Although some feminine odor is normal, it can also be a sign of an infection. Feminine odor is mostly caused by bacteria (bacterial vaginosis) or by a tiny parasite, known as Trichomonas vaginalis. Besides unpleasant odor, other symptoms include itching, soreness and redness around the vagina and gray to yellow discharge. Home remedies are safe to try in order to relieve vaginal infections and remove feminine odor.
Eat healthy bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus acidophilus, found in yogurt. Including yogurt in your diet may help to facilitate a healthy pH balance and can help introduce healthy bacteria to fight vaginal infections.
Gently wash your vulva and anus daily with mild soap, water or mineral oil. Do not use deodorant or perfumed soaps, as these products can alter the natural balance and can aid in causing vaginal infections.
Wear cotton and not satin underwear, as cotton will help skin breathe easier.
Wipe from front to back so bacteria from your anus does not travel to your vagina.
Cut down on drinks such as coffee and alcohol, and on sugar and refined carbohydrates, as they can change the pH of the vagina.
Baking Soda and pH Balance
Baking soda is a good home remedy for pH balance in your body. Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a glass of warm water and drink it once a day. Take a warm bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda to help with yeast infections. Soak in the warm baking soda bath for 15 to 20 minutes and then dry with a clean towel. Dab the vaginal area with a clean washcloth to make sure the area is completely dry before putting on your underwear.
Multivitamin and Mineral
Multivitamins and minerals can be taken as supplements in order to fight vaginal infections as well as to boost your immune system. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, Vitamin E, B vitamins and zinc are beneficial and can help women with vaginal infections. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can be eaten raw daily or taken in supplement form, and it will also help deal with the present infection.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which can help aid with vagina infections that cause odor. Add three drops of tea tree oil to your bath with 3 cups of pure apple cider vinegar and bathe in it daily.