This is just my opinion, you can take it for what it's worth.
I would get rid of the baking soda and invest in a low poo or sulfate (for dilution if you wish) to clarify. Just because you may use a low poo or a sulfate once in a while, does not mean you have failed and should beat yourself up. CG is a guideline, not the Bible. Baking soda used on the hair needs an acidic solution to follow to close the cuticle back up. If you leave it open your hair will dry up so fast. I made this mistake back in the day using soap bars and ended up with a ton of damage to my ends.
Be careful and clarify when you need to so you can get the moisture back in