Improving Personal Hygiene
1Bathe or shower regularly. Since bacteria reacting with sweat produced by your sweat glands causes body odor, it is important to bathe or shower regularly. Use a gentle, plant-oil based soap and lather up. The greater the amount of lather and the longer you lather up, the more effective you are likely to be in removing bacteria from your skin.
- Not all soap is antibacterial, nor do you necessarily need antibacterial soap. Try using peppermint castile soap when you shower. Peppermint oil is mildly antiseptic and can help fight body odor.
2Make sure you dry yourself completely. This is especially important in those areas that are prone to body odor: the groin, armpits, and around the nipples. Also ensure that any areas of skin folds (under the breasts, in the groin, at the abdomen) are completely dry.
- Avoid using cornstarch as a dusting powder. Many physicians believe that cornstarch can be used as “fungi food.” Instead, use unscented talcum powder.
Eliminate bacterial breeding grounds. For instance, shaving your armpits may be helpful in reducing odor. Also, clean the inside of your shoes on a regular basis, as these can be a great breeding ground for bacteria.
4Wear fresh cotton clothes. Wear natural-fiber clothing like cotton, silk or wool. If you exercise and sweat, using synthetic materials that “wick” away moisture may be useful, but change back into the natural fibers after you shower away the sweat.
- Cotton clothes allow the skin to breathe, reducing the amount of sweat. Therefore, wearing cotton clothes keeps the skin healthy, dry and odor-free.
Avoid wearing closed footwear with socks for a long period of time. Closed footwear will lead to offensive odor from the feet if you sweat a lot, as there is lack of aeration. Aim to wear sandals, flip-flops or more breathable shoes as much as possible.
Improving Lifestyle Choices
1Quit smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco lead to the production of free radicals which damage the body. They also lead to the formation of bacteria on the skin, which emit bad odor.
2Drink lots of water. Water is an excellent solvent that flushes all the toxins from the body. Water is the most neutral substance and reduces the formation of bacteria in the intestines. Drinking around 8 to 10 glasses of water daily will help keep the skin healthy, hydrated and odor-free.
3Eat food products containing probiotics. Probiotics are natural, gut-friendly bacteria which help to control the growth of other toxic bacteria in the intestines. Probiotics promote the growth of the bacteria lactobacilli bifidus, which improves digestion and reduces gut toxins. Substances like yogurt and buttermilk contain probiotics.
- Consuming one cup of a probiotic substance each day is very helpful and should be continued for a period of six months. It will improve your overall health as body odor may be just a matter of good digestion!
4Eliminate odor producing foods from your diet. There are a number of foods that may change your body odor. Fatty foods (fatty meats, poultry with skin, fried foods) and some spices (curry, garlic, onions) can change your body odor. Omit these foods at least for two to four weeks and see if that makes a difference.
5Eat enough green vegetables. Not eating enough green vegetables can result in body odor. Green vegetables contain chlorophyllin, a natural odor-absorbing substance.
Using Natural Anti-Perspirants
Use a commercial-made natural antiperspirant. If you are uncomfortable with using a chemical-laden commercial antiperspirant or deodorant, find a natural product instead. There are many popular products, such as Tom’s of Maine and Kiss My Face, which are widely available.
2Make your own antiperspirant. You can find a variety of recipes online, but here is one you can try. Mix 3/4 cup arrowroot powder and 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder. Melt 6 tablespoons organic cocoa or mango butter and 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil together in a double boiler. Stir together the melted ingredients and the dry ingredients and then add 1/2 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil to the mixture.
- Store in a lidded glass jar. This does not need to be refrigerated.
Treat your body odor with a solution of hydrogen peroxide as an antibacterial solution. Take 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and mix with 1 cup of water. Using a cotton washcloth, soak the washcloth in the hydrogen peroxide-water solutions, squeeze out the excess, and wipe your underarms, groin and feet with the solution.
4Wipe your skin with apple cider vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar to help kill off the odor-causing bacteria. Soak your feet daily in a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water. Pour the same solution into a spray bottle and spray on your armpits. 
- Apple cider vinegar is very strong and people with sensitive skin may experience adverse side effects like burning or itching. Therefore, a small patch test is recommended before using this product and make certain you have not just shaven your armpits.
5Treat the skin with tea tree oil. Add 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of witch hazel. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and use as a natural deodorant, especially after exercise. The witch hazel acts as an astringent and reduces sweating. The tea tree oil acts as an antibacterial agent.
- Tea tree oil is known for its anti-septic properties as well as its strong but pleasant odor.
- When used as an external application, it kills the bacteria present on the skin and thus reduces toxin formation.
Understanding Body Odor
1Investigate why body odor occurs. Body odor, technically known as bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia, or more simply as BO, is caused by the breakdown of skin proteins by bacteria on the skin. The specific odor depends to some extent on the type of bacteria on your skin, the proteins they break down, the acids that are produced, the foods you eat, the amount of sweat you produce, and your overall state of health. 
- Individuals with diabetes, hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), who are taking specific medications, or who are obese, for example, are more at risk for body odor.
- When we sweat, bacteria on our skin breaks down the sweat and skin proteins into a two main types of acids — it is these acids that result in body odor. The two main acids are produced by two different types of bacteria: Propionic acid and Isovaleric acid. Propionic acid is produced by Propionibacteria. Propionic acid tends to smell vinegar-y. Isovaleric acid is produced by Staphylococcus epidermidis. Isovaleric acid tends to smell cheesy– perhaps because the same bacteria are used to made certain types of cheese.
Figure out where body odor is likely to occur. Body odor tends to occur in folds of skin or in areas of the body that are either covered or more prone to sweating– these are the feet, groin, armpits, genitals, pubic hair and other areas with hair, the belly button, the anus and behind the ears. Other areas can be sweaty and produce odor as well, but generally to a lesser degree.
3Understand that foot odor is different than other types of body odor. Foot odor can be somewhat different. Feet have eccrine sweat glands, but since most individuals wear socks and shoes (most of which are made of synthetic materials) most of the time, the sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily.
- Synthetic materials (as opposed to cotton or leather) tend to hold in sweat and prevent evaporation unless they are specially made to allow evaporation.
- Sweat which doesn’t evaporate tends to provide a good environment for fungi– and many forms of fungi produce unpleasant smells as well.
4Investigate other factors affecting body odor. For instance, age can make a difference for the type of body odor produced. Children before puberty do not produce body odor for the most part. Androgens that are produced during puberty are associated with the production of unpleasant body odor.
5Assess whether you should see a doctor for your body odor. Most body odor can be dealt with using home remedies, but there are times when body odor signals the need to see your physician. In some cases, your physician may refer you to a dermatologist (skin specialist). Call your physician for an appointment if:
- You have attempted to deal with the problem but all treatments do not help reduce or eliminate the body odor within two to three weeks.
- You begin to sweat much more or less than you normally do.
- Sweating disrupts your daily routine.
- You begin to experience night sweats.
- Your body odor changes dramatically.
Why does my body have a very strong odor even after taking showers?
Maybe you aren’t washing your main odour areas such as your armpits, feet, anus or genitals adequately. You might try using tea tree, lemon or lime flavour shower gel — such strong scents can lessen the odour.
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