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Old 02-09-11, 04:53 PM
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No more smells from sweating

I have always tried to keep clean 1 if not 2 showers a day, mainly because I work in an office and commute by bike.

I don't really like antiperspirant and choose normally deodorant instead. This tends to last a few hours and I usually top up through the day however the wife convinced me that using bicarbonate soda and a mix of coconut oil was better a review here (it's in dutch but you can probably babel-fish it)

Baking soda for smelly pits

But basically a small finger of this stuff under the armpits in the morning; I'm not having any weird smells in my clothes even at the end of the day. It has improved so much that sometimes there is no needs to wash my shirts each day and I can get away with a couple of days.

Maybe a tip to help a few of you out..
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Old 02-09-11, 05:14 PM
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I've also heard of a deodorant *stone* made from crystals and minerals from the Dead Sea, if your into natural stuff. A quick search will turn up more information than you probably want.
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There have been a number of threads on this topic. Here's one talking about alternatives, including the stone, http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-smelly-hippie
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Nothing helps more than shaving your pits.
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Originally Posted by Lot's Knife View Post
Nothing helps more than shaving your pits.
+1

You don't even have to do it all the time. Once every month or so works well for me. Pit odor is often caused by bacteria that cling to the base of the hairs, washing won't get rid of them. The condition even has a name, trichomycosis axillaris, and is extremely common.
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
+1

You don't even have to do it all the time. Once every month or so works well for me. Pit odor is often caused by bacteria that cling to the base of the hairs, washing won't get rid of them. The condition even has a name, trichomycosis axillaris, and is extremely common.
I find that just thinning the forest help tremendously there and other areas....
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Might want to try merino wool clothes. They also reduce tremendously the stink factor.
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Old 02-10-11, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by dobber38 View Post
I've also heard of a deodorant *stone* made from crystals and minerals from the Dead Sea, if your into natural stuff. A quick search will turn up more information than you probably want.
tired it it does work but... its very expensive, you stick in the stone in to a dispenser and pour in water it lasts quite a while mind. But.. baking powder works for me its cheap you can get it anywhere ..
I guess its a cheaper version of the rock salt idea!
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Originally Posted by q-tip View Post
I have always tried to keep clean 1 if not 2 showers a day, mainly because I work in an office and commute by bike.

I don't really like antiperspirant and choose normally deodorant instead. This tends to last a few hours

...I'm not having any weird smells in my clothes even at the end of the day. It has improved so much that sometimes there is no needs to wash my shirts each day and I can get away with a couple of days.

Maybe a tip to help a few of you out..
My tip is to just use 91% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) as a deodorant. It's an effective antibacterial, and is used in Medical Labs to clean the skin before drawing blood. Furthermore it dries without leaving a perfumed scent, and is coolingly refreshing as it evaporates. I just put some on a towel and wipe.

I'm pretty fastidious about personal hygiene and I'm quite satisfied with its effectiveness. Besides, there are some persnickety ladies at work that would have no hesitation to tell me if I offended; no complaints over several years, Some respondents on prior threads thought it would dry out the skin, but that's not happened to me.

That use came to mind because I have used rubbing alcohol after a shower to further clean "down there" to prevent saddle sores. You wouldn't use deodorant for that so there's a dual use right there.
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Old 02-10-11, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
I find that just thinning the forest help tremendously there and other areas....
For trimming the forest, this works well: http://bodygroom.philips.com/

I have about the same coverage of body hair as a gorilla. This works well.
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The smells don't come from me, they come from my clothes. Yes, I should buy wool, but crap the price! And no, I've never, ever seen wool at the local Salvation Army or anything.

I ride with Alertshirts for $8 or so each, looking at $80 or so makes me cringe, but I think I may have to do it anyway.
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
+1

You don't even have to do it all the time. Once every month or so works well for me. Pit odor is often caused by bacteria that cling to the base of the hairs, washing won't get rid of them. The condition even has a name, trichomycosis axillaris, and is extremely common.
You actually have me considering shaving my pits
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ItsJustYou, wool lasts a long time and ends up being a good value. I have some merino clothing that's 30 years old, and I still wear it. One shirt is a bit stretched out, but that's all.
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I dont get the pit smell, but the funk on my clothes is occasionally nasty, but that is after a long bike ride, run and then 10K of cross country skiing. I just through them in the wash with sport wash for hunters. Takes the smell out completely.
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Or add baking soda to the wash.

I swear, baking soda is the most versatile material on earth. And it's so cheap!
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
The smells don't come from me, they come from my clothes. Yes, I should buy wool, but crap the price! ....looking at $80 or so makes me cringe.
Thanks for reminding me to get this Hincapie Merino Wool base layer for $29 in XXL at Competitive Cyclist.




If that doesn't work, then PBK has the Endura Baa Baa Merino Wool Base Layer - Short Sleeve in multiple sizes for $39.



And unlike cotton undershirts, you only need one because you can keep on wearing it for a week or two without washing it and it still won't smell. What's more, the same shirt you wear cycling to work is the same you can wear at work. So, instead of several synthetic shirts to cycle in, and several cotton undershirts at work, all of which you have to wash repeatedly, you have one shirt that does it all and doesn't need washing.

You can't afford not to have a merino base layer/undershirt. So stop your stinking and get with the merino program.
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