Body odor is embarrassing. It is also frustrating if you know you bathe every day and use anti-perspirant/deodorant religiously. Anti-perspirant and perfumes only mask the odor - they do not prevent it. For that you need to take positive actions like the following:
1. Wash Two Times if You Work in a Greasy or Dirty Environment
If you work in a fast food restaurant or you are a cleaner, or you work in a messy, dirty or greasy environment, then wash your skin twice when you take your shower or bath at night.
2. Some Medications Will Make You Stink
Before you start looking into ways to control body odor because it seems bad lately, consider the fact that your medication may be causing the problem. Does this mean you have to stop using that medication? NO it doesn’t. The medication increases your body odor because of the biological compounds within the medication, so all you have to do is experiment with foods that counteract the smell produced. Try eating garlic pills for three or four days and see if there is a difference. You can also try butternut squash as a soup, bananas, chickpeas and dark chocolate. Do not try them all at once. There are more foods you can try if those do not work (Livestrong)
3. Change Your Bedding Once per Week
Smelly bacteria will breed whenever possible. Even if you have a shower in a morning you still have some of the bedroom bacteria on you and if it takes a foothold during the day you are going to increase your chances of smelling.
4. Be Very Careful about Wearing Clothes More than Once or Twice
Some people will wear the same jeans for two weeks, but if you prefer to smell less like boiled cauliflower and more like a human, then be careful if you choose to wear some clothes for more than two days - especially if they have direct contact with your skin. Wear your jacket all month if you want, but your tops and underwear should be changed regularly.
5. Clean and do Not Cover
Deodorant is not a shower in a can, and perfume cannot cover body odor without poisoning the senses of everybody around you. Rather than covering the smell, you are better off taking a rag to the ladies, wetting it, giving yourself a gentle wipe down with the moist rag under your arms and the smelly areas. Once you are done and dry you can add a small amount of deodorant or perfume. It will keep you until you get home and take a bath or shower.
6. Get Yourself Wet in a Hot Environment
Ever see people in the park on their lunch break getting wet in the fountains or pouring water on themselves? They are dry within minutes because of the heat and it holds off body odor for a little longer.
7. Strip down if You Are Too Hot
Your sweat doesn’t smell, but sweat does help feed the bacteria that causes body odor. If you are sweating, then strip down. If you are in a job where you cannot strip down, such as in the Minnie Mouse suit at Disney World, then prepare yourself for a nasty stink.
8. Lose Weight
The more fat you have, then the hotter you become in areas of your body that have less fat. Sadly, this means places such as under your armpits, genital areas and under your boobs are going to become hotter and sweatier and are therefore more prone to smell of body odor.
9. Stay Away from Gluten-free Food and Cabbage
Notice how a lot of gluten-free people smell? Being gluten free seems to make them more prone to body odor. No doubt we will find out why soon enough when a scientist figures out we sweat more without gluten, but nevertheless if you are gluten free you may smell. Also, a high cabbage diet may cause extra body odor because of the increased levels of sulfur you take in.
If you are aware of the problem, it is easier to do something about it. There are always ways to freshen up. You might consider carrying some wet wipes in your bag that you can use discretely in the rest rooms. Do you or have you suffered this problem?