Baking Soda Cures for Sweating

by Jason on April 4, 2009

baking soda cures for sweating

There are TONS of baking soda cures out there. Baking soda is used for everything. It puts out fires, it cleans your teeth, it cleans dishes, it cleans clothes, it gets rid of smells and yes… it even discourages sweating!

Here’s my quick, disclaimer for those of you out there with severe hyperhidrosis. Baking soda is not some magical cure-all. However, when used properly, you’ll TOTALLY feel a difference. I’m going to give you a couple of baking soda cures for sweating that you’ll definitely find useful.

First, let me just really quickly explain why baking soda helps eliminate sweating so effectively…

WHY IT WORKS – Baking soda is an alkaline and your body’s sweat is an acid. When the two combine, gas is formed, causing the instant evaporation of the sweat.

So, it’s not that baking soda blocks the sweat from escaping your pores. Instead, it conditions your skin to quickly dry up as soon as the sweating begins.

When you apply the baking soda cures for sweating below, it’s the residue of the baking soda on the skin that conditions the dryness. The treatments work way better if you apply them consecutively for days on end so be consistent about it.

Baking Soda for Hand Sweating:

  1. You’ll want to fill up a big bowl or two separate aluminum pie pans with warm/hot water and equal parts baking soda. The solution should be very cloudy. The baking soda will gather at the bottom, so be sure to mix it up very thoroughly.
  2. Soak your hands for 25 minutes in the solution. It’s important that the water is warm or hot so your pores really open up. You want the baking soda to penetrate your skin. During that time, intermittenly grab the clumps of baking soda at the bottom of the pan or bowl and rub your hands together to really saturate them in the solution.
  3. After the 25 minutes are up, your hands will be a little pruney – this is totally normal. Just dry them off with a towel. Don’t wash them off with soap and water if possible. You want to retain the residue of baking soda on your skin. Some people say they have a light powerdy look to the skin after drying them off. The more residue of the solution, the better your results will be.

Here’s what you should expect from the treatment above…

Your hands will definitely feel dry the first 30 minutes after treatment and results should last at least a couple of hours following. If you use this remedy consecutively for 5 days straight, the results can last up to 5 or 6 hours on end.

It’s normal for the skin to feel a tiny bit rubbery directly after treatment. You’ll see what I mean when you try it. Anyway, the goal is to keep them dry, so I’m sure that small side effect won’t bother you.

This cure for hand sweating works best for people with less severe cases of hyperhidrosis although EVERYONE will find some benefit.

If you’re about to go on a date or have an intimate night planned with your significant other, this treatment makes an awesome quick fix.

This next treatment I recommend for ANYONE. It’s well worth trying out.

Baking soda is well known for its odor eliminating effects. That’s because it neutralizes acids and odor causing bacteria in the body. This makes it a perfect bath additive to really give you a wonderful, fresh and dry feeling right out of the tub.

Let me tell you, I never used to take baths in my adult life. I was always a shower kinda guy. Besides, who has the time for a bath?

Well, speaking from a very positive experience using the following treatment, you NEED to make time for a “Baking Soda Bath Blast” at least once a week.

Since implementing this tactic, my overall body sweating haulted drastically.

Have you ever taken a shower and started sweating the moment you got out and began drying off? It’s terribly frustrating, right?

Well, you’ll never have that happen to you with a “Baking Soda Bath Blast”. The treatment will keep you super dry from the moment you step out of the tub. I love it! Plus, baths are just a relaxing experience overall. Here’s how it goes…

The Baking Soda Bath Blast:

  1. This treatment works best if you schedule it AFTER a shower. This way you get clean with soap and water first, then you’ll just soak your already clean body in the baking soda solution without needing to wash it off with soap.
  2. While you’re in the shower, use a loofah (dry sponge) to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliate your hands, feet, armpits or anywhere else you sweat profusely from. You’re going to do this to allow the baking soda to penetrate your pores more efficiently. Next, you’ll be taking the bath.
  3. Fill a bath with warm water (not exceptionally hot) and add 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda to the tub.
  4. Soak for 15 – 20 minutes and make sure to grab any clumps of baking soda gathered at the bottom of the tub, rubbing it into your armpits, hands, feet, chest or back.

Give these two treatments a fair shot. That means at least 5 consecutive days of trying this out. You’ll body will need to acclimate itself to the baking soda before feeling the best results.

