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Got Stinky Pits? Try an Armpit Detox at Home (+ How-To Video)

Switching to natural deodorant? You’ll want to do an armpit detox first!

If you’ve been contemplating swapping out your regular deodorant for a natural stick, congratulations! You’re making a smart choice for your pits and will likely rid your body of a lot of nasty toxins. But before you start using your new aluminum-free deodorant, you’ll want to do an armpit detox (or maybe 2) to make the transition smoother.

I even created a video to show how simple it is to do an Armpit Detox at home:


Watch the video on YouTube here.

Why do an armpit detox?
You’ve probably noticed that regular antiperspirants containing aluminum do a much better job at keeping our armpits fresh than natural ones, but that doesn’t mean they’re the better choice.

Aluminum-based deodorant blocks sweat glands and prevents sweat from reaching the surface of the skin, so it’s no wonder you don’t smell as much when you wear it… BUT, did you know that sweating is not only totally normal but that it’s also healthy and necessary?

An armpit detox will help eliminate toxins and release odor-causing bacteria, making it easier to start using natural deodorant.

We detox our bodies with cleanses and our faces with masks, so why should our armpits be neglected? By detoxing your pits, you’ll give the microbiome in your underarms a chance to adjust back to normal, without a bunch of chemicals in the mix.

How to do an armpit detox:
Ready to slap some green gunk on those pits? For this armpit detox, all you’ll need is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar.

While there are a few different detox recipes, I’ve found this one to be the most effective as the bentonite clay and vinegar have strong bacteria-eliminating properties and are also gentle on the skin.

At-home armpit detox tips:

Wear a tank top prior to applying your detox mask to prevent a mess on your clothes.

Don’t mix water into your clay and vinegar mixture, as it will create a clumpier consistency that’s likely to crumble and fall off the armpit areas.

If your mask mixture looks too runny, add a bit more Indian Healing Clay until you reach a sour cream-like consistency.

Wait until the mask has completely dried before rinsing off.

For optimum results, do an armpit detox every 3-5 months to reduce bacteria buildup.

DIY Armpit Detox




In a small bowl, combine the Indian healing clay and apple cider vinegar. Stir with a spoon or small silicone spatula until smooth.


Apply 1-2 even layers of the mask on each underarm.


Keep arms elevated and allow the mask to sit for 15-20 minutes, or until dry.


Once the mask has fully dried, rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Wait at least one hour before applying deodorant.

What can I expect after my armpit detox?
Detox results will vary depending on numerous factors, including how long you’ve been using regular deodorant.

Immediately after my armpit detox, my underarms felt cool (almost minty) and I noticed that I was actually sweating more because my pores were open and able to release more toxins.

The excess sweating didn’t last long, fortunately, and my armpits were soon feeling completely normal again. No rash, redness, or stinging sensation whatsoever. When I applied my natural deodorant two days later, I noticed that my musk had legitimately improved!

I haven’t worn regular deodorant in over 10 years, so I’ve gotten used to the musk that natural deodorant doesn’t always eliminate, but this detox really did make a difference!

Is armpit detoxing weird or worth it?
Both! You’ll look and feel like a bit of a goof walking around with green clay on your armpits, but if it improves body odor and reduces toxins, it’s completely worth it to me!

What are your thoughts on armpit detoxing? Have you tried it? Please share in the comments below.

Have you tried the Indian Healing Clay mask on your face? Check out our full review over here!