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Posted by Past Member, on Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:17 pm
I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier. Baking soda. Yes... I use one teaspoon in the bag each time, and it removes 90% of the odor. It's easy, and won't break the bank.

So, no mail-order potions or turbo-charged bathroom fans needed. Try it out, and let me know how it works for you!
Reply by gutenberg, on Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:22 pm
Well now Stoic, this is the type of innovation I really like, keep it simple because you just know every ostomy company can come up with dozens of types of odor fighting products and here we have probably everybody with a box of Baking Soda and just for kicks if you use Arm and Hammer, to beat the shit out of odor, BRAVO, Ed
Reply by shitzengiggles, on Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:31 pm
Yup I use it too, isn't it amazing how the simplest things are usually the best!!!!
Reply by gutenberg, on Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:06 pm
                                 
shitzengiggles wrote:
Yup I use it too, isn't it amazing how the simplest things are usually the best!!!!


How true as sometimes I'm amased at how people come up with these wonderful ideas and SHARE them, the greatest part, Ed
Reply by Carolw, on Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:52 pm
first thing on my shopping list.got to give it a go.cheers
Reply by Mike, on Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:42 pm
                                 
gutenberg wrote:
                                 
shitzengiggles wrote:
Yup I use it too, isn't it amazing how the simplest things are usually the best!!!!


How true as sometimes I'm amased at how people come up with these wonderful ideas and SHARE them, the greatest part, Ed
I never thought of that, its way too simple lol
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Reply by Past Member, on Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:26 am
Will definitely try this. I have been using Tic Tacs (two added to bag after each emptying) - while they don't completely eliminate odor, they do reduce it significantly. Might be a good alternative for when it is inconvenient to carry a bag of baking soda around.
Reply by Ashima, on Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:44 pm
First I learn to use clothespins to keep shirts out of the way of the full-frontal cleaning process,now I learn to add a little baking soda to keep the odor down.  Thank you, everyone, for your helpful hints! You are awesome.
Reply by swiffer, on Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:59 pm
A ++++
Reply by gutenberg, on Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:37 pm
Another piece of tid bit. For sometime I've had this piece of black 1 1/2 inch elastic  band laying around and just lately noticed it was made up of three pieces of the band and each piece was held together with velcro and by removing one of the pieces it worked just right to hold up my shirt and t-shirt and if I wanted I could slip the wafer flat against my skin to get it warmed while getting cleaned up, it was just like having a third arm and when in a hurry was worth its weight in gold. I have no idea of what it was supposed to be used for before I used it this way, but, hey, if the foo shits. . . . . .
Reply by Grammybec, on Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:33 pm
Altoids seem even stronger than Tic Tacs...I too use these on the go, but the baking soda idea sounds great for home.  Thanks for the great ideas, everyone.
Reply by bcdrc, on Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:13 am
works awesome thanks for the tip
Gus
Reply by Gus, on Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:24 pm
                                 
gutenberg wrote:
                                 
shitzengiggles wrote:
Yup I use it too, isn't it amazing how the simplest things are usually the best!!!!


How true as sometimes I'm amased at how people come up with these wonderful ideas and SHARE them, the greatest part, Ed


Necessity is the mother of invention. Some of the smells I produce make iot really necessary
Reply by beyondpar, on Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:51 pm
Gus ,  sometimes you kill me...LMAO
Reply by Pinky, on Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:43 pm
Altoids...interesting idea.  I use those mentol-eucalyptus cough drops in my pouch when I'm on the go - I can't claim credit for the idea - I read it in the Phoenix magazine.  This sounds bizarre, but they dissolve and actually make a good scent - I know, hard to believe.   Smile
Reply by 1victs, on Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:38 pm
now you are just too funny!!!! Love your sense of humor on this site!!
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:20 pm
When I was in nursing school the nursing home had us use either mouthwash(works well)
Or alittle more expensive is asprins in the bag takes the smell away!  I think I:ll try the baking soda would keep it clean as well!  If you fing that thinggs are clinging to the bag line your bad wil some veggie oil!
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Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:57 am
I put baking soda in everything, so it was natural that it be my first colostomy hack. Today I found a bottle of charcoal from when we had a fish tank and I put that in there too.

