Q. I just tried milk of magnesia (MoM) as an underarm deodorant and it works GREAT! I couldn’t believe it.
I teach step and hi/lo aerobics for a living and I get very sweaty and stinky. The MoM worked through three straight hours of weights and aerobics and I smell fresher than when I use deodorant.
A. We have heard from many other readers that milk of magnesia can be helpful as an underarm deodorant. It contains no aluminum and may be less likely to irritate delicate skin. One person reported:
“Even so-called mild deodorants irritate my armpits. Milk of magnesia doesn’t. I just apply 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.”