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10 Uses for Baking Soda in Your Home

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You may find baking soda listed in the ingredients of many of your favorite recipes, but did you know that it also has some great household uses? We love using our Arm & Hammer Baking soda every day here at home. There are so many uses for it!  Here are 10 great ways you can use it save time and energy when cleaning around the home.

Microwave Cleaner:

If you’ve got a grungy microwave, clean it quickly and easily by adding a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and place in microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, depending how dirty it is. When the microwave stops, keep the door closed to give the steam from the heated bowl of water a few minutes to work. Remove the bowl and take a moist, warm cloth and wipe the inside of the microwave. The grime should wipe off easily.

Grease Buildup On Range Hood:

If you have grease buildup inside the hood, you can easily clean it with baking soda. First, make a thick paste with baking soda and water. Take a cloth and wet it with hot, soapy water; then scrub the grease with the paste in a circular motion. Wipe off as much of the grease as possible then rinse the cloth in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Reapply the paste and repeat until most of the grease is removed. Once the majority of the buildup is gone, wash the hood with hot, soapy water to remove any traces of the paste.

Dirty Stovetop:

Sprinkle baking soda around the stovetop generously then spray hot water (boiling if possible) over top, enough to dissolve the baking soda without making it run all over. Let it soak for about 30 minutes then scrub it clean.

Smelly Dishwasher:

Freshen your dishwasher up by sprinkling a layer of baking soda on the bottom. Close it and let it sit overnight. The next day use a damp sponge to scrub the baking soda into the inside walls and door of the dishwasher. Remove most of the powder then run a full cycle on empty to remove any last traces.

Mattress Freshener:

When stripping the beds down to wash the sheets; freshen up the mattress by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda on top of it. Let it sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder up.

Trash Can Deodorizer:

Mix 4 teaspoons Eucalyptus oil with 4 cups of baking soda. Store it in an airtight plastic container. After cleaning the trash can, sprinkle a handful of the mixture inside the dry can.

Blood Stain Remover (Laundry):

Blood stains, if fresh, can be removed by washing in cold water. If the stains are hard and dry, soak for a few hours in cold water with a pinch of baking soda. Wash the clothes in cold water. Never wash blood stains in hot water.

Slippery Sidewalks:

Generously sprinkle baking soda on icy patches on walkways. It’s friendly to your sidewalk than salt and makes a slip free zone.

Curling Iron Cleaner:

Clean the gunk off of your curling iron by scrubbing it with a paste made from baking soda and water, then wiping clean with a damp cloth. Be sure the curling iron is turned off and unplugged first.

Crayon On Walls:

Remove crayon scribbles from walls with a paste of baking soda and water then use it to gently scrub the marks. You could also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub clean.

*I am a brand ambassador with Church and Dwight, however, we have used baking soda in our house for many years. I was taught most of these tricks by my mom and grandmother. As always my thoughts are my own. 

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5 Tips to Help New Moms Cope #ChurchandDwight

Do you remember what being a new mom was like? Life was a bit overwhelming. I can remember when I brought my child home, there was much to learn. Between trying to bond, trying to get my child to take to the breast I was a mom simply trying to cope.  During this time of learning, growing, bonding and coping there are some simple things you can do.  There are also great products that will ease this time of transition. Here are five tips along with their products that will help you cope.

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Stop Worrying About Messes

Spills, stains and messes are status quo with a little one on your hands. The hardest part of tackling the laundry is finding a detergent that’s right for baby’s clothes.

The makers of OxiClean™ stain removers have developed a 100 per cent dye and chlorine-free Multi-Purpose Baby Stain Remover Powder and Spray to be gentle on your baby’s washables while being tough on your messiest baby stains. You can pre-treat stains with the Spray and use Powder in every load to make your baby’s cloth diapers, bedding, clothes and accessories cleaner, whiter and brighter.

Schedule Some Down Time

Every day, do your best to carve out some time that’s just for you. Between feeding, changing diapers and lulling your baby to sleep, you may find yourself emotionally and physically exhausted. When your baby is sleeping or enjoying time in the swing or bouncy seat, give yourself a face mask, read a magazine or paint your nails. Even just 10 minutes for yourself will make a huge difference.  I found that even 3 minutes for myself; but more often throughout the day, really helped.  I would take my 3 minutes (when my baby was safe), I’d close my eyes, and breathe.

Gassy Tummy? No Problem!

If your baby is fussy for no apparent reason, it may be a gassy tummy. It’s widely accepted that keeping a baby upright for feedings, burping them often or massaging their belly may help to relieve gas pains. When your child has an uncomfortable gas pain that you cannot seem to soothe, try giving them infant gas relief drops like Ovol® Drops. They provide gentle and fast relief of colic, bloating or gas by helping to break up gas bubbles to relieve discomfort caused by trapped gas – making it easier for a baby to pass gas and burp at feeding time. The pleasant mint-flavoured drops make them easy for parents to administer.

