Sweaty Pits? How to Deal with Excessive Sweating

Do you struggle with excessive sweating? Here are some natural and practical tips for dealing on how to deal with excessive sweating. 

This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Clarks Condensed.

If you clicked on this post it’s probably not because you thought this sounded like a fun read while waiting in line at the post office, right?

Most likely you are hoping that at long last you will be able to find some help for a problem you –or your spouse–or your child is dealing with and would really like some answers to.

After doing some research I’ve come up with 13 suggestions that I hope will be helpful. I have several family members (who shall remain nameless) who have dealt with severe underarm perspiration and some of these ideas have been successful for them.


Always apply antiperspirant to clean, dry underarms.

Don’t add antiperspirant to sweaty armpits! Shower or wash your underarms using an antibacterial cleanser or body wash. Dry your underarms thoroughly before applying antiperspirant.

Let your body cool down after a hot shower before you get dressed

Especially if you live in a hot, humid climate. Make sure you are completely dry before applying antiperspirant or deodorant. Try and let your antiperspirant completely dry before you get dressed.

Apply a thin layer of  antiperspirant  before going to bed

This makes it so it will have time to penetrate the sweat glands. Apply an additional light coat after showering in the morning.

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Using an antibacterial soap

This will reduce odor by controlling bacterial growth under your arms, which is what causes odor.

Wearing a clean, white cotton t-shirt under your outer shirt can absorb extra sweat and make it less noticeable.

Wearing  natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk, or linen also naturally minimize perspiration.  However, when exercising, choose synthetic fabrics that are designed to repel moisture away from your skin and reduce sweating and odor.

Avoid Smelly or Spicy Foods

Strong-smelling or spicy foods such as hot sauce and chili peppers, onions and garlic, as well as heavily caffeinated beverages can overstimulate your sweat glands, tricking  your body into thinking that you are hot.  Believe it or not, your hypothalamus will send out a signal to your brain that you need to cool down, and this can cause you to sweat. Spicy foods can also increase underarm odor.

The Biggest Key to Controlling Odor and Sweating

Choose the correct antiperspirant. Antiperspirants control sweating by temporarily blocking the sweat glands in the underarms.

One that my husband recently started using  is a new natural product from Tom’s of Maine, called Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods Antiperspirant.

It is free of artificial dyes, fragrances, and preservatives so it is planet-friendly, which should  be better for our bodies, too, right? toms-of-maine-1 Although it has no artificial fragrances, it has a strong, pleasant  scent that definitely masked any underarm odor.  It was an effective antiperspirant as well. Tom’s products are sold only at Target. toms-antiperspirant I think that it is often worth it to switch from conventional products to one that are not only better for you, but for the environment. You can always be sure that Tom’s of Maine products do just that.

With Tom’s of Maine®, there’s something for everyone in your family – Wicked Cool!™ Deodorants, Luminous WhiteTM Toothpaste, and Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant. Free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, Tom’s of Maine products are good for the planet and are Made to Matter® – handpicked by Target.

I’ve occasionally found that when you go with more “natural” products, they don’t work as well. However, with Tom’s of Maine, I feel like they work even better. toms-of-maine-2 I found several natural homemade treatments online that may increase the effectiveness of your antiperspirant:

Combine equal parts baking soda and warm water to make a paste.

Apply it to your underarms and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then rinse off with water.  You can also try mixing  a spoonful of baking soda with some warm water, adding some vanilla or lavender to sweeten the scent. Put the solution in a water bottle and spray it on with your regular deodorant/antiperspirant every day.

Use apple cider vinegar

This will neutralize the armpits’ natural odor-causing bacteria and reduce sweating. Apply it at night and wash it off in the morning.  Then apply deodorant/antiperspirant.

Ground Walnut Leaves and Eucalyptus

Make a paste from ground walnut leaves and eucalyptus, apply, let sit 20 to 30 minutes, wash off.


Some people have found that rubbing a lemon on your underarms after a bathing will control odor.

Cornstarch or Talcum Powder

Dusting cornstarch or talcum powder under your arms can absorb excess sweat and will keep your skin drier. After trying any of the above remedies you would still want to use an antiperspirant, but they may add to its effectiveness. They may be worth a try if you haven’t found anything else that really works yet. Let me know if they are effective for you!

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