Managing body odour better

I don’t know about you, but I am paranoid about body odour.  This hot weather has been with us for
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I don’t know about you, but I am paranoid about body odour.  This hot weather has been with us for too many weeks now, and every now and then I get a whiff of myself after a long day and hope no one else can “smell that”.  Do you find the same?

If you’re like me, you shower every day, sometimes twice a day, use perfume, deodorant and other wonderful inventions that mask or propose to kill “the smell” that comes from everyday body odour.  But the reality is, we’re all human.  That means the occasional whiff of reality is there in the hot days of summer.  So what can you do about body odour?

1. Stay clean

The first step is to shower regularly to keep the bacteria that might be causing odour at bay.  When you shower you wash away the sweat which is in fact usually odourless, and you also remove the bacteria which likes to combine with sweat and multiply to cause odour.

 

2. Use antibacterial soap

If you are prone to odour causing bacteria, using a soap with an antibacterial capacity is a good second step.  They are designed to kill that bacteria mentioned above that is what is usually behind the odour.

3.  Make sure you dry yourself well

After bathing, it is important to dry your body well.  Bacteria likes moist environments much more than it likes dry ones, so be sure to towel off, and even apply cornstarch talc if needed to areas that are prone to moisture.

If it’s dry it will be harder for bacteria to breed.

4. Find a killer anti-Perspirant with deodorant in it and use it twice a day

You are probably already aware that there is a large difference between antiperspirant and deodorant.  A deodorant is something that treats the odour, masking the smell; an anti-perspirant is something designed to keep you dry in the first place.   If you can find one that combines the two, you will likely find it performs better than either one alone.

Doctors can also prescribe antiperspirants if you think you have a larger and more clinical issue.

Use your deodorant/anti-perspirant twice per day, morning and night for best effect.

 

5. Wash your clothes regularly

If you are prone to odour, it is wise to wash all clothes after wearing them and to change your clothes frequently.  Bacteria will live in your clothes as it will on your body and be easily attracted to you when re-wearing clothing.

6.  Look for foods that affect you more

Some foods in your diet are known to cause people to sweat more, and if you are affected, you should consider how important it might be to avoid them.  Firstly, some foods make you sweat, like chilis, coffee or alcohol.  In addition, some foods are known to affect the smell of your swear like onion and garlic.

Do you think these tips are helpful?  Share them with a friend.  

    • Read my reply at the beginning and you will see I’m not getting at people. Hubby comes home from a day of work stinking – no problems! It’s people who smell every day with filthy body smell that is – words fail me sometimes! A lot of the time there are health issues that need to be addressed, I’ve seen that so many times. So just listen to what people are saying!

    • Rob we all sweat at times & it is usually not offensive, it’s when it’s not washed off & bacteria grows that is what makes people smell & also not washing clothes enough after wear.

    • Rob we all sweat at times & it is usually not offensive, it’s when it’s not washed off & bacteria grows that is what makes people smell & also not washing clothes enough after wear.

    • Rob – I have worked outside in the heat – but there is a difference in what is being discussed! I can tell U so many situations I’ve had to endure where the disgusting body odour has left me gagging! I appreciate hard work sweat and body odour, my hubby mows lawns – but have U ever got into a taxi with a taxi driver that makes U dry retch? Had someone come to your house looking spick & span but stink where you’ve had to open doors & windows and run around trying to get rid of it! Or worked next to someone in a 2 person office that makes U ill from their rank smell? I have and that’s what I’m referring to so please do not judge me like that.

    • Rob – I have worked outside in the heat – but there is a difference in what is being discussed! I can tell U so many situations I’ve had to endure where the disgusting body odour has left me gagging! I appreciate hard work sweat and body odour, my hubby mows lawns – but have U ever got into a taxi with a taxi driver that makes U dry retch? Had someone come to your house looking spick & span but stink where you’ve had to open doors & windows and run around trying to get rid of it! Or worked next to someone in a 2 person office that makes U ill from their rank smell? I have and that’s what I’m referring to so please do not judge me like that.

    • I remember when I was 16 and worked next to a lady that cleared out the entire office of 6 people – it was reported to the Manager and she had to remove her after spending 5 minutes in the office with her.

    • I remember when I was 16 and worked next to a lady that cleared out the entire office of 6 people – it was reported to the Manager and she had to remove her after spending 5 minutes in the office with her.

  1. Sorry … stopped reading at #2. It’s dangerous to use antibacterial soaps … you wash off good bacteria along with the harmful stuff and open yourself up to all sorts. Any good toilet soap works just as well

    • I agree actually Karin using antibacterial soap is ok occasionally but not all the time. A good quality soap works just as well.

    • Antibacterial anything – there is far too much of that around and it is causing people to have low immune systems and therefore not being able to fight simple infections – just a shower with a cake of soap of any kind will be as good as you can get, stopping any odours if done as often as needed

    • Antibacterial anything – there is far too much of that around and it is causing people to have low immune systems and therefore not being able to fight simple infections – just a shower with a cake of soap of any kind will be as good as you can get, stopping any odours if done as often as needed

  2. I can’t stand bad breath or body odour of any kind. I have had to tell a friend on more than one occasion she needed to use deodorant. Personal hygiene is a must.

  3. So sorry, but if we have reached 60yrs, surely we have managed to learn personal hygiene at some point.

    • You’d think so, but I work where we see a lot of elderly people each day plus I catch public transport to work each day & believe me there are plenty that seem to have no idea, especially men.

  4. I have lived in the tropics for a number of years now and can work up a sweat watching other people exercise. I find that after eating spicy food and to prevent the odour emanating from my pours I neutralise it with a stiff G&T

  5. Sorry I cannot stand body odour, when we get clients coming into our office that smell I tend to take a step back, when they leave out comes the air freshner or I open the door to get rid of the smell. Unless there is something medically wrong with you there should be no reason for anybody to smell of BO – if you do have a shower and put on some fresh clean clothes.

  6. Was standing next to an older man other day in a shop, his Bo was overbearing, even when I wasn’t near him anymore I could still smell him, I felt the odour had got onto me

  7. Was standing next to an older man other day in a shop, his Bo was overbearing, even when I wasn’t near him anymore I could still smell him, I felt the odour had got onto me

  8. That’s not always the case those nylon work shirts make my husband sweat even with deodorant.

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