I spent over a year trying out various underarm protection products that guaranteed my satisfaction, but to no avail. Then I decided to go the natural route as part of my long-term commitment to health. After all, I realised I didn’t want to be voluntarily exposing myself to a long list of toxic ingredients found in most conventional brands. No one does, right?
I tested tea tree roll-ons, crystal sticks and other products on the self-care shelves of my local health food store. Though the labels were more human-friendly, they were most ineffective beyond a few hours. That was the pits! Then, last week, I discovered that the secret to natural underarm protection was hiding in my fridge! What is it, you ask? Read on to find out.
And the natural solution to underarm hygiene is…
Lime juice! Yes, seriously. When I was younger, I tried pre-wash preparations using raw potato, baking soda, vinegar and witch hazel – all of which failed to work for me. Then, last week, I read that lime juice could be used as a natural solution for underarm hygiene and protection.
At first, I was sceptical about trying it. I’d already tried sliced lemon and it worked okay, but because it didn’t measure up to my standards, I scratched the possibility of all other citrus fruits. After contemplating trying it out for a good two days, I decided to give limes a try.
The result? I was amazed with its performance! Lime juice is now my favourite natural underarm armour. That’s right: Straight lime juice.
Why lime juice works as a natural deodorant
After some research, I learned that it’s the citric acid in lime juice that helps reduce sweat production and lowers the pH level of your skin. This makes it difficult for odour-causing bacteria to survive.
Everyone’s body chemistry is different and requires less or more hygienic care, so you’ll need to establish your own schedule of defense, but I urge you to give this fantastic all-natural approach a chance.
How to use lime juice as a natural underarm protectant
The juice from fresh limes works well, but bottled lime juice is more convenient. Once you open the bottle, keep it in the fridge to extend its shelf life.
Here’s how to apply it:
- Thoroughly wash your underarms as you would as per your daily bathing routine.
- Pour a small amount of lime juice into the palm of your hand and apply it to your dry armpits.
- That’s all! You’re now dressed with protection and ready to go.
Only word of caution: If you shave under your arms just before applying the lime juice, you may feel a slight tingle or sting for a few seconds after applying it, but it’s all-natural so it won’t cause any redness or irritation.