Simple Hacks To Stop Body Odor

By molly atherton 4 months ago
Are you tired of feeling like your body odor is trying to steal the spotlight wherever you go? Fear not! The battle against funky smells ends here. Say goodbye to the funk and hello to fresh with these simple, life-saving hacks that'll have you smelling like a bouquet of roses in no time. No more dodging hugs or holding your breath in crowded spaces—get ready to reclaim your freshness and strut your stuff confidently. Let's dive into the secrets that will make body odor a thing of the past!

1. Wash twice a day

The seemingly simple act of washing twice a day is a superhero move in the battle against body odor. Picture this: your skin, the frontline defender against all kinds of pollutants and irritants throughout the day. It's like a magnet, attracting everything from outdoor grime to indoor pollutants.
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It sounds obvious but it is incredibly important to wash twice a day if you want to combat bad body odor.  This is because washing twice a day removes pollutants and irritants from our skin.  And it's important to mention that, yes, there are even indoor pollutants and oils on your bedding!Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Use antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soaps are like the superheroes of the cleansing world, armed with powerful chemicals that regular soap can only dream of. These specialized soaps pack a punch because they're not just about the bubbles and squeaky-clean feeling; they're on a mission to annihilate bacteria.
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Antibacterial soaps contain useful chemicals that aren't found in regular soap.  And they're useful because antibacterial soap gets rid of bacteria!  Body odor is caused by bacteria mixing with sweat, and by reducing bacteria on your skin in the first place can help to combat odor.

3. Dry yourself thoroughly

The drying-off phase after a good wash is like the grand finale in the battle against body odor! Think of it this way: after banishing the bacteria during your cleansing ritual, it's time to ensure they don't even have a chance for a comeback.
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It sounds simple, but, after washing, it's important that you dry yourself thoroughly, particularly toweling off those areas of your body that sweat a lot!  Being dry makes it much much harder for the bacteria that cause body odor to grow on your skin.

4. Shave your armpits

It turns out that your armpit hair isn't just there for style—it's playing a role in the body odor drama too. Picture this: your underarm hair, a cozy hideout for bacteria and a perfect trapping ground for odor. Now, here's where the plot thickens.
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A study once found that armpits that have had their hair removed had significantly reduced body odor than armpits with hair.  Removing the hair from under the armpits can therefore reduce the amount of trapped odor.  So shave those pits to beat the B.O.

5. Use deodorant

Ah, the mighty antiperspirant deodorant—the unsung hero in the war against sweat and odor! Picture this: a shield that swoops in and temporarily seals off those sweat-prone pores, almost like putting a "closed for business" sign on them. But here's the catch—it's not a forever kind of deal.
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Deodorants are useful for covering up body odor with fragrances that are pleasing to the nose.  And it's a good temporary solution if you're caught out.  But they are not going to be as effective as antiperspirant deodorants.  This is because antiperspirants do a bucketload more than just covering the odor.

6. Apply antiperspirant

Picture this: you've aced the whole cleanliness routine, smelling fresh as a daisy. But hold up—your clothes might be playing host to an after-party of body odor! Body odor isn't just limited to your skin; it's a sneaky traveler that loves to hitch a ride on your clothing.
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Antiperspirant deodorants work by temporarily blocking the pores where the sweat comes from.  And because it's a temporary effect, you should regularly reapply it to your underarms.  It is also effective at fighting body odor is you apply it before bed to reduce sweating as you sleep.

7. Change your clothes

It's not just about swapping out your clothes; it's about giving them a good ol' cleansing session. Your clothes aren't just fashion statements; they're odor sponges, soaking up all those scents and bacteria along the way. Regular washing isn't just a courtesy to your wardrobe.
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It's important that you also regularly change your clothes, particularly because body odor can be transferred to your clothes.  So even if your body is clean and B.O. free, your clothes aren't and the odor is still there.  And bacteria from your clothes can be transferred to your body and cause even more odor.

