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Arm Pit Detox?!

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You’re curious now. Right? Like so many others I tried to use “natural” deodorants. Or, as I lovingly refer to them “hippie deodorant”.   They didn’t work! I would have to reapply multiple times a day. As someone that is an acupuncturist, Reiki practitioner, NAET practitioner, and massage therapist my pits are frequently up close and personal with my patient’s nose.

After years of antiperspirant and shaving I have incredibly painful clogged hair and sebaceous glands on my underarms. I’ve tried electrolysis and a variety of different deodorants. I even used baby powder as deodorant. Nothing helped. Last month I started doing an arm pit detox and switched my deodorant brand to one that is less likely to irritate.

Holy cow! I no longer have man stink and my bumps have completely gone away!

So what is this arm pit detox?

You might already have the ingredients on hand. You’ll just need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and water.


  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)

I find that these measurements make a lot that ends up going to waste. I have found that ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay and water to get right consistency is more than enough for someone my size.


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.
  2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
  3. This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.
  4. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.
  5. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.


When using bentonite clay be ready to clean your shower and drains. If the arm pit detox is of the right consistency it does not drip. However, one thing I have noticed, but cannot find in any of my research, is that it can clog your drain. It makes sense since it is clay. Be sure to run lots of hot water down your drain, and be sure that your bentonite mixture is lump free. Do not let wet bentonite clay sit because it will harden. If you do not clean out your shower right away you will be scrubbing later.

Additional Things to Try

If you are still struggling with odor or have itching or lumps in your armpits, consider dry brushing, which is said to help improve lymph circulation.

Also, make sure to drink a lot of water any time you stimulate lymph flow (dry brushing, massage, detox, etc) to help flush the body and avoid getting dehydrated.

About the author

Teri Calandra

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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