Use Milk of Magnesia As Deodorant

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This sounds really weird but it actually works! Okay, part of my pre-torture preparation for a colonoscopy includes three days of taking Milk of Magnesia prior to the actual day. Have never taken it before in my life and needless to say am not a happy camper to have had to pay about $8.00 for a 12 ounce bottle of a product for which only need a total of 6 tablespoons. So what to do with the rest of the bottle? Go online and search for uses of Milk of Magnesia!


I was so skeptical when reading people say it works as a deodorant substitute. I read all of the testimonials and then proceeded to call the nurse at my gastroenterologist's office. I asked if she had ever heard any such thing. Indeed she had and apparently over 90% of the people she has ever talked to about it that have tried it say it works great for them. Of course, I had to test it myself. My official deodorant will now be Milk of Magnesia!

The reason it works so well is because it is an alkaline suspension which neutralizes anything acidic. Perspiration is acidic. Makes sense to me since Milk of Magnesia is used to reduce stomach acids.

Besides the fact that it does not contain aluminum like standard deodorant, it also turns out to cost far less per fluid ounce. It's unscented and I find it does not stain clothing. Simply dab it on with a cotton ball or a finger or you can purchase disposable roll-on bottles. I found several bottles online on eBay and Amazon at really good prices but am happy to not even bother to spend the money and simply dab it on ;-)


By Deeli from Richland, WA

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

I have an upcoming colonoscopy as well but don't know if my preparation torture will include the milk of magnesia but I plan on buying it anyway as it sounds like it may work better than the expensive ones I have been trying. Thanks for this idea!

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

Wow, who would have thought it! Personal items like deodorant are becoming more and more expensive, so I'll use MOM from now on!

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May 18, 20120 found this helpful

It is not just the cost but also the aluminum content of many underarm deodorants that make it a good idea to find a substitute. Check ebay for "deodorant stone" or "deodorant crystal", or look at your local health food store.


I do not know how these work but they are effective in fighting odor. Unless you drop it on the floor and thus break it into many pieces, it should last several years.

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May 18, 20120 found this helpful

My mom had colon-rector cancer, and had to have radiation treatments at MD Anderson in Houston. Her skin was burned from the treatment and they recommended her to use Milk of Magnesia on the burn. She came home with a small case of it that they had given her for the burn. She said it sure soothed the burn too! Another use of Milk of Magnesia.

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