Body odor can be an issue for many individuals but especially for those who are overweight. The extra energy exerted by doing even the most minimal of tasks can increase the production of sweat and lead to the ideal environment for odor-causing bacteria to form and flourish. With more skin surface and with crevices where moisture can accumulate, there is an increased possibility for bacteria growth in overweight people. Simple steps can be taken, however, to help eliminate body odor with common household items.
Bathe in the morning, at night and after any strenuous activity. Use an antibacterial soap to wash areas that are prone to body odor.
Dust your underarms, your groin area and beneath the breasts with baking soda. This will absorb odor and prevent moisture that provides the ideal environment for odor-causing bacteria.
Soak a wash cloth in apple cider vinegar and wipe down areas of the body that contain bad odor. Be sure to get in between fat rolls and other areas where moisture can accumulate. Follow the vinegar application with a clean dry wash cloth to remove excess moisture. If the skin is not thoroughly dried, odor causing bacteria can accumulate and fungus may grow.
Use a crystal rock stick in place of deodorant. It will not reduce perspiration but will balance out the pH level on the skin, therefore reducing the development of odor-causing bacteria.
Chew parsley to neutralize body odor. The chlorophyll will even out the body's pH levels.
Carry baby wipes with you so you can wipe areas where odor occurs. Throughout the day, use a wipe under the arms and around the groin area.
Persistent body odor that is present even with excessive bathing should be discussed with a medical professional. There may be an underlying infection that can be treated with a course of antibiotics.