Being a mom to girls, I thought I got off the hook for dealing with big messes, smells, and dirt. Girls are dainty, quiet, and clean, right? Well though I have no boy to compare it to, I can confidently say that I was way off. Girls play just as hard, can be just as enthusiastic about messy games, and I might even argue that they can be louder. I mean, have you heard the high shrill of an excited girl? Some days I think I’m raising the next Mariah Carey. I think it’s safe to say that all moms are familiar with grime and strange smells. It just comes with the territory. However, being that these messes are associated with my kids, I don’t feel comfortable using harsh cleaners. I’ve long been a fan of homemade solutions for cleaning my home, like baking soda and vinegar. Recently my natural cleaning power has been taken to the next level with my discovery of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster.
Don’t be fooled to thinking this is only for laundry use, as it has countless applications that will save your sanity as you try to keep up with the messes your kiddos are making. Today I’m sharing all the details on 4 of my favorite uses for ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster.
Cleaning Children’s Toys
I’m almost embarrassed to show you this, but personally there is nothing I love more than a true before and after. So with that in mind, I give you this: our almost-the-end-of-the-summer water table.
You guys, that is GROSS. There are green splotches and I let my children play in it. I saw this after I dumped out the water and wasted no time cleaning it up to get rid of the evidence of my #momfail.
To Clean Children’s Plastic Toys:
Mix 1/4 cup ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster with 1 quart of water until combined. Soak for 10 minutes, then wipe with a sponge and rinse.
This solution always works wonders for cleaning toys in mass quantities. With cold season sneaking up, it would be a great idea to do this on a weekly basis.
Cleaning a Soiled Mattress
No matter how much a mom believes the overnight diapers’ claim or no matter how confident their children are at being potty trained, accidents happen. That’s why they call them accidents.
To Clean a Soiled Mattress:
First remove the sheets and bedding and wash (see below). Using a mixture of 2 parts water to one part vinegar, spray the stained spot liberally. Allow to sit for 15 minutes to remove the smell. Generously sprinkle ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster until it covers the wet spot completely. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes while the ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster absorbs the moisture and lifts the stain. Then use a vacuum with a hose attachment to vacuum up the residue. Allow spot to dry completely before making the bed. I recommend vacuuming again since any moisture could have dissolved powder.
Cleaning Smelly Sneakers and Cleats
Confession: sometimes Hailey wears her sneakers without socks even though I know this will make her shoes smelly. Sometimes it is just a battle I’m not up for fighting. In those circumstances, I rely on ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster to take care of a parenting shortcut.
To Deodorize Sneakers and Cleats:
Loosen laces on shoes and pull tongue back as far as possible. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster liberally inside the shoe. Let sit overnight, then turn over and shake well to dump out. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before using, as residue could irritate skin.
Boosting Laundry Results
I don’t like to pick favorites, but this simple solution is truly fantastic!
To Boost Laundry Results:
Add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster into washer with clothes and usual amount of detergent. Your whites will be whiter and your colors will be brighter, plus, everything will smell really wonderfully FRESH! Not the fake-scented-fresh, but just good, solid clean, which I love. I use it daily (please tell me other moms do laundry daily too to try and keep up?!) in my laundry. I keep it in the laundry room, but I also appreciate the easy access for the countless other ways ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster helps me keep a naturally cleaner home.
The best part is that it’s really reasonably priced. You can find ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda detergent booster at Walmart and Dollar General for about $4-$6 for a 55 oz box. That’s a whole lot of cleaning power for pennies! No phosphates, no fragrance- just natural clean.
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