i read about bag liners and they seem like a godsend. Has anyone used them? I've been making my own by poking holes around the top a condom (lubricated, but I washed it with soap) or a rubber glove and snapping them around the flange part of the wafer. I make sure the tupperware is clicked securely and it's great! The visiting nurse came today and she said it was odd but ok. She's right, right? Rubbery, stretchy stuff won't mess anything up? I poke a ton of holes so I think I'm getting air in there and letting it out, too. I just don't get why everyone doesn't do that and I can't find any mention of using condoms and rubber gloves. I Googled for a few hours - that's how I found this site.
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:27 am
on another ostomy support site, someone was going to experiment with the fish tank charcoal, but i don't remember them reporting back. so, it does work then?
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Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:24 pm
It works fine, but I've been sitting here by myself and am so sensitive to smells I keep imagining them! I want to get some of those giant condoms vets use. It would be slightly less gruesome looking!
Reply by Traveling Lady, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:10 pm
My Coloplast bag has a charcoal filter but haven't figured it out as my bag still blows up like a balloon when I pass gas.  I find baby oil works well to lubricate the bag to keep those gooey stools easy to empty and it helps with the odor as well.  You can even buy little travel size bottles to carry in your purse (or man-purse).
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Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:17 pm
                                 
MeMeMe wrote:


i read about bag liners and they seem like a godsend.



i have used the liners and they work well, they are flushable so easy to dispose of. they are simply very , very thin plastic bags. the maker will give you a few free samples to try. i think colomajic was the brand name. i now irrigate and find it far superior to any other method to control leaks, order, and extend wear time of both the flange and pouch. what type ostomy do you have and have you been informed about irrigation?? not everyone qualifies but if the remaining colon is healthy, its well worth the effort. good luck
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:27 pm
                                 
Traveling Lady wrote:
My Coloplast bag has a charcoal filter but haven't figured it out as my bag still blows up like a balloon when I pass gas.  I find baby oil works well to lubricate the bag


TL, if the filter becomes clogged it will no longer allow air to pass through. the baby oil will clog it in short order, so that may be a factor. i use a non-drainable mid size pouch with filter, i always put a tic tac and a small folded up square of tissue in the very bottom of the pouch to catch any liquid. this prolongs the filters life. i can go 2-3 days before the filter stops working. as a rule if i`m out in public i simply change the pouch daily, i feel better. but on days i am home especially if i`m working outdoors i may wear a pouch several days.
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Reply by Past Member, on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:07 am
[quote="MeMeMe"]It works fine, but I've been sitting here by myself and am so sensitive to smells I keep imagining them!quote]

i think we all suffer the imaginary smells. Someone on another forum suggested to get in bed, stick your head under the covers and then smell.
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Reply by Past Member, on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:13 am
                                 
Traveling Lady wrote:
My Coloplast bag has a charcoal filter ...


until the filter is perfect, not just with the filtering, but not getting mucked up on the inside, a filter is just a fancy way of saying "hole".
Reply by Frenchie55, on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:26 am
What a great idea, I never would have thought of that.  Gus, I fully agree, it can reek at times  lol  good save.  Thanks
Reply by banshie3by5, on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:22 pm
baking soda, tic tacs & altoids....great ideas all....THANKS!! I've been using the lubricant deodarant and didn't think the deodarant part worked, lol
Reply by littlewheel, on Fri May 20, 2011 7:02 pm
Now if we can get Arm & Hammer to make baking soda in "little pill form" for carrying convenience.....
Reply by Happiness, on Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:13 pm
I've used a couple squirts of hydrogen peroxide for years, but i LOVE the altoid or tic tac idea can't wait to try it!  Thanks
kbd
Reply by kbd, on Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:33 am
This thread is a bit old, but I wanted to add my experience to it:
tic tacs--they help and are easy to carry with you.
hydrogen peroxide--this helps with the odor.
altoids--a couple of these added to the bag were my best experience at helping to eliminate odor, plus they are portable, and here in the US can usually be found in the check out aisle at walmart.
KBD
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