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.
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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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.
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.
Disclosure: I received product and was compensated for this post, but the opinions are all mine.