Exuding some bad smell from your body is not pleasant. Imagine being in a typical Nigerian elevator on a hot afternoon and this distinctive smell of stale sweat won’t let you breathe. The type that can automatically change your mood and spoil your day. This was my situation yesterday. The last man to join us in the elevator can pass for a billy goat. Such concentrated odour from a 2013 man who is also a lawyer. Really sad! Men sweat more than women, so it’s no surprise they are the worst offenders. But my question is, why do people still smell so? The saddest part of it is, most people that smell do not even know that. We all sweat, yes, we must sweat because its one of the ways our bodies cool down. But not all of us smell. Yes, that’s because sweat itself does not smell but it is a wonderful medium for the growth of bacteria that live in our body which makes it smell after many hours. So it means the main reason why most people smell boils down to poor hygiene. There are simple ways to fight those annoying odour that emanate from your body and its high time you fought them. Are you not tired of people despising you? Are you not tired of your colleagues at work gossiping about you and mocking because of something you can control? Are you not tired of your relationship failing because of simple hygiene? Except you are not tired, you should follow this steps… 1. Wash with soap daily (morning and night), particularly your armpits, groin and feet where there are many sweat glands. Washing removes sweat and reduces the numbers of bacteria that act upon it. Don’t be scared of your soap getting finished, you can go down from using a packet of soap for 750naira to a packet of soap for 100naira to achieve this. 2. Using antiperspirants and deodorants should be routine. It is best to also look for the ones that will suit you more. some work better than others. They are also very affordable. We have some of them as cheap as 200naira only. So we should also use deodorants. 3. Don’t ever wear clothes you have worn yesterday. You do a lot, walking around is enough to make your clothes dirty. Most don’t have cars of their own so use public taxis, so whether it was a sweaty day or not, you should not wear clothes from yesterday. 4. Be sure to always shave your pubic areas. Never allow too much hair on your armpit. Hairy armpits, sweat more and washing them ain’t that easy too. 5. It is also very important that you wash your clothes and take care while washing them. Wash the collars, armpits of your clothes very well. Wash your socks very well too. Its time to help yourself, its time to stop giving people mood swing, its time to fit in, apply these tips and see the change. Except your body odour is permanent, these tips are sure to help you erase them or at least reduce them. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!- Marilyn Anona.