Sweaty and smelly underarms can be terribly bad and highly embarrassing for anyone. Even if the sweaty underarms are common in all seasons, it may increase in summer months, due to excessive summer heat. I have struggled in dealing with underarm sweats and smell to an extent that I literally wanted to get rid of it by any means. Even after trying those harsh and irritating deodorants available in the market, I have struggle to a great extent in dealing with underarm sweat and smell. Thankfully, I got hold of some natural remedies that worked for me, and if you are struggling in getting rid of underarms sweat and smell, then I have got you covered. Today, in this post I am sharing everything worth knowing about how to get rid of underarm sweat and smell, naturally. I am sharing some of the best natural remedies that are guaranteed to work well.
There are many good perfumes and deodorants available in the market that can help you deal with underarm sweat and smell and save you from the embarrassment temporarily.
But even the deodorants and perfumes can never outdo the actual foul odor coming from the armpits. These chemical based deodorants and perfumes may not suite everyone. In fact I myself have tried many of these deodorants and I ended up with burning and irritating skin and armpit.
So the point is that only a few of those deodorants are going to suit your skin type. And even if it suits you, that’s not the permanent solution to deal with underarm sweats and smell and hence, it is advisable that you look out for more permanent solutions in order to control the sweating of underarms and fight underarm smell naturally.
And thankfully, there are many ways to get rid of underarm sweat and smell and if you are looking for natural ways to deal with it, then here’s the post you can’t afford to miss.
Today in this post, I am sharing the list of best tips and remedies about how to get rid of underarm sweat and smell fast and naturally. These remedies are very effective and useful and will help you to get rid of underarm sweat and smell naturally. If you try and apply these remedies correctly, then you may not even have to apply deodorants and perfumes to fight underarm sweat and smell.
But before we get in to the remedies for underarm sweat and smell, let’s check out why we sweat and what causes the foul smell?
Well, sweating is a natural phenomenon to regulate the body temperature. And you will be amazed to know that even sweating is odorless virtually. But the foul odor occurs, when bacteria use it to their advantage and multiply. This is the actual reason of armpit odor.
And in some cases it is not the sweat or the bacteria that is causing the odor, but some hormonal changes may lead to the smell. Whatever is the reason, there are natural ways to fight underarm odor and that’s what I am sharing in detail in today’s post. And if you are tired of excessive sweating leading to the odor, there are tricks to control sweating as well.
So, are you ready?
I think you are, so let’s start the discussion.
Best natural remedies to get rid of underarm smell
The foul smell coming from your armpits is probably the last thing you want to experience in the middle of everything. Even though you are not publicly humiliated or laughed at by anyone, the matter itself is a thing of embarrassment.
The main reason is whenever there is a problem of body odor, the question of hygiene naturally comes. So, it is important that you maintain proper hygiene, and to get it right, you may like to try some of these natural remedies to get rid of underarm smell easily.
So, here we go.
Lemon juice remedy for underarm smell
If you do not have dry skin, then lemon juice remedy will work magically and help you to get rid of underarm smell naturally. Lemon juice can be used all alone or you can use lemon juice with baking soda as well to get rid of underarm smell.
The reason why lemon juice is so effective in removing underarm smell is that it’s acidic and antibacterial in nature, and that is highly favorable in removing all types of smells, including the underarm smell.
Lemon juice application will also reduce the pH level of your skin in your underarms, and make it unfavorable for the odor causing bacteria to grow rapidly. Also, lemon juice will keep your underarms dry and free from sweat. So, basically, it is a complete natural remedy to get rid of underarm smell that you may like to consider.
The method of using lemon juice to deal with underarm smell is really very simple. You just take a lemon, slice it into two halves and then rub the halves in your underarms. Let the juice stay to get naturally absorbed by your skin and then wash it off your skin.
But, if you got really dry and sensitive skin, then this remedy may not be suitable for you. But, if you still want to use it, it is recommended that you tweak the way it is used to remove underarm smell.
So instead of using pure lemon juice, you may like to add some water to the lemon juice and then apply the mix to your skin using a cotton ball, let it dry for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
Whichever method you like, just remember that to get the maximum benefits in removing foul smell of your underarms, you got to be regular with this remedy.
Aloe vera remedy for underarm smell
When it’s about your skin and hair, aloe vera is the go to herb, and you can literally use it for most of the skin related issues, including to remove underarm smell or armpit odor. The primary reason behind its recommendation in this case is due to its antibacterial properties and also due to the presence of so many important antioxidants in aloe vera. Using aloe vera, you can easily get rid of the smell causing bacteria, and also be able to enjoy the cool soothing feel of Aloe vera.
