Too Much Humidity Is A Bad Recipe For Body Odor

The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands. And on hot, humid days, every single one of them is firing on all cylinders! You end up looking like you just dove into a pool (though certainly not feeling like it). Worse, though, is the embarrassing body odor. In the words of Dr. Seuss, the words that best describe this situation are “stink, stank, stunk.” What causes the smell – and more importantly, what can you do about it?

Sweating Buckets: It’s Not The Heat, It’s The Humidity

In hot weather, sweat evaporates from the skin and produces a cooling effect. We need to sweat, or we’d overheat. But what happens on humid days? The sweat drips instead of evaporating, and it doesn’t cool us down. That’s why those hazy, muggy days are so uncomfortable and why our clothes are soon drenched.

A fun sweat fact: it gets worse as summer goes on. On a hot spring day, our bodies produce about 1 liter of sweat an hour. As sweat glands acclimate to hot temperatures, the body responds by producing two to three times that much.

But what about the smell? The problem really isn’t the sweat itself, which is odorless. When this fluid sits on the skin, though, it interacts with bacteria. That, friends, is what produces that distinct – and unpleasant – eau de B.O. Worse, the smell can become trapped in your clothing, even after washing.

Since you’re only going to be sweating more as summer stretches on, how can you conquer body odor, keep clean, and feel fresh?

Beating The Heat – And The Odor

Fortunately, you can take some easy steps to reduce body odor (which is particularly important to share with your children if they’re heading towards puberty):

  • Shower at least once daily. This will help wash away sweat, reduce bacteria levels and, for a few minutes anyway, relieve the heat and humidity. Make sure to towel off thoroughly, paying particular attention to “trouble spots,” like your armpits.
  • Use a hydrogen peroxide/water solution. In between showers, mix 1 tablespoon of peroxide with 8 ounces of water. Use a clean washcloth to apply to your armpits, feet, or groin area to reduce bacteria.
  • Change – a lot. Changing clothes can help you reduce odor. This is particularly important with socks. If possible, go barefoot, and if not, bring a few extra pairs of socks with you everywhere.
  • Wear breathable clothing. Cotton, silk, and linen are not only great lightweight summer options, they’re breathable. This means they allow sweat to evaporate.
  • Apply antiperspirant with deodorant at night. When you put antiperspirant on in the morning, sweat simply washes it away. Put it on at night to give it a chance to get to work – which it does by clogging your sweat glands. Then, reapply in the morning.
  • Watch what you eat. Red meat is linked to increased body odor, as are garlic, curry, and onions. They’re hard to digest, so the body excretes them through the pores with sweat. Garlic smells great when you’re cooking Italian food, but not so much when you’re out mowing the lawn.
  • Use an enzymatic cleaner with Ordenone to remove that lingering smell. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you can detect body odor on your clean (or so you thought) clothing. Nontoxic biodegradable enzyme cleaners safely digest stains, and Ordenone encapsulates the malodors. This first renders the odors neutral and then the enzymes eliminate them completely.

Sweat is a part of life; offensive smells don’t have to be. By taking a few simple steps and stocking up on enzymatic cleaners with stink-busting Ordenone, you can smell fresh on even the most humid days.