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Home Remedies to Combat Vaginal Odor ...

By Eliza

Odors of any kind are nothing to mess around with. After all, feeling like you smell can seriously get in the way of your confidence and self-esteem. When you feel like the smell is coming from your intimate region it's even worse. Fortunately, you aren't doomed to being the stinky kid. There are several very effective ways to combat that odor and leave you smelling fresh and clean all day long.

1 Baking Soda

Baking soda is great for absorbing bad odors. That's why it's commonly used in trash cans and the refrigerator to keep things fresh. The same applies to your nether region. Simply add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath and soak in it for at least 20 minutes. While you lie there relaxing, the baking soda goes to work and helps neutralize odors by balancing your pH levels so you feel and smell fresh.

2 Vinegar

When you use vinegar to treat odors, it helps by killing off the bacteria and toxins that lead to the stink in the first place. At the same time, vinegar has antibacterial properties that kill the icky germs that lead to vaginal odor. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your next bath and kick back for about a half an hour. You can also use apple cider vinegar if you have it on hand.


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3 Garlic

This is a bit off the wall, but lots of ladies say it works. Ancient medicine says that garlic has medicinal properties that kill germs and help keep bacteria from smelling bad. Now comes the weird part. Wrap a clove of garlic in cheesecloth and tie it with a string. Insert the packet into your vagina, leaving the string handy. Do this before bed, then remove the garlic in the morning. What do you think?

4 Yogurt

Yogurt is packed with probiotics that help balance the bacteria levels in your body. When those levels are skewed, you can wind up with an odor in your vagina. Because yogurt helps restore the ratio, it makes the perfect choice for combating stink. Coat a tampon with plain yogurt and insert as you normally do. Wait one to two hours before removing.

5 Alum

Alum, also called aluminium potassium sulfate, kills bacteria when mixed with water. Since many bad odors are caused by bacteria, it makes sense that alum would be a good way to treat vaginal odor. Combine a 1/2 teaspoon of alum with water and drink the mixture twice per day. You can also add alum to your bath water as a wash for your private parts.

6 Gooseberries

Gooseberries aren't that easy to find, but if you can get your hands on some, your vagina will thank you. Start by juicing the gooseberries and then drink about two tablespoons of the juice every other day for two weeks. This works because gooseberries contain vitamin C, which boosts immunity and helps your body battle bacteria.

7 Cranberry

You've probably heard of using cranberry to treat UTIs or bladder infections, but they are also a potent choice for battling vaginal odor. Cranberries actually help prevent bacteria from sticking to your vagina walls, thereby cutting the risk of odor. Drink a glass of cranberry juice every day and you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Is vaginal odor a problem for you? What other steps can you share for getting rid of it?

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