Summer Sweats – Fix BO Naturally
Bacteria grows on the skin and combines with sweat to produce body odor (BO). Often known as “perspiration odor,” BO can attach itself to socks, shirts, sports equipment, yoga mats, and bedding, causing unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing smells.
The best toolbox of natural materials to neutralize and eliminate BO and perspiration stains will include essential oils, vinegar, salt, and baking soda. That’s it. Bacteria grow the best within a narrow range of pH between 6.7 and 7.5. A neutral pH is 7. White distilled vinegar with a pH of 2.4 will make a very inhospitable environment for bacteria, as will baking soda, with a pH of 9. Salt and essential oils are both very anti-bacterial (thyme and Australian Tea Tree Oil are especially good).
How to use: Spray vinegar straight on places with odors and don’t rinse. Alternatively, sprinkle baking soda on places such as yoga mats, and let set for a few hours before sweeping up. Add 4 cups of salt to laundry for deodorizing sports clothes and towels. To use essential oils, add 1 teaspoon to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, spray on area and don’t rinse.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).