So, finally the date is getting closer and in a few days you’ll be off to the airport to be whisked away to a beautiful Caribbean setting for that well-deserved holiday. Keeping in mind those tropical beaches and soaring temperatures be sure to pack one additional item to other essentials such as a toothbrush, a pair of shorts and your flip flops. Here are eight reasons why you should pack a little package of baking soda in your luggage, or if you are already bordering on the weight limit, be sure to buy some at your destination.
1. Freshen your mouth: Don’t you hate it when you can taste that spicy chicken sandwich long after lunch? Here’s a quick and simple way to get rid of it. Simply mix one teaspoon of baking soda with half a glass of water then swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Spit and rinse. Those nasty odors will be neutralized, not just covered up.
2. Soothe an upset stomach: Traveling means eating foods you’re not used to which can lead to an upset stomach. Use baking soda to ease an upset stomach or to relieve heartburn by adding 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 4oz (about 10 cl) of water. Dissolve completely in water and drink.
3. Underarm freshness: Being on a long haul plane means you won’t be able to wash away the odors of your trip. To arrive refreshed at the terminal for your onward journey, dust a bit of baking soda on your armpits, preferably using some cotton balls. This little trick will eliminate odors and make you feel fresh.
4. Tired feet: After a day of intensive sightseeing, dissolve three tablespoons of baking soda into a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes and feel the tiredness ebb away.
5. Clean your hair when shampooing is not an option: When you’re out trekking in the jungle for a week it’s hard to wash your hair. If you have oily hair and feel the need for your hair to feel clean and less oily on non-shampooing days, take a teaspoon of baking soda in the palms of your hands and rub into your hair, especially your scalp. This will help dry out any oiliness and make your hair smell and feel fresh.
6. Body scrub when commercial soap is not an option: When camping in a nature reserve you can bathe in the river but can’t use commercial body washes to minimize the impact on the water quality. Instead, make a paste using three tablespoons of baking soda mixed with one tablespoon water. Mix thoroughly and use as you would any soap. Rinse or swim it off. Not only will your skin get very clean, you’ll also feel and smell refreshed.
7. Stop smelly sneakers: Baking soda is the perfect product to combat the smelly shoe. You can use it in one of two ways: sprinkle some baking soda directly into a stinky shoe after wearing. This will absorb and kill those nasty odors. Be sure to shake out any excess baking soda before wearing again.
8. Clean dirty flip flops: Travelling to warm countries means that your footwear of choice is likely to be either sandals and flip flops but after a while they can get real dirty and smelly. To solve both issues mix three tablespoons baking soda with two tablespoons water. Use this watery paste paired with a scrub brush or old toothbrush to clean away the dirt and smell from your summer footwear. Use a damp paper towel to remove any remaining baking soda residue and let your sandals or flip flops dry in the sun before wearing them.
These eight baking soda tips will have you feeling, looking, and smelling clean and fresh, while on the road, even in the harshest of situations.
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