Get Plenty of Rest

A shift in your sleeping pattern, or overall lack of sleep, can be one of the hardest parts of being a new mom. If your baby likes to nap in the morning, nap with them! House chores will always be there so stop using this time to try and get ahead. Even if you’re not actually sleeping, the downtime will give you a boost.  Before you know it you’ll have gone through this initial stage … cherish every moment (good and bad) because one day you’ll miss it.

Soothe Teething Gums

Crying, drooling and tears can make teething quite the ordeal for both moms and babies. Gently rubbing your baby’s gums can help to ease your baby’s discomfort as does a chilled washcloth or teething ring. If your baby is especially cranky, try using an homeopathic remedy like Baby Orajel™ Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel. With the soothing power of Chamomilla (commonly known as Chamomile) and passion flower, this product helps to relieve teething pain and discomfort and calm the restlessness that comes from teething so that your baby can get a good night’s rest.

Help Combat Dryness

Many women experience vaginal dryness after childbirth which can make intercourse uncomfortable for them. To help provide relief from vaginal dryness, try using Trojan™ H2O Water-Based Liquid Lubricants. These two water-based lubricants are made with hyaluronic moisturizer (which locks in up to 1000x more moisture and hydration), allowing you to enjoy comfortable intimate moments with your partner.

Some bonus tips:

To help make the transition easier, try:

  • enlisting helpers (friends, family) that can help around the house, go shopping, or even watch the baby while you nap
  • if you know your due date, perhaps make several crockpots of a variety of meals and freeze them so you can use during the first few weeks after bringing baby home
  • read, read, read …. read up on everything and anything you don’t know about baby
  • locate a new mother’s group to potentially attend … it’s the perfect way to keep social

 

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Tips to Deal with the Back to School Drawbacks

Can you believe it? Summer vacation for the kids is almost done. The freedom and fun of summer will soon be over, and it is time for back to school. With the lazy of summer behind us, there are a few “drawbacks” to getting back into the school routine.

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Laundry: Summer comes with its fair share of stains, but soon gym clothes and uniforms will take over – big time. If your kids wear a uniform to school, you know the importance of keeping these in good condition. There’s nothing worse than having to replace something mid-year. Then there are the extra-curricular activities…hello, hockey jerseys and ballet leotards! These items are pricey, and it’s important to care for them properly. What are the odds these items will make it through the school year? Step 1: beg and plead with your kids to treat these items with care (good luck!). Step 2: Equip yourself with a killer laundry arsenal that’s always at your fingertips. For example, stock up on OxiClean™ Colour Shield Liquid Laundry Stain Remover, it keeps colours looking their brightest. And OxiClean™ White Revive™ Stain Remover Powder has your whites covered as it’s specially formulated to maintain whites – without chlorine bleach! For inevitable stains, turn to OxiClean™ Laundry Stain Remover Spray and OxiClean™ Max Force™ Gel Stick to pre-treat in advance of your next laundry day.

Aches and pains: Real life will ramp up again quickly for you too. Whether you’re back at the office and adjusting to sitting at a desk all day or you’re just trying to keep up with your kids, topical pain relievers such as RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream are essential to have on hand for those muscle aches and pains. It delivers fast-acting, warm, penetrating relief of muscle, joint, back and arthritic pain.

Cavities: Before you know it, Halloween will be approaching and then the Holidays are not far behind. For you, this means an extra-long to-do list. For your kids, it’s the start of a regular diet of candy and chocolate so brushing their teeth will be key! When brushing is fun, your kids will want to brush their teeth! They’ll love the novelty of the moving brush head on Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Kids Battery Toothbrush and designs such as My Little Pony™ and Paw Patrol™ will get them even more excited.

When we think about it some more, heading back to school isn’t so bad! That being said, what are you not looking forward to the most? I bet I have a tip to help!

  • I am a Church & Dwight Ambassador and as such I get to bring you posts each month about products that we use here at home. 
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Road Trippin’ Around Canada this Summer and a Giveaway #ChurchandDwight

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July is the perfect time to take a family road trip, last week we took off for St Jacobs Market and Statford for the day. For us, school is not out – school’s in! My teen is busy studying science this summer at summer school as she prepares to take some advanced science courses in the year ahead. So instead of it being a family road trip. I roadtripped with my girlfriend Tammy and her family. With it being summer there are so many possibilities when it comes to road tripping. You could do like we did and just take a short jaunt or your could do like I did last summer and drive all the way to the coast.

Not sure where you want to go? Here are three great adventures to get your mind wandering and maybe inspire your next trip: Quebec City, Haliburton and Tofino. Not sure what each has to offer? Read more below!

