How to Stop Sweat Smelling Bad

By Max. D Gray. Updated: December 16, 2021
How to Stop Sweat Smelling Bad

Few things are more embarrassing than a strong or even unpleasant body odor caused by excessive sweating which causes stench. And sometimes this is not due to a lack of hygiene as there are many other factors that take part in producing the bad odor of sweat so it is important to know what these are to be able to try and prevent them. That is why at oneHOWTO we want to explain in detail how to stop sweat smelling bad.

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First, note that sweat itself does not smell and the unpleasant odor usually occurs when the water expelled from the glands comes into contact with bacteria in the skin or body hair. So suitable toiletries will help prevent the proliferation of these types of germs and prevent sweat from smelling bad.


Food plays a fundamental role in preventing the odor of sweat, since the intake of certain foods can promote strong odors in the sweat. Therefore, it is important to avoid overly fatty foods, and to control the consumption of red meat, salt, spicy food, alcohol or sugars and make sure you eat enough vegetables.

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Likewise, it's essential that you drink enough fluids on a daily basis in order to help the body eliminate toxins and other wastes. Therefore, you should drink water and other beverages, such as juices or non-carbonated soft drinks, before you are thirsty as well as during meals.

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Hormonal changes or taking certain medications can also make sweat smell, along with certain diseases or conditions related to the glands and hormones: fever, hyperthyroidism, obesity, hypoglycemia... Similarly, during puberty or the menopause, it is more common to see an increase in sweating and an alteration in body odor. In these cases, you should consult your doctor to find out more about ways to reduce excessive sweating.


As you can imagine, using deodorants is a key factor in avoiding the bad smell of sweat, as these products are designed and manufactured specifically to prevent this problem. To do this, it's essential that you choose a suitable deodorant according to your skin type and specific needs, not only in the armpits but it can also be appropriate for example to use deodorant on your feet.

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Also, there are numerous home remedies which can help prevent and fight the smell of sweat. And there are many natural products that have beneficial properties for reducing these odours. From bicarbonate of soda or lemon to countless medicinal herbs such as sage. You can learn more in our article on the best home remedies for body odor removal.


Your clothes and shoes may also influence the smell of your sweat, because synthetic fabrics and antiperspirants prevent your body from breathing properly. Therefore, you should wear clothes and shoes that allow air to circulate, such as natural materials and fabrics.

You can find out more on our article on how to stop sweating naturally.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Mrs anonymous
I'm a girl in year 9 .I have to wear a school uniform and my sweat smells really bad how do I stop it naturally ?
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