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Mom's "Little Helper"

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Are you like me and only think of baking soda as an ingredient when cooking? Or, are you like my friend who thinks of baking soda immediately to solve just about any problem she might face? Crayon marks on the wall - baking soda will get rid of that! Dirty clothes - just throw in some baking soda! Smelly shoes - no problem, sprinkle them with baking soda!

Recently, I attended an Arm & Hammer event in Manhattan and was able to try a lot of these uses myself and I must admit that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda really is Mom's "Little Helper" - and it's an expensive helper as well at $1 a box.

arm and hammer baking soda

In addition to the cleaning solutions mentioned above, baking soda when mixed with water is a great exfoliator for your skin, and a great shine enhancer when combed through your hair, as it lessens product build-up.

Baking soda can also help in the nursery - it reduces odors when sprinkled in the diaper pail, and it is a quick and easy way to clean baby toys and freshen stuffed animals. And, there are lots of ideas for kids activities with baking soda, including making Play Clay, an Erupting Volcano (a science-fair favorite) and even home-made Watercolors.

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With summer coming, baking soda can help clean grungy grills and lawn furniture. The list just goes on and on, and there are even more ideas on the Arm & Hammer website. What did I miss? Do you have favorite ways to use Arm & Hammer baking soda?

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We attended an Arm & Hammer event and received a gift bag of products and tips, but all opinions are my own.

Anna Sandler lives in scenic New Jersey and blogs at Random Handprints.

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