8. Wash your clothes

Ah, socks—the unsung heroes of foot comfort and odor defense! If there's one thing that can turn an otherwise pleasant day into a smelly situation, it's the dreaded sock stench. But fear not, for in the world of socks, there exists a magical breed—the antimicrobial socks!
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Don't just change your clothes, you've got to wash them regularly too, along with your bedding.  This removes any bacteria and unpleasant odors and also protects your own physical health.  Washing with good quality detergents is good, but they don't always get strong smells out so a solution of vinegar and baking soda works wonders!

9. Wear antimicrobial socks

The old saying "you are what you eat" isn't just a cliché—it's a truth that extends even to the way you smell. Foods have a sneaky way of influencing our body's odor, and some culprits, like cabbage and broccoli, carry a sulfuric secret.
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We can't discuss body odor without mentioning socks... You're probably very aware that socks can smell bad.  But if you wear antimicrobial socks, you can rest assured that they help to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause very unpleasant-smelling socks and feet!

10. Cut back on certain foods

Onions and garlic, while being culinary superheroes that add a burst of flavor to dishes, come with their own aromatic baggage—sulfuric compounds that can linger long after your meal is finished. These flavorful ingredients pack a punch in both taste and odor.
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Whatever you put into your body has an effect on it, and this is true for the way your body smells.  Many foods, like cabbage and broccoli, contain sulfur, and sulfur smells like rotten eggs.  If you eat sulfur-rich foods, your sweat might smell more unpleasant than usual.

11. Onions and garlic might not help

When it comes to spicy foods, they're not just heating up your taste buds; they're also turning up the dial on your body's sweat production. That extra kick from hot peppers? It's like your body's internal temperature gauge getting a serious workout.
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Onions and garlic have their own distinctive and very strong smells and they are also very very high in sulfuric acid.  And although they also have many health benefits, they can, unfortunately, cause stronger and possibly more unpleasant body odor.

12. Think twice about spicy foods

While indulging in your favorite alcoholic beverages might be a fun social activity, it can also lead to an unexpected guest—unpleasant body odor. When it comes to alcohol, your body undergoes a complex process to detoxify itself, and unfortunately, this process can leave a rather noticeable olfactory footprint.
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Spicy foods like hot peppers certainly crank up the heat and make you sweat more.  And a lot more sweat usually means a lot more body odor!  And those distinctive and very strong-smelling spices, like cumin, do have the habit of appearing in your body odor.

13. Reduce your alcohol consumption

While that morning cup of coffee or energizing tea might kickstart your day, they also have a lesser-known side effect—triggering your sweat glands into high gear. Caffeine, the beloved stimulant found in these beverages, has a knack for revving up your apocrine sweat glands.
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Of all of the things we consume, alcohol is also a big trigger for unpleasant body odor.  And this is because when your body detoxifies excess alcohol, this causes you to sweat more, and as you expel toxins, this can cause quite a strong body odor.

14. Cut down the caffeine

When you hit the gym or engage in a rigorous workout, your body unleashes the sweat brigade, and boy, does it pour! Now, here's the catch: that sweat, on its own, is actually odorless. But hold on—here's where the plot thickens.
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Another thing to avoid, or reduce your intake of, is caffeine.  Stimulants, like coffee, tea, and energy drinks, cause your apocrine sweat glands to work harder and faster.  And an increase in activity in these glands causes you to sweat more.  So it might be an idea to try decaf in the future!

15. Shower after exercising

When you hit the gym or engage in a rigorous workout, your body unleashes the sweat brigade, and boy, does it pour! Now, here's the catch: that sweat, on its own, is actually odorless. But hold on—here's where the plot thickens.
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We sweat a lot more when we exercise.  And that sweat on its own is completely odorless.  But sweating more creates the perfect moist environment for B.O. causing bacteria to breed.  This is why it's so important to shower and dry off after exercise.

16. Try to keep yourself cool

When it comes to sweating, our bodies are like natural cooling systems on autopilot. As the mercury rises and our internal temperature gauge hits the high notes, out comes the sweat brigade, working tirelessly to keep us cool. But here's the catch: where there's sweat, there's potential for body odor.
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It's quite obvious, but when we are hot, we sweat.  It's one of our body's amazing ways to cool us down.  So to fight body odor, you need to stay cool and work to prevent yourself from getting too hot.  Stay in the shade, open the windows, eat ice cream - do whatever you can to keep cool.

