How to get rid of body odour

Say Bye-bye to B.o. With Shield

When thinking about some of life’s most emotionally charged moments - your first day at a new office, or the minutes before the ref calls a tight game - it’s pretty likely, whether you realised it or not, that these big moments were accompanied by some underarm moistnessOpens in a new window.

When your pits are feeling a little damp or even experiencing full-on trickles, it means your sweat glands are getting busy and doing their thing - secreting sweat. Sweating, as you may (and should) know, is a totally natural and essential bodily process that occurs to help keep our bodies cool and prevent overheating. Unfortunately though, sweat often gets quite a bad rep. Between dealing with dripping foreheads, sweaty palms, visible sweat patches and most of all, stinky pits, it’s no surprise that nobody is fond of sweat.

But that all-too-distinct sweat-associated stench that sticks in the air is undoubtedly the worst offender. We’ve all had to deal with it at some point. Maybe it was when your teen hopped into the car straight off the sports field that you caught that offensive whiff, or an occasion where unfortunately your pits were the perpetrators of that strong stink we know as B.O. No matter the moment, having to deal with body odour always stinks! So read on for our 6 tips to help you say goodbye to body odour and hello to smelling sensational and keeping dry all day long.

Tips For Reducing Body Odour

With B.O. often comes the assumption that it’s caused by poor personal hygiene and poor sweat control. The reality is though, that sweat itself is actually odourless and body odour is in fact the result of bacteria that feed on sweat and then release an unpleasant smell. So let’s get to our 6 tips so that reducing body odour is no sweat for you.

1. Use an Antibacterial Soap

Using an antibacterial soap when you wash your body will help to get rid of some of the odour-causing bacteria, which will ultimately help you to reduce body odour.

2. Keep Clean

Keep B.O. at bay by bathing daily, to wash sweat away and get rid of some of the bacteria that cause bad body odour. Give extra care to the areas where you tend to sweat more such as your armpits and pubic area to help reduce body odour.

3. Stay Dry

After your daily cleanse with an effective antibacterial soap, make sure you towel off well. Bacteria thrive in moisture, so ensuring you dry off properly after bathing or showering is a great way to reduce B.O. by making it harder for odour causing bacteria to breed.

4. Keep Your Clothes Clean

Your clothes capture all your sweat and the longer they stay without a wash, the more time there is for sweat to sink into your clothes and set, making your clothes smell too. So wash your clothes as soon as possible after wearing so that you don’t end up wearing smelly clothes that amplify the odour. And if you sweat a lot, change your clothes often to help keep body odour to a minimum.

5. Watch What You Eat

What you eat directly affects your body odour. Foods that tend to make you sweat, like alcohol and spicy foods, can also affect how you smell. So eliminate or cut back on the foods that might cause a stink to reduce body odour. And if you’re wondering how to reduce body odour naturally, consider eating foods like plain yoghurt and kombucha that help neutralise odour causing bacteria.

6. Use an Antiperspirant That Fights Odour Causing Bacteria

Bacteria is at the root of bad body odour, which means to effectively reduce the odour, you need a solution that’s formulated to eliminate odour causing bacteria. Cue our Shield Germ Defence antiperspirant deodorant range, specially formulated to fight odour causing bacteria to leave you smelling great and feeling fresh all day long.

Introducing Shield's Germ Defence Antiperspirant: Fighting Odour-Causing Bacteria

Shield’s Germ Defence antiperspirant deodorant is the ultimate solution to have in your arsenal for reducing body odour. With our innovative hygiene technology, this antiperspirant eliminates over 90% of odour causing bacteria, providing you with 10 times more protection* against odour causing germs. This means with this product, reducing body odour is no sweat. Our innovative MotionSense technology contains unique microcapsules that release bursts of freshness as you move, to leave you smelling fresh and preventing body odour.

So, trust Shield to help you reduce sweat and combat body odour. It won’t let you down.

*Disclaimer: Protection against representative odour-causing skin germs (Staphylococcus epidermidis) versus the use of a regular soap alone.


Are there any medical conditions that can cause excessive body odour?

Yes, certain medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), trimethylaminuria (fishy odour), and certain metabolic disorders can contribute to severe body odour. If you suspect you have a medical condition, it is best to consult a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Can stress and anxiety contribute to body odour?

Yes, stress and anxiety can stimulate the release of stress hormones, which can increase sweating and potentially contribute to body odour. Practicing stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises, may help in reducing body odour associated with stress.

Can hormonal changes affect body odour?

Yes, hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can impact body odour. These changes can alter the activity of sweat glands and the composition of sweat, leading to noticeable body odour. Maintaining good hygiene practices can help manage body odour during hormonal fluctuations.

Can certain medications cause body odour as a side effect?

Yes, certain medications, such as some antibiotics, psychiatric medications and hormonal medications can potentially cause changes in body odour as a side effect. If you suspect your medication is contributing to body odour, it is recommended to consult your healthcare provider for further evaluation and guidance.