When you hear of Arm and Hammer baking soda; do you automatically think about baking or removing odor? Those are the first things that always pop into my mind. But there are so very many uses of baking soda! Far more than simply using it in cooking or for odor removal. It can be used on it’s own or in conjunction with other common household items to be used for a green and money saving cleaner or beauty treatment. Who would have guessed? Something as common as Arm & Hammer baking soda can save you a lot of money and give great results for many common tasks you will be performing this holiday season.
Baking Soda Uses for Home.
For me, the Arm and Hammer brand has always been associated with being strong and dependable. I mean seriously just look at the logo! That screams “I’m strong and dependable!” But even more so, is knowing that it has been around for many years! It was always around my house while I was growing up and it’s a brand I know and trust to get the job done right the first time.
But it wasn’t until I grew up and got a home of my own that I learned that Arm and Hammer baking soda was useful for more than just baking or helping to remove odor! You can also use baking soda as a green cleaning agent!
Cleaning with baking soda can really help you cut down on costs, and toxins in the home because it is a natural cleaner that is free of toxins. It is also very inexpensive compared to many other household cleaning products. And best of all, it’s probably something you keep stocked on your shelves all the time.
So what are some of the new ways you can utilize baking soda in your home to have a cleaner home, save money, and improve your beauty regime? Just check out some of our great cleaning and beauty tips that all use baking soda to get the job done!
Baking Soda uses for Cleaning
- Clean produce naturally. Simply sprinkle on produce, rub and rinse. Or for soft skinned or leafy produce, sprinkle in a bowl of water, add produce, agitate and rinse.
- Laundry Care: you can simply add some baking soda to your laundry for whiter and brighter clothes.
- Remove Grease stains on Clothes: add baking soda to the wash load or pretreat the stains with a baking soda paste.
- Treat and launder Cloth Diapers: I also use baking soda when washing the Cloth diapers. It is great when you have extra odor and stains that need removing, yet it is still gentle on the diapers themselves.
- Polish Silver Flatware: baking soda is great for removing tarnish on silver. Simply create a paste with 3 parts baking soda and one part water. Apply to silver with a clean cloth, rinse and shine.
- Freshen carpet and furniture! This is especially helpful when you have kids and pets around. Simple sprinkle the baking soda onto the carpet and upholstery furniture; wait 15 minutes and then vacuum. It removes dander and odors left behind by pets, potty accidents, and spilled foods.
- Simple surface cleaner. To clean any kitchen surface, simply sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda, wipe and rinse. Ta-Da, your surfaces are clean, and it took very little time, effort and money.
- Clear clogged drains; forget about those expensive and toxic drain cleaners. Simply pour baking soda down the drain, add white vinegar and let the fizzing action go to work. Then rinse with hot water to ensure the pipes are fully flushed clear. To keep drains clear, simply pour 1/4 cup baking soda down weekly. Rinse through with hot water.
- This also works great for cleaning out garbage disposals and dealing with any odors that try to creep back up out of the drains. We’ve had some amazing results with this method and our garbage disposal.
- Dish cleaning. For stuck on food sprinkle with baking soda and water, let sit for 15 minutes then wipe clean.
- For dishwasher, add baking soda to the wash to boost the cleaning power of the dishwasher, and also clean the dishwasher and remove odor all at the same time.
- Soak cups in a baking soda and water mixture to remove tough coffee and tea stains.
- Remove Tough stains: create a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda, one part water. Apply the paste to the surface stain and let sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub free, rinse and dry.
I seriously can’t tell you how much I absolutely love using the baking soda and water paste to clean! We have a very out-dated kitchen; with very old blue counters. They are worn and get stains very easily. It’s like it automatically soaks anything that’s spilled on it, into the surface where it stays forever. It also easily gets a very strong, thick greasy film that doesn’t like to come off. This stain (see picture above) has been on our counter since we moved in 2 years ago. I have used countless cleaners, toxic and non-toxic and yet, nothing has gotten rid of it. Yet; I simply created an easy baking soda and water paste…
and then I spread it across the stain. I probably used far more than was necessary, but I really want this stain gone. It is right smack in the middle of the counter and just doesn’t look very nice at all. I then walked away for 15 minutes. When I came back, I simply wiped. I had a few little places where I rubbed the paste in a little bit, but it didn’t take hardly any elbow grease. Then I rinsed it all off. The result?
Well, it’s fairly obvious how amazing it cleaned off that stain! In fact that one spot where I used the baking soda paste is now the cleanest spot on the entire counter. I think I may have to apply some to the rest to make it all look equal. I think it is safe to say that Arm & Hammer baking soda is one of the best natural cleaning substances you could ever stock in your household.
