A Travel Companion

My favorite traveling companion

I recently took a road trip (I love, love, love road trips) and I was reminded of something very useful that I always take along and never think about. Some women load their bags with their most loved and used toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, lotions and potions mine has one really vital container and a few minor players. What is it that I value above all else in my bathroom kit? A small, old Tupperware container that holds something pure and simple, Bob’s Red Mill aluminum free baking soda.

I am an ardent fan because it has so many uses. Baking soda can be used as a deodorant and to me that is its best kept secret. You can sprinkle it on a damp washcloth and wipe it across your armpits, let it dry and dress as usual. You can just sprinkle it in the palm of your hand and dust your armpits or make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on your skin. Anyway you choose it really works, I guarantee it. I work with people’s noses practically under my arm and I have never gotten a complaint either to my face or to the office management.

How does it work? It neutralizes odor. Most odors are acid based according to Answerbag.com and baking soda chemically neutralizes the odor. I suppose if one tends to be more acidic than alkaline baking soda works even better but perhaps if you run toward the alkaline side you don’t need any deodorant, period. It is not pertinent to this discussion but baking soda can neutralize pet urine and the mouth plaque that causes bad breath in the same way that it neutralizes perspiration.

Click to enlarge and see the greasy spots

Another very useful purpose for baking soda is to remove spots from clothing, even greasy spots. I discovered this thanks to Bonnie, a friend from high school that I recently became reconnected with on Facebook. You see, the spousal unit had a pair of dress trousers that had a greasy spot on them and he needed them, as they say, yesterday. I asked my Facebook friends what they would try to get the spot out. Bonnie, who loves baking soda for everything answered, “sprinkle baking soda on the spot and brush it in and off”. It worked perfectly.

Voila! Spots are gone.

The trousers still needed to be dry cleaned but the spot was gone for that day. Bonnie shared that she has even tried it for shampooing her hair but was not so keen on its ability to clean hair.

Braun Oral B with blob of baking soda

I also use baking soda for brushing my teeth, especially if I notice stain from my tea habit. You can mix it with Celtic Sea Salt and hydrogen peroxide (which makes a paste) and a drop of peppermint extract for an even greater sense of clean. I tend to keep it simple when I am traveling, so I just put a blob on my hand, wet my toothbrush (even my Braun Oral-B power brush), dip it in to the baking soda blob and brush and rinse. The taste is an acquired one but rinsing really helps to dilute the salty aftertaste.

Wow this has been fun. Not only did I get to share a secret ingredient I just found out that it really does remove greasy stains. That shirt has been relegated to the “only under something” category in my closet. The baking soda worked so well it may well be put back with usable clothes again. I also brushed my teeth with my Braun to use up the demo blob and I can tell you the taste is not bad, not good but not bad. So if you want to brush with baking soda perhaps trying this mix of essential oils would help for a number of reasons, two being taste and gingival health.

Do you have a secret use of baking soda that you would like to share. Please leave a comment and let us know yet another use for baking soda.

Here’s to road trips and good travel companions,

Kris

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