1.       Tofino, British Columbia. Looking for something truly picturesque? Head to Canada’s surf capital – Tofino. Get your family on a ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo and drive along the Pacific Rim Highway for a truly breathtaking view of mountains and lakes, along with rainforest. The area is also known for its trees, which grow in spectacular sizes. Some trees are believed to be 1000 years old.

2.       Haliburton, Ontario. Truly the quintessential summer escape from the big city, you’ll practically feel the stress lifting as you start driving into cottage country. There are several scenic route options, dotted with great ice cream parlours along the way, which all lead to good times ahead. Whether you stay for the day or rent a cottage, you’ll want to make sure you stop at Webers in Orillia, a Canadian burger landmark since 1963.

3.       Quebec City, Quebec. Whatever direction you’re coming in from, stop in a few francophone villages on your way into the old city to soak up the culture, food and French! Making your way through the beautiful and lush countryside, you’ll be thrilled to arrive at your final destination: old Quebec City, a city full of history, architecture, cobble stone streets and endless charm.

Before you head out on a great adventure, make sure you’re well prepared, especially when kids are involved – we’re hoping for less “are we there yet?” and more “wow, this is amazing!” You’ll always want to pack things like a GPS system, snacks, sunscreen, and sun protection, first aid supplies and good music! Personally, when it comes to music I am loving my Spotify app!

To get you ready for your family adventure this summer, here are some very practical products to put in your travel toolkit. We’re sending along product samples to get you started and also have a giveaway for your readers.

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The Church and Dwight Summer Giveaway

GRAVOL™ Natural Source™ Ginger Lozenges – curb motion sickness for you and your kids (over the age of six) with these chewable lozenges – convenient, portable and no water required! GRAVOLTM Kids Quick Dissolve Chewables are a great option for your little ones two years and over! (GRAVOLTM Kids Quick Dissolve Chewables are not included in giveaway).

·         OxiClean™ Foam Pretreat – spills and stains are bound to happen on road trips, treat them the day they happen and then throw the item in the wash a few days later when you make it to your destination!

·         ORAJEL™ Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste 119g, in either Super Mario™ or The Ultimate Spider-ManTM or My Little Pony™ – with road trips come snacks and fast food so ensuring your little ones are brushing is of the upmost importance.

·         Vitafusion™ Women’s and Men’s Complete Multivitamins – are geared towards providing essential nutrients specifically needed by men and women to maintain their health, in a tasty gummy that you can take without water, perfect for on-the-go!

Approximate retail value of the giveaway: $50

Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and let me know in the comments where you are road trippin to this summer.

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May Long Weekend – The Unofficial Start of Summer #ChurchandDwight

Can you believe it? Even with all the strange weather we have been having, the long weekend is coming this week. Yes, we had snow last week but the official start of summer is this weekend.

Often, the May long weekend is left for tedious household tasks. This year instead of prepping the gardens, opening up the cottage or doing your annual spring cleaning, try doing something new and start the summer off right! Have your kids turn off the T.V., shut off your computer and head outside to enjoy your natural surroundings. My daughter and I make a point of getting out in nature this weekend. We always have!

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Readers Digest has put together an amazing list of the best hiking in Canada. While many of these trails are better suited to adults, Canada is also home to some amazing family friendly hiking spots. The Gold Creek Falls trail in Vancouver, B.C. or Webster Falls trail in Hamilton, Ont., are both great examples of outdoor trails that you can tackle with your kids. Be sure to pack a lot of snacks, bottles of water and sunscreen to keep everyone happy and energized throughout the day. With the UV rays so high even if it is not that sunny remember it, I got a slight burn last week when I forgot mine!

If you are not comfortable with the winding car rides that often occur when escaping the city, I suggest throwing some Gravol™ in your bag. Gravol™ Ginger Liquid Gels are easy to swallow, non-drowsy and will help prevent any motion sickness on long car rides – ensuring you are ready to explore! Don’t be put off by the aches and pains that may accompany you after your hike. It is only natural to be a bit sore after hibernating all winter.  Try Rub A535™ Extra Strength to ease those aches and pains. I love this stuff. Since I am working out more, it is getting used often here at home.

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The unofficial start of summer and family hikes also mean short season is upon us, which can be a bit daunting after bundling up in heavy sweaters and thick pants for six months. Try using Nair™ Wax READY-STRIPS before you put on that first pair of shorts. These ready to use strips are simple and convenient, just place and peel! Most importantly they will leave your legs looking smooth and summer ready!

What are you and your family planning on doing for the May long weekend?

*I am a brand ambassador with #ChurchandDwight and am compensated for bringing  you my reader info about the brands, as always my opinions are mine.