Who does not want to smell good all the time? Absolutely no one. The question is whether or not you have a plan to eliminate the offensive odor.
I have a friend who’s body odor was 99.9% offensive and 0.1% is the only reason that brings me close to him because he’s my friend but telling him about this was like climbing the Mount Everest in 20minutes, you can imagine how impossible that was.
This unpleasant situation continued till I discovered a better way to make him get rid of the offensive smell, so I indirectly introduced him to how he can quench the stench using these four natural ways — from changing your shoes to spritizing with vinegar — to practice good hygiene.
1. Shave Underarms
A lot of hair under your arms can create a swampy environment for bacteria. Hair is porous, meaning it easily absorbs odors and can even slow the evaporation of sweat. Hair traps odorants, especially when it’s located in your armpits. Burns recommends shaving your underarms to stop body odor so the “bacteria doesn’t get trapped in the hair thus decreasing odor.”
2. Apply Witch Hazel
Witch hazel and tea tree oil are natural sterilizers that can be applied on your armpits, since they are natural antiseptics. They lower the skin’s pH, which makes it impossible for bacteria to survive. Directly applying witch hazel on your skin can serve as a regular deodorant. For those who are prone to sweating, Burns suggests “wiping [underarms] down at least 4 times a day.”
3. Change Shoes
A common misconception is body odor comes from the armpits, but one of the foulest odors actually come from your feet. Changing your shoes will allow them to air and prevent the odors from staying concentrated in one area. This cuts down the bacteria that is in the shoe. Burns’ rule of thumb: “Everyone should be switching up their shoes every 500 miles anyway.
4. Apply Vinegar
Vinegar, whether it’s apple cider or white, can help lower the pH level of the skin for an anti-bacteria environment. Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show recommends this home remedy because the bacteria cannot thrive in acidity, and the smell will dissipate. It’s best to splash the vinegar under the arms when you get out of the shower, but not immediately after you have shaved your underarms. This is safe for the skin as long as it’s unbroken. It’s best to do a test on a small patch of skin to make sure you do not react badly.