Do you know about all the varied uses for that box of Arm & Hammer baking soda languishing away in your refrigerator? We all get that it can keep your fridge fresh and help clean the laundry, but were you aware that it can exfoliate your skin and make your mashed potatoes fluffier? Or get all that built up product out of your hair for shiny, silky locks?
No? Where have you been???
I realize I’m a bit older than your average blogger and mother of a seven-year-old — believe me, I know, I get the “she has three heads” look from several of the moms from my daughter’s class when I say The Diva’s not allowed to listen to freaking Bieber — but you can’t tell me that neither your moms or grandmas ever used baking soda for some cleaning project. I’m only forty-one and I’ve known about the uses of Arm & Hammer’s little yellow box for years. And yes, I learned it all from my Mom, GodMother and Aunts.
I have used it to polish silver, get that foul stank out of my garbage disposal, freshen my carpets and help remove pet hair, make that dear-God-what-the-hell-died-in-the-couch smell go away before company arrives, remove the litter box rank from the bathroom and make my faucets sparkle. Arm & Hammer baking soda is the multitasking powerhouse for cleaning and freshening your home. And it’s cheap. You know I’m all about the cheap, especially in this economy.
Here are some of my favorite uses for that box of Arm & Hammer:
- Stinky laundry? Let’s face it, not even the best, most expensive, laundry detergent can remove the funk caused by our kids and husbands. Use 1/2 cup of baking soda in the wash to freshen and deodorize.
- Have a recycling bin? Sprinkle some on each time you add to the pile and the stink that is being eco-friendly will go away. If everybody who redeems bottles and cans did this, those recycling centers would be much nicer places to visit. Just sayin’.
- Foul smelling drains and garbage disposals? Use that box from your fridge you’re about to throw away and pour 1/2 cup of it down the drain while running warm tap water.
- Grease fire but no fire extinguisher? Use baking soda! Just sprinkle it on and the fire goes POOF!
- Want to whiten your teeth naturally? Put a little bit in your palm, wet your toothbrush, dip and brush. Why do you think all those expensive toothpastes advertise baking soda as an ingredient to whiten your teeth? Because it works!
- Got a slow or clogged drain? Pour 1/2 a box of baking soda down the drain, follow with 1/2 cup vinegar, then cover or plug the drain immediately with a cloth (make sure the drain is dry before you start this and that all drain plugs are removed). Let it sit for 30 minutes, then slowly pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain.
My all-time favorite use for baking soda?
- Carpet and upholstery deodorizing. I LOVE this stuff! I sprinkle it on the carpet and couch, wait 15 minutes, vacuum and VOILA! fresh as the day they were bought. OK, not quite, but boy does it make your house smell good! And when the room is warm, the smell comes out a bit stronger. Plus, somehow the Arm & Hammer helps release pet hair from carpet. BONUS!
Uses for baking soda I found interesting:
- Add a pinch to your mashed potatoes to make them fluffier. I’ve been very afraid to use baking soda for cooking because a few years ago I added it to my banana bread that called for baking POWDER and my loaf was ruined. It was very, very bad. I may try this one, though. Who doesn’t like fluffy taters?
- Add it to your holiday drink to add fizz. Hmmm….
- Making Santa’s footprints on the carpet for Christmas morning. How fun would this be for your kids to find leading to the tree? Then you just vacuum it up and get freshened carpet to boot!
- Add 1/4 cup to your bath for soft skin. Now that sounds like a good soak!
- Use as a natural deodorant. Well, this makes sense. I already use Arm & Hammer deodorant, but if I can get the same effect for less? I’m so trying this!
- Clean your gold and silver jewelry with a mixture of three parts baking soda to one part water. Hey, jewelry cleaner is expensive and my silver is always in need of a good sparkle!
- Use as a gentle body and face exfoliant. I like this. And it’s…inexpensive. Contrary to popular belief, keeping pretty ain’t cheap. Just sayin’.
- Get all that product build up out of your hair by mixing a quarter sized amount in with your shampoo. No more expensive salon concoctions. YAY!
Those are just some of the uses for baking soda. Honestly, all you need to clean your house are vinegar, baking soda and bleach. You can make homemade cleansers with those items, water and a few spray bottles.
Did I miss any other ways to utilize baking soda? Let me know how you use baking soda in your home by leaving a comment.
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