Green tip for week #35 — Week of December 28, 2008

Realize the wonders of Baking Soda

Baking Soda, such as the trusty Arm & Hammer box you likely already have for your baking or in your fridge to fight odors, can also be an effective and “green” cleaning product.  Not only can this wonderful product be used to keep your fridge or freezer fresh and deodorized, but you can also use it in lunch boxes, garbage cans, and elsewhere.  It also makes a great cleaner, by mixing water and baking soda to clean dishes, floors, microwaves, and much more.

One great use of Arm & Hammer baking soda is to remove odors or hidden smells from carpet by sprinkling the baking soda directly on the carpet, letting it sit, and then vacuuming it up.  This can help take away odors that vacuuming alone won’t remove, and that sprays and harsh chemicals often only mask.  You can do the same thing with upholstery and fabric on furniture.

Or, sprinkle a bit of baking soda into your recycling or garbage can as it fills to help deodorize, and then clean the empty garbage and recycling cans by mixing Arm & Hammer with water as a cleaning agent.  A mixture of baking soda and water also makes a great spot-cleaner for marks on walls or painted surfaces.

Believe it or not, there are even ways to use baking soda to clean your teeth, hair, and skin, and to clean baby bottles, dishes, and to help with other daily household chores.  While using Arm & Hammer baking soda may not eliminate your use of other cleaning chemicals, reducing your dependence on harsh chemicals is a step in the right direction, and Arm & Hammer offers many cleaning and deodorizing benefits other cleansers lack, with less harm done to the environment.

For more great green cleaning ideas, visit the Arm & Hammer website for an extensive list of uses for Arm & Hammer baking soda throughout the home.

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