Remedy for Underarm Odor

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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October 21, 20140 found this helpful

I sweat profusely during warm months and understand how you feel. What works for me is reapplying deodorant through out the day. Sometimes I find that I have to change shirts midday which might be something you may want to consider. Also, make sure that your deodorant states it is a combination of antiperspirant & deodorant. If body odor is still an issue, you might want to try switching brands or even an over the counter prescription strength deodorant. Another thing to keep in mind is that some people who eat a diet rich in garlic & onion tend to "sweat" these odors. Think about your diet and see if this is what happening to you too.

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October 22, 20140 found this helpful

The best thing I've found for underarm odor is Milk of Magnesia. Buy the generic kind and put some in a small bottle with a twist cap or a small jar with a screw-on lid.


After bathing, put a small amount on your finger and rub it on your arm pit. It works all day for me. I am super sensitive to deodorants with aluminum salts, but this works wonders! This can be used anywhere on your body for odor control.

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October 27, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful

I had underarm odor for many years. I was finally diagnosed with hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) disorder.


I take prescription meds (robinul) for this and my odor is not gone completely but it has improved dramatically. Good luck to you all.

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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

It may have to do with some chemical compound found in the shower gel. I had a similar problem and I noticed the following: when I wore a new t-shirt, just bought from the store, I never had the bad odor. When instead I wore one of my other t-shirts (ore the new one after washing it) then the bad odor started soon after I reached work (strangely enough never at home - probably related also to stress). You may ask, what does this have to do with the shower gel... well it could be that the chemical compound in the shower-gel reacts with that in the soap used to wash the clothes and with sweat..


producing an environment where bacteria can florish.. I solved the problem by doing the following: stopped using deodorant (since this can leave residuals on clothes), I tried different shower gels to find out the best ones... i found that those with delicate, creamy smell are better than the ones with fresh, minty smells...the latter cause the bad odor to return (at least for me)... it may require weeks of testing to find the right shower gel.. but now after some research the result is that I don't use deo (save money and less chemicals) and I never have that bad smell... I hope my experience can be of help..

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

If it's your clothes wash them twice. First with baking soda - 1 cup per wash. Second time with vinegar - 1 cup.


I noticed my clothes and towels smelled musty and if the shirts got hot, smelly shirt AND me.

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July 8, 20160 found this helpful

Your shirt could be contributing. Try washing them with some baking soda, or vinegar to kill the order/ bacteria in your clothes.

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

Folk Remedies:

Alcohol/witch hazel. Wipe your armpits with alcohol, white vinegar or witch hazel instead of deodorant.
Alum. Try using a crystal rock made from the mineral salt potassium alum instead of a deodorant. It won't keep you dry as an antiperspirant will, but antiperspirants clog your sweat glands and contain aluminum chlorohydrate, which may lead to future health problems.
Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar eliminates under arm body odor when used in place of deodorant because it reduces the pH of the skin. Bacteria can't live in areas with low pH.
Baby powder. Use baby powder or talc in areas of heavy perspiration.
Baking soda. Baking soda, the odor-eating standby, can be used instead of deodorant. Just apply the powder to your dry armpits. It will kill bacteria and help absorb perspiration. Cornstarch can also be used instead or mixed with the baking soda.
Parsley/alfalfa. Chewing parsley, alfalfa and other leafy greens will help neutralize body odor, probably because of the deodorizing effect of the chlorophyll.
Radishes. Juice about two dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerine, and put in a squirt or spray-top bottle. Use as an underarm deodorant or to reduce foot odor.
Rosemary is an antibacterial herb. Put 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil in 1 ounce of water and apply it where needed.
Sage. Herbalists suggest drinking a cup of sage tea daily to reduce sweat gland activity. This is especially true for those who perspire excessively due to tension. Use 11/2 teaspoonsful of dried sage or two tea bags in one cup of water; steep for ten minutes; drink in small doses throughout the day. Fresh sage leaves blended with tomato juice has been found to be very effective.
Tea tree is an antibacterial herb. Make a deodorant by putting 2 drops of the essential oil into 1 ounce of water and apply where needed.
Towelettes (baby wipes). Useful when a tense moment surges the sex hormones which produce fluid under the arms and around the genital areas that, when combined with bacteria, causes odor.
Turnip juice. Turnip juice will reduce underarm odor for up to 10 hours. Grate a turnip, squeeze the juice through cheesecloth, so that you have two teaspoonsful. Wash your armpits first, and vigorously rub one teaspoonful on each one.
Wheat grass. Take 500mg of wheat grass daily on an empty stomach and wash down with a glass of water. The chlorophyll will dramatically reduce body odor.
Silicea Homeopaths recommend dissolving three 6X tablets of the tissue salt Silicea under the tongue each morning and evening to knock out odor.

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