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How to Know If You Have B.O.

Here’s the scary thing about body odor: You can’t smell your own. Make sure you’re not stinking up the joint by reviewing your hygiene habits.


  • Step 1: Ask someone Start by asking a trusted love one if you have body odor. Assure them that you want—no, you need—to know the truth.
  • Step 2: Pay attention to personal space Pay attention to the space that people leave between you and them. If you are given a wider berth than others, chances are people are trying to put some distance between themselves and your body odor.
  • Step 3: Review your bathing habits Review your bathing habits. Most people require a daily shower or bath to remain odor free, even if they don’t sweat a lot.
  • TIP: When you do bathe, pay special attention to odor-producing areas like your underarms, your genitalia, and your feet.
  • Step 4: Assess how often you wash clothes Assess how often you wash your clothes. Underwear, hosiery, and any clothing that comes in contact with your sweat should be laundered after one wearing.
  • Step 5: Look in your medicine chest Look in your medicine chest. Is there an antiperspirant or deodorant that you use everyday? If not, you’re taking a big chance with BO.
  • TIP: The difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant is that deodorant only controls smell—not wetness.
  • Step 6: Analyze your diet Analyze your diet. Foods like garlic and curry don’t just affect your breath; they seep through your pores, especially when you sweat. So if your diet is pungent, your body may be, too.
  • Step 7: See a doctor If there’s nothing you are doing to cause body odor, yet a loved one confides that you do, indeed, smell, it’s time to see a doctor. There are some medical conditions that are known to cause body odor.
  • FACT: The French use the least amount of soap of any European nation, according to one survey.

You Will Need

  • An honest loved one
  • Self-analysis

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