I have a confession to make. I shouldn’t be here writing a blog post. What I SHOULD be doing it cleaning my home and getting it ready for Christmas. I can’t believe it’s next week! I simply cannot have a messy home for the holiday! My home has to be clean and fresh smelling so that I can relax and enjoy the time with family and friends.
I don’t like to clean. I love a clean home and the way it makes me feel – I just don’t like cleaning.
We have five cats and a dog. I make it a point of keeping my home clean and fresh smelling as much a I can. I pride myself on the fact that people can’t SMELL that we have pets when they enter our home. They can clearly see that we have them but you cannot smell that we have pets. We’ve even had a few real estate agents tell us that, and you know how nit-picky they can be about stuff like that. They want to sell your home so they get their commission so they are the first people to point out if your place has an odor. Ours doesn’t (thankfully).
I used to love to clean with scented products, especially things like carpet power and carpet spray. Since our pets spend a lot of time on the carpets that is where a lot of the odor lives. That all changed about a year ago when our youngest cat was diagnosed with severe asthma. Her asthma is so bad that she uses an inhaler (a human inhaler) given to her through a special device called and AeroKat.
One of the things the vet told us we needed to do was watch the cleaning products that we used. Cleaning products can trigger and attack. We also have to avoid perfumes, sprays, air fresheners and anything else that might act as a “trigger”.
Oh boy! Did that turn my world upside down. I love scented cleaning products. I love candles. I love air fresheners. What was I going to do?
I went back to cleaning with products that my mom and grandmother did – simple products such as baking soda and vinegar.
I grew up on ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda. It’s all my mom ever used. My grandmother too. Both of them used ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to clean almost the entire house. If it worked for them (my home growing up was always clean and fresh smelling), it will work for me too. I tossed out all the harmful, toxic cleaning products from the cabinets and replaced them with boxes of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda.
One of best uses I have found for baking soda is to clean my carpets and furniture. I simply sprinkle banking soda over my carpets and the furniture our pets sleep on the most. If I feel there is a deep routed odor I use a soft brush to scrub the baking soda in. Then I let it all sit for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Then I simply vacuum it up and the odors are gone. The baking soda absorbs the odors.
I used to buy expensive powdered carpet cleaners that did the same exact thing. The only difference is that the scented carpet powders contained harmful ingredients for our asthmatic cat, and they were expensive. I achieve the exact same results with baking soda and it doesn’t bother our cat AND it saves us money since baking soda is incredibly inexpensive.
I learned that I can also turn the baking soda into a scented carpet powder simply by adding a few drops of essential oil to it. I put the ARM & HAMMER™ baking soda into a jar with a shaker top (like the kind of container parmesan cheese comes in). I pour ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in the container about 1/4th of the way. The I add 1-2 drops of essential oil and shake. Then I add in another 1/4th of baking soda and another 1-2 drops of essential oils and shake again. I repeat this until the container is full. Then I leave it for at least 24 hours so that the essential oil fragrance can be absorbed into the baking soda. When I am ready to use it I simply sprinkle it on my carpet, let it sit (I would let it sit at least 15-30 minutes) then vacuum it up. Not only does it absorb odors it also leaves your home smelling wonderful.
I also found a DIY recipe online to make your own room fresheners with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, essential oils, dried herbs and flowers, mason jars and some scrap paper. I can’t wait to make one of those.
I use baking soda to clean all around my home. I replace my sink cleaner with baking soda. It’s also great for cleaning odors from your sink drain, which is an added bonus when you clean your sink with it.
I sprinkle some in the litter box to keep it fresh smelling. I also wash the litter box out with baking soda and hot water.
I sprinkle baking soda on grease splatters in the kitchen. It makes cleaning them up so much easier.
You can clean off countertops by mixing baking soda with water.
I clean the toilet bowl with it. There are literally dozens of uses for baking soda for around your home.
Recently the Ears, Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) had my husband brush his teeth with baking soda and peroxide for two weeks.
Since using baking soda to clean around my home our cat’s asthma attacks have improved. She has really bad seasonal allergies that can’t be prevented, but at least most of the year I know I am doing my best for her. Plus using baking soda is a non-toxic option for cleaning around your home for your family’s health too.
Arm & Hammer baking soda can be used in so many ways aside from cleaning. ARM & HAMMER™ has made it easy for consumers to enjoy the benefits of baking soda without having to buy a box and mix it with water. You can simply buy products with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda already mixed in for you.
Take for example ARM & HAMMER™ Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent. It has two scoops of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda inside.
My mom used to put baking soda into the wash too. Now I know why. It’s because it helps get your clothes cleaner, whiter and smelling super fresh and clean. It’s concentrated too so that you don’t need a lot to get the job done. I also like the compact size and that it’s easier to carry around. Our laundry room is in the basement and we live on the top floor condo (there are no elevators – only stairs). Lugging laundry detergent up and down the stairs is not easy to do, especially when you have a laundry basket filled with clothes. This bottle is small enough to tuck inside the basket along with the clothes. I don’t need an extra hand to carry it.
I like how well it works too. We recently had a few towels that had cat urine on them (our eldest cat has been missing the box lately). I was worried that the smell would not wash out of the towels and we’d have to toss them (they are “rags” anyway). I was pleasantly surprised that the ARM & HAMMER™ Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent not only got them clean, but smelling clean too. Cat urine is not an easy smell to get rid of either.
With ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda you can get your whole home clean and fresh smelling for the holidays. Washing your clothes, bedding and guest towels in ARM & HAMMER™ Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent will also have you and guest room smelling fresh and clean too.
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