15 Baking Soda Uses That May Surprise You

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Household:
1. Deodorize Wastebaskets – Apply regularly as you add to the container and when you empty it wash with a solution of 1 cup baking soda per gallon of water.
2. Cleaning Furniture – Clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe of with a clean, dry cloth.
3. Musty Towels – Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the rinse cycle.

Kitchen:
4. Dirty Microwave – Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and gently wipe the inside and outside to clean and deodorize. To keep odors away place a box of baking soda in the microwave between uses.
5. Dishwashers – Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher to absorb lingering food odors.
6. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub – Sprinkle baking soda on a vegetable brush,, scrub and rinse. For soft skinned or leafy produce, sprinkle baking soda in a bowl of water, add produce, agitate and rinse.
7. Sponges – Soak smelly sponges in a solution of four tablespoons baking soda dissolved in one quart of warm water.
8. Deodorizing freezer – To keep foods and ice cubes tasting like they should, use the ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda Fridge-N-Freezer Odor Absorber and replace every 30 days. The flow-thru vents expose twice the baking soda to absorb odors that make foods taste funky.

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Cooking:
9. Mashed Potatoes – add a pinch of baking soda to make them fluffier.
10. Tomatoes – cut the acidic level of tomato sauce or chili by adding a pinch of baking soda.

Hygiene:
11. Hair Care – sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your shampoo. Shampoo as normal and rinse well avoiding eye area. The baking soda helps remove the residue styling products leave behind.
12. Brushes and Combs – Remove natural build-up and hair product residue by soaking in a solution of one teaspoon baking soda in a small basin of water. Rinse and allow to dry.
13. Smelly Sneakers – Shake a little baking soda in them between wearings to absorb odor-causing moisture while neutralizing odors. Tap out excess baking soda before wearing again. Use once a week or more if you wear them often.

Garage and Outdoor:
14. Grungy Grills – Sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp brush, scrub as needed, and rinse clean. For greasy stains, scrub with a wire brush and baking soda paste made of three parts baking soda to one part warm water. Rinse Thoroughly.
15. Oil and Grease Stains on Garage Floor – Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush to clean up light duty spills.

Pets:
16. Dry Shampoo for Dogs – To freshen up between baths, give dry fur a light sprinkle, use a brush to work it through, and thoroughly remove.

BONUS TIP: We recently had a week where my son got sick and it traveled through the rest of us like clockwork. I swear every sheet we owned was in the wash. I loaded a “sick load” (to spare you from being more graphic) in the wash with the my usual detergent, some color bleach, and turned on the extra rinse to be sure it would come out clean and sanitary. It was bad people. So bad that every time I walked by the bathroom that leads to the laundry room I looked for something rank in the garbage or a non-flushed toilet. Nope it was the laundry…post wash. Gross! Luckily, ARM & HAMMER had supplied me some of their Ultra Power 4X Concentrated detergent to try out. Not only did it kick the ick, but it came out smelling fresh and delightful using half the amount of detergent! Seriously, I pulled it out and buried my face in it to be sure. I have a new laundry superhero! Use it, for real, you will not regret it.

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How To Remove Sticker Residue

Hello again, it’s Aly from Entirely Eventful Day here to share a helpful tip with you…

I have kids. And what I really want to know is why do they insist on sticking stickers on my furniture? I used to stress about it, not anymore. Now I know how to remove stickers from furniture without chemicals and it’s oh, so easy. Don’t you want to know how…


Tada! Just put a little lemon oil on your finger and rub it on the sticker residue. I was skeptical, but this is amazing and it works! Plus, you don’t have to worry about it taking finish off your furniture.

PS, this is just the brand of lemon oil I happen to own.  This isn’t an advertisement. I’m sure any brand would work just fine.  I hope this relieved a little stress for you.  Next time your kid covers your coffee table with My Little Pony stickers you won’t need to fly off the handle. Just rub a little yummy smelling oil on it.  You’re welcome.

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Great tip Aly! I am always finding sticker on furniture and walls so this will definitely help keep the peace. Now if I could just get them to stop leaving stickers on their shirts when they go through the wash!

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Renew an Old Wood Banister

Have you ever used furniture polish/oil on your banister? It does wonders! It took my old wood banister and breathed some new life in to it. If you have not given it a try, do it! It only takes a couple of minutes and renews and restores the shine. It’s like a much needed drink!


Before


After

You can also use this trick on your wood kitchen and bathroom cabinets. I actually had a friend ask if I had new cabinets after I had used this on them. It really does make a huge difference on older oak or anything that starts looking dry.

This is a great trick when getting ready to sell your home. Costs next to nothing and gives your rooms a mini face lift! It even helps hide scratches and dings.

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Valentine Wreath Results and the Project that Filled Up My Saturday

Well there was a clear winner in the Valentine Wreath vote and she is a beauty!

I did as I said and chose the winner by votes, but when I went to the craft store to pick up my styrofoam heart. They did not have any. Sheesh. I am still on the hunt. I guess that’s what I get for being a procrastinating crafter. Blah. I am still determined to get some Valentine goodness out there so do not despair!

But I did get one red bow tied!

The bag was filled with this…

Wallpaper. Horrendous peach and gray striped wallpaper that I have abhorred since we moved in (4 years ago). I finally tore that hideous wallpaper down! You can see that the border was already missing. Yep, got rid of the creepy happy geese right away. I could not be made to feel like Mother Goose.

So here is where I was after an hour. Pretty good progress with my bare hands. But, then I brought in back up (two spray bottle of water and a putty knife) and it was no contest after that!

I even braved the back alley and let me tell you, it gets scary back there!! A puddle of unknown goo was residing under the washer.

Ah, it’s almost like the poor room can breathe now! Two and a half hours of paper thrashing therapy and I was back in business hanging laundry. I just need to remove those lovely peach blinds and replace them with the Crisp white $2.50 Walmart blinds waiting patiently on the washer.

A little Spackle and a can of paint and my laundry room will be a whole new world. Hubs insists on white and it is a pretty small room so I may agree, but we’ll see what comes home with me. What do you think?

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