Regular showers help to remove the dirt you can see on your skin as well as bacteria and other debris that's hidden from the eye. Bathing in warm water (not hot, or you'll risk drying out your skin) and lathering with a gentle cleanser will help to remove dead skin cells and potentially toxic microorganisms, as well as wash away secretions from your apocrine glands. Apocrine glands are the sweat glands that secrete a thick, sugary protein, and they're abundant in our armpits, groins and scalps. This thick, fatty sweat causes body odor when the bacteria living on our skin begin to break it down. Daily showers and freshly laundered clothing will help keep body odor to a minimum.