A Simple, Cheap, and Effective Underarm Deodorant
This page describes an easy and effective way to control underarm
odor that avoids harmful
expensive commercial deodorants. It also avoids those ineffective
yet expensive "natural" deodorants as well.
For most if not all of us, underarm odor is not caused by your
body; it confers no known evolutionary advantage. It is actually
generated by bacteria that
live in or around the hair follicles, feeding on your secreted
sweat. The treatment described here kills the bacteria, resulting
in freedom from odor may last longer than that produced by
expensive commercial deodorants. Odor will eventually return
because some of these bacteria live too deep to be wiped out by
any topical treatment, or will be acquired again from the
Important: underarm odor can have medical causes. If odor
does not go away, see a doctor. This treatment uses household
chemicals. If you find these chemicals irritating, discontinue use
immediately. This page is not a substitute for medical advice. No
warranty, either expressed or implied, is herein conferred.
- In a small, twist-top bottle, mix up enough
weak ammonia cleaner to last for a few weeks (very
little will be used each time).
- Once a day, once a week, or somewhere in between (depending on
the individual) treat your underarms as described in the remaining
- Hold the corner of a washcloth firmly against the open bottle
of pure ammonia cleaner. Turn upside down to create a wet spot of
cleaner on the washcloth. Use this spot to rub under one armpit
- Dip a finger into the cleaner to wet it. Shake off any excess
cleaner. Dip the finger lightly into an open box of sodium
bicarbonate powder (baking soda, not baking powder). Rub the
powder into the same armpit, over a sink or tub (excess powder
will fall down). Do not rinse the armpit.
- Repeat this treatment (the previous two steps) with the other
armpit. Don't forget to replace the top of the bottle tightly when
Not only is this treatment very effective, it
does not cause the same
kind of yellow stains on clothing as commercial deodorants.
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