Are you embarrassed to wear a tank top? Shaving, deodorants, improper ventilation, excessive sweating, hormonal imbalances, dead skin buildup, and sun exposure are some of the reasons behind dark armpits. Fortunately, there is no need to suffer from dark armpits any longer. Use baking soda to whiten your armpits .

There are many underarm whitening methods that help get rid of this problem. Don’t fall prey to commercial and toxic products that can do you more harm than good. You can always rely on home remedies that are safe and most effective in removing dark armpits once and for all.

Is Baking Soda Effective For Dark Armpits?

Baking soda is one of the versatile products available in our house. It is a mixture of sodium and pH neutralizer. Here are some properties on how baking soda can help whiten your armpits.

  • Exfoliates dead skin, removes damaged skin cells, and promotes new cell production.
  • Its natural skin lightening properties reduce melamine production (reason behind skin discoloration) and provide a brighter finish.
  • It has an amazing property of absorbing oil and unclogging pores.
  • It acts as a natural deodorant and helps prevent odor.
  • The pH present in it neutralizes the alkaline nature of the skin.

And this is how baking soda can reduce the dark armpits that cost you a fortune.

How to whiten your armpits with 16 recipes with baking soda

Here’s a great list of great home remedies that use baking soda to whiten your armpits:

1. Baking soda

This combination not only removes dark discoloration under the arms, but also treats underarm rashes.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with few drops of water to make a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste to your armpits and massage gently in a circular motion for a few minutes.
  • Let stand for 25 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this method at least 4 times a week to achieve the desired results.
  • Alternatively, use rose water instead of plain water.

    2. Baking soda with chickpea flour and curd

    • Mix the baking soda, garvanzo flour, lemon juice, and curd to make a thick paste.
    • Apply it under your arms and massage gently for a few minutes.
    • Let it dry for 20 minutes.
    • Rinse skin with cold water and pat dry.
    • Follow this process at least 2 times a week to achieve your desired results.

    3. Baking soda with vinegar

    • Mix the baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste.
    • Apply this paste on the armpits.
    • After 15 minutes, rinse with water.
    • Or you can also use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.
    • Apply this 2 times a day or regularly after bathing to whiten dark armpits.

    4. Baking soda with lemon to whiten the armpits

    Process 1:

    • Make a paste that combines 10 grams of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon.
    • Apply this paste to your armpits and massage gently for 10 minutes.
    • Let dry and rinse with water
    • Follow this process at least 3 times a week.

    Process 2: with lemon and hydrogen peroxide

    • Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/8 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and the juice of half a lemon.
    • Mix well and apply this mixture under your arms.
    • Massage gently for a few minutes and rinse with water.
    • Repeat this process once in 2 days.

    Process 3: with lemon and tea tree oil

    • Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda and lemon juice.
    • Apply this mixture and let a few minutes pass.
    • Wash with lukewarm water and apply a few drops of tea tree oil.
    • Gently massage in a circular motion and let it dry.

To remove dark armpits quickly, repeat this process regularly.

5. Baking soda with cucumber

In this combination, the cucumber and lemon lighten the skin, the baking soda removes the dead skin, and the olive oil hydrates the skin.

  • In a medium bowl, grind a few cucumber slices.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to it.
  • Stir well to make a fine paste and apply this on the armpits.
  • After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this process regularly to whiten the skin under your arms.

6. Baking soda with coconut oil to whiten the armpits

This combination makes an amazing scrub for dark armpits. Baking soda exfoliates dead skin and coconut oil nourishes and hydrates skin.

  • Mix the baking soda and coconut oil to make a thick paste.
  • Gently rub this paste in a circular motion over your armpits for a few minutes.
  • Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Follow this method regularly 2-3 times a week.

7. Baking soda with avocado

  • Combine 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon each of mashed avocado, honey, cucumber juice, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Mix well to make a fine paste.
  • Gently apply the mixture that covers the armpits.
  • After 10 minutes, rinse with normal water.
  • You can apply this mixture 2 times a month.

