How to Get Rid of Persistent Body Odour

Monday, August 22, 2016

First of all, see a doctor to check your persistent body odour isn't a symptom of something more serious.

For instance, body odour that smells like nail-varnish remover can be a symptom of untreated diabetes and some liver diseases cause body odour that smells like ammonia.  So assuming that you wash and bathe frequently, here's some advice on how to get rid of persistent body odour:


Keep your feet clean and dry and change socks frequently to stop fungal infections like athletes' foot, which causes a bad smell. Using anti-fungal powder and ointment regularly is a great way to keep your feet sweet.

And wear special athletes' socks that wick moisture away from the skin, because cotton and wool hold sweat moisture in allowing smelly bacteria to grow. Let your shoes dry out thoroughly in well circulating air between wears and don't wear the same shoes on two consecutive days.


Never re-wear clothes without washing them first and wash your bed sheets at least once a week. Hairs provide a good home for bacteria and excessive armpit hair also makes it difficult to get deodorant onto your actual skin surface, so consider getting rid of your body hair. 

After each use on your body, towels are covered with old skin cells, oils and sweat - a real feast for smell-causing bacteria. Put used towels straight into the wash basket and always use fresh towels.

Special athletic clothing designed to get sweat off your skin and dried off quickly is great.  And so is the new, anti-microbial fabric clothing that's absolutely guaranteed to kill of the bacteria that cause persistent body odour!


Individual body odour also depends on the foods we eat. Top of the bad smells list are garlic, onions, curry, chillies and alcohol. Closely followed by red meat, high-fat foods, fried food, refined sugars and processed foods.

However, fruit and vegetables reduce body odour, especially those containing chlorophyll like parsley, spinach and other dark green, leafy foods.  Nuts and breads made with seeds will help, too.

So the best ways to get rid of persistent body odour are to keep yourself clean and dry, wash clothes and towels frequently, eat more fruit and vegetables and less highly-spiced and processed food!

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