How and Why to Detox Your Armpits

Our armpits can get really clogged up, causing odor and extra sweat, especially when switching from toxic deodorant with aluminum to natural deodorant. So, what’s a girl (or boy) to do? Why, detox those pits, of course!

How and Why to Detox Your Armpits to Reduce Odor and Sweating

What the Heck Am I Talking About?

Well, conventional deodorant contains harmful ingredients like parabens and aluminum-compounds, which block the pores of the underarm from producing sweat (it’s in all antiperspirants). The aluminum-compounds work by forming a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. However, it’s not healthy for the underarms, which contain a lot of lymph nodes that are directly connected to the breast. These compounds can mimic estrogen in the system and estrogen can promote the growth of cancer cells.

I Wanna Be Safe and Natural, But I Don’t Wanna Sweat and Stink!

I hear ya, neither do I! Most would probably consider me to be quite crunchy, but I don’t wanna smell like B.O. or look like I like in a compound in the woods, either. So, if you’re like me, you switched to natural deodorant (see my recipe here) and were all happy with yourself for being safer, but the sweat and stink got WORSE. Ick, ick, ick! I live in the South, where women have to put on makeup and do their hair to go the grocery store, so smelling like I’d been camping for a week was NOT okay. I was embarrassed and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working and the baking soda in the deodorant, which is one of the most important ingredients to get rid of the odor, was irritating the fire out of my skin. Thankfully, I discovered arm pit detoxing!

How to Detox Your Armpits

Detoxing your armpits is super easy, not painful and it WORKS. Once I started doing it on mine, the odor was gone, my skin was happy, and there were days I didn’t even need deodorant!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Make a paste out of the clay and ACV and apply to your underarms. Leave for 20 minutes, then either wipe or wash off in the shower. Do this once or twice a day for several days and try the natural deodorant again. Continue to do this until you feel like your skin is handling the baking soda well, and is no longer smelling or sweating too much. You will sweat some, but it shouldn’t be an embarrassing amount.

Dry Skin Brushing

Dry Skin BrushingTo really kick up the detoxing, try doing some dry skin brushing on your armpits. Dry skin brushing is a gentle detox technique where you use a special dry skin brush (where to buy) to massage the lymph nodes and release toxins. The key is to always brush towards your heart, and do it very gentle so as not to irritate or scratch the skin.

Does Shaving Irritate Your Skin?

If you’re like me and have very sensitive skin, then shaving everyday in the summertime is SO painful. Since I started detoxing my pits and using an epilator, which is a small machine that tweezes hair, I’ve had very few bumps and ingrown hairs.

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. What great timing u have! I am getting ready to buy the stuff to make my deoderant and read what u have on the armpit cleaning. It made TOTAL sense to me. I have been having an issue for at least 15years. In the summer I stink even using deoderant. Doc gave me a prescription to use at night on the pits. It’s aluminum and if used on wet skin it burns and itches. Recently I went back and said I still had the issue and couldn’t use that stuff. He told me to use an antimicrobial wash on the pits and that would help be cuz for some reason u am holding bacteria in hat area. yeah right My pores are all clogged under there and need some uncloggin! I can’t wait to get workin on this! I joined Amazon prime so I can have all my stuff in 2 days! (Of course the Fam is taking advantage of the other prime perks like music! I have a teenager. Need I say more? Lol)

    Thanks for all the great HEALTHY stuff!

  2. Judi Fountas says:

    Can this process be used on ones feet? I know someone who has tried different remedies to eliminate odor from feet. It can get pretty bad.

    • a soak of equal parts white vinegar and the brown listerene for 20 min should do wonders!! It also really help soften and get rid of those “razor blades” on dear hubbys heels. It is like a mini pedicure.

  3. Hello! I was just curious, are the products that can be found on your site are cruelty free and vegan?

  4. Thanks for the tip! I was just curious how much each of the bentonite clay and acv is needed to make the paste.

  5. Neelam Singh says:

    Hey , great to know that there are many who like to use homemade products. For armpits that smell really bad. I have a tip/ trick that works wonders. After taking bath rub half sliced lemon on your armpits. Leave for 5 min.. Then pour water. That is it. Try it.

  6. Nice way to get rid of smelly armpit! I loved the idea and tea tree oil is one of my favorite oils!!

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