I received a free product from Smiley360 of Arm & Hammer baking soda for this review. The package also included a shaker container and a pamphlet with ideas on cleaning and other uses for baking soda.
I love using baking soda for cleaning! We have four young children. I love that cleaning with baking soda is non toxic and I don't have to worry if a tiny bit of residue is missed or if they want to help clean (which inevitably means getting the cleaning product on them).
We use it regularly for cleaning the bathtub. It has been a while since the tub was done, and we have very hard water that leaves stains on everything. With just spraying vinegar on the tub, sprinkling baking soda, and scrubbing, me and two little ones, ages 2 and 3, cleaned the tub in about 15 minutes. It wasn't perfect, and it probably could have been done in less time with less "help" from my little people.
Previously I would have cleaned the tub with Scrubbing Bubbles spray foam stuff. Then I would rinse and rinse, and be leery of giving the kids a bath before someone took a shower (to rinse some more). When cleaning with vinegar and baking soda, I don't mind when the kids want to take a bath immediately after we're done cleaning.
Yeaaa, I could have cleaned it a little bit better. But...had a little too much "help" and the baby was starting to wake up so had to hurry.
I also use baking soda regularly to clean pots and pans. If the crud doesn't come off simply with my cleaning brush, I'll sprinkle some on. If it's even worse, I'll add vinegar and let it fizz a little. Sometimes do a soak, then clean it. Once again, I like that I can get them clean without using harsh chemicals.
I love reading about more ways to use baking soda. I need to sprinkle some in my daughters boots. They were quite stinky the other day!
We've tried sprinkling it on carpet to help deodorize a room. Hmmm....that reminds me...I really need to do that in the kids bedroom again.
We don't have any in the fridge at the moment, but it's another thing I will be getting done in the next day or two.
I love the idea to use baking soda in the rinse cycle for towels. I add bleach sometimes and they hang on to the smell. I wonder if adding baking soda to the rinse would help with that...
Oh, and I almost forgot, it's of course great for baking! Many of our cookies, breads, etc call for baking soda in the recipe.
Long story short, I would definitely recommend anyone to consider doing more of their cleaning routine with less harsh chemicals by incorporating using baking soda. It's a safe, cheap, effective option!