17. Find ways to reduce your stress levels

Stress is like the conductor orchestrating a sweat symphony, especially when it comes to your underarms. When stress takes center stage, your body's response goes into overdrive, and those underarm sweat glands go into hyperproduction mode.
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It has been said that your underarms produce and secrete about 30 times more sweat when you're under stress than when you aren't.  And interestingly, the sweat is different than usual because it's thicker and has more lipids and proteins.  Stress has a huge impact on your body so it's important to try to find different ways to reduce those stress levels.

18. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton

When it comes to your wardrobe, choosing the right fabrics can be a secret weapon in your fight against body odor. Natural fibers like cotton and bamboo aren't just fashion favorites; they're your allies in the battle to stay fresh and odor-free.
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Natural fibers in our clothing, like cotton and bamboo, are breathable and nice and breezy and they don't hold on to odor as much as synthetic fibers do.  And because these fabrics are breathable, they let moisture escape from the skin.  So they're a good choice when picking your outfit!

19. Baking soda

Baking soda isn't just for baking delicious treats; it's a versatile powerhouse that can work wonders in combating body odor. The magic lies in its ability to neutralize pH and absorb moisture, making it a superhero in the fight against sweat and odor.
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Baking soda is a wonder ingredient for lots of things.  And it can also help with body odor.  One source states that if you apply a paste made from a mixture of water and a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to your underarms, you can stave off sweat and B.O. for longer.  But make sure your underarms are completely dry before getting dressed!

20. Green tea

Green tea isn't just a soothing beverage; it's a powerhouse when it comes to detoxifying your system. Packed with antioxidants, green tea is known for its ability to boost the production of glutathione, a superhero antioxidant in our bodies.
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Green tea is well-known for its detoxifying properties and it does this by helping with the production of glutathione: an antioxidant that removes toxins from your body.  The idea is that if you drink green tea, you are removing toxins from your system, and the fewer toxins you have, the better your body will smell.

21. Lemon juice

Lemons aren't just zesty additions to your drinks and recipes; they're also natural superheroes when it comes to battling body odor. The secret lies in their acidic nature, which works wonders in altering the pH levels of your skin.
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Lemons are a common ingredient in many home remedies, and it's true that they help with body odor as well!  One recommendation states that if you rub one-half of a lemon on your underarms, the acid content will reduce the pH content in your skin making it impossible for bacteria to grow.

22. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another acidic powerhouse that can work wonders in adjusting the pH levels on your skin. Its acidic nature is a boon in the battle against body odor, creating an environment less welcoming to odor-causing bacteria.
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Like lemons, apple cider vinegar is also very acidic and has the ability to reduce those pH levels on the skin.  But because of its acidity levels, it's important to be careful if you've just shaved or you have cuts under your arms as it would be very stingy!  Ouch!

23. Witch hazel

Witch hazel, the unsung hero of natural remedies, boasts its own magic when it comes to battling body odor. Much like lemons and apple cider vinegar, witch hazel is known for its astringent and pH-balancing properties, making it a versatile ally in the fight against bacteria.
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Applying a bit of witch hazel to your skin, particularly to your underarms or feet, is also said to work its magic in combatting body odor.  It does the same thing as lemons and apple cider vinegar in reducing pH levels and making the skin uninhabitable by bacteria.

24. Get checked out by the doctor

Body odor can sometimes signal underlying health issues beyond the typical sweat-related causes. While most body odor is related to sweat and bacterial activity, in some cases, it can be a symptom of an underlying health concern.
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Sometimes, unpleasant-smelling sweat can be a symptom of a health concern, such as an infection or an underlying condition like diabetes.  If it's severe, there is also a disorder that stops the body from breaking down the chemical trimethylamine, found in soy and egg yolks, called Trimethylaminuria and this can cause a strong odor similar to rotting fish.

