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Q. Thanks for suggesting milk of magnesia as a deodorant. I tried it and it works like a miracle. Vinegar did not, and made me smell like sauerkraut besides.

A. Many readers report that milk of magnesia applied to the underarms reduces sweating and odor.

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I tried M of M after reading it in your column, because every deodorant/anti-perspirant broke me out and made me itch. If I used no deodorant, I smelled like an onion. Since I got Milk of Magnesia, no odor, no breakout. Thanks! It works!

Has anyone tried milk of magnesia on feet? If so, I would love to hear whether it worked/helped, etc.

I read the comments that alcohol also stopped bacterial odor, but stung. That gave me the idea for witch hazel, it has small amount of alcohol and is soothing to skin. I put some in an empty spray bottle and use during the day to control odor.

My husband and I regularly use milk of magnesia as a deodorant. We tried it after reading your information about it. It really does the job, and it's easy to use, less expensive than regular deodorants, and probably better for the skin.

I read your July 12 item regarding the use of M of M for underarm deodorant, and after trying everything in the book to eliminate my horrible BO, I thought why not give it a try. Let me say that it works tremendously well and totally eliminates the problem. Thanks for your suggestion on this. I can now go out and around without smelling like an old goat!

I heard the idea of using MoM on the radio program on the very day I decided to find an alternative to aluminum-based antiperspirants. It does work great, and I have been using it on my feet, too, where it also works great. I've found that when I'm really hot (100 degree weather), I do sweat some and have a little odor but once the sweat dries, there's absolutely no odor on me or my clothes.

Thanks for suggesting MOM for underarm odor. I tried it last night and I work up with no stinky underarm odor. I put some on this morning to go to work and so far I still do not have any stinky underarm odor. Thank you so much!!

I've been using a MOM concoction and now I have a swollen lymph node near one of my armpits. What happened? Is this stuff safe? I don't smell but it hurts!

I never in a million years would have thought that MOM could work as a deodorant. Well it does and it's great, no smell at all and I feel like it's way better then deodorant. My daughter, 2 nieces, sister in law and myself have been using it for over 3 months now. Best of all I absolutely love that it's aluminum free.

I need help with excessive sweating of my palms. Any home remedies?


Hello all,

I have been reading every comment on Milk Of Magnesia here.

I have an almost 3year old boy. When i was 6months pregnant i started to get smelly underarms. It wasn't this bad to begin with and I had always thought it was just while I was pregnant. 3 Years on, I still have smelly underarm and it is so bad even I can't stand it.

I've tried normal deodorants solutions to changing diet, orange peels, to bizarre stones to boiled eggs-yes I'm willing to try strange things to solve this extraterrestrial problem.

I am eager to use this milk of magnesia- I am looking online now and I'm wondering what should i buy? Is it powder and just dab on or is it liquid?

Can someone who has used this and had success suggest a brand and instruction on how to use it?

Eagerly awaiting..

MOM works great. Everything else I tried itched like he*l.
Another benefit I read indicated that the skin absorbs magnesium which most people lack in their diet anyway. I would be interested in knowing if that's true. Thanks.

I am a 31 yr old mother of a newborn (busy lady) and for the past 2 years or so, I've had more and more of an underarm odor. Despite scrubbing with soap and water once to twice a day and applying a clinical strength deodorant I would still have a slight smell immediately after all that! It was so frustrating and I nearly just gave up. I tried alcohol and vinegar for a few days and while it did improve, the smell didn't completely go away.

SOOOO, I tried the milk of magnesia as a last ditch effort and it has worked wonderfully!!! It has been a couple of weeks now and I have not smelled anything! My routine now is to wash as normal in the shower, apply a small dab of alcohol with a cotton ball and then the same with the MOM. I don't even use an anti-perspirant or deodorant anymore. Another benefit, my underarms are now very smooth and waxy buildup!

So PLEASE give MOM a shot, you'll be glad you did!!!

i tried the mm and it does work great. I've known about it for many years, and just now decided to try it out again. But after 3 days I have a painful spot under my armpit. Not sure if its a swollen lymph node or sweat gland or what, but whatever it is - IT HURTS! Any idea why this happens???? I see I'm not the only one who has had this experience.

My wife and I have been using the cheap, generic MOM for years as a deodorant for underarms and genital area. I feel that it's safer than using any of the standard deodorants, most of which have aluminum.

