7 simple ways to get rid of body odour

Body odour can lead to all sorts of social, cultural and professional anxiety.

Although there are many deodorising products in the market, many of these contain harmful chemicals whose long-term use is not recommended.

Many people are now seeking natural alternatives for eliminating body odour.

Below are seven of such methods.

  1. Bathe or shower regularly

Since bacteria reacting with sweat produced by apocrine glands cause body odour, the first step is to bathe or shower regularly. It’s advisable to use a gentle, plant-oil based soap. The greater the amount of lather, the more effective it is to remove bacteria from the skin. Not all soaps are antibacterial, nor do you necessarily need antibacterial; peppermint castile soap can be used to shower. Peppermint oil is mildly antiseptic and can help combat body odour.

2. Clean the body dry completely

This is especially important in those areas that are prone to body odour: the groin, armpits, and around the nipples. Also, it is important to ensure that areas where the skin folds (under the breasts, in the groin, at the abdomen) are completely dry. Use of corn starch as a dusting powder should be avoided. Many physicians believe that corn starch can be used as “fungi food.” Instead, unscented talcum powder should be used.

3. Eliminate bacterial breeding grounds

Shaving the armpits can be helpful in reducing odour. Also, it is advisable to clean the inside of shoes on a regular basis, as this can be a great breeding ground for bacteria.

4. Wear fresh cotton clothes

It is better to wear natural-fibre clothing like cotton, silk or wool. Cotton clothes allow the skin to breathe, reducing the amount of sweat. Therefore, wearing cotton clothes keeps the skin healthy, dry and odour-free.

5. Avoid wearing closed footwear with socks for a long period of time

Closed footwear will lead to offensive odour from the feet that sweat lot, as there is lack of aeration. Sandals or more breathable shoes should be worn as much as possible.

6. Drink 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 eight to 10 glasses of water daily will help keep the skin healthy, hydrated and odour-free.

7. Eliminate odour producing food

There are a number of foods that may change the body odour. Fatty foods (fatty meats, poultry with skin, fried foods) and some spices (curry, garlic, onions) can change the body odour. Omit these foods at least for 2-4 weeks and watch out for a difference. Coffee and caffeinated soft drinks can cause body odour in some people. Other foods and beverages that can cause body odour are alcohol, asparagus, cumin and red meats.