My family moved into a rental house about two years ago and we have slowly been making it "home". We have a lot to do, but one of the main things I have been focusing on is the deep, deep cleaning. You know, the baseboards and corners… I suffer from terrible allergies to many chemicals so it can be difficult at times for me to clean too much before I'm feeling sick. Then, it may be days before I'm feeling well enough to attempt the cleaning again.
The entire home is also ceramic tile (white!!) except for our bedrooms so I have been using baking soda to get everything back to WHITE!! I also recently learned that I can use cleaning vinegar and baking soda on the beds AND carpet to get rid of urine smells (from our not-yet potty trained boy and our refuse-to-be house trained dogs) and it is working GREAT!!
After a day of deep cleaning in our house, I also like to pamper myself with a little self-care. While I may be using greener products to clean so my allergies don't go astray, I still want to reward myself for the hard work I have put in.
When you are preparing for Holiday guests this year, use these five tips for deep cleaning and then the five tips for self-care – all using baking soda!!
Five Tips for Deep Cleaning
ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda can shine all your holiday silver in no time at all. Before your guests arrive for dinner, make a natural cleaning paste with three parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to one part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
Before guests arrive, remove lingering odors for fresh-smelling upholstered sofas and chairs with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Sprinkle baking soda on upholstery, wait 15 minutes and vacuum up.
Keep the kitchen garbage can and bathroom wastebaskets fresh with just a sprinkle of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Apply regularly as you add to the container, or when you empty it, wash the container with a solution of 1 cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water.
Clean your food prep area and tools with natural, food safe ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda onto a clean damp sponge or cloth and wipe clean, rinse thoroughly and then dry. Great for counters, stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, microwaves, wooden spoons, oven tops, range hoods and more.
Be sure to keep an open box of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in your refrigerator to ensure the freshest tasting ingredients for holiday entertaining. This is especially important when storing garlic, onions or fresh holiday herbs and spices, which will transfer flavors to more delicate vegetables, meats and cheeses in the fridge. Be sure to change the box once a month for optimal freshness.
When I buy baking soda, I don't even consider anything BUT Arm & Hammer and I have come to LOVE the laundry detergent with Arm & Hammer in it. Arm & Hammer is a DREAM for an allergy-ridden family like ours. It deep cleans without all of the chemical smells!!
Five Tips for Self-Care
After all your hard work cleaning for your holiday parties, it’s time to treat yourself to a relaxing bath to unwind. Add ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to your bath for a refreshing soak. Your skin will feel silky smooth.
Dip brush into ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda and scrub nails and cuticles. Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle, circular motion over hands and fingers to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse clean with warm water and apply polish as usual.
For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to 1 part water. Consider enhancing the treatment by including 1 part ground oatmeal. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. (Be careful to avoid eye area.) Rinse clean with warm water. Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use!
Blend 2 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. After a nice soak, make a scrub using 3 parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda and 1 part water. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Feet will feel smooth and clean.
Get rid of product buildup by sprinkling a small amount (quarter-size) of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. The ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
My mom taught me years ago that brushing my teeth with baking soda was the best way to get that between dentist appointments feeling on my teeth. I had no idea there were so many other ways that I could use it to make myself feel great!!
What tips for deep cleaning or self-care do you have?!!
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.