weekend only. I also shave my armpits with Soft Soap Clean Protection every three days to get rid of the sprouting infected fine hair and to keep the bacteria ridden follicles from appearing and causing the stinky odor!

During the week (every night for me)

After taking a bath (at night), I dry off both armpits, and I apply Desitin (yes, the baby diaper rash cream) under both of my armpits, put on a cotton T-shirt and jump in the bed. You'll get used to the smell of the Desitin.

If you shower in the morning, just be sure to rub the Desitin in completely and blot it with a paper towel to remove any excess cream, and also give the smell a little time to wear off before getting dressed.


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February 11, 20130 found this helpful

I forgot to mention; please be sure to purchase the Desitin 40% Maximum Strength brand (Wal-mart) and be sure to use a dab and spread it all over your armpits and let it dry! And don't worry the small amount of bleach that you will use once a week; will not harm you! :)

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February 13, 20130 found this helpful

Years ago, I started taking Zinc once a day for a different problem and found I no longer need deodorant. It took some time before I realized I no longer had strong underarm odor. As long as I take one 50mg zinc a day, I can stop with deodorant. Hope this helps someone else.

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February 18, 20130 found this helpful

A simple and excellent way to keep underarm odor under control is to rub white vinegar. You can rub it on your feet too. Don't worry. You will not smell like a salad. Got this tip watching Dr. Oz.

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