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Travel With A Friend – Baking Soda.

There are 100’s of uses for baking soda and more specific uses for the traveler. Better yet, baking soda can be found on any continent eliminating the need to carry a sack of toiletries. Some of my uses:

  1. Toothpaste and mouth wash – Moisten your tooth-brush and dip it in baking soda. Brush, rinse, and then gargle with water. It tastes like crap, but you’ll have a nice smile in minutes, provided you have a couple of teeth.
  2. Anti-acid – Never knowing when you will get heart burn or indigestion, a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water is the cure. Do not exceed 3-4 tsp. per day. A necessity in Hong Kong after eating squab (fried pigeon).
  3. Cure for muscle pain – After a day of exploring Aztec ruins, muscles can get very sore. This is, in large part, due to lactate building up in the muscle. Baking soda is a base and counteracts lactic acid relieving muscle soreness. It is also good for relieving the cramps of dehydration. If you are a healthy adult, do not exceed 3-4 tsp. a day.
  4. Insect bites – Make a paste with water and apply to insect bites for quick relief of pain.
  5. Clean brushes and combs – A couple of teaspoons mixed in a 12 ounce glass of water cleans and disinfects. You don’t want a head full of scabies from that perfectly good comb you found on the sidewalk. If you do get them, use Permethrin cream (5% elimite) to treat.
  6. Cleaning cook and camp ware – Baking soda and water scrub and scorer pots, pans, and skillets with or without detergent. This is most effective if you’re upstream from sewage draining into the water.
  7. Hand washing – Water and baking soda cleans germs, dirt, and oil. Upstream-see previous warning.
  8. Cleans fruits and vegetables – Put salads, fruits, and vegetables in a bowl of water with 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda. Slosh around, drain, and rinse.
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