Personal Hygiene

Milk of Magnesia – Deodorant?




Magnesium is an essential mineral, which is all too often overlooked.

Magnesium helps increase energy, treats insomnia and helps you fall asleep, it helps digestion and relieves constipation, relieves muscle aches and cramps/spasms, regulates the levels of calcium, potassium, and sodium in the body and last but not least, it prevents migraine headaches.

I have recently discovered a new use for magnesium that was a surprise to me when I first heard about it, but it really works.

As a survivor of both breast and thyroid cancer, I’ve developed an increased awareness of the chemicals contained in personal hygiene products.  Just about all antiperspirants on the market contain some form of Aluminum.   Aluminum was found in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients.   It has also been found in the tumors of breast cancer patients.  Antiperspirants and deodorants also contain parabens.   Parabens have been found to mimic estrogen and have also been found in the tumors of breast cancer patients.  And yet, they have no evidence to show that aluminum and/or parabens are a definite cause of breast cancer.

Well, after my bout with both breast cancer and thyroid cancer 15 years ago, I decided I wasn’t taking any chances.  I refused to wait until they could find evidence.  I certainly do NOT want a relapse of my cancer.   As such, one of the many precautions I decided to take was to give up using antiperspirants and deodorants.

My decision was not an easy one to make.  I was so accustomed to the smelly perfumed stuff.  Many of the scents and perfumes used also contain carcinogens as well.   Many times, just a couple of hours after showering, I found myself being embarrassed by the smell of my underarms.  Nothing seemed to work.  I tried baking soda, cornstarch, vinegar and lemon juice, as well as natural deodorants on the market, but nothing helped.  Nothing kept me odor free all day.  I was getting really discouraged.  I didn’t know what to do.

Then, I joined The Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook.  It was from that group that I learned about using plain Milk of Magnesia.  Who knew??  I was amazed and a tiny bit skeptical, but it was worth a shot.

It not only killed any odor, but I smelled fresh all day and into the following day.  It also kept me dry.  I have been using it now for 3 years and I will use nothing else.  For fragrance, I dab a drop of lavender essential oil.  I love lavender!  It’s my favorite.

I’ve heard some say that Milk of Magnesia contains aluminum,  Let me assure you that it does NOT.  There are other medicines like Mylanta, etc…that do contain aluminum, but pure unflavored Milk of Magnesia doesn’t.  When purchasing, look for a brand that only contains Magnesium Hydroxide as the active ingredient and Purified water as the inactive ingredient.  Some contain Sodium Hypochlorite, which is essentially bleach.  Please avoid it.  I personally use Dollar General brand (DG Health).  For a 12 oz bottle, I pay $2 and it doesn’t contain bleach or any other nasty chemicals.  You can’t beat that!

My daughter expressed concern as to whether the Milk of Magnesia will cause white stains on clothing.  The answer is an emphatic NO!!  Antiperspirants that contain aluminum cause white stains on clothing.  The white stains come from a chemical reaction between body sweat and the aluminum.  To remove those white stains, distilled white vinegar is the best.

So if you’re concerned about chemicals in personal hygiene products and would like to pursue a more natural approach, reach for MOM the next time you need deodorant.


3 thoughts on “Milk of Magnesia – Deodorant?

  1. I cannot find mag. hydroxide with purified water only. Amazon and Wal-Mart sell it w/the sodium that you say to avoid. I bought some pure powder from Amazon, but it is rather messy to apply to armpits and keep the white powder from dusting the counter, my t-shirt, etc. I would like to make a spray by mixing powder and water together. Have you tried this? What would be the proportions? Would there be a reason to make a fresh batch weekly or does it matter?

    1. I’ve been using Dollar General’s brand of milk of magnesia. It doesn’t have the sodium hypochlorite in it. I used to use Walgreens brand until they changed their formulation.
      As for mixing powder with water, I haven’t done that, so I can’t say if it works or not.
      Try the Dollar General brand..(DGHealth). Let me know how you make out. Good luck!

  2. I did alot of research on this myself. Evidently, most of the dollar stores don’t sell the magnesia we want. I got some powder onlinw and tried applying that to my pits with pom-pom thing. Too messy.
    Then I tried mixing it with water and put in spray bottle and then rubbing it in. Doesn’t dry right away. I couldn’t put a t-shirt on without getting a white stripe on my shirt. I gave up and went with the roll-on Crystal brand of deodorant. I use sparingly every few days. Not ideal, but BO is not grand either.

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