How to Create a Healthy Home – Aluminum in Antiperspirants…

Your Journey Toward a Healthy Lifestyle Begins in Your Home and in Your Body.

You are focused on being healthy, but are you aware of the hidden dangers that lurk in your home?


Aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium are the active ingredients used in antiperspirants. They stop your body from sweating by plugging your sweat glands and pores. If you don’t sweat, you don’t smell. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. There have been many studies on this with conflicting results and more studies are needed.


Use a natural deodorant that does not contain aluminum or parabens. Some common alternatives contain mineral salt (ammonium alum) which eliminates odor by preventing bacterial growth. Ammonium alum doesn’t clog your pores and allows your body to perspire naturally. Essential oils like tea tree, sandalwood, lavender, lemon and Neem can also be used since they are antimicrobial and do not cause sensitivity.

Use a detoxifying supplement to help your body cleanse itself of aluminum.

Avoid products that contain aluminum:

Products and additives to avoid:

  • antacids
  • antiperspirants
  • whitening toothpaste
  • Tylenol Extra Strength
  • baking powder
  • buffered aspirin
  • food coloring
  • processed cheeses
  • dry cake mix
  • pastries
  • croissants made from frozen dough
  • donuts
  • waffles
  • muffins
  • E173, E520, E521, E523 E541, E545, E554, E555 E556, E559
  • aluminum trisilicate
  • sodium aluminum phosphate
  • aluminum sodium sulfate
  • aluminum sodium phosphate
  • aluminium salts
  • bauxite
  • anything dyed red (FD&C red #40 aluminum lake, Allura Red, FD&C Red)

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21 Responses to How to Create a Healthy Home – Aluminum in Antiperspirants…

  1. Amber says:

    Too funny – I was just thinking about this and bought my first natural deodorant. I didn’t realize how many other products were on the naughty list too…. Whitening toothpaste…. Do I have to give it up!!?

    • Amber, there are so many products that contain harmful chemicals out there. It is important to be educated and then make the choice that is best for you. Every item you avoid reduces the overall toxic load on your body. Good luck and thanks for your comments! 😉

  2. Yvette says:

    Wow, and here I though it was only deodorant that I had to worry about – ha! Thanks so much for this information. Whitening toothpaste – really, oh man.

    • I know, Yvette! It is crazy, the more I learn, the more shocked I am. Why is this stuff in our products? It is best to watch the labels and try to avoid what you can. Consumers have a lot of power to change what is marketed to us by choosing to purchase products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. Thanks for your comments! 😉

  3. Such a crazy and extensive list! Thank you for sharing it.

    I think we’ll be learning more and more about aluminum in time and be all the glad we are eliminating it from our diet. Curious about your thoughts (sometime 🙂 on parabens.

  4. I had just read a recent study on parabens and its link to breast cancer. I knew about the aluminum in deodorant and had never used any until this last year when I began to sweat more and have odor with the shifting of my hormones. Thought I would try it for a while… yet after reading the study on parabens, I just stopped. Your post reaffirms this.

    I am surprised to see baking soda as containing aluminum. Is that all baking soda? I am also going to have to drop the whitening toothpaste. Let me know if you are aware of any natural whitening products. I know some of my friends into holistic lifestyles are using baking soda! oh no!

    Thank YOU for your dedication on this subject, Heather!

    • Kathleen,

      Yes parabens are another item to avoid. I did write about parabens and other chemicals in these posts: and

      Baking powder contains aluminum, not baking soda, and you can buy aluminum-free baking powder, but i’m not sure how well it works.

      There are many ideas on how to whiten teeth naturally. Most include baking soda. I have also heard of orange peels, strawberries and vinegar, usually combined with baking soda. I have not tried this. Had my teeth whitened at the dentist with chemicals before I realized how bad it is.

      Thanks so much for your comments and questions! 😉

  5. Shay says:

    Wow Heather! I had no idea the “bad stuff” list was so long. Time to go through the cupboards.

    • Thanks for your comment Shay. That’s what I was thinking when I researched this. As usual, I am shocked to find out that there is so much in the products we consume every day. Have to really keep an eye on the labels, assuming that what is in the product is on the label. 😉

  6. Holy cow! I had no idea that there were so many items on the list. I first learned about the deodorant issue years ago from my husband, but clearly we have been missing many other items. As always, it’s great to have such a thorough resource to be able to rely on.

  7. Jessica says:

    My question is, WHY are they in there in the first place? Waffles? Croissants? Dry cake mix? What could possibly be the purpose in putting aluminum in those ingredients? Is it ALL muffins or just certain ones at the store? I’ve eaten so many of these things – am I in danger now?

  8. Julian says:

    A very interesting and enlightening post.

    For quite a time, people have really overlooked one of the “essentials” in personal care. It is good to know that there are other products that can take the place of the harmful ingredient.

  9. I was with you on the no no list, right up until pastries, donuts, waffles, and muffins.

    Is it all pastries, etc, or is does the no-no rule just apply to those kinds of things that we buy pre-packaged. As in, if I make my own, are they still OK?

    • Hi Felicity. I think that aluminum is in a lot of baked goods because it is in the baking powder. You will find it in pre-packaged baked goods for sure. If you are making your own, there is a brand that is aluminum-free, called Rumford. I have not used it, so I am not sure how well it works. Thanks for your comments and questions. 😉

  10. Melai says:

    My mom told me about this and said that it could cause Cancer. I never really believed until I saw this post of yours. Really now? Well, maybe I need to check my deodorant’s ingredients now and look for the word Aluminum at the back. Plus, reading your list, does that mean I need to avoid eating donuts and waffles? How cruel the world could be! 🙁 Ha ha! Thanks for the important information!

  11. Isabella says:

    The first thing I did after reading this article is to check the labels of the antiperspirants we use at home. I was alarmed after seeing aluminum in the list.

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