Effective Odor Control Solutions: M9 vs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Nov 18, 2019 8:44 am

Hi friends,

I used to use M9 inside the bag for odor control, which worked really well for a while, but there was a strange odor after a few days that was almost like the M9 was reacting with the plastic in the pouch... I switched to Arm and Hammer baking soda and it works great. I scoop a bit in every time I empty, and with an ileostomy that's quite a few times a day. Cheers everyone. Oh, and I spray a bit of perfume in the toilet water after I flush, close the lid, lift the lid up once to waft the perfume smell into the room, then keep the lid closed.


Nov 18, 2019 3:18 pm

Hi Angela,

I have to admit, when I found this site I was sure I'd learn a great deal about ostomies, etc., but I didn't anticipate learning anything that would make my being short gutted a "good thing". But surprise, surprise.......despite all the challenges associated with SBS, the one thing I DON'T have to deal with is odor! With my gut being so short, the contents just don't have time to ferment and get stinky. I never even thought of that as being a problem for ostomates, and it's just one more topic never explained to me by my doc pre-operation. I'm glad you found something that works for you..........and a cheap solution as well.



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Nov 18, 2019 5:01 pm


I have tried the baking soda too. I do think it helps with the odor but I do not like the way it clumps. I bought some stuff called Smelleze that is basically the same but the clumping is horrible as well. One day they will make something that doesn't just "help" but something that ELIMINATES! I am waiting! Lol


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Nov 18, 2019 5:31 pm

Good idea, ty.

Nov 18, 2019 8:09 pm

Hey Bob, I remember some lady who told me she was always right about everything and her crap didn't stink and .  I never thought about it at the time but now I think I understand.  She had SBS but in her case the "B" was for "brain".



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Nov 19, 2019 3:05 am

Mike... I'm still laughing!


Nov 19, 2019 4:42 am

The lady really needs to tell her friend. She can't always be at home, can she?

Nov 21, 2019 6:04 am

Hi Bob....you are sooooooo lucky your poo doesn't smell....All my large bowel has been removed so I am like an open faucet also...but the contents of my ileostomy stink to high rotten heaven...oh my I am so glad there is a window in my bathroom...LOL...


Nov 21, 2019 7:06 am

Hi Angela,

It's funny to me that anyone would ever consider me lucky, but as I've often said... there's always folks out there worse off than me, which is why I never complain (except maybe online a little bit). So I looked up what causes ostomy odors and came up with this

Other foods that tend to cause more gas production (and odor) include:

Dried beans,
Vegetables from the cabbage family (onions, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower),
Corn, and.

For all my life I've always hated eating all those things, except maybe corn on the cob, and always had to deal with folks telling me to "eat my veggies". And now, what do you know... my disdain for said veggies is paying off! Funny thing though... I drink carbonated ORS all day and night and that doesn't generate any gas at all. Guess I'm just "gas-less", and as you said... very lucky... to be so inclined!