Sweat and unpleasant odors

How can I always smell fresh?

Sweat and unpleasant odors are not just a summer problem. Knitwear? A few layers of clothing? Too hot and stuffy office? Yes, sweat is quite a problem in winter as well. Here's how to get rid of discomfort and always smell fresh.

Why does sweat stink?

Sweat itself does not stink. What gives sweat and unpleasant odor are microorganisms that normally live on our skin. But, when they combine with the moist environment created by sweat, they multiply to such an extent that they create a by-product - the stench.

Therefore, the first and basic rule to constantly smell fresh is: be clean. This especially refers to the following zones: armpits, groin, feet, navel area, genitals.

The unpleasant smell of sweat is also influenced by hormones, which are especially felt by women who go through a hormonal seesaw every month.

How do I reduce the smell of sweat?

Hygiene is, we said, number one. Always wash well with soap, rinse well, and, more importantly, dry critical parts of the body well. Deodorant, and especially antiperspirant, should be applied exclusively on a clean body, never on clothes.

When it comes to clothes, choose cotton materials. Synthetics often absorb sweat and bacteria from it. The low temperatures at which they are washed sometimes cannot kill these microorganisms, so it happens that the clothes do not smell nice even after washing. Apple cider vinegar could help.

And diet affects the smell of sweat

The food you eat also affects the smell of your sweat. If you want to avoid strong body odor, you should avoid onions and garlic, cabbage, and green vegetables that are rich in sulfur. Also, those who eat a lot of protein (read: meat, eggs, milk) have a stronger body odor than those who balance between carbohydrates and proteins.

However, it is not a solution to be a vegetarian either, because exclusively eating foods of plant origin can cause your sweat to take on a specific smell that resembles fish.

How can I always smell fresh?

There are two easy recipes, with foods that you have at home, that kill the unpleasant smell of sweat. 

Baking soda

Make a paste out of baking soda. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of cornstarch. Apply this paste under the armpits, let it work for about ten minutes. Then rinse it off and continue with your usual routine.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria that cause an unpleasant smell of sweat. Mix 10 ml of vinegar and 50 ml of water and wipe your armpits with this solution every night. Rinse it in the morning and put on deodorant. You can also add tea tree oil to this mixture.

The smell of sweat reveals health problems

If you notice that the smell of sweat has changed, pay attention. Sweat and unpleasant odors can be an indicator of serious health conditions.

  • If the sweat smells like acetone - check your blood sugar level
  • If sweat smells like ammonia - check your kidneys
  • If you sweat on beer - check the lymph nodes
  • If sweat smells like fish - check the liver
  • If the sweat smells like stale cheese - make sure you pick up a fungal infection somewhere

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