Since my mid 20s I’ve struggled with armpit odor. I’ve tried several solutions:

  • Trimming my armpit hair. I’ve read that the odor comes from bacteria on the hair, but taking it off only marginally helped.
  • Aluminum based deodorants. I sweat so profusely that the aluminum barely puts a dent on the river-like flow.
  • Deodorant stones. Two applications a day definitely helped, but the odor stubbornly remained.
  • Direct application of 70-90% isopropyl alcohol. I got this idea from working in a laboratory where we used alcohol as a sterilizer. If I washed my armpits twice a day and sprayed afterwards, the smell was greatly reduced, but it was too labor intensive.

I normally shower at night so thankfully I don’t put out an odor during my night-time game sessions, but by the following afternoon I reek. Sometimes I’m lucky to have 6-8 solid hours of smelling okay until the odor returns.

One day I was searching through natural remedies for a sinus infection on a site called Earth Clinic. I browsed around the ailments page and noticed body odor. Their top solution was baking soda. I figured it’d be worth a try.

I went to the grocery store (I was in Copenhagen at the time), and paid $1.50 for a small container. That night I showered, dipped two wet fingers in the baking soda, and rubbed it into my pits. I figured that it would take a few days to see a noticeable effect, like was the case with the deodorant stone.

The next afternoon I stuck my nose under each arm and couldn’t pick out a smell. Later that night, a full 24 hours after initial application (at a time when I would be a biohazard), there was absolutely no smell. For the two months I’ve been putting baking soda in my pits I’ve forgotten how it’s like to have odor. I repeat, I am no longer odorous.

For a minute I wondered if my armpit odor was a key to my sexual success. Was my odor releasing arousing pheromones in the environment? Would I get laid less if I smelled nice? This has not turned out to be the case. I’m ready to conclude that body odor is not an attractant, and if it’s something that chips at your confidence like it did to mine, you’d be best served getting rid of it.

For many years I stuck with commercial chemicals that didn’t work and merely masked the odor, so I’m amazed that such a common household product has the potential to wipe out the world’s body odor problem (other guys on my forum also can’t believe it works). I’m so excited at this development that I’ve become a baking soda evangelist. I’ll tell anyone who wants to listen how to be odor-free and proud.

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Craig
9 years ago
Tampa
Tampa
9 years ago

Hilarious.

T. AKA Ricky Raw
9 years ago

Antiperspirants with aluminum work for me odorwise but I hate the caked on residue that accumulates as a result, so I’m going to gladly give this a try. Thanks. The amount of things baking soda, regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar are good for is mindboggling.

Timothy Nigel Hare
Timothy Nigel Hare
3 years ago

Aluminium leads to alzchimers, and possibly premature balding also.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Baking Soda makes a underarm deoderant from arm and hammer…

Aaron
9 years ago

It also works great as an exfoliant if you mix it with whatever you wash your face with. I know this sounds faggy, but it’s good for blackheads and smooths your skin right out.

Ugslayer
Ugslayer
9 years ago

Curious. Did you ever try completely shaving the hair off?

Dirt Man
9 years ago

Interesting. I use this deodorant (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RSUVUU/) and spray a small amount of cologne into each armpit, as well as my chest and neck. Seems to work well enough for me.

So you just wet your fingers, put in the baking soda and then spread that into your armpit? Seems easy enough. Messy? Does it get onto your clothing at all?

Capital of Peru
9 years ago

The natural solution is always the way to go

The Rookie
9 years ago

what about wetness? my deoderant has an anti-perspirant, which I definitely need. does baking soda help with that, too?

PUAVault
9 years ago

Talcum Powder?

obot
obot
3 years ago
Reply to  PUAVault

Can cause cancer

Gerry
Gerry
2 years ago
Reply to  obot

That’s from getting it up your vag.

Odor Cause
Odor Cause
9 years ago

You were on the right track with the alcohol application. The odor is caused by bacteria that live on your armpits feasting on the sweat you pores realease. So you basically have 2 options.

1) Kill the bacteria (probably impossible to do)
2) Limit the sweat.

You might want to look into under arm botox. I sweat so bad that even using Dr prescribed 20% aluminum-hexahydrate solution did nothing.

The armpit botox costs about $600-1000 dollars and lasts for 9-10 months. It’s totally worth it as it completely stops your armpits from sweating.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
5 years ago
Reply to  Odor Cause

Do you sleep on a sponge?

