New Delhi: Summers have set in and sweating is inevitable and so is body odour (BO). No one wants to get stuck with a bad case of body odour. When you work out or move around in the heat, your body produces sweat. Sweating is the body’s way of regulating temperature. When sweat meets bacteria on the surface of your skin, it produces an odour.

Bad body odour can impact morale of your colleagues and in worse cases can become cause of rejection for those who possess it.  Find out what you should do be "odour-free":

Take a shower daily

First and major step to prevent body odour is a daily shower. Be sure to take bath or shower daily.  Use proper cleansing agents such as anti-septic soap or shower gel to clean daily dirt and germs. Wash everything completely especially underarms.

Keep your underarms dry

Not many people know that perspiration has no odor at all. Underarm odor is caused by bacteria and their excrement. Keep your underarms dry as bacteria have hard time breeding in drier body parts.

Shaving your underarm regularly prevents accumulation of bacteria and reduces sweat and odor. Wipe a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol onto your underarms during the day to cut down on odour-causing bacteria.

Avoid antiperspirant

Avoid using antiperspirant or deodorant. Deodorants do not prevent sweating but they mainly mask the smell of the sweat. So use antiperspirants only in cases of extreme sweating. Soap and deodorant actually supply food for the bacteria and they excrete even more.  Just wash your underarms with nothing but water and a clean cloth. Do this for a month. You will not smell at all.

Use antiperspirant at bedtime

If too much sweating is giving you trouble, then you should actually use an antiperspirant. Apply an antiperspirant at bedtime. This gives the product a chance to work while you sleep and are not sweating.

Maintain personal hygiene

If you have no time for a shower, fill your sink with water and add 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Then dip a sponge in the sink and rub yourself down.  What works just as well is a paper towel soaked with a little rubbing alcohol. Spray a little cologne on body before stepping out.

Change your clothes daily

In summers, make sure to change your clothes including undergarments and socks on daily basis. Wash your underwear after each use, and other clothes when they get dirty, sweaty, or when they do not smell clean. Wash your workout clothes often as sweaty clothes are a bacteria-breeding ground.

Go for cotton, loose-fitting clothes

Clothing choices can make a difference. In order to avoid perspiration, try wearing loose-fitting clothes to allow air to circulate around your body. Tight-fitting attires cause sweat to stay on your skin resulting in body odour and perspiration stains. Go for clothes made from natural fibres such as cotton as they allow your skin to breathe. Avoid synthetic, man-made fibres, such as nylon or Lycra.

Let your clothes breathe

Store your clothes in places where air can get to them and that smell nice. Consider scented paper as lining in your drawers. Hanging garments up may help more than storing them in drawers; it will let them dry and kill any bacteria that might be living there.

Use mild Shampoo and Scrubbing

If body odour doesn't seem to go away, try using mild shampoo instead of soap, and even consider washing your body by scrubbing well.

Prevent Smelly Feet

Foot odour is a very common problem. Remember that smelly feet can also cause smelly shoes. Ward off smelly feet by scrubbing them daily. Dry them completely when you get out of the shower and insert odour-absorbing insoles into your shoes. Also, wear absorbent socks if you can.

Baby wipes for freshening-up

You may apply baby powder in the morning to help your skin stay drier and to reduce odour. You can also buy and keep baby wipes with disposable cleaning sheets for quick and easy freshening-up.

Adjust your lifestyle

What you eat has a major effect on how you smell. Eating bad quality and unhealthy food reflects on your body. Sometimes fatty foods and oils can seep through your pores and cause body odour. Avoid eating fast food, fried stuff, and any other processed foods that contain chemicals.

Consult a doctor

Consult your doctor if body odor is a permanent problem. Sometimes changes in nature of body odour can indicate a medical problem that should be evaluated.