I’m starting to discover that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is one of the most under-rated household products for everything from cleaning to cooking to personal hygiene. I grew up with it always in the house but my mom typically used it for baking or inside our fridge to remove those nasty smells that like to linger. Lately I’ve seen some great recipes for cleaning products that make me question why I don’t just make my own.
Besides baking, my favorite way to use baking soda is for my sink drains. Several years ago I looked up a remedy to help remove smells from the drains and garbage disposal. This can also work great for unclogging drains if the clog is relatively minor.
Simply sprinkle some baking soda over the drain and add some vinegar. I love the chemical reaction as it bubbles and builds up. I then let it sit for a bit before I scrub my sink to get it really clean and rinse well. My sink is not only sparkling clean but it smells great too!
Arm & Hammer offered me some great tips for other uses including washing produce and I had a chance to use this one right away! I went grocery shopping and even though I bagged my chicken in a clear plastic bag, some leaked out onto other items in my cart. I was given sanitizing wipes at the checkout and we cleaned everything as best we could. You can bet as soon as I got home I was removing things from their outer packages and throwing them away. I had a bag of apples that I wasn’t going to chance getting anyone sick.
Simply sprinkle some Arm & Hammer Baking Soda onto a damp sponge and scrub your fruits and vegetables, then rinse. Baking soda is a food safe way to clean them. If your produce is soft skinned, add a little baking soda to some water and give them a bath instead!
I am no stranger to house guests and appreciate anything that can help me with getting ready for their arrival or entertaining. Last year I hosted my parents for Christmas and I understand how hectic it can be getting ready for overnight guests in addition to the usual holiday fanfare.
With the holidays just around the corner, here are some more great tips to help you prepare and relax.
Potatoes: Add a dash of baking soda to your mashed potatoes to make them fluffier
Drinks: A pinch of baking soda into your holiday cocktails will give them a fun fizz.
Upholstery: Freshen your sofa and chairs by sprinkling a little baking soda on them and waiting 15 minutes before vacuuming.
Wastebasket: Add a little baking soda to the bottom of your wastebasket or garbage can before adding the liner to keep it smelling fresh.
Bath: Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath water for an amazing soak in the tub after a long day.
Santa: Use a footprint stencil and baking soda to create Santa’s footsteps on your carpet. Vacuum it up afterwards and freshen your carpet in the process.
Hope some of these tips help you get ready for the holidays!
I wrote this review while participating in an Blog Tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received product samples to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for participating.