All these cleaning tips with baking soda are really just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more cleaning uses for baking soda. I really love using it in our laundry, cleaning carpets, drains and for stains. It is also still my #1 resource for removing odor in fabrics, rooms and the fridge.
Baking Soda Uses for Beauty
Since baking soda is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms, it is also one of the best choices when it comes to organic and natural cleaning and beauty agents. It’s non-toxic and produces amazing results. Why wouldn’t you want to give it a try? Here are some fun beauty uses for baking soda that you should try!
- A healthy mouth! You’ve probably been seeing the Arm & Hammer brand symbol showing up on your favorite tooth paste on the market. That’s because it’s been shown that using Arm & Hammer baking soda for cleaning your teeth to have amazing results! It helps to whiten and brighten your teeth naturally. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto your tooth brush and brush. Then rinse.
- For a mouth wash add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1/2 cup water. Then use as a regular mouth wash. Be sure to note there is no fluoride in baking soda, so it is an ideal mouth cleaning solution in locations where the water has fluoride added, or as directed by a dentist.
- Create an exfoliating scrub. Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and one part water, and even one part ground oatmeal (optional). Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. (Be careful to avoid eye area.) Rinse clean with warm water. Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use!
- Clean hair brushes and combs. Simply dissolve baking soda in a cup of warm water. Then let your brush and combs soak in the mixture then rinse well. This will help remove hair styling buildup and other impurities that collect on your brush and combs over time.
- Acne Treatment: Create a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply to the acne area. Wait a few minutes then rinse. It will help to clear the skin of impurities without being too harsh on your skin.
- Soothe a sunburn: create a paste of baking soda with water and apply.
- For added healing and pain relief, you can even add lavender essential oil to the baking soda mixture. Then apply lavender oil again to the skin after the baking soda mixture is rinsed.
- Natural Deodorant: if you find yourself in need of extra protection in the day, apply baking soda to under arms for extra deodorant protection. It applies easily, is natural, and actually absorbs odor instead of just masking it.
- For the hair: to remove product buildup in your hair use baking soda mixed with your favorite shampoo. Lather and rinse. The baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
- Pedicure pampering: Give yourself an exfoliating pedicure by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of warm water. After soaking, then create a scrub of baking soda and water and apply to your feet. Rinse and apply quality moisturizer. You can also follow with a nice warm towel wrap for 10-15 minutes. Your feet will sing your praises.
- After cooking manicure: After cooking you may notice your hands retain the odor of the food you just prepared. This is especially true of cooking with onions. Simply create a paste of baking soda and water. Use a manicure brush and scrub in soft circular motion on cuticles and nails. Then apply the remaining paste to hands as a regular scrub. Rinse in warm water. You will find your hands are soft, smooth and the odor should be gone.
- Pampering bathtub soak: this is my absolute favorite beauty use for baking soda. Simply add 1/2 cup baking soda to your bath and allow yourself a nice soak. Your skin will be soothed, cleaned and softened. This is especially helpful when you have any skin irritation and works amazing on diaper rashes!
- For even more healing effects add a little Old fashioned oatmeal oats to an old nylon stocking, tied into a knot and agitated in the baking soda bathtub water mixture. Then soak.
- For a more relaxing effect, add your favorite essential oils such as lavender for relaxing; spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus or even birch oils for colds and sore muscles.
As I mentioned, soaking in the baking soda bath soak is definitely one of my favorites. A few weeks ago I developed an allergic reaction to something; we still don’t know what it was. But it caused a horrible itching rash from head to toe. I took Benadryl and other antihistamines, lathered soothing lotion, applied anti-itch creams and all to no avail. Nothing would sooth the itching rash. I finally (three weeks later) soaked 20 minutes in a baking soda bath soak. The itching is almost all gone, the pain has been soothed, and my skin feels amazing. Obviously it will take a few days for my rash to heal up after all the scratching, but at least I have relief from the itching and burning! Why oh why didn’t I try this three weeks ago?
Again these are just a very few baking soda beauty tips to all the hundreds that are available. The uses of baking soda are almost endless! And best of all it is natural, non-toxic, organic, eco-friendly, and pocket-friendly! It is quite inexpensive to buy and have hundreds of household and beauty uses! Plus, we can’t forget how amazing it works for odor and the more traditional uses for baking.
Do you keep your shelves stocked with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda?
Have you ever used Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for anything besides cooking? Share your most useful tip!
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.