Household Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is a baking staple in most homes.  But did you know that you can use baking soda for other things all around your home?  Baking soda is not just for baking, but for cleaning, fluffing and even a few holiday surprises!

Household uses for Arm and Hammer Baking Soda

Arm and Hammer Baking soda.  Not exactly the coolest kid in the pantry, is he?  I mean, sure we all pull him out when we’re baking for the holidays, or maybe when the fridge is smelling a little ripe from those leftovers we forgot about, but did you know that baking soda can be used for so many other, fun things around the house?  Here are 3 fun ideas on how to use baking soda around your house this holiday season.

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Santa Footprint

1. Santa’s Footprints:  When I was little, my sisters and I would look out the windows on Christmas morning looking for reindeer footprints in the yard.  Thanks to the neighborhood dog, we always saw some! We don’t have snow here in the desert, but we do have Arm and Hammer baking soda.  Trace your shoe on to a piece of paper and cut out the inside creating a foot stencil.  On Christmas eve, fill in the stencil with Arm and Hammer baking soda on your carpet.  In the morning, your kids will see Santa’s  footprints in their house! Just vacuum up later and as a bonus, your carpets will smell nice and fresh, too.

2. Make Fluffier Mashed Potatoes:  Mashed potatoes are a holiday favorite in our home. We serve them for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It can sometimes be tricky, though,  to get the perfect consistency when making mashed potatoes. I like mine nice and fluffy without any lumps, but if I beat them too much, then I end up with gummy potatoes! Adding a pinch of Arm and Hammer baking soda to the potatoes while mashing them will help make them turn out nice and fluffy without turning them in to a gummy mess.  Just add some garlic, butter, sour cream and cheese and you have perfect mashed potatoes!

3. Polish Silver Flatware and Jewelry: As a kid, I can remember my mother getting out the silver flatware  and polishing it up for the holidays.  I was very careful not to inherit that task, but if you are lucky enough to have real silver flatware or other silver serving pieces, you can use Arm and Hammer baking soda to shine them up. Just make a paste of three parts Arm and Hammer baking soda to one part water then rub on with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for a sparkling finish.

Those are just a few ideas on how you can put Arm and Hammer baking soda to use outside the baking pantry!

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.

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