I read your comments about using milk of magnesia as a deodorant, and was VERY SKEPTICAL. I had tried vinegar, regular and so called "natural" deodorants, but nothing worked. So I thought, why not? I am shocked and gleefully excited to say that it works!!! After my shower last night I put some one (I usually get funky overnight). I woke up fresh as a daisy.

I put a little more on this morning, and today in Chicago it is in the upper 80's and humid! I am still dry and fresh!!! I have suffered with STRONG underarm odor since I was 12 years old, and believe me, as a woman, it is embarrassing. I am so happy to have found something that works. I just wish I had know about this sooner. I have spent so much money on other things to no avail. And MOM is only 5 dollars a pop, and will probably last me at least 2 months/bottle. Thanks to all of you for you comments. They made me brave enough to try MOM and I am glad I did!! I will keep you up to date on my progress, but I am telling EVERYONE I KNOW TO TRY THIS!!! What a blessing!!!

I am 50 yrs old, I have been using Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant for more than 35 years. As an early teenager I had a problem with perspiration and underarm odor; I was told to try Milk of Magnesia; it has worked well. In my late teens I stopped using it but my T-shirts and white dress shirts would get a yellow stain in the underarm area. I would also sometimes get an uncomfortable waxy feeling in the underarms when using stick deodorants, I never liked aresol sprays deodorants. I reverted back to Milk of Magnesia and have not turned back.

When using MoM I barely sweat in the underarm area and I DO NOT have any issues or concerns with underarm odor, in fact should I run out of MoM or forget to take it on a trip I can skip a few days with out any is as if I am cured with its lasting effect with its usage.

I works well on the feet and the groin area if needed.

As a user for more than 35 years, I wonder why more people are not aware of this alternative.

Re: MofM, I'm thrilled to read all the positives comments about its effectiveness with underarm odor. I no longer perspire but I do have an unpleasant underarm odor that's very annoying. I have been using soda which has been effective, now I have witch hazel and MofM as options.

Yup: It works like a bloody charm! I've used all kinds of deodorants (not anti-perspirants...there's a difference there) but even the supposedly mildest ones caused my armpits to slough off dead skin every three or four days, causing redness and discomfort, not to mention hanks of dead skin on my black washcloths and towels!

Well, I tried MoM (regular, not flavored of course!) and presto: problem solved. I just apply it with my fingertips and a little goes a long way. It's been very effective for up to 24 hours and sometimes longer, even when I'm doing a lot of perspiring. It takes a few minutes for it to dry but it leaves no residue on clothes, which surprised me. I'm sold.

MoM get's the job done. I was tired of the BO, especially with wool clothing. I guess it's just my chemistry, no matter how well I showered up before. EVERYONE should know about this!! Thanks, People's Pharmacy!

I too have been using MOM for several weeks now, since all deodorants seem to give me a rash. It works great controlling odor, but I am also getting these painful bumps in my armpit and wonder if the MOM is the cause. I see others are having this issue too.

MOM works great! The best way to apply it is to take a used antiperspirant container with a roller ball and take out the ball with a letter opener. The ball will pop out with a small amount of force. Make sure to shake up the MOM before pouring into the container, and then replace the ball. This works if you are patient.

How do you apply it?



I've also tried using Milk of Magnesia for a few days, and I have found that it seems pretty effective. My only concern is that Milk of Magnesia is a very alkaline substance, and I've read that applying anything very alkaline may be too harsh on the skin (hurting the skin's 'acid mantle'). I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this?
thank you

Have been using this with great success. When I don't use it, the odor returns. I put a layer on my underarms after showering, and then use Tom's Of Maine Deodorant, and voila. All day long and no odor.

I do wonder though, that since the skin absorbs anything put on it and MoM is a laxative, is it possible this could affect one's bowels? In other words, could it cause soft stools?

Something to think about.

I have been using Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant for three months after trying every alternative out there (like tooth-paste) I find I never feel like I have an odor. Milk of Magnesia works like a charm for me and I am spreading the word.

Hi, I've read most of the comments about MoM and I thought I would give it a try.

For years I have suffered with sweating, it is so embarrassing sometimes when I meet new people. Due to this I have distanced myself away from talking to new people and I really hate it.

Does it really work to stop constant sweating?
and if so how long does the results last?


I have tried several different formulas over the years, suffering from underarm odor since a teen. Clinical deodorants, natural deodorants, salt crystal, tea-tree oil, witch hazel, and NOTHING has worked as well as MOM has. I have only been using it for a week now, but I hope it lasts for me as long as some users here have reported.

