How Baking Soda Changed My Life

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 approach 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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Tampa
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Hilarious.

T. AKA Ricky Raw
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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
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Aluminium leads to alzchimers, and possibly premature balding also.

Anonymous
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Baking Soda makes a underarm deoderant from arm and hammer…

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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.

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

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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
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The natural solution is always the way to go

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

PUAVault
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Talcum Powder?

obot
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Can cause cancer

Gerry
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That’s from getting it up your vag.

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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.

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Do you sleep on a sponge?

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

romeo maldino
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“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.

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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.

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

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

T. AKA Ricky Raw
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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.

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

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Your stanky armpits are also created by a poor diet.

Riker
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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!

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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.

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Probably had cervix rot.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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baking soda & vinegar for volcano armpits bro

Falcon
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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have Two plastic squeeze bottles in my shower. One has a few table spoons of baking soda, the other has a few ounces of vinegar. Add water to fill the bottles and use the soda instead of soap for hair and body, and the vinegar instead of cream rinse for your hair.

Your skin will be super smooth, chicks will notice and comment, and your hair will be super soft.

Stumbled across this combo a few years back and stuck with it ever since. I think the scents of shampoos and soaps interfere with your natural pheromones. This not only works better but leaves your own attractive manly aroma intact…

Johnny Milfquest
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Shaving your pits is another way to go. I’m serious. It works.

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Roosh –

I agree baking soda is great. You can also make a strong solution with water and rinse your mouth with it. Then you have to rinse your mouth again with water to purge the strong taste, but this method is better then using an alcohol based mouthwash which will kill bacteria in your mouth that you need.

Other uses: cleaning your battery plugs and leads on your car. No I’m serious.

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Roosh,

You should try going for an entire month without saying or posting anything negative about your own country. Think of it as a mental exercise. It will be tough at first, like squats, but you can do it. Keep it up and eventually you just won’t care.

Viralata

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His native country is Iran. His domicile is (last time he mentioned it) Poland.
I haven’t noticed any badmouthing of either.

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@riker
riker. you are misinformed. baking soda absolutely will not cure a hangover.
baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, hangover are caused by the lose of fluids associated with drinking alcohol. sodium also robs your body of fluids, so if anything. baking soda will make your hangover much worse. the only cure for a hangover is water.

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water and sugar my friend

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Roosh
I was just reading your blog that you linked to on your twitter when you were 22. You were so sweet back then.. surprising how much your views change in the space of a few years though, “I’ll be 22 in a few hours (still sorta young), but I can easily be attracted to woman up to 40 or so. The older a woman is, for some reason the more I count her body. I guess there is something nice about the older, more experienced woman.”

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he probably got dumped, and now he hates anything with a brain.

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Skin grafts.

An unexpected benefit of having skin grafts on yer pits is that you never have BO again. Read up on what causes BO and you’ll see why. Just be sure to get lots and lots and lots of pain meds because skin grafts, as you might expect, hurt. Bad. But you’ll save a fortune on antiperspirant and never stink again.

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Roosh,

offtopic request:

PLEASE SETUP LIFESTYLE INTERVIEW WITH G-MANIFESTO ASAP!.

Thank you.

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In addition to exfoliant for oily skin it also works w/ laundry. Throw approx. 1 tbslp in with your laundry occasionally or if your clothes have odor. In addition to making clothing smell better it helps remove stains and soften the water so you can use less detergent. Don’t use it w/ every wash because it will increase wear on dyed cotton.

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@32
I say Read a book called”how to Date young women: for men over 35″ by R.Don Steele.

he breaks down how women behave in age brackets.18-23,23-26 according to how society looks at them and expects of them at those ages etc..not so much his opinions.
its not just for guys over 35.its pretty informative for any guy.
in the same book he mentions how women after around 27 or so start to become”ball breaker”cunts .Roosh is right about chasing the under 25 years old women.they are less cuntier and generally more pleasant to be around than older women with baggage,wrinkles+a loose pussy with a laundry list of what they want in an “IDEAL MAN”.like that “Man”even exists.
Im gona try the baking soda thing.Thanks

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Rather false I would say. Under 25 is usually the raging feminist age among the women who are under education.

