— Sweat It Out

8 natural ways to reduce your body odor, even when you're sweating from head to toe


Now that we’ve traded sweater weather for straight-up sweat weather, you’ve probably been stocking up on deodorants. But if you’re in the market to try something more natural when it comes to warding off odor, we compiled a list of natural remedies to reduce body odor and even keep sweat at bay during the sweltering summer months.

Regular deodorant can protect your pits from odor and antiperspirants block your sweat glands by way of aluminum. The myth that aluminum antiperspirants can cause breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease has been disproved. But, still, some of us desire to return to nature to cure our ailments — including smelly underarms!

So here are eight natural, at-home remedies that will keep you feeling fresh even if the heat has you feeling, well, not so fresh.

1Remember that baking soda + cornstarch = ultimate sweat buster

You know how people put a box of baking soda in their refrigerator to absorb foul food odors? Well, it can work the same miracle for your armpits.

Mixing equal parts baking soda and cornstarch and applying the concoction to your underarms will eliminate wetness, kill bacteria, and ward off body odor. Plus, this mix is long-lasting and can keep your underarms dry for several hours.

2Tap into your inner witch with witch hazel

Everyone has a bottle of witch hazel hanging around their bathroom. Some of us may not even be sure what it’s used for. Witch hazel is an astringent, which means it helps your skin and pores contract. The smaller your pores, the less sweat you produce.

Dabbing witch hazel under your arms can also prohibit odor-causing bacteria because witch hazel lowers your skin’s pH, making it hard for bacteria to survive. You can even put a little witch hazel in a spray bottle to use as a traveling toner spray for your armpits and face.

3Make yourself a hydration station

No matter which method you use to remind yourself to drink water — set an alarm, stick post-its on your computer, glue a water bottle to your hand — really make sure you are actually drinking water. We’re sure you’ve heard this piece of advice before, but drinking water can help reduce body odor.

Water flushes out bodily toxins, and when toxins go, so does body odor because toxins cause odor. It’s a simple science equation. And if you’re sweating, drinking water is of vital importance to make sure your body functions normally.

4Don’t forget about apple cider vinegar, all day every day

Apple cider vinegar is good for your entire body, inside and out, because it balances pH and eliminates bacteria. Use it on your hair every once in a while to remove buildup and act as an alternative to a clarifying shampoo. Dab it under your arms a few minutes before showering each day to naturally balance out your armpit pH. Yes, armpits also have pHs! You can even add apple cider vinegar to your daily bath and soak your whole body to restore balance to your skin.

And obviously, adding apple cider vinegar to foods or drinking it stirred into lukewarm water before each meal can greatly benefit your insides, which, in turn, benefits your outsides!

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