Before, I did not have profuse sweating, but immediately after showering I could notice an odor. Alternatives to aluminum-based deodorants would work for a couple of days, but this is actually going over a week now on MOM and I'm super happy about it.

I find using a small spray bottle works best for application, I purchased mine in the travel/trial-size product area of the local pharmacy . I spray one spray under each arm before bed and after showering, and allow to dry before dressing, and have no trouble with odor now AT ALL.

I still sweat mildly, but it's natural for our bodies to eliminate sweat, so I'm not worried about that. It was just the BO and now it's GONE! I highly recommend this to anyone, it's a cheap and effective solution.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: We are delighted to learn that Milk of Magnesia (MoM) worked so well for you. The idea of using a spray bottle makes great sense. Anyone who would like their milk of magnesia in an easy-to-use roll-on bottle can find it here:

Yes I use it everyday and it works wonders... I started using it when my grandmother told me how great it worked. She had to use it because she is allergic to most deodorants. I am sure any brand will work, its a natural substance so I guess they are all the same. I just put some (liquid form) in a small bottle and pour it onto a cotton ball or just your fingers and dab it on your underarms. It drys pretty quick and I get NO ODOR whatsoever. On one occasion at work I got really hot and started to sweat a bit but it did not stink at all. I would highly recommend it. :)


I have tried everything out there since I developed an allergy to conventional antiperspirants and deodorants a few years ago. Most of the natural deodorants on the market did nothing for me. Halfway through the day, I would smell like armpit. I don't sweat a lot, so I don't miss the antiperspirant part, anyway.

I used the salt crystal for a long time but eventually it started giving me thrush every time I used it. I threw it out and bought a new one, thinking it was contaminated, but the new one did the same thing almost immediately. Then I tried a baking soda-based powder, and before long I ended up with the same thrush problem. I am certain it was yeast because the *only* thing that made it improve when it appeared was treatments for skin yeast such as clotrimazole and such.

I figured that the alkaline substances must be messing with the skin's acid mantle or something and causing the yeast to flourish in that localized area, since it was never occurring anywhere else. So, I was worried that MoM would do the same thing, being alkaline. But so far, I have been using it for three months and it has not given me a yeast problem, and it controls odor perfectly.

It has been a very hot, humid summer so far, really putting this stuff to the test, and it has still done just fine. Even when I go to bed and wake up the next morning, the odor is not there. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it continues, because I'm about out of options! But so far, I am very, very pleased with the results. As a side benefit, if my face is getting too oily in the hot summer weather, I apply a very thin layer of MoM to my face and let it dry before adding powder, foundation or whatever and it keeps my face from getting so terribly greasy during the day. I have highly sensitive skin and have had no irritation from MoM at all. I hope it keeps working for me!

My therapist told me about milk of magnesia. I have tried many deodorants and nothing works! I tried surgery to decrease the sweat but I still smell. I tried lipo suction in the underarms but I still stink!. I finally tried botox and it works because it prevented me from sweating but it is soooo expensive. It cost almost a thousand dollars that would only last three months.

I got very depressed that I decided to see a therapist to control my emotion = control sweat = control odor in my underarm. It works for a while. Then, I got depressed again then my therapist told me about a client for hers that told her about milk of magnesia six days before I saw her.

Amazing! It works. I have been using it now for 4 days and it works. Thank you... I was about to have another surgery to control the sweat. But I don't need the surgery anymore. Thank you, Lord!

I, too, have been dealing with excessive sweating and issues with underarm odor. prescription deodorants help, but do not eliminate this problem. When my mom mentioned milk of magnesia I gave it a try, and was elated to find that it worked!! However, after a few days I found that my right armpit was red, painful and slightly swollen.

It seems that this has happened to a number of other people, but People's Pharmacy has yet to comment on this. Could you please let us know if there is any potential danger in using M of M as an underarm deodorant, how often it can be applied, and what the cause (and resolution) of the underarm rash is? I'm excited to have found something that works, but would like more info! Thanks!


I have been using MOM for 1.5 years and it is wonderful. I use it also on my face, arms, chest & back as I garden in the sun without a shirt. I have two concerns and would like a response: (1) I now use the cherry flavored as it seems to be more effective. Is it more harmful than the original because of the red dye? (2) When I share this with friends, they saw that it is normal for the body to perspire and this is not good to stop this process. How do I respond? Much thanks for your answer....

