I’m participating in The Switch & Save Challenge, trying a variety of Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you!

I have another $25 Visa card to giveaway this week, so be sure to read all the way thru!

Easy to make at home, and fun for kids of all ages. Here’s how to make your own non-toxic toy with custom colors by adding just a little food coloring or fruit juice, for hours of creative play with the kids!

Baking Soda Crafts

 Playdough Recipe

(how to make homemade playdough)

2 cups baking soda

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup cornstarch


Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over medium heat until thick. Spoon onto plate or wax paper.

variation: replace a little water with beet, spinach, grape or carrot juice to color

*for children aged 2 years or older and require adult supervision at all times.

recipe and photo source 


I‘ve been having so much fun learning about all the uses for baking soda! I knew it had a lot of uses, but this has really been eye opening!

Baking Soda Uses

Some of my favorite uses I read from your comments are:

  • I love it for scrubbing my cast-iron grill pan. ~ Catherine @ Make Myself at Home
  • Baking soda is perfect for the pet owner… from giving a dry bath by sprinkling with baking soda…. just rub it in, then brush out the baking soda…. to deodorizing bedding by sprinkling the bedding with baking soda, letting the baking soda stand for 15 minutes, and vacuuming it up. I doubt my house would smell as nice without baking soda ~ Shelle Pennington

  • I make a baking soda and water paste then apply it to annoying mosquito bites that won’t stop itching. ~ Julie T

  • My favorite is for washing my hair! ~bridget {bake at 350}
  • Baking soda is a great cleaner for oxidized silver (I mean real silver metal dishes). Boil in a large pot of water to which torn aluminum foil is added. Add baking soda. Watch the black marks disappear and dishes look like polished and new. ~ Champa
  • My favorite is to use it to clean pots I’ve scorched. I just simmer a bit of baking soda and water in the burned pot, let it sit and it usually takes the burned right off! ~ sweetsugarbelle
  • I use it to clean the battery or my car. ~Staci A
  • Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda. ~ Tom
  • Every time we have a potty stain on the floor or a bed we clean it first with a vinegar solution and then let the baking soda sit to soak up the moisture and deodorize/sanitize. ~ Jen
  • I used to have “oil” fires in my kitchen just about everyday when I was a teenager. My mom always kept boxes of Arm & Hammer baking soda handy so I could put out my fires easily! ~ Kristen


TidyMom Giveaway

The awesome people at Arm & Hammer are providing one lucky TidyMom reader a $25 Visa Card so you can stock your house with Arm & Hammer products!

win a $25 Visa Gift Card

 Giveaway has ended!  Congrats to #76 Cindy B.

Required entry:

Leave a comment telling me what you have made (can be a recipe, craft or even drain cleaner!) recently using baking soda for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card from Arm & Hammer.

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Giveaway will end on Aug 26, 2011 at 5 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Contest open to US residents only.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save 50¢ off two 2lb or 4lb boxes of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. And be sure to visit The Switch & Save Challenge to tap into more resources and enter to win $25,000.

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