deodorizing underarms

deodorize the underarms

underarms are a very common source of odor and is sometimes referred to as bromhidrosis

odor is often generated from bacteria and smelly compounds on undergarments and clothing rather than the underarms themselves

antiperspirant deodorants can cause odor by blocking pores and trapping fungus and bacteria

extra strength deodorants can be particularly problematic as they are very difficult to remove by washing and can often irritate skin

aluminum deodorants tend to remove more non-odorous bacteria than the odorous bacteria and so in some cases can lead to worse underarm odor

once clothing, undergarments and underarms are successfully deodorized there is no need for deodorant at all


deodorizing tools for underarms, genitals, whold body odor: chlorhexidine 4% surgical scrub, clean wash cloth, tap water, clean razor, moisturizer, clean towel, anti-fungal cream
deodorizing tools
chlorhexidine is a powerful antibacterial antifungal antiparasite antivirul used in surgery prep
chlorhexidine 4% surgical scrub

chlorhexidine 4% surgical scrub

chlorhexidine is a broad spectrum antimicrobial that will kill bacteria and fungi

chlorhexidine is commonly used for sterilization in hospitals and is typically colored pink

chlorhexidine is inexpensive and available from various online and in store retailers from as little as USD$5 for a 500ml pump bottle

there are many different brands containing 4% chlorhexidine and all will be effective

tap water can be used to deodorize smelly hair and scalp, bad breath, underarm odor, smelly genitals, smelly feet and whole body odor


tap water can be used with the chlorhexidine to wash and rinse underarms

always use a clean dry washcloth when deodorizing to prevent recontamination

wash cloth

use a clean dry wash cloth each time to avoid recontamination

always use a clean dry towel after deodorizing to prevent recontamination
clean dry towel


use a clean dry towel each time to avoid recontamination

moisturizer is necessary after deodorizing the body to replace lost lipids or fats and provide a barrier


underarm skin is surprisingly delicate

moisturizing underarms after deodorizing minimizes the likelihood of irritation, dryness and chafing

any preferred moisturizer should be suitable

use a razor to shave hair and decrease the surface area for bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses to populate

razor (optional)

removing underarm hair decreases the surface area that bacteria can populate

if it is preferred to keep underarm hair then take extra care to thoroughly clean the underarms and hair

antifungal cream can be used to kill off chronic fungal infections and any odor these may be causing
antifungal cream

anti-fungal cream (optional)

if the underarms are darker in color, have raised inflamed bumps or are prone to rashes then there might be a fungal overgrowth

this may be treated faster with a 2% ketoconazole anti-fungal cream or similar


deodorize internally

before deodorizing underarms it is recommended to complete the prepare phase in the steps to eliminate odor

this step cleanses the body internally of odor compounds

deodorize accessories

it is also recommended to deodorize all fabrics, tools and accessories that touch the underarms to prevent re-contamination

  • clothes
  • undergarments
  • backpack straps
  • other

if anything can’t be deodorized or replaced then set it aside for now

deodorize underarms

  1. rinse underarms well with warm water
  2. use approximately 1 teaspoon of chlorhexidine to coat both underarms and leave for approximately two minutes
  3. use another 1 teaspoon of chlorhexidine on a wet washcloth and gently wipe underarms to remove any debris
  4. rinse underarms with warm water
  5. pat dry with a clean dry towel
  6. if the underarm skin is darker than normal skin or is prone to rashes or has inflamed bumps then apply a small amount of anti-fungal cream
  7. moisturize underarm skin to protect from dryness and damage
  8. do not use antiperspirant or any other type of deodorant
  9. wear deodorized or new cotton clothing

if the environment is hot or if you sweat a lot, you may need to wipe underarms with a drop of chlorhexidine on a wet washcloth chlorhexidine once or twice during the day

alternatively chlorhexidine 2% wipes are available online

some individuals have successfully used acne wipes with salicylic acid

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