25. Botox injections can help

Severe cases of excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, can significantly impact one's quality of life. When conventional treatments like antiperspirants or medications don't provide relief, a healthcare professional might suggest alternative options, including Botox injections.
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In severe cases of excessive sweating, it might be recommended by a health professional that you get Botox injections.  These will block the sweat glands from secreting sweat and will only ever be recommended if other treatments have proven to be unsuccessful.

26. Sometimes medication is prescribed

For individuals diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating beyond what's necessary to regulate body temperature, various medications can be prescribed to help manage this condition. Health professionals may explore different medications based on the severity and specific needs of each individual.
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If you've been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, the condition that causes you to sweat excessively, a health professional may prescribe medication to help you to manage your sweating.  There are different medications for this condition and your doctor will prescribe the best one that will be most effective for you.

27. For severe cases, surgery is an option

In cases of severe and debilitating hyperhidrosis where other treatments have proven ineffective, surgery might be considered as a last resort. One surgical option is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). This procedure involves making small incisions and using specialized instruments to cut or clamp the sympathetic nerves that are responsible for triggering excessive sweating.
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In severe cases of hyperhidrosis, surgery might be an option.  This surgical procedure is called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy which involves using special equipment to cut nerves related to sweat production.  There are also procedures that remove sweat glands.

28. Combat the body odor with electromagnetic waves

The non-invasive procedure you're referring to sounds like a form of treatment known as microwave thermolysis or microwave energy-based sweat gland removal. In this procedure, a handheld device emits controlled microwave energy, which is directed to specific areas with excessive sweating.
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There is a non-invasive procedure where a handheld device that emits electromagnetic waves is used.  This device is placed in a precise location, like under the arms, and is used to actually remove the sweat glands from that area and therefore stopping the sweat from being produced.

29. Antibiotics sometimes work

Medications, including antibiotics, can sometimes alter body odor, making it more pungent or unpleasant for some individuals. This effect is often due to the changes in the body's chemistry or the interaction of the medication with sweat and bacteria on the skin.
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It's true that medication can make your sweat more pungent and unpleasant, but despite this, antibiotics, whether they're topical or oral, do actually have the ability to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin.  And therefore, reduce the risk of bad body odor.

30.  Understand how your body works

Tackling body odor isn't a one-size-fits-all journey. While there are various hacks and tips that can be incredibly effective for some individuals, it's crucial to understand that what works for one person might not work for another. Body odor is complex and can be influenced by numerous factors.
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There are many hacks that you can try to help to reduce your body odor, and they might work for you.  But it's important that they're not going to work for everyone.  And the thing is, your body odor could be caused by an underlying condition, the food you eat, medication, or infection, so it's important that you stay tuned into your body, monitor your food intake, and get checked out if you notice any changes in your body odor.

31. Check you're not just being paranoid

Acknowledging a concern about body odor can sometimes lead to heightened self-awareness and even paranoia. It's not uncommon to become hyper-focused on the issue, constantly checking for any signs or asking yourself, "Do I smell?" This heightened awareness might lead to overthinking.
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This might sound silly, but when you've acknowledged that you have a body odor problem, you can start to get pretty paranoid about it, and it may be that you're even overthinking it. It's always worth asking your partner, friend or family member whether you smell - because they might say they can't smell anything!

32. Don't forget to wash your groin twice a day, too!

The groin area is often overlooked in discussions about body odor, but it's just as susceptible to sweat and odor buildup as other areas of the body. Sweat glands are plentiful in the groin, making it prone to trapping moisture, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
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The groin is just as important to keep fresh and washed - and twice a day at that - as your armpits and the other places you feel sweaty. The groin area can easily trap odor and sweat, so if you're not keeping this clean, this could be contributing to your smell, too!

33. Try wearing silk

When it comes to choosing materials for clothing that can help combat body odor, natural fibers like cotton and silk are fantastic options for different reasons. Cotton, being highly absorbent and breathable, is a go-to choice to help wick away moisture from the skin, allowing it to evaporate more easily.
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Natural cotton is a great material to wear if you want to avoid strong smells on your skin, but silk is also another great option - and it can be a good one if you want a lighter material in hot weather, or maybe even something more 'formal' for when you want to go out.

