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Armpit Detox: Why You Need One and How To Do it

Many of our common household products are full of toxic chemicals that are bad for our long-term health and wellbeing. One product that is particularly of concern is deodorant.

Not only does this product contain harmful chemicals such as aluminum but it is applied for the majority of a person’s’ life in a sensitive area that can directly affect our sebaceous glands, lymphatic system, and in the end our immune system.

Deodorant is riddled with Toxins
Our common household deodorant is full of harmful chemicals. If you want to see for yourself grab your deodorant now and read the ingredients to see if it has any or all of these common and harmful toxins.

Aluminum– Yes, there is metal in your deodorant. I remember my microbiology teacher in college talking about how this ingredient is a really bad idea for our long term health. In fact, there is some evidence that suggests that it may even be linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer. When you consider the fact that you have major lymph nodes right next to your armpit region it is no wonder this is a major concern.

Propylene glycol- In other words antifreeze. So the chemical that will kill your dog and help cool your car is being placed at least once a day on your sensitive underarms. The Environmental Working Group reports that this ingredient in personal care products puts us as a risk for allergies and immunotoxicity.

Formaldehyde- This is the same chemical they use to preserve deceased bodies after they have passed away. It kills germs and is also a known carcinogen.

Phthalates- This chemical is also found in plastic and can mess with your hormones as an endocrine disruptor. It has also been linked to infertility in men.

Antibacterial Substances- This goes back to the harm of having antibacterial everything in our daily lives and the very real concern about super bugs. I promise that regular soap and water are just what you need to clean your body most of the time. These substances can also weaken your immune system.

Parabens– This chemical has been found in the biopsies of breast cancer tissue. It also has been known to create an imbalance in our hormones.

Why Do I Need an Armpit Detox?

So after knowing all of that about our deodorant it is common for people to look for an alternative such as a chemical free brand or a magnesium spray to do the job but without some help you may find that you begin to smell funny and jump ship right back to the toxic stuff in order to avoid embarrassment. This is why you need an armpit detox.

An Armpit detox will help your body pull many of the nasty chemicals out of your sweat glands, skin and underlying tissue while also leaving you smelling great and allowing the natural deodorants to do their job. See it’s not that the natural deodorants and ineffective, it is the fact that your body is trying to get rid of the nasty chemicals that you have been applying to it for probably most of your adult life.

This is also a great way to avoid a rash which can sometimes develop when you switch to a natural deodorant. Some people have even reported that they sweat less after doing this easy detox.

A simple armpit detox that you can do in less than 30 min at home can make all the difference. Every few days while you are making the switch to a natural deodorant we recommend that you take the time to gather some simple ingredients and take the time to cleanse your armpit with this recipe below.

What you will Need to Detox

All you will need to do this simple detox is water, some apple cider vinegar, and bentonite clay.

Bentonite clay is incredible once mixed with water. It will dry like a clay mask while it does its work to detox your skin both on the surface, by naturally killed bacteria, and deep within our pores which makes it perfect for the armpit.

Apple cider vinegar is also a powerful detoxing agent that will cleanse your skin right on contact. Just make sure you get an organic type that still has the “mother” such as Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar for best results.


  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (until right consistency to apply)
  • 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

How To Do an Armpit Detox

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a nonmetal bowl such as glass, then take a wooden spoon and mix them together till it is creamy.
  2. Using a cloth or your fingers spread the mixture over your armpits evenly like you were doing a facial and let it sit for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Start with less time and the next time you try it see if you can do it for longer. Sometimes people are a bit sensitive to the substance so you may notice a warming sensation. If it starts to hurt remove the substance immediately with water and try a different detox recipe.
  3. In addition to a warm sensation or a slight tingling, is that you may notice some redness of the area. This just means that blood is flowing to the area and is doing its job.
  4. After your time is up wash it off with warm water either with a washcloth or in the shower.
  5. Do this every few days or until you notice that your natural deodorant works will and is non-irritating to your skin.

Additional notes:

Some people have reported that they don’t need the baking soda ingredient in their natural deodorants after they do this armpit detoxing procedure. If you still are noticing lumps in your armpit you may want to try dry brushing (gently) or carefully massaging the area once a day.

With any detox make sure that you are getting enough water in your day to assist with the flushing of toxins.

Thanks for reading!

Sources: wellnessmama.combentonite clayapple cider vinegar

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