Got Armpit Odor? Simple Armpit Detox Recipe

Several years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (she’s cancer free now!).  As a result, I started to place closer attention to what I put in and on my body.  It can get so overwhelming but what I found is that our skin is our largest organ.  Armpits are very porous and are an access point to our lymph nodes. So, while the data is inconclusive if traditional deodorant can cause cancer, I decided to hedge my bets and make the switch to natural deodorant.

The problem was, to be frank, my armpits started to smell.

Do Your Armpits Smell?

At first, I thought the natural deodorant just didn’t work but when I did a little research I realized this was actually a very common problem when switching from traditional to natural deodorants. The solution was to detoxify my armpits.

What is an armpit detox?

An armpit detox is a skin mask you apply to your armpit area, then let dry, and wash off with a damp wash cloth. It works at removing buildup left by traditional deodorants that are filled with synthetic fillers and by-products. The sticky buildup lends itself to armpit odor.

armpit detox ingredients

How do you make an armpit detox mask?

There are actually lots of different armpit detox recipes.  Some include baking soda, others include charcoal.  I opted to use a simple recipe with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay based on a friend’s recommendation.  I found the bentonite clay on Amazon (get yours here) and had apple cider vinegar on hand but you can get it all grocery stores (or get it on Amazon here).

bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar armpit detox mask

Armpit Detox Mask Recipe

For my mask I generally use 1 tablespoon bentonite clay and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Mix it together in a non-metal bowl with a non-metal spoon. When you pour the vinegar on the clay, it will create a chemical reaction and fizz.

The paste will be thick but apply it liberally under your armpits. Allow the paste to dry for 15-20 minutes. In order to keep your armpits up, I usually take a warm epsom salt bath while I wait.

apple cider vinegar and bentonite clary armpit detox mask

Frequently Asked Armpit Detox Questions

Why do my armpits smell when I start using natural deodorant?

When making the switch from traditional to natural deodorant, it’s important to clear away sticky buildup left by traditional deodorants that can lead to armpit odor.

How long does it take to detox your armpits?

After you apply the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar paste, keep your armpits up so it can dry. It takes about 15-20 minutes. Then, wipe away the mask with a warm wash cloth.

How often do you need to detoxify your armpits?

When you first switch from traditional to natural deodorant, you will want to detoxify your armpits. Then, every 3-6 months make it habit to detoxify that odor caused by bacteria. If you start to notice odor, you can do it as well.

How else can I treat armpit odor?

Put some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and dab under your arms 1 to 2 times per day. Essential oils, witch hazel, and baking soda are also good remedies. Read more here.

What essential oil is good for treating armpit odor?

Tea tree oil works well for treating underarm odor. It’s antibacterial properties help with odor-causing bacteria. Read more here.

What are your favorite natural deodorants?

I love the Lavanila brand (found here) the best but everybody responds differently to different deodorants. You may have to try a few before you find the right one for you!

What kind of apple cider vinegar do you suggest?

Make sure to buy unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar “with the mother”. You can find the kind I use here.

Can you use this armpit detox mask on your face?

Yes, this detoxifying mask can also be used on your face. Mix it up with equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, lather on your face and allow to dry. Rinse off with warm water.

What happens if my armpits are red or a rash appears?

I have never had this happen but it can. In that case, rinse it off immediately.

Get Rid of Armpit Smell for Good

You no longer have to live in embarrassment that your armpits smell. Try an armpit detox mask and detoxify your armpits and get rid of bad underarm odor. Let me know if you try it and what you think. It’s been a game changer for me when it comes to getting rid of those dreaded smelly armpits!


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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