34. Ventilate your body as much as possible

Clothing choices play a significant role in managing body odor, regardless of the weather. In warmer climates, opting for lighter, breathable fabrics and ensuring skin exposure to air can aid in keeping you feeling refreshed and reducing sweat buildup.
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We know this might be tricky in colder weather, but do your best to get baggier sweaters and t-shirts if you need to wear them. In warmer weather, make sure to keep your skin showed off and ventilated so that you're keeping yourself refreshed as much as possible!

35. Make sure to dress for the weather

Overdressing for the weather, whether it's excessively bundling up in cold weather or wearing too many layers in hot weather, can indeed lead to increased sweating and potential body odor issues. In warmer weather, wearing heavy or overly thick clothing can trap heat.
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You're going to be increasing the risk of sweating and body odor if you're wearing too much in hot weather, or even cold weather. Cold sweats exist too and this can leave you feeling smelly as well. Make sure that you're checking the weather before you go anyway, so you're not risking wearing something too thick when it ends up being hot outside!

36. Don't wear underwear if you don't have to

Wearing a bra in hot weather, especially in snug or tight-fitting styles, can indeed lead to increased sweating and discomfort, particularly in the area under the breasts. This moisture buildup can create a breeding ground for bacteria, potentially contributing to odor and an overall unpleasant feeling.
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For women who have to wear a bra in hot weather, this can make it very difficult to not get all hot and sweaty under your boobs, and that of course can result in feeling icky as well as a smell. It might help, if you're able, to ditch the underwear and wear loose fit clothing.

37. Double check your fabrics are actually what they say they are!

When shopping for clothing made from specific materials like organic cotton or silk, it's essential to scrutinize the care labels and product details to ensure the fabric composition aligns with what you're expecting. Sometimes, despite the marketing or label indicating a specific material, the actual fabric might be a blend or a lower percentage of the advertised material mixed with other fibers.
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You might be buying organic cotton and silk with good intentions, but a lot of the time - depending on the brand and price tag - it might take an extra read of the care label to double check the fabric is actually what it says it is! It might be 'cotton' only a small percentage.

38. Switch to silk bedsheets

Choosing the right bedding materials can make a significant difference in managing nighttime sweating and discomfort associated with body odor. Silk bedsheets, known for their luxurious feel and unique properties, can offer several benefits for those dealing with excessive sweating during sleep.
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People who have problems with sweating and body odor can often have A LOT of issues when they're trying to sleep, like being too hot or finding they're very sweaty when they wake up first thing. Silk bedsheets can be a great switch to make if you're looking to be more comfortable during the night.

39. And get rid of any heavy blankets you don't need

The number of blankets and the type of bedding you use can significantly impact your sleep comfort and body temperature during the night. While extra blankets might seem inviting, using bedding that aligns with your heat preferences is crucial in ensuring a comfortable sleep environment.
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We get it: it always looks (and feels) more cozy when you have extra blankets piled up on your bed, but if you don't need them, you're only running the risk of being too hot during the night which, of course, can lead to more sweating. So get bed sheets that match your heat needs!

40. You can also get prescription antiperspirant

Sometimes, over-the-counter deodorants and antiperspirants might not provide sufficient relief for individuals dealing with excessive sweating or persistent body odor. In such cases, seeking medical advice and exploring stronger prescription-strength options can be beneficial.
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If the store-brand deodorants and antiperspirants just aren't working for you, you might need something much stronger, which can only be available if it's prescribed to you by a doctor. But this is definitely possible if you make an appointment and see what your doctor recommends.

41. Or even medicated soaps to help with the problem

Medicated soaps, just like prescription-strength antiperspirants, can be recommended and prescribed by healthcare professionals to assist in managing excessive sweating and associated body odor. These specialized soaps often contain ingredients that help combat bacteria on the skin.
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As well as prescribed antiperspirants, you may even be able to get certain medicated soaps that you wouldn't be able to buy over the counter. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a soap for you to use too which can help with sweating and the odor that comes with it!

