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Armpit odor is not only embarrassing but may be difficult to get under control. This is a guide about remedies for armpit odor.
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By 0 found this helpful
January 9, 2009

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

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful
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I too had the probem of not being able use deodorant. Mainly because it appeared that I was allergic to most of it as it always started horrible itching problems. I now alternate between baking soda and unscented baby powder which seems to work just as well as deodorant -- plus the benefit of being a lot cheaper.

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful
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Speak to your doctor-believe it or not there are prescription deodorants for hard to combat body odor. Could it be a soiled clothing that is actually the culprit. BO is almost impossible to get out of clothing.

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful
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I too had terrible arm pit sweat when I had a thyroid imbalance. You might check with your doctor and have your thyroid level checked. I used to be fine as far as keeping body odor and sweat under control. My thyroid levels changed and I felt like a sponge being wrung out every day. I even wore tank tops in the winter. I got my thyroid levels back to the right ones and I am back to a normal sweat level. Just something else to check. Good luck.

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May 25, 20090 found this helpful
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You need to consult with a dermatologist, there is a pill you can take that will solve your problem. In fact you can go a full day without deodorant or antiperspirant. I know this can be a very embarrassing moment and I feel you pain but I am sure a dermatologist can help.

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April 18, 20101 found this helpful
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I have been fighting underarm odor for the past 35+ years. Have tried every deodorant, crystal, powder, etc. on the market. I am also allergic to fragrance so until kinda recently I couldn't use deodorants without getting an awful rash. And when I was young, I was a professional ballroom dancer, so keeping fresh and sweet smelling was quite a challenge. Things I have learned are:

You need to scrub your underarms with a light scrubber using an antibiotic soap bar like Dial or Safeguard. This gets rid of most prior deodorant applications and bacteria and keeps your pores unclogged. Everyone's chemistry is different, so try different antibiotic soaps to find the best for you.

Then after you've towel dried, use rubbing alcohol thoroughly under your armpits. Repeat a couple times a day as necessary. I use flat round cotton pads soaked in a little container I can carry in my purse. This makes it easy to do a quickie touchup wipe anytime or anywhere.

If I know I am going to be working out or going dancing, I will use a product called Drysol or CertiDri(?). This must be applied at nite after you've showered and are lying down in bed. Apply lightly to underarms and keep arms raised until completely dry or it may sting and cause redness or a rash. This method should keep you dry all day. Its kinda a hassle but will keep you dry during workouts or stress.

Lastly, I wear breathable tops. No synthetics or silks. These fabrics retain the odor and get worse as the day goes on.

When this method is used most of the time, deodorants are then effective when you use them periodically.

Additionally, you can also spray a small amount of your perfume below your underarms on your blouse or top so when you lift your arms, only the smell of your perfume should waft up to your nose or others around you. I hope this work for you as it has worked for me.

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June 29, 20110 found this helpful
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Exfoliating arm pits with a natural loofah gets rid of dead skin. Sometimes the pH is off so use a baking soda (without aluminum) along with the loofah. Follow with an organic apple cider vinegar rinse.

Using alcohol directly in your pits does kill bacteria but the alcohol goes into your bloodstream and it also upsets the natural balance of bacteria. There's good bacteria and bad bacteria.

Always analyze your diet. Taking probiotics can help with an imbalance. Eating a diet that is mostly alkaline, as opposed to acidic really helps too. That means lots of green leafy vegetables. Drinking lots of water is important.

Proper elimination (bowl movements) is paramount. Stagnant food stinks inside and outside the body. Working out or yoga classes that make you sweat really helps to clean out the body. Saunas are great too.

Lastly, rubbing 1/2 a lime on the offending area and leaving it for 20 minutes is a great exfoliator. Do it day and night for best results.

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By 2 found this helpful
April 18, 2016

Well everyday I go to school by walking, but I sweat even before getting to school. Sometimes I feel like going back home and showering but it's too late.
Many people talk about me and they say I never shower. I don't understand even when I'm showering routinely it happens. Why do my armpits smell so bad when I'm playing, but others don't smell. What can I do? And why me only?

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April 27, 20161 found this helpful
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Do you have excessive perspiration? This can also be a problem, as well as smelliness. My son had this problem, and used a product called "Drysol" (I think that was the name -- I hope it was! We found the name by googling on the net, and then discussed this with our druggist, who had the product on the shelves.) This worked well for him. As well, he used Mitchem antiperspirant, as that was the most effective brand. I would also suggest wearing clothes made from cotton, as polyester shirts are more prone to smelliness than cotton ones. You could try these things first, as they are pretty low cost, and don't require a doctor's visit. However, if the perspiration is not excessive, Drysol is not for you; it is not for just odor.

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful
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Try this. Go to cvs or walgreens and buy hibiclens. Use it daily or even three times per week. I know it makes you super clean and it is what health professionals such as surgeons use before surgery.

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August 16, 20160 found this helpful
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It sound hormonal. You can balance your ph out with drinking raw apple cider vinegar with water and raw honey. Take some probiotics and wash with baking soda instead of soap. It cleanses better and balances your skin ph out. It may take about 2 weeks to change but it works. You can also put clove oil, just a drop, on your deoderant then put on. It kills bacteria. But only use a tiny drop its very hot. You can get pure clove oil from most stores for $6

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February 26, 20141 found this helpful

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.