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fukck I just bangesadnd an g ugly

Anonymous
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not okr…fuck

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I use it to clean bathtubs and bathrooms…it’s ultra efficient (baking soda)

Anonymous
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Had the same problem … Certain Dri solved it for me … I swear by it now.

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I also have to agree with using Certain Dri for my excessive armpit sweating problem that I had when I was in college. Sound like you didn’t try all of their product because they have many types of aluminum based products. My favorite is the aluminum chloride because it was recommended by my doctor and has the least amount of aluminum in the product. But there also have product that might work better for you that have a concentrate of 20% and higher. There is one of those that actually is a antiperspirant deodorant that works for odor control and excessive sweat. No matter what level of hyperhidrosis you are dealing with, Certain Dri has a product that is based on your level of uncontrollable sweat. And you get 72 hours (if you need that long) of protection. You should always apply only at night and never when you are already sweating. This is the best antiperspirant for excessive sweating. Check it out for your and the many different product Certain Dri has at https://www.certaindri.com/

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i tried this last night, thanks to roosh, and am proud to report it works perfectly and exceeded my expectations. i tried it thinking it would reduce smells, but wouldnt completly eliminate odor, and i can definitely say that there was zero odor. it should also be noted that i spent the entire night on a sweaty dancefloor. very impressive. keep up the good work roosh.

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You silly Americans, we swear by this in latin america.

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Went dancing tonight here in Canada. It worked as advertised. Thanks Roosh!

Am also using it for jock itch. Itchiness is gone, but testicles are bright red and groin area are bright right. Will try it for another couple days before doing the cortisone treatment. Hope it works!

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To each his own, enjoy your choices, ‘live & let live’, etc… However …

Stinky perspiration results from an unhealthy diet — junk food, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, salt, maybe coffee too.
When your diet does not include any of those toxins, your perspiration can be just about odorless.
You may even be told that your skin tastes sorta sweet.

Having a very healthy natural diet has so many rewards, when you experience the difference, the toxic options may lose a lot of their allure (when you view them in terms of the penalties they impose on your).

Best wishes to everybody making his own choices for himself.
It’s great to see people exchanging helpful info.

[I have not read all the comments yet because I’m in a hurry now]

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Great info

Will
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Bullshit.

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I work out 5 days a week and eat very healthy amd I had an underarm odor problem so your theory is Invalid.

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Thanks Roosh, I wasn’t sure you were being serious the first time I read about it but I see it works.
I’m gonna try it out since I do get body odour after 8 hours not showering.

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One thing I did learn about deodorant/anti-perspirant – it collects in your pores and remains for days, even after you stop using it. It doesn’t wash off when you shower at the end of the day. When I was off from work for a week or so, I didn’t put any on (I use Right Guard Clear Gel). After a few days, I starting getting odor from my underarms, and even after showering the faint odor was still there. It had been ages since I smelled any underarm odor, and I realized that after ceasing use for a few days, that’s what I REALLY smell like! I used powder, just to see if that would stop it, but it only worked for a little while. I’ll do an experiment with the baking soda and see what the results are. I know it’s used as an odor controller (people put an open box in the refrigerator to try to control food odors), so it stands to reason that it might work for certain body odors too.

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It’s not the odor; it’s the burning of the eyes and the sensation of inhaling a blowtorch.

romeo maldino
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THIS SHIT WORKS

romeo maldino
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i thought it would work somewhat

but it works AMAZING

just testing it for the second day

damn

thanks roosh

a personal thank you on this one

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Damn Roosh bad breath and smelly armpist you were all kinds of fucked up.

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I tried this over the weekend and it burned the f out of my pits after a few hours. I now have giant red rashes under each arm that sting like crazy. All I did was shower, dip two wet fingers into baking soda box and smear the past under my arms. No smell, but its burning. Maybe I used too much? Anyone else have this problem?

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Try using baking powder its works well but doesn’t cause reddness