Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tues. Tips: Baking Soda 101: Cheap Uses!

Baking Soda: A Home Tour

Great for the skin, the teeth, the laundry and the toilet. That's the word on baking soda. Arm & Hammer provides an on-line baking soda tour of your home with recipes and unusual uses for the product, which is cheap. Hint: the generic baking soda also works well and costs even less.

Here's an example of the info I found:

"Tips for the Bathroom

Deodorizing Wastebasket

Defeating odors in the bathroom often feel like a waste of time. Keep bathroom wastebaskets fresh-smelling with just a sprinkle of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Apply regularly as you add to the container or when empty wash the container with a solution of 1 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water.

Deodorizing Drains

What goes down sometimes comes back up. To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda down the drain (1/2 cup) while running warm tap water. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. Here's a tid bit to remember - when replacing your box of ARM & HAMMER® Fridge-n-Freezer® Odor Absorber (every 3 months) pour the contents of the old box down the drain to get a little extra mileage.

Mouth Cleaning

Clean up your mouth! ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is a gentle non-fluoride dentifrice that helps keep teeth clean and white. Dip a damp toothbrush in some ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda sprinkled into your palm. Brush as usual and rinse. For a smile that’s Cleaner, Whiter, Fresher(tm) try ARM & HAMMER® Oral Care products with the proven cleaning power of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride. Use it where water is fluorinated or when a non-fluoride toothpaste is desired for adult use or as directed by your dentist or physician.

Surface-Safe Cleaning

Glub in the tub? For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks - even shiny fiberglass and glossy tiles- sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Afterwards, take a nice relaxing bath without the worry of harsh chemicals.

Cleaning Bathroom Floors

Leave it up to ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to speed things up in the bathroom. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda helps remove the dirt and grime from a bathroom tile or no-wax floor quickly and easily. Mix 1/2 cup ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor.

Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

Septic Care

Regular use of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in your drains can help keep your Septic System flowing freely. We recommend adding 1 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda per week to help maintain a favorable pH in your Septic Tank.


A quick pit stop. Dust ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda under arms as needed to feel fresh all day. The magic of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up. For wetness and deodorization protection, try ARM & HAMMER® ULTRAMAX Deodorant Antiperspirant.


Spicy food is yummy until it bothers the tummy. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion, when used as directed. Always refer to the ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda package for instructions. Learn more about how ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda works as an antacid.

Oral Appliance Soak

Don’t let odors keep you tight-lipped. Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh! You can also brush appliances clean using ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

Soothing Foot Soak

A great way to start your home pedicure. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a basin of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub with a paste of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. The hardest part is deciding which color nail polish you’ll use this week!

Hair Care

For locks that rock, remember to shake it. Sprinkle a small amount (quarter-size) of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

Mouth Freshening

Bad breath keeping you tight-lipped? Open up for ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized - not just covered up - so get ready to pucker up!

Refreshing Bath Soak

No cell phones allowed! Wash away more than just tension. Add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your bath to neutralizes acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. Your skin will feel silky smooth!

Skin Care

Face it! Using ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda as an invigorating, yet gentle, facial scrub will leave your skin silky smooth. Great for teen skin and getting ready for self-tanners. Sprinkle a little ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into your palm and mix into a paste (3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water). Apply in a gentle circular motion then rinse clean.

Hand Cleanser

Give yourself a hand with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Forget the harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water, or sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. Your skin will feel softer too!

Cleaning Brushes and Combs

For lustrous hair with shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry."


Kyleen said...

These reasons and many more are why there is always baking soda in my house. It's also good for removing sticky adhesive residue from plastic and glass, and for removing cooked-on food particles from pots and pans (as does salt, if they're REALLY dirty). Don't get me started on the hundreds of uses for hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and cornstarch.

Frugal Duchess: Sharon Harvey Rosenberg said...

lol! A kindred spirit.
Thanks for the tips.

I also love peroxide and I love, love using apple cider vinegar on my hair.
It's such a conditioner, strips away grease and leaves my hair soft:

take care!