How to Remove a Smell From the Vagina

If you have an unpleasant vaginal odor, it can be very embarrassing, and it may be a sign of some sort of infection, or even poor personal hygiene. One of the most common vaginal infections that is associated with a fishy vaginal smell is called bacterial vaginosis, which is caused by gardnerella bacteria 2. This as well as other infections should be treated by your doctor. If you simply have a smelly vagina, there are home remedies that you can use to rid yourself of the bad odor 3.

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Use a vaginal douche to remove any unpleasant smell from the vagina. Before using it, talk to your doctor to make sure she recommends it for you. The downside of using a vaginal douche is that it can flush out other needed bacteria in your vagina, which can disturb your natural pH balance.

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Insert a fresh clove of garlic into your vagina by wrapping it in cheesecloth and attaching a string to it for removal. Garlic has anti-fungal properties that can bring yeast in check, which can eliminate vaginal odors. You can also make a garlic paste and apply it to the vagina externally.

Dip a tampon in all-natural yogurt and then insert it into your vagina. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can balance the pH of the vagina, and reduce the spread of yeast infections. Use all-natural yogurt with no sugar or fruit added, that has live and active cultures.

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Add three drops of tea tree oil into a cup of water and apply it to your vagina. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties that aids in the treatment of vaginal odor.


Use good personal hygiene by cleaning yourself regularly, and keeping your vaginal area as dry as possible.

Always wear clean underwear to prevent odors.

Wearing cotton underwear and clothing can help prevent odors by allowing your vaginal area to breathe.

Wear condoms during sexual intercourse as your pH can be disturbed by seminal fluid.

Frequently change tampons and sanitary napkins as a way to prevent odors.

Only wash the vagina twice a day with a unscented soap. Washing more frequently can disturb your pH balance, causing your problem to worsen.

Limit the amount of foods that you eat which contain artificial sweeteners or high carbohydrates.


If you feel that you have a yeast infection, see your physician.