How to Smell Good

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Use a deodorant or antiperspirant to cut down on body odor.
Use a deodorant or antiperspirant to cut down on body odor. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Body odor can be offensive and embarrassing. Avoid the humiliation by taking steps to smell good. Body odor is caused by the bacteria that collect after you sweat. Bad breath can add to the malodorous mix. Good grooming and laundry habits can cut down on the chance of potentially awkward situations when someone sniffs and says "What's that smell?"

Take a shower at least once a day, especially after exercise. Use soap or body wash and scrub yourself clean. Shave your underarms so smelly bacteria will not collect in the hair there.

Use a deodorant or antiperspirant right after bathing. Deodorants cover body odor, while antiperspirants stop you from sweating. Formulas that contain both are available and cover all the bases.

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to avoid bad breath.

Launder your clothes regularly to wash out bacteria that cause odor.

Avoid eating a lot of foods with pungent flavors and odors, such as garlic or curry. Too much of these spices can allow the smell to seep through your pores, causing odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also wear body spray, scented lotion, oils, perfume or cologne, but don't overdo it, this might make you smell worse.
  • People might also be allergic to perfume or cologne, so please be conscious of that.
  • Brush your teeth, floss and use mouthwash. This also helps you to smell good overall.
  • Scented shampoos and conditioners also help your hair to smell good. Make sure you're not allergic to it and it's suited to your hair type.
  • Baby powder can help keep you fresh and smelling good. Be careful with clothing though as it will show on darker colored clothing.

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