Monday, November 12, 2012

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- It's not just for cooking!

It's getting closer to the Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's) which means it's time to start cooking! One ingredient that I use for cooking, especially baking, is baking soda. The only problem: I buy the baking soda and then I only use a few teaspoons out of the whole box or shaker. So what do you do with the rest of it?!? I don't want to just throw it out!!

Well I'm sure most of you know that you can put your baking soda in the refrigerator to help keep it fresh and clean. Well, I already do that one but that doesn't eliminate my problem of the leftover baking soda. I don't use my same box of baking soda that's in the refrigerator in my cooking. Now that just doesn't seem to sanitary to me! Afterall the baking soda is supposed to trap odors from your fridge so I just can't see anyone using that to cook with!

Lo and behold- there are other uses for baking soda! Some of them you may not have ever thought of! Here's a few quick ideas from Arm & Hammer Baking Soda:

  1. A natural deodorant: Not feeling so fresh and dry? Dust a little baking soda under your arms. It works like it does in the fridge. It absorbs odors instead of simply covering them. 
  2. Exfoliator- Yes, it's getting cold and dry outside and what does that do to your skin? Dry it out. If you need to scrub off some of those dead, dry skin cells then you might want to use a paste made from 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water to scrub over your dry hands, feet or even body in a circular motion to gently remove that dead skin. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizer to leave your skin silky and smooth. 
  3. Polishing your jewelry- if you're like me, you always have your hands into something with the kids and what suffers? Your wedding ring and any other jewelry you might wear on your hands. I remember having applesauce stuck in my ring for the longest back when the kids ate baby food. Well, just take an old toothbrush, make your 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water paste and use it to get those rings shiny again. 
My Take: Now those tips above are Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Holiday Tips. Lucky me, I received a box and a shaker container of Arm & Hammer Baking soda. So of course I put it to the test! I have a few holiday tricks of my own that include baking soda. The first I found on pinterest. It's a great way to get ceramic stove tops nice and shiny. Here's the simple directions (I even included pictures):

First- Liberally sprinkle baking soda over your stove top (perfect for that leftover baking soda that you don't want to use to cook with):

Second- Fill a bowl with hot tap water and dish detergent. Soak a few dishcloths in it:

Third- Squeeze out some water from dishcloth and then place over baking soda areas on stove top and leave for 15 minutes. 

Fourth- After time is up, gently scrub off baking soda in circular motions (like the exfoliate idea) and remove remaining baking soda with warm soapy water. Then dry and put on some sunglasses because you will be sparkling baby!! You may notice there isn't a picture. I don't have the greatest of cameras and I just couldn't capture that sparkle. Sorry! :/

So what's your holiday tips for baking soda? I didn't know there were so many. Just search around and I'm sure you'll find some. Or maybe someone has told you some great ones! Either way, I'd love to hear them! 

Disclosure: 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.

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