Take some amount of freshly extracted aloe vera gel and then apply it directly on your armpits using fingers. Apply this remedy at night before going to bed so that you can leave it overnight to get naturally absorbed by your skin. Wash it the next morning. Apply this remedy daily to get maximum benefits in removing underarm smell.
Lavender essential oil remedy
Essential oils are great in this case and you can use them to remove underarm smell fast and naturally. There are two essential oils that can be magical in dealing with underarm smell, one is lavender essential oil and the other one is tea tree essential oil.
Lavender essential oil can be the great choice when it comes to reducing armpit odor. The main reason behind its recommendation is because of its pleasant fragrance that is very helpful in masking the foul odor in your underarms. Also, it has got antibacterial properties that fight the bacteria and prevent smelly underarms.
To get the maximum benefits in dealing with underarm smell, you just have to take a glass full of water, and add 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil in to it. Then pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on your armpits.
Alternatively, you may also consider mixing the lavender essential oil with any other carrier oil, and then apply it directly to your underarms to remove underarm smell. Repeating any of the two methods two times on a daily basis will give you significant results in getting rid of underarm smell.
Tea tree essential oil remedy
The next essential oil that is known to be very effective in removing underarm smell is the tea tree essential oil. Because of its antimicrobial and astringent properties, it is ideal for minimizing the pores in your armpits, and then in fighting the bacteria leading to the smell.
To get the maximum benefits in removing underarm smell, you have to dilute tea tree oil using water and then with the help of a cotton ball, apply the solution on your underarms. If you want, you may also use the solution as a spray.
However, if you have a very dry and sensitive skin, then please do a patch test before applying it directly on your skin.
Coconut oil remedy to remove underarm smell
You can use coconut oil to get rid of armpit smell, and the reason why it’s so effective is that the coconut oil possesses antimicrobial properties, thanks to the presence of the medium-chain fatty acids which are antimicrobial in nature. This helps fighting the bacteria leading to the smell and also helps to restore the pH balance of the skin.
All you need to do is to take some virgin coconut oil and massage it directly on your armpits using your fingers. Then, let it stay to get naturally absorbed. For significant improvements, it is advisable that you use the coconut oil remedy two times a day. This remedy will work even better, when you use it after taking bath.
Sandalwood powder for underarm smell
Sandalwood has been traditionally used in various skin problems and due to the soothing aroma it has, you can actually use it to get rid of your underarm smell as well. Plus, sandalwood will keep your underarms dry and will not let the environment become favorable for the odor causing bacteria to grow. In addition, sandalwood will also help in lightening your underarm skin tone in case you have dark underarms and hence it’s one of the best natural ingredients to use for underarm smell.
There are two ways to use sandalwood to get the maximum benefits in removing underarm smell. The easiest one is to make a paste by mixing sandalwood powder and water in adequate proportions and then apply it directly on your underarms. Let it stay for some time and then wash it off.
The other method is to use the sandalwood powder along with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Mix the two ingredients and then apply the mixture on your armpits after taking bath. Trust me, the mixture is a natural deodorant and will help you get rid of your underarm smell to a great extent.
Witch hazel to deal with underarm odor
One of the best ways to deal with the underarm smell is by using Witch Hazel. It actually is a natural antiperspirant which may help in lowering the pH level of your skin which in turn helps eliminate the bacteria and get rid of the armpit odor.
The process of using it is also very easy. Just take some Witch Hazel and then using a cotton ball, apply it directly on your underarms. However, you may also dilute it with water in the beginning and then use it. Repeating the remedy two times regularly will help you get rid of underarm smell easily.
Apple cider vinegar remedy for underarm smell
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a wonder ingredient when it comes to getting rid of the underarm smell. The reason behind why it is recommended is because it is acidic in nature along with being antimicrobial, both of which is helpful in neutralizing the skin under your arms. You are able to get rid of the smell causing bacteria very easily and prevent its occurrence in future as well.
The process of applying this remedy is very simple. Take some apple cider vinegar and using a cotton ball, apply ACV directly on your armpits. This must be done regularly and preferably two times, once in the morning after taking bath and then at night before you go to sleep.
Trust me, using ACV regularly will help prevent the accumulation of bacteria and that’ll help you get rid of underarm smell easily.
There are other methods of using ACV that you may consider if you want to. You can actually make a solution by mixing ACV and water and then use it as a spray. The other option that you may like to consider is to rinse your armpits using ACV while taking shower to get rid of underarm smell.
Baking soda to get rid of underarm smell
You may not believe it but baking soda is definitely one option that you may consider in order to get rid of the underarm smell naturally. There are two reasons why it is so effective in removing underarm smell.
Firstly, baking soda is antibacterial in nature and so it helps fight the bacteria leading to the foul stink under your armpits.
