How to Smell Good All Day Long

Four Parts:Maintaining HygieneKeeping Your Clothes and Shoes Smelling FreshEnsuring Good Smelling BreathUsing Products That Make Your Body Smell Good

You go to school or work with that fabulous aura and impress everybody with your stunning, carefree look. By the middle of the day, however, you notice that your freshness has drifted away. Your shine-free face becomes oily and greasy, your hair starts to smell and sweat covers half of your body, including your face. Be prepared for this situation so that you can head off odor at the pass and smell good all day long. Take an effective shower, keep your shoes and breath smelling fresh, and use products that will keep you smelling fresh.

Part 1
Maintaining Hygiene

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    Wash your entire body. Pay special attention to the area behind your ears, the back of your neck and sweaty spots, such as your armpits and your inner thighs.
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    Scrub your body with soap and a washcloth or loofah sponge. If you have sensitive skin, avoid soaps with heavy perfumes or antibacterial ingredients.
    • If you're a female, gently scrub the area under your breasts; this area tends to get sweaty and smelly. Also, wash your vaginal area thoroughly.
    • Scrub your anus. If you have any fecal residue around your anus, it can make you smell bad.
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    Wash your hair regularly. This will help it to stay looking good. Massage your shampoo and conditioner into your scalp, and rinse it off with clean water.
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    Clean your feet so that they don't become smelly. Be sure to scrub between your toes. When you're done with your shower, dry your feet thoroughly with a towel.[1]

Part 2
Keeping Your Clothes and Shoes Smelling Fresh

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    Use a good laundry detergent. Your detergent doesn't have to be expensive, and it doesn't have to be loaded with strong fragrances. It does need to get rid of hidden odors within your clothes.
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    Change your underpants often. Always change into clean underwear after a shower.
    • If you're smelling not so good "down there," then change your underwear at lunch or after you get home from school or work.
    • If you're a female and you're menstruating, change your underwear often and also change your pad or tampon every few hours to keep yourself smelling fresh.
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    Avoid wearing your clothes for 2 or more days in a row. The odor from dirty clothes will keep you from smelling good.
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    Keep your shoes smelling clean.
    • Never put dirty feet into clean shoes. The biggest key to keeping shoes smelling fresh is to always clean your feet and wear clean socks.
    • Alternate your shoes on different days. Wear one pair one day and another pair the next day to give your other shoes time to air out.
    • Take your shoes off as soon as you get home. Doing this gives your shoes a chance to dry and prevents bacteria from growing inside moist leather or fabric.

Part 3
Ensuring Good Smelling Breath

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    Brush your teeth twice a day. In the morning and at night before you go to bed are good times to brush your teeth. To keep your mouth even cleaner and fresher, brush your teeth after every meal. Also, thoroughly brush your tongue to remove any film or residual odors that can cause your breath to stink.
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    Use dental floss. Dental floss cleans the areas between your teeth that can harbor bits of food and bacteria that cause hidden odors.[2]
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    Gargle mouthwash that doesn't contain alcohol. Alcohol will get rid of bad breath in the short term but will ultimately make it worse.
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    Use a mint, or a spray of breath freshener if your breath becomes smelly.

Part 4
Using Products That Make Your Body Smell Good

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    Apply deodorant and antiperspirant. If you have hyperhidrosis (excessive armpit sweating)[3], use a deodorant like Driclor or Certain Dry..
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    Put talcum powder into your shoes. You can also use special inner soles in your shoes that can be taken out and washed when they become smelly.
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    Spray on your favorite scent. Splash your cologne all over yourself. If it's perfume, spray it on the pulse points on your neck, behind your ears and on your wrists. You can also spray perfume on your clothes. Just make sure that you don't overdo it so that you're the only thing that people can smell in a room.
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    Avoid feminine deodorant spray. These sprays can irritate your vagina and upset your vagina's self-cleaning mechanisms.
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    Keep a beauty kit with you at all times. These must-haves will save you from sweat and odor when you're on the go:
    • Wet wipes – use this to wipe up any grease or odor from your body
    • Powder – apply on hair (blondes) or body to feel refreshed and absorb sweat
    • Cologne – baby colognes works best to cover up any smell
    • Mints – have no time for brushing? Suck on some mints to avoid bad breath
    • Hairbrush and hair serum – for that bad hair day to go away
    • Oil blotting paper – to wipe off any shine from your face
    • Hair deodorizer - spray it on your hair to cover up the hideous smell of sweat
    • Extra shirt - in case you really get smelly
    • Deodorant - make sure it is small so you can freshen you anywhere
    • Extra feminine products - keep a pad or tampon discreetly stored in your kit
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    Excuse yourself and go to the nearest bathroom to freshen up. Go alone so that you can attend to your body without drawing a lot of attention.
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    Use an emollient with a pleasant scent. Before going out in public, apply on your skin a cream or a body lotion that has a good scent, such as aloe vera, peaches, lilac, ozone, fresh linen, etc. Re-apply if needed (for example, after washing your hands or face during the day).


  • Wash your clothes often to smell fresh.
  • Keep gum and breath mints to help have fresh breath.
  • Also, putting on too much deodorant can make you smell a little musty so don't overdo it.
  • Washing your body can improve your mental health. In the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, people who were cleaner felt better about most things in their lives. The act of cleaning is symbolic. You're not just getting rid of dirt and odors. You can think about washing away bad experiences, bad decisions, etc.[4]
  • Keep a fabric sheet in your dresser drawer to help keep your clothes smelling fresh!
  • Wash your hands before and after meals.
  • Put dryer sheets in your shoes to keep them smelling fresh!
  • Keep hand sanitizer so that your hands are clean and smell great!
  • Make sure you scrub to where every place is soap.
  • Consider taking a second shower in the evenings to rinse off if you sweat a lot during the day.
  • When on your period: change your pad whenever needed.
  • Try adding a fresh new bar of soap in your closet to help keep your clothes smell fresh.
  • If there's no shower around, grab a bath cloth and use the sink and soap.
  • Rose water is great.
  • Add sprigs and herbs to your bath for a natural treat. Refreshing ones to try are rosemary, mint and thyme.
  • If you have less than three pairs of shoes wash them often.
  • Spray perfume in the air and turn while going through it , this gives it a light scent all around you and you won't smell like a squished big mango.
  • Don't put on too much lotion, it can make you sweat more and make your skin greasy later in the day.


  • Excessive sweating or body odor may be symptoms of an underlying condition. Consult your doctor if you think your symptoms are abnormal.
  • Consult a doctor first before using Driclor or another strong antiperspirant.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Loofah or washcloth
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Breath mints or breath spray
  • Deodorant or antiperspirant
  • Talcum powder
  • Cologne or perfume
  • Wet wipes
  • Hairbrush, hair serum and hair deodorizer
  • Oil blotting wipes
  • Extra shirt
  • Feminine products

Article Info

Categories: Sweating and Body Odor Hygiene