Vinegar has acidic properties that kill bacteria and foul odor, and when used correctly, can clear up your armpits by getting rid of dead skin cells.
Method: Apply a few drops on a cotton ball and swab it on your underarms every night before bed. But white vinegar is quite strong and can cause irritation, so if this happens, opt for the milder apple cider—pure or diluted in water. You may also try this weekly kilikili treatment: mix equal parts white vinegar or cider, rice flour or baking soda, and warm water. Apply the paste to your armpits and leave for 10-15 minutes to dry. Wash with warm water.
2. Citrus fruits
The juices of lemon, lime, and calamansi have natural bleaching and anti-bacterial properties.
Method: Slice a citrus fruit and squeeze the juices on your underarms before bedtime after taking a bath. Pat it off with a clean tissue or wash the underarm area with cold water a few minutes after applying the citrus juice. If you have sensitive skin, do it before taking a shower.
Considered one of the most effective natural emollients, potato juice contains mild acids that whiten skin without irritating it.
Method: Rub the natural juices of a freshly sliced potato onto your kilikili for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Do this once or twice daily until you see results.
4. Baking soda
This natural organic scrub not only brightens your skin, but prevents body odor, too.
Method: There are many recipes you can find online, and they all involve mixing baking soda with water and other ingredients from the kitchen such as coconut oil or floral essences to create a pasty solution. Use it as a shower scrub or a DIY deodorant cream.
It has bleaching properties and natural vitamins such as C, B1, and K.
Method: Gently rub a thin slice of cucumber on your underarms 1-2x a day. Another option is to extract the juice from an entire cucumber first before gently patting it on your underarms. Keep the remaining juice in a container in the fridge and use it as underarm treatment every night.
6. Orange peels
Don’t throw away those orange peels just yet! They contain exfoliating and bleaching properties.
Method: Dry out orange peels under the sun for a few days to a week. Grind the dried orange peels into powdered form and mix it with equal parts milk and rose water (or just regular water). Gently massage the paste on your armpits for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do this at least twice a week, preferably at night before hitting the sack.
7. Milk or yogurt
A lot of skin care products contain milk for a good reason: it naturally cleanses, exfoliates, soothes, and moisturizes the skin.
Method: Take a teaspoon or two of fresh milk, apply it on your underarms, and leave for 10-15 minutes before wiping or washing off with water. Use full cream milk if you have dry skin, and non-fat milk if you have sensitive to oily skin. Sugar-free fresh yogurt is also a good alternative.
8. Natural oils
We’re talking about coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and other pure forms of oil that you can find in your kitchen. They contain antioxidants and natural deodorizing properties.
Method: Apply 1-2 teaspoons of your chosen natural oil on your armpits and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe it off or rinse with water.
Just like citrus fruits, fresh apple juice can get rid of foul odor, dead skin cells, and bacteria that darken armpits.
Method: Rub a freshly sliced chunk or apply a paste of mashed apples onto your armpits. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wipe it off with a wet towel or wash off with water. Do this treatment twice a week.
This classic beauty ingredient has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help brighten skin.
Method: Apply a smidge of raw honey on your underarms and leave for 10-15 minutes. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly with warm water or you will attract ants! Also try a honey bath by diluting two tablespoons of raw honey in a bucket of warm water and using it as your final rinse after taking a bath.