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful
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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.

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February 27, 20143 found this helpful
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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

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March 7, 20140 found this helpful
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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.

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June 16, 20130 found this helpful

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?

By Mikaela

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful
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Hey so I struggled with the same issue all my life and am now in college. I actually have hyper hydrosis (not sure if I spelled that right) which is an over sweating of the palms but I swear I have the sweatiest pits and feet out there. I use apple cider vinegar on my arm pits after my morning shower, once a week. It kills the bacteria. When it comes to the confidence thing you just have to get a bit sassy! Your nerves about the smell will only make you sweat more. If someone is commenting about the smell I give you permission to say you have a disease called hyper hydrosis, and trust me once you say it's a disease or a disorder then they are the ones that look bad for making fun of you. Embrace the sweat and be confident, if someone has a problem with it then it's their problem not yours.

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful

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

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful
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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

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By 0 found this helpful
February 8, 2016

I am a 15 year old and I have really bad body odor. I sweat a lot which does not help at all. It's usually when I sweat that the odor starts and people are reporting me to the health aid and making fun of me before class starts. It's really upsetting me so much that I never want to be in class because I am so embarrassed. It mainly only happens at school, when I get home the sweating stops and so does the body odor so I am really confused. I don't know what to do. I don't know how much more I can take the teasing. It hurts so much and I am always embarrassed to be around other people at school because I don't want to be made fun of. Someone please help me I don't know what to do.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 25, 2009

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

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August 25, 20090 found this helpful

I think you have to be more specific... is the smell like a popcicle? motor oil? banana pudding? Chanel 5? and is it every day?

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August 25, 20090 found this helpful

Are you taking any herbs or vitamins? I took St John's wort and one very hot day I kept smelling something like a decaying swamp. It was me.

Worked one short job in a warehouse during a hot summer and I could smell all the coffee I drank sweating out of me.

Lots of people love lavender, perfume, soap, shampoo, etc. I like the smell but on my skin it turns really odd.

My guess is it's something you take in, or slather on.

If it smells like keytone/acetone/finger nail remover, could be an indicator of diabetes, but that's mainly a breath thing.

Garlic and asparagus cause a strange smell in my urine, but only as long as it takes to digest them.

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August 27, 20090 found this helpful

Do you have migraine headaches? My hubby used to give off a weird chemical smell just before he got his headaches. I always knew when he was in for a dilly. It was so bad nobody would go near him. It eventually disappeared as he got older, although the migraines were still there.

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

When I started taking Omega-3 fish oil I eliminated any body odor. Since it is an important nutrient at least it will help your body even if it doesn't help your odor problem.

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

This may sound crazy, but could it be your clothing? Maybe you have changed your laundry soap, fabric softener? You may still smell if after a shower you are drying yourself with towels washed in the detergent, fabric conditioner that you have changed? This happened to me until I realized it wasn't me but I had changed to using vinegar in my laundry and the smell seemed to cling to only me in my family! I was obviously using too much vinegar!

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

Strange smells can be candida over growth, & when you describe a smell, others may not recognize the smell as that. Everyone's nose is different & there are conditions that make you smell things in a different way. It's why good perfume smells different to different people.
Candida has a smell when it is in the shoes, clothes, underarm, everywhere. You could try taking some parsley, either fresh or in caps, you just need a lot of it, but if it's candida, it's serious, get it under control.

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January 30, 20130 found this helpful

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

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October 20, 20140 found this helpful

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.

By JakeP

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By 0 found this helpful
August 17, 2010

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

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November 26, 20140 found this helpful

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

By Dimitry

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

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.

By Relinda

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May 3, 20120 found this helpful

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.

By Miranda

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December 19, 20130 found this helpful

I want to stop using a deodorant (roll-on) without my armpits having an odor, is it possible?

By Thabi

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By 8 found this helpful
June 25, 2013

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.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 9, 2013

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.

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October 16, 2014

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!

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

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?

Texasteacher

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What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Luvyabye

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By badwater

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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)

By Seagrape

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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)

By Bron

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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!

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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)

By MissyD

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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)

By San

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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)

By Sandy

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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

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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.

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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)

By pomm594

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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 !

(07/23/2005)

By Flyingtyger62

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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)

By texasteacher

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I use a mix of cornstarch and baking soda. A lot of times deoderants smell awful on me. (07/31/2005)

By Tigger

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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)

By Jenny

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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)

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What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Drega

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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)

By Cathy

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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)

By Gemini

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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)

By Kelly

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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)

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By texasteacher

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Jill

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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)

By Jill

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Kahvella

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By adaisydaisy

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By beeZee

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By CB

What to do About Armpit Odor

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.

(08/13/2006)

By Minnie Mouse

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Deb

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By StinkMaster3000

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By CB

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Pelagius

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By green125

What to do About Armpit Odor

Pour a small amount of baking soda onto hands, then squeeze some lemon juice onto baking soda. Rub mixture on underarms. (01/14/2007)

By Deasy

What to do About Armpit Odor

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).

(01/14/2007)

By Dr. Garrison Jester

What to do About Armpit Odor

What to do About Armpit Odor

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)

By Jill

What to do About Armpit Odor

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.

(03/31/2007)

By gumby

What to do About Armpit Odor

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.
:) (04/07/2007)

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