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Avoiding Aluminum

Published: June 2, 2010

My husband does not want to use deodorants that contain aluminum. Do you have any suggestions?


We’ve heard that milk of magnesia is an effective and economical underarm deodorant. To test the idea, Post editors tried it for a week and were amazed how well it worked—at least one is switching for good.

Milk of magnesia, an over-the-counter laxative to relieve occasional constipation, is a milky-white liquid that contains magnesium. Small amounts of Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia applied to the underarms with fingertips or tissue dried quickly and left no residue on clothing. No laxative effects were noted.

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