42. A gentle soap might even be better

The choice of soap used during bathing or showering plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health and managing body odor. Using a harsh or overly strong soap can disrupt the natural balance of the skin, potentially exacerbating odor issues or causing skin irritation.
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You may also need to take a closer look at the soap you're using if you're not getting one prescribed from your doctor. The soap you're using may be too harsh on your skin or maybe even too strong that might be making odors worse! A gentle soap may be the better option.

43. You can also get sweat shields

Sweat shields, also known as sweat pads or garment protectors, can be a practical solution for individuals concerned about visible sweat stains on their clothing. These shields act as a barrier between sweat and clothing, helping to prevent sweat from seeping through and staining or causing odors.
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Sweat shields are a great option if you get a lot of visible sweat stains on your clothes, and you're feeling paranoid about it. Once sweat settles in your clothes, it's also more likely for it to cling on and smell worse. So sweat shields can act as a barrier for that so you can feel more comfortable!

44. You might want to lose weight

Weight can indeed play a role in how the body regulates temperature and manages sweat production. Excess weight can contribute to a higher core body temperature and lead to increased sweating, especially in areas where skin-to-skin contact occurs or where sweat glands are more concentrated.
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If you're overweight, then it's more likely you're going to struggle with overheating, sweating more easily and smelling more. It might help your situation if you lose a little weight and get into a healthier routine so that you can limit excess fat (and therefore excess smell).

45. Switch up your exercise routine

The timing of your workouts can indeed impact how effectively you can manage post-exercise sweat and body odor. Rushing through a workout and not having adequate time for proper hygiene afterward can lead to discomfort and potential body odor issues.
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You're more likely to sweat and smell more if you're exercising during times of the day where you're not able to clean yourself as well afterwards. If you're rushing through the gym on your lunch break then you might not have as much time to clean before you head back to work - so thinking about switching up your routine to give yourself more time to clean.

46. Clean your downstairs thoroughly!

Genital hygiene is essential for both men and women in managing body odor and maintaining overall health. The genital area, especially for women, can harbor bacteria that may contribute to odor if not properly cleaned.
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Of course, body odor doesn't always mean just sweat - of all the places in your body, your genitals (especially for women) can be the smelliest place if you're not taking proper care of it! So if your odor troubles are coming from down there, make sure you're cleaning properly, and with the right products.

47. Invest in a bidet - why not?

Bidets can be an excellent addition to personal hygiene routines, providing thorough cleaning and promoting a fresh feeling, especially in the genital area. They offer a gentle and effective way to cleanse after using the bathroom or after activities like sex.
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Another great way to keep your downstairs even fresher is having a bidet at home! This will make sure you can always have a very thorough clean after using the bathroom, after sex or even when you just need a general freshen-up. This could help you to eliminate any extra odor!

48. Choose the right shoes

When dealing with foot odor, choosing the right footwear and socks plays a significant role in preventing bacterial growth and reducing unpleasant smells. Opting for shoes made from breathable materials like leather, canvas, or mesh allows for better airflow, reducing moisture buildup inside the shoes.
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If your odor is mainly coming from smelly feet, then your shoes as well as your socks are going to make all the difference. You should try to choose shoes with material that helps not to have your feet too stuffy or cramped, and shoes you can easily open up (like open-toed shoes) to keep ventilated.

49. Spray deodorant on your feet, too!

Using deodorant sprays on your feet can be a quick and effective way to help manage foot odor and moisture throughout the day. Applying deodorant to clean, dry feet before putting on socks and shoes creates a barrier that helps absorb moisture and prevent bacterial growth.
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If you're sick of sweaty feet, you can also spray deodorant onto your feet! You can do this before you pop your socks and shoes on, but you can also carry around a can of deodorant wherever you go to give your feet a top up whenever you feel like they're getting too warm!

50. Just accept it

It's crucial to remember that sweating and even having a bit of body odor is a completely natural and normal part of being human. Everyone sweats to some extent, and it's a natural mechanism our bodies use to regulate temperature.
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We know this is easier said than done, but your odor might not be as bad as you're thinking. Everybody sweats after all and there's nothing to be ashamed of - so if it's something you can just deal with, you could save a lot of money on products if you're not too fussed!