Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda
Growing up I never understood why my mother always kept a large box of baking soda in our laundry room. Then again, I never bothered to ask. Instead, whenever I baked anything calling for baking soda in a recipe, I took my mixing bowl downstairs to the basement, measured out the amount I needed, added it to my bowl, and made my way back to the kitchen to bake. I knew from experience that baking soda had many uses, but why my mom kept ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda on the laundry shelf always remained a mystery to me.
It wasn’t until I became a mother did I solve the mystery of why my mom kept baking soda in the laundry room. When my oldest daughter was born, we were gifted with cloth diaper service. The service company strongly recommended adding baking soda to the dirty diaper pail to prevent odors from perfuming the rest of the house. Because baking soda is non-toxic, it was a natural and inexpensive solution for fighting unwanted odors. Adding the baking soda to the diapers also served another purpose.
When we decided to continue using cloth diapers after our service expired, I also learned from the diaper service company that baking soda kept the diapers more fresh and clean. In fact, baking soda naturally brightens and whitens clothes as well as fights stains and odors.
Ten years later I still like to add ¼ cup of of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to every load of laundry for its added cleaning effects for minimal cost.
I guess mom’s secret weapon in the laundry room wasn’t really a secret after all. Instead, she was being wise, frugal, and practical – just like me.
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