Hope that helps!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Denva Welsh June 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I’v started using baking soda but not taking the full baths. Actually, I applied it after I took shower and realized that I was sweating even more so I stopped. Plus it gave me a lot of bumps under my armpits and was pretty irritating as well.

avatar admin June 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Yikes! Sorry to hear about it Denva. Thanks for sharing your experience. Hopefully others have more luck with this treatment. Try not to feel frustrated. It takes some trial and error, figuring out what works. Bummer about the bumps. Great to hear your feedback though. Cheers!

avatar Christie.. June 28, 2009 at 6:37 am

*sigh* it’s not working for me either. I’m still sweating..and the baking soda actually causes bumps on my skin, and itchiness. So I stopped after one use. :(

avatar admin June 28, 2009 at 9:13 am

Ahhh shoot. I was hoping to hear some positive feedback on this one from you guys. I have a few friends in different circles who swear by this solution. Oh well – there are TONS of other options and treatments I’ll be throwing your way. Hopefully, you two will find better luck with them. If anyone else out there has found success with baking soda, please feel free to chime in. Thanks for all your constructive feedback!

avatar Buzzy June 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I wonder if the bath treatment would cause vaginal yeast infections in women. Doesn’t baking soda encourage this?

avatar admin July 1, 2009 at 10:15 am

Wow, awesome insight Buzzy! Let me just clear up your concerns. Yes, continuous exposure to baking soda can encourage yeast overgrowth. However, because you’d only be doing the full bath blast treatment once a week, it shouldn’t have too much effect.

The bottom line is that everyone’s pH levels are different. Trying the baking soda treatment shouldn’t give you a candida outbreak on the first treatment but by all means don’t overdo it with the soak.

Thanks for that important heads up for all the readers to think about. See why I LOVE all your feedback? :)

avatar Eden August 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

With all the bad feedback on this im not sure wether i
should give it a try or not D:

seeing as im going to be swimming alot and bumps on my skin
would be embarassing for all my friends to see.

avatar Jill August 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Sounds great! Both seem easy and not all that time consuming, plus what girl doesn’t love a bath? :)

avatar Duncan September 1, 2009 at 8:22 am

I suffer from facial sweating i’m not so sure this will do me any good, dont think i can hold my breath for 25mins and as for an itchy bumpy face, no thank you! I do appreciate all the tips, what works well for some might not for others, i guess its about finding the right balance and a lot of patience (i struggle with this bit!)

avatar Rebecca November 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

This is amazing! Worked for me.

avatar Ash December 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Are you sure Rebecca? I feel frustrated every time because of this problem..

My palms are always sweating excessively and it’s so embarrassing…

…hope that this treatment works for me.

Anyway, thanks for the tips!

avatar Rebecca February 9, 2010 at 3:20 am

I’m sure. But, I’m not quite sure if I sweat as much as everyone else. I really just use it for anything last minute.

avatar mimi March 4, 2010 at 4:19 am

going to get married soon and i was just wondering if i can use this treatment or any other treatment for excessive sweating on the face… need advice, its urgent!!!! dont want to look dumb in my wedding dress and all make up coming off due to excessive sweating… HELP pLZZZZZZZZZ..

avatar Jina J. April 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

Once a week, after my shower, I pour some baking soda on my wash cloth and scrub all over my body with it. I make sure I have covered my entire body with baking soda for 3-5 mins. then rinse. It has greatly reduced my body odour and also exfoliates the skin making it soft. Give it a try. may work for you.

avatar mubeen June 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

u did not say that how much qty of backing soda have to add to water for hand sweating.

avatar Pam A. June 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I will consider giving this a try as I have had good results with baking soda in the past. Like Jina J. I am more concerned with odor than a lot of sweating, which I do quite a bit. Will post results as soon as I have them!

avatar Adam July 29, 2010 at 3:11 am

I tried today the bath for the first time. I sweat more. Did anyone have a negative effect at first but positive after a few days?


avatar teachersoon October 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I know that baking soda helps a lot with sweating and odor. I have used it on my pubic area as well as under my arms and no longer need to take three showers a day! I just sprinkle some on in both of the afore mentioned areas and voila! It is amazing.

Although I have great success in eliminating the body odor and excessive sweating, a new problem has occured; bumps. I am accrediting this to the baking soda, since I have never had this problem before. I have even used the baking soda on my face as a mask (just as another guest mentioned) and have acquired a bump so large on my chin that it looks as though my face has extended downwards about 3 inches. Therefore, I am unsure as to whether I should do a baking soda bath blast or not. If I do, I will come back and post comments. Thanks for the tips.

avatar mr g June 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

i’ve tried everything, literally: hypnosis, acupuncture, aluminium chloride, soda, cider vinegar, lime. everything. it’s in my mind. i’m getting out of it now with cbt therapy: highly recommended to everyone as it works on your mind. try to read about it first: how to overcome social anxiety is the book that summarise the cognitive behavioural therapy and i am currently on my 3rd session with a therapist. it’s working. good luck

avatar Nikkki September 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm


I don’t now whether i shoud try this or not. If you do have trouble with sweaty hands there is a persription that really helps! All you have to do is put some on you hands at night and then in the moring you wash your hands with soap and water and your goo to go. It truly works! I dont know if it works on your arm pits… i will try and report back ASAP.

avatar Jamie October 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

I have been struggling with really bad underarm odor, no matter what deodorant I use. I tried just rubbing a small amount of baking soda in my palms and putting under my arms after shower and the odor is all but gone! Amazing..except now I do get small red bumps all under my arms (irritation) and frequently bumps under the skin that feel like swollen painful glands? I hate the bumps, but the odor was worse…any suggestions?

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