When it comes to cleaning my home, I am always on the lookout for products that will make keeping my home looking good a relatively simple process. As a pet mom to three cats and one Mini Schnauzer, I am in no way a neat freak, because as most pet parents know it is next to impossible to keep your home pristine whenever furry four-legged kids are involved.
In recent years I have been trying to transition to using more natural products, so I couldn’t help but sign up for the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Mission offered by Smiley360 when it was offered to me. If you have never heard about Smiley360 then you have been missing out. It is a free program that allows you to test various products in exchange for providing your unbiased experiences with the product on social media sites.
As you can see from the photo I just received my Arm & Hammer kit, and this is the first week of spring cleaning mission, from 3/15 – 3/28, and the first room in the house that I was to tackle was the bathroom. I have to say that cleaning is one of my least favorite tasks, so finding tools or products that make the task of cleaning as quick and simple as possible is a must for me.
Smiley360 provided me with a handy little booklet complete with tips for spring cleaning the bathroom. I will say that until I received the invite for this mission, I never really thought of using baking soda as a cleaning product in my home. I remember when I was younger that baking soda was commonly used as a refrigerator deodorizer, but most commonly used in baking. I have spent large sums of money on cleaning products each year, and have never actually given a second thought to using something from my pantry.
The tips for bathroom cleaning were actually quite simple. I do not have a shower curtain in my home, so I was unable to test that, but I do have a tub and two sinks, so I decided to tackle the Surface-Safe Cleaning tip first.
While the guide mentioned to use a sponge, I slightly modified this tip by using a microfiber cleaning cloth, and went to work on my tub first. A weekly ritual for me is to soak in the tub with one of my favorite bath bombs from Lush, and the bombs do sometimes leave a bit of colored ring around the edge of the tub. I wet the microfiber cloth, and added the Arm & Hammer baking soda, and went to work. It took a very short amount of time to clean the tub, and the baking soda left everything smelling nice and fresh, with no chemical residue left over.
My next attempt was to clean the sink of soap and toothpaste residue. I used the same process to clean the sink that I had used on the tub, and I have to say that cleaning with the baking soda was quicker than with any other cleaning product I had used in the past. I did not tackle the tip of cleaning the bathroom floor, as that is a more involved cleaning process than I was ready to deal with.
Of the four tips provided in the booklet, the last one I tried was drain deodorizing. Since I had just cleaned the sink, it made logical sense to deodorize the drain as well. I only poured a small amount of baking soda down the drain, not the 1/2 cup that the instructions requested, so I am not sure if the deodorizing will work as well as it should. Drain odor has never been a major issue in my home, so I don’t expect to notice much of a difference.
Out of all the tips provided in my Smiley360 booklet, I would have to say that my favorite tip thus far is the surface-safe cleaning. I have always spent money on products like Mr. Clean, Pine Sol and the like just to wipe down the surfaces of my tub, shower and sinks, never realizing that baking soda could be used for the same task at a third of the cost. Moving forward I will definitely opt to clean with baking soda from now on and the money that it will save me is just an added bonus in my book.