Transitioning to a natural and organic deodorant is the first and most important step of detoxing your armpits to sweat less naturally. And frankly, it is the only step you need to complete to detox those armpits.

There are a lot of articles and methods that will tell you to detox your armpits with homemade pastes you spread on your underarms and let sit there a while, but it is messy, a hassle, and not necessary.

If you are looking or something easy, mess-free, and non-complicated, all you will need to do it ditch that toxic, chemical-laden antiperspirant and find a natural deodorant that works for you. If you are in the market for a natural and organic deodorant, check out our natural and organic deodorant buying guide. You can also see our guide to making your own Natural Charcoal and Lavender Deodorant and our guide to making your own Natural Floral Deodorant Spray.

In this article, we will tell you exactly what to do to detox your underarms and what you can expect during this process. It may not be fun, it may be a little stinky, but we promise it will be worth it in the end. Your body is going to thank you.

How Switching to Natural Deodorant Detoxes Your Pits

The problem with conventional deodorant is that it is an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant means the product itself will make you stop sweating by blocking your body’s ability to sweat through your armpit glands or pores.

Generally, these products block your ability to sweat through the use of aluminum. Aluminum is a heavy metal and toxic compound that is dangerous and linked to a wide variety of health problems, including breast cancer.

Aluminium = Bad

If you are used to using antiperspirant, your body gets used to not sweating through your armpit glands. Your body, for years likely, has never been able to purge itself of sweat and bacteria through these glands since they are always blocked.

When you switch to a natural option, your body will then begin to purge and sweat again through your underarm glands. This is when the detox process will begin.

At first, you will likely feel like you are sweating tremendously and that your underarms are producing a common underarm smell that you are not used to. This is generally the first step of the detox. Your body has not been able to produce sweat in this location for so long that it will try to sweat extra to purge and detox this area. This is natural and normal and exactly what you want to happen.

People often find they are sweating way more than ever before and they are stinking and give up at this step. They feel like their new natural deodorant is not working and actually making it all worse, but this is not the case and you must stick it out. Your body is detoxing and purging. You have to be gentle with your body and your mind in order to make peace with your underarms and sweat less naturally!

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Reverse This Process With an Armpit Detox

From there, many people will often go through a period of redness, irritation, and tenderness on the underarm. It typically resembles a rash and may be uncomfortable for a few days to a few weeks. Although this may seem alarming, or you may think your natural deodorant is giving you a rash or a reaction, this is just another step of the detox process. This is your body expelling bacteria, sweat, chemicals, and toxins that have been trapped in there for far too long. Keep in mind that not everyone goes through this step.

Around the third or fourth week, your body should be normalizing, sweating less, and smelling less as well. During this process, your body is detoxing in order to regulate again. Once it has been able to expel all of that unwanted gunk it will begin to realize it will be free to sweat a little bit every now and again to detox naturally. As a result, you will find you sweat much less and smell much better when you use your natural and healthy deodorant.


Many people even feel like they get to a point where they do not even need to use their natural deodorant every day because they have begun to sweat so much less it is not necessary. Of course, your body will sweat if you are working out, walking, nervous, or in hot weather and deodorant will keep some sweating at bay and keep you from smelling. However, if you are taking it easy, it is cooler weather, or you are not doing anything strenuous, it is possible you can even ditch a natural deodorant for a day or two.

In the end, detoxing your armpits may be a little sweaty, stinky, and not your most favorite experience, but once the process is complete, you will be so happy you stuck with it! So, don’t waste any more time and give it a go!

This article was last updated on October 8, 2021 .

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