Have you ever had someone pass by you and a stench stay in the air even long after it is gone? Of course, we all have a specific smell from the moment we are born. But why is this smell so bad and repulsive to some people? Surely you are thinking… “it would help if some people bathed more often,” and I can only agree with you, but what if someone bathes every day and still smells bad?
The body odor can be caused by many reasons, beyond the obvious lack of personal hygiene. Diet, strenuous exercise, stress, the material from which the clothes we wear are made.
Everything can lead to a foul smell, and three parts of the body are the primary culprits: armpits, legs, genitals. Why these three parts? Because the bacteria that cause bad breath love moisture and what are better than the parts of the body with the most sweat glands.
So how do you get rid of body odor?
1. Socks and shoes
Shoes and socks are one of the leading causes of foot odor. Always choose well-ventilated shoes and cotton socks because sweat on the feet can lead to the growth of microorganisms.
Wash your sneakers at regular intervals in the washing machine or by hand at 30 degrees. Finally, a natural way to get rid of foot odor is to mix an equal proportion of baking soda and cornflour daily and use it as a powder before putting on your shoes.
Baking soda absorbs unpleasant odors, and cornflour will help keep your feet dry for longer.
Yes, proper nutrition plays a role here as well. It has been shown that people who consume more fruits, vegetables, and nuts and less processed foods, fried and red meat, tend to smell better.
This is because sweat removes toxins. The more toxins our body tries to eliminate, the more our sweat will smell. By reducing the sweat content of toxins, we reduce unpleasant odors.
Do not forget to include 3-4 liters of water in your daily habits, and you will have made a great gift to your body and those around you.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiperspirant and, in combination with the natural acids it contains, can help reduce odors caused by sweat and bacteria.
Dilute pure apple cider vinegar in water in a ratio of one to two and store it in a small container. You can use it either as a spray or apply it to the desired area with a cotton ball.
4. Lemon juice
Lemon juice, in addition to being a well-known antiseptic, also has astringent properties. This means that it can reduce the skin’s pores while reducing the excessive secretion of sweat and creating an inhospitable environment for microorganisms in the armpit.
In addition, it is known that daily use of lemon can whiten the skin. Be careful, though, because some sensitive skin does not react well with lemon, especially if the skin comes in contact with the sun.
5. DIY deodorant
Many people are allergic to commercial deodorants. In addition, excessive use of deodorant can cause skin irritation and bring the opposite results from what we want.
There are two simple ways to make deodorant at home. If you prefer the spray, mix 2 tbsp. water, 1 tbsp. pure alcohol, 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil, 2-3 drops of orange essential oil, and 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.
If you still prefer roll-on, you can use coconut oil and baking soda. Heat 5 tbsp. coconut oil and add 4 tbsp. baking soda and 2-3 tbsp. lemon or orange juice. You can put the mixture in an empty bottle of deodorant or a regular bottle and spread it with a cotton swab.