I have suffered from excessive perspiration since I was a small child of 8-9 years old. I have used countless deodorants, anti-antiperspirants ,crystals, baking name it. NOTHING worked for very long, not even the clinical formulas. I've been using MOM for roughly 4months, and I will never switch to anything else. I use it on my underarms, as well as my groin area, and I swear by it. I use a regular, generic formula, and have never experienced any issues. On days that I shave, I skip it just in case.

I am very interested to see that someone else posed a question about loose bowels, just how likely is it?( I'm thinking pretty likely) BUT..... there is no comparison, I would rather poop than stink!!

Ive been reading about Milk of Magnesia for underarm odor, so, is it ok, for my 6yrs old daughter to use milk of magnesia for her armpit. If yes, also, how should I apply it??

I can remember stinking since elementary school and nothing would help. All of the years of being made fun of despite being an attractive girl I became a recluse. I'd wear sweaters and carry extra shirts with me wherever I went. I can swear on my life that milk of magnesia works for me. Its quick. You don't have to put it on the night before. There's no smell even though I did sweat, which is fine with me provided that my sweat to stink ratio was 1:9. I'm so thankful! I just wish I knew about this when I was growing up. I would've been so much more outgoing :-)

I have gotten the same problem using baking soda. I get that when you tug on your armpit hairs while applying and it gets underneath the skin that way causing the swelling. The bumps can be reduced by either waiting it out and being careful not to be rough. Or you can take hot water and a towel and apply it until you cause the pores to open.(doesn't always work).

MoM stopped my underarm odor. I pour some into the provided measuring cap and apply it with my fingertips. It dries in about the same period of time as a roll on deodorant. I haven't had any problem with odor since I began using it a month ago.

My 6yrs old have or should I say had an underarms smell problem, the milk of magnesium did the trick. Thanks to anyone who post it their comments about it. If anyone have a question about anything this surely will b the Website I'll direct them to.

Hi evryone, i am from the Philippines and I am suffering from BO for almost 20 yrs now.I would like to try this MOM but, I am not sure where to buy it in the Philippines and what brand is the best one.

Does anyone have an idea?

pls help, i really want to get out of this smelly situation.


Having a bad problem with body odor. Underarms are fine. Wonder if anyone knows whether MOM will help in this situation?

MOM is milk of magnesia. A blue bottle over the counter medicine for constipation.

Wow wow worked, I am so happy, I thought the bad odor was stress ,alcohol, or maybe I was getting older, I am in my mid 30s and never had this problem...milk of magnesia is a miracle...

This is my first day trying MOM. I am very excited in hopes that this will actually work for me. My question is... I bought a scented MOM, will that be a problem? Or does it work the same?

I used MoM on my arm pits and I had a slight smell and I still sweat a bit so I had sticky arm pits, and I was in my office all day, not in the direct sun/heat. Is the roll on the exact same as whats in the bottle? Or can I add anything to it so I am not "wet" or sticky? thank you

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: The roll-on is almost but not quite the same as the bottled laxative. It has some ingredients to help it roll on more smoothly.

So I've been reading on people's comments about milk of magnesia (MoM) here, but it seems that some are talking about the one that is being sold by the people's pharmacy, which are mostly inquiries and not reviews on the product itself. And others (which is like a majority of them) are talking about the store bought laxative... I'm really interested in buying the roll on since it's more convenient but does it have the same effect as the regular mom that can be bought at the local grocery store? Could it potentially darken the underarms?

I was amazed about the comments about MOM. I want to try it, but the thing is, will it be also effective if I'll try ordinary MOM instead of using the one from peoples pharmacy? Because I don't think it is also available here in the Philippines..anybody can reply to my msg, pls..

MoM didn't work for me. I bought it online. Try searching here in the internet. But unfortunately, my seller gave me an expired one. I have relatives abroad, I asked them to give me one. But the new MoM didn't work either, I had used it for maybe weeks; there wasn't any improvements. Now I decided to consult a doctor, she recommended clindamycin solution for my armpits. I've still hoping for results til now; been using it for 2weeks.

Pls can MoM work for my groin odor? If no, any suggestion about what I can use? If it can work, what brand?

Is it safe to use during pregnancy?

I bought milk of magnesia at local grocery store it worked just fine for me no odor. I was so amazed, but I still sweat so my armpits were sticky. Can I add a unscented anti-perspirant deodorant with this so I'm not wet or sticky and how effective is the roll-on mom from peoples pharmacy?

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