Q. I have really smelly underarms. Sometimes they get so bad even I can’t stand it. I’ve tried using normal deodorants, changing my diet and also applying deodorant crystal stones. Nothing works.
I have read about experimenting with milk of magnesia. How do you apply it? Has anyone had success?
A. Milk of magnesia contains magnesium hydroxide. It has been used as a laxative for more than 100 years.
We first heard about using milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant in 2006 from a reader who learned this trick while traveling in Brazil. Since then we have heard from many readers who find that dabbing it on is effective in stopping underarm odor.
“I am 50 years old and have been using milk of magnesia as a deodorant for more than 35 years. In my early teens I had a problem with perspiration and underarm odor. I was told to try milk of magnesia and 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 didn’t like stick deodorants or aerosol sprays so I reverted to milk of magnesia and have stuck with it.
“When using MoM I barely sweat in the underarm area and I DO NOT have any issues or concerns with underarm odor. I can even skip a few days if I forget to take it on a trip. It works well on the feet and the groin area if needed.”