8. Baking soda with cornstarch and vitamin E oil

  • Mix 1/4 tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1/2 tablespoon of vitamin E oil.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture on the dark armpits.
  • After a few minutes, rinse it off with water.
  • Follow this process regularly for quick results.

9. Baking soda with glycerin to whiten the armpits

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of glycerin.
  • Stir well and apply this paste on the armpits.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes and rinse.

Repeat this process 3-4 times a week for best results.

10. Baking soda with honey and rose water

  • Combine 1 tablespoon each of baking soda and honey.
  • Add a few drops of rose water and make a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste on the armpits.
  • Let stand for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat every day.

11. Baking soda with milk

  • Mix one tablespoon each of baking soda and milk.
  • Apply this paste to your armpits and gently massage in a circular motion.
  • Repeat this process every 2 days for quick results.

12. Armpit detox with baking soda

  • Before you start, rub your armpits gently with the use of a sponge.
  • After bathing, while the armpits are still wet apply baking soda.
  • After that apply natural deodorant.

Note: On the first day you should repeat this process several times (5 – 10 times), but each day after, the number should go down. An average person takes 4-7 days to complete detoxification.

Remember to be regular when using any of the above underarm whitening methods , but don’t expect miraculous results overnight.

Chemical-based deodorants are also a reason for dark underarm discoloration. You can only apply baking soda with a cotton pad instead of deodorants and antiperspirants. However, if you’re not a fan of applying it like this, here are a few recipes for making homemade deodorants using baking soda.

1. Baking Soda Deodorant with Cornstarch and Coconut Oil

  • Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda and 3/4 cup of cornstarch.
  • To this mixture add four tablespoons of melted coconut oil.
  • Stir well and continue adding coconut oil to reach your preferred consistency.
  • Store this mixture in an airtight container.
  • Apply a small amount to the armpits with your fingers after bathing.
  • For added benefits, you can also add the essential oil of your choice to the mix.

2. Baking soda with coconut oil and shea butter

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of shea butter.
  • Turn off the heat and add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the mixture.
  • Stir until you get a smooth paste. Add your favorite essential oil.
  • Let cool and store in an airtight container.
  • Apply a small amount using fingertips after bathing.

During the summer, it must be refrigerated as the coconut oil melts.

3. Baking soda with arrowroot powder and bentonite clay

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 6 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, and 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay.
  • Stir well and add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil of your choice.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • The mixture will be creamy in consistency, so just scoop up a small amount with your finger and apply to the armpits.

4. Baking soda with beeswax and cornstarch

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Add 1/4 cup of cornstarch, baking soda, 5 drops of tea tree oil, and 5 drops of any essential oil of your choice.
  • As soon as you finish mixing the ingredients, pour into an empty deodorant container jar.
  • It solidifies when cooled to room temperature.

Tips and precautions when whitening the armpits:

The armpits have the most sensitive skin, so be careful when using baking soda. If you feel a burning sensation, a rash, redness, or cracked skin while using baking soda, stop immediately and clean.

Opt to use waxing wax instead of shaving. Waxing not only removes hair from the roots, but also removes dead skin.

Don’t push it hard while massaging baking soda into your armpits. Be gentle.

Don’t wear clothes that are too tight. Let your body breathe. Continued friction and improper ventilation can cause dark discoloration in the armpits.

Stop using deodorants and antiperspirants. You can use sandalwood essential oil, baking soda, and other homemade deodorants instead of chemical deodorants.

Always do a patch test before applying any of the home remedies above. If you see any negative results, stop using it. Or, you are free to use it.

Consult a doctor if you are not achieving results through home remedies. They can be caused due to hormonal changes or any other disease.

Follow the methods regularly and achieve the desired results in no time. Flaunt your bright white armpits with sleeveless tops this summer. Share your experience with us.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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