Odor Cause
Odor Cause
9 years ago

I guess my comments are blocked. Look into armpit botox it will change your life. Nothing ever worked but this fixed it.

romeo maldino
9 years ago

“The natural solution is always the way to go”

yeah. with food too. processed food is a killer.

gonna try baking soda instead of tom’s.

Rebel
Rebel
9 years ago

Bacon Doda is amazing for whitening your teeth. Mix about a spoonful of bacon soda and enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Brush away and after a couple of weeks, you will notice a difference.
Cheap and effective.

Don't do this
Don't do this
4 years ago
Reply to  Rebel

Don’t do this!! It will weaken your enamel and you could totally ruin your teeth! Totally not worth the risk!!

YaHabibtiColoosh
YaHabibtiColoosh
4 years ago
Reply to  Don't do this

It won’t ruin your teeth if you don’t do it every day.

T. AKA Ricky Raw
9 years ago

Rebel, you’re so right. I paid for a professional laser tooth whitening job and I swear I got much better results from just a month of homemade cheap baking soda and peroxide paste.

VI
VI
9 years ago

Earthclinic is an awesome site. Glad Roosh linked to it.

Rick James
Rick James
9 years ago

Your stanky armpits are also created by a poor diet.

Riker
Riker
9 years ago

Guys! This shit is magical! You can brush your teeth, clean your hair, drink with water to cure a hangover, and clean your sinks and bathroom with it!

Best item ever!

Shark
9 years ago

Do you think it would work on Vaginas? One of my exes had toxic fumes spewing out of her vagina, I often felt bad boffing her because of the displeasure it must’ve caused my dick.

Gerry
Gerry
2 years ago
Reply to  Shark

Probably had cervix rot.

(R)Evolutionary
(R)Evolutionary
9 years ago

Roosh,

Have you noticed that when you bang you get particularly floral armpit scent? Seems to be a trend, and I’ve noticed that chicks generally tend to like it, and when they like it, they really like it, as in they sniff their sheets & pillows after I’m gone and tell me they can’t get enough of my smell, but when they don’t, they’re really not jazzed by it at all.

This alone tells me that there’s something to the body smell that is pheromonal. So I tend not to want to erase it completely, nor even to mask it, but enhance it. So I took an aromatherapy class where you learn to blend up essential oils in complementary ways. So I play around with essential oils, and wear them in my pits, on my wrists, chest, and neck. Not a lot, just a bit, you don’t want to smell like a french whore. I tend to use more woodsy oils, like cedar & sandalwood, and mix in just a touch of a masculine floral scent like ginseng or vetiver, not something feminine like rose or jasmine.

I get a lot of of compliments. Just the other day, and older chick came up to me in a coffee shop & asked what I was wearing. It was a particularly expensive blend from India, at $40 for just a few drams, but I’ve got so many compliments on it that I’m going to double down on this next order.

I think I will try the baking soda thing for when I work out. There are times when, especially if I’ve had caffeine (Coffee is the worst!), I’ll tend to smell very strong. That’s when I get a bit nervous about it, because it overpowers even the oils, which are strong themselves.

Gerry
Gerry
2 years ago

Pheromones are not consciously sensed. They are detected by a different node (vomeronasal) in the roof of the nasal sinus. It is in front of the smell sensor. It appears that it is near-vestigial; many do not seem to have one.

speakeasy
speakeasy
9 years ago

You may have to experiment with mixing the baking soda in different concentrations. For me, using it full strength causes my armpits to dry out, crack, flake and become raw, even though it works as promised on odor. I’m going to try mixing it with corn starch. Baking Soda by itself can have somewhat of an exfoliate effect on the skin.

clot
clot
9 years ago

baking soda & vinegar for volcano armpits bro

Falcon
Falcon
9 years ago

The aluminium in deodorants is rumored to cause alzheimers in the long run.

Plus, the alu leaves ugly yellow stains on your clothes which can’t be removed.

Jake
9 years ago

Also great to wash your hair, do laundry, brush your teeth, clean just about anything. I replaced almost all chemical stuff with just baking soda.

Fubsy
Fubsy
9 years ago

I’ve read that a side effect of underarm electrolysis is a (permanent?) reduction or elimination of u/a sweating…if that’s not your cup of tea, search for a device called “drionic”, I’ve used it on for my hands for decades. They also make a device for the underarms.