Secondly, using baking soda, you can actually keep your underarms dry and sweat free, thereby preventing the occurrence of underarms smell.
You may use baking soda to reap its benefits in dealing with underarm smell in three different ways.
You can actually mix it with the lemon juice in equal amounts and then apply the mixture to your underarms directly. Let it stay for about 2-3 minutes and then wash it off. Then go take a shower. If you have the problem of underarm smell as well as have got dark underarms, then I think this will be the ideal method for you because lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent.
The second method that you may like to try is by mixing baking soda with cornstarch. After mixing, apply it directly to your underarms. It will help you get rid of the stink as well as keep the area dry.
Lastly, if you do not want to use any other ingredient as such in this remedy, then you may just dilute baking soda using some water and then apply that paste in your armpits to get rid of the foul underarm smell. You can actually apply it after taking a shower.
Best ways to get rid of underarm sweat
The above-mentioned natural ways are great and will help you fight the problem of underarm smell. But since excessive sweat is the main reason which favors the occurrence of the smell, you need to take some extra steps so that you can control underarm sweating. These tips will help you deal with the underarm sweating issue much more effectively.
Listed below are a few of the best ways to get rid of underarm sweat fast and naturally.
Use topical antiperspirants
Deodorants may help you deal with the underarm stink. But they cannot help you when it comes to excessive sweating. And, for that reason, it is recommended that you take the help of topical antiperspirants to prevent sweaty underarms. In fact, they will not just block the sweat glands from producing excessive sweat, but will also help kill the smell causing bacteria.
Break between showering and dressing up
If you want to get rid of sweaty underarms, then easiest thing to do is to take a short break between showering and dressing up again. Most of the time, we readily dress up just after coming out from the shower. But, that is wrong especially if you have taken a hot shower or live in a climate which is very hot and humid.
It is necessary that you give a little time to your body to cool down before wearing clothes again and prevent your underarms from sweating just after you have taken the shower.
Shave underarms regularly
Shaving your armpits is one of the second best ways to get rid of underarm sweat and smell naturally. This is because hair holds moisture which may lead to excessive sweat and then odor thereafter. So, shave your underarms time to time and you will have less sweating.
Avoid sweat inducing foods
The next best ways to get rid of underarm sweat is to avoid eating sweat inducing foods as much as possible.
Avoid foods that are low in fiber as in such cases, your digestive system is forced to work extra time to break the food. The high sodium diet is also included in it as here your body will detoxify all of the excess salt in the means of sweat (and urine). Also, avoid foods that are high in fat as these will make your inside warm while your system processes the fat.
Here is list of some of the sweat inducing foods that you should avoid to get rid of underarm sweat:
- Processed foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spicy, hot dishes
- Fatty foods
- Ice cream
- Excessive consumption of garlic and onion
Eat sweat reducing foods
As you know, there are foods that lead to lots of sweating; there are many foods that can actually prevent excessive sweating. So you should eat such foods that will not put too much pressure on your digestive system nor will over stimulate the nervous system.
Listed below are few of the best sweat reducing foods you should be eating to get rid of underarm sweating:
- High calcium content foods
- Green tea
- Sweet potatoes
- Fruits and vegetables with high water content
One of the best ways to avoid underarm sweat is by staying hydrated all the time. Drinking a lot of water will keep your system cool and will prevent too much of sweating.
Wear soothing clothes
It is recommended that you wear clothes that are soothing, loosely fitted and breathable. It will keep your underarms cool and won’t let them sweat too much. Pure cotton and linen kind of clothes can be the best suited clothes to avoid underarm sweating.
Nicotine raises the temperature in your body and makes your heart beat faster leading to your sweat glands working aggressively. So, you better quit smoking to prevent excessive sweating and the host of other health issues associated with smoking.
Over to you
The underarm sweat and smell can be terribly bad and embarrassing for anyone and I am sure everyone wants to get rid of it. Sweating is a natural body phenomenon that may increase in hot and humid summer days. Sweating and sweat smell is a very common problem that can be dealt with easily.
However, it is not something that is excessively serious (unless it is due to some serious health concern), so there is nothing to panic about it. But since it is a matter of embarrassment and the process itself is unhygienic, you need to deal with it quickly and naturally. Because the chemical based deodorants may not suite all skin types and it’s not going to give the permanent solution for sweaty underarms and smell.
As far as the natural remedies to get rid of underarms smell and sweat are concerned I have already shared a few of them. If you follow these remedies and tips, then you’ll be able to get rid of underarm smell and sweat easily.
Are you tired of sweaty underarms and underarm smells? Have you tried any of these remedies and how did it worked for you?
Feel free to share your experience and also tell me how do you deal with the sweaty underarms and underarm smell?
Until next post, stay healthy, stay hygienic.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.