DIY: Natural ingredients that can keep body odour at bay
If you’re ready to explore alternatives, there are plenty of natural ingredients that can be used to control body odour.
While ingredients like parabens and aluminium found in traditional deodorants are believed to be harmful to the body in several ways, more research is required to fully understand the risks associated with using them.
Nevertheless, if you’re ready to explore alternatives, there are plenty of natural ingredients that can be used to control body odour.
Lemon Juice: The citric acid in lemon juice is naturally antibacterial. Simply apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to your armpits or other sweat-prone areas using a cotton ball to eliminate odour-causing bacteria. Avoid applying after shaving or on burns and cuts as it will sting.
Baking Soda: This pantry ingredient is commonly used in baking, but it also makes for a great hygiene product. Just take a little baking soda and mix with water to make a paste, apply to armpits and let dry. Alternatively, make your own dusting powder using one part baking soda and six parts cornstarch. This is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin, as baking soda’s high alkalinity and the body’s natural acidity can cause skin irritation.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative to deodorant, being a natural antibiotic. To use, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Dab onto armpits and groin, etc. using a cotton pad. You can store the vinegar-water mixture in a spray bottle too.
Witch Hazel: This versatile ingredient is a natural astringent and has anti-inflammatory properties. Witch hazel works as a deodorant by removing excess moisture from the skin and killing odour-causing bacteria. On the plus side, it doesn’t leave behind any residue. To use, apply witch hazel to affected areas using a cotton ball or cloth. Since it wears off quickly, you might have to reapply it often.
Coconut Oil: Pure coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral, and as such, great when it comes to eliminating odour-causing bacteria. All you have to do is rub a little coconut oil on the affected areas. Allow it to soak into the skin before wearing your clothes or you risk staining them.
Tip: Another DIY remedy is to mix coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste that you can store and apply as needed. You can also take baking soda and cornstarch in equal quantities, with enough coconut oil to mix; allow to set in the fridge before using.
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