A Lesson in Laudry, Arm & Hammer Style

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I have to admit, laundry may not be the most exciting part of my day. But if it’s something I’m going to have to do for the rest of my life, then I want to do it well and I want to make it FUN!

And who better to give a lesson in laundry than the folks at ARM & HAMMER???? After all, they’ve been in the laundry business for years!

Frankly, I’ve loved getting a glimpse into your lives and routines this past month. It’s been fun for me to see how you turn this ordinary task into something extraordinary with your kids…how you save money while still giving your family what they need….how you too are looking for ways to minimize your effort while maximizing effectiveness in the laundry room.

One thing is certain: there is no ONE way to do laundry. What is important is to find what works for you, get the whole family on board and STICK WITH IT! Whether it’s printing coupons out from the ARM & HAMMER Savings Center, waiting for a sale and then stocking up on your favorite detergent or making sure your kiddos are doing their fair share in the laundry department, you all know how to save time and money when it comes to laundry!

As I move off the laundry train from this month,  be sure to visit the ARM & HAMMER Laundry Care Center for these helpful tips you’ll want to keep on hand:
*Steps to Successful Laundry
*Everyday Stain & Laundry Solutions
*Save on ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergent

And of course you know I wouldn’t leave you at the end of the laundry without a giveaway!

Just share what your favorite laundry tip has been (or share your own!) and you could win a $25 Visa Gift Card!
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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 $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Products. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.

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Laundry Savings

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One way to really cut back on your monthly budget is to save money on something you do all the time…like laundry! Laundry savings can happen in a variety of ways, but here are just a few I want you to think about:

* I’ve considered making my own laundry detergent, but even though I had the raw materials, I never had time to actually make and store it! That’s why when it comes to detergent, I want to use something that is both a great value and something natural to be on my family’s skin. I think that’s why I’ve appreciated getting to try ARM & HAMMER Plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent: the unique gel formula is a powerful blend of the ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda I trust and the supercharged OxiClean stain fighters…plus right now you can print a coupon to save $1 on 3 ARM & HAMMER laundry products.

*We’ve also switched to a HE washing machine (another reason to love the ARM & HAMMER- it has an HE formula!). When shopping for a new machine a few years ago, we found an HE machine that was the same price as standard machines because it was still top-loading instead of the more stylish front loaders…but we didn’t care, it’s hidden in a closet anyway! We also went with a lesser known brand, but one that had double the warranty as more popular brands.

*Shorten your dryer energy time (& ironing time) by taking clothes out halfway through the cycle. If you take them out and hang them up right away, you’ll shorten your dryer time (thereby saving energy & saving money), plus you won’t have to iron as many of your clothes!

*Try not to over-stuff your washer & dryer, but at the same time, try not to do super small loads – neither are very cost effective!

*Remember, time is money, so get people to help you! Whether it’s having kids help fold after laundry is out of the dryer, or getting your family on board by making sure clothes are sorted properly and turned right side out before being put in the laundry basket.

Little changes in your laundry routine can make a big change in your wallet, so what are you waiting for? Start your laundry savings today!

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My Kids’ Laundry Routine $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

2011 09 25 Kids Laundry 005 225x300 My Kids Laundry Routine $25 Visa Gift Card GiveawayNow that I’m a mom, my feelings about laundry have drastically changed. No longer is it just a weekly ritual to get the clothes clean. No way. It has a much bigger impact on our family for two reasons:

1. I want to make sure the laundry detergent I’m using is safe enough to sit on my ids’ skin all day and
2. I want doing the laundry to be a lesson in responsibility for our kids!

I’ve never wanted my kids to grow up assuming life just happens or worse yet, that all they have to do is wake up & show up for anything. Life is fun, but it’s also work. But what I want them to realize is that when we work together as a team, life can be fun work!

That’s why I’ve involved them in doing the laundry from a very young age. Sure, when they were toddlers that just meant having them play in the sheets as I was making the bed or throwing the washcloths around as I tried to fold them. But as they’ve gotten older, I’ve given them age-appropriate laundry tasks to assist me with each week:

* We started with having them sort the colors of the clothes and towels before going in to the laundry.
* As they’ve started with being able to dress themselves, they’re now responsible for sorting their clothes into the right bins after they wear them (and making sure they’re right side out!)
* Now they not only help me sort the laundry as it comes out, but they’re also responsible for folding their clothes. It may not be done perfectly, but it helps me get the job done faster and it teaches them the importance of contributing to the family work load!

If you think about it, our kids spend a lot of time in and around their clothes, which is why I feel so passionately about choosing an effective, yet safe, laundry detergent. When you consider that whatever we wash our clothes with is indirectly sitting on our kids’ skin all day and night, it makes you think twice about what you use in the washing machine!

That’s why I appreciate the ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergent for my High Efficiency machine – not only does it get the job done, but it helps me with my job as a mom!

I want to hear about your laundry routine! Share with me how you involve your kids in the laundry or how you get your laundry done more effectively and you could win a $25 Visa Gift Card! To enter, just leave a comment below about either; you can enter once per day via this method.
For an additional optional entry, tweet this (& leave an additional comment letting me know you did!)
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You have until 11:59pm CST on 10/5/11. Good luck!

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 $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.

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Arm & Hammer Power Gel Laundry Detergent Review

As you all know, Arm & Hammer asked me earlier this year to review some of their products and share my thoughts, tips & tricks with you, my wise & savvy readers! Well, when it came time to review the ARM & HAMMER plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent, I almost forgot!

You see, I actually received the detergent the day I had run out of my last bottle of laundry detergent…so it got put to work right away!

arm hammer power gel laundry detergent Arm & Hammer Power Gel Laundry Detergent ReviewWhile initially I was just thrilled that I wouldn’t have to be further inconvenienced by delaying my laundry day thanks to the arrival of the new laundry detergent, I was soon marveling at the power gel! ARM & HAMMER plus OxiClean is America’s first gel detergent – and let me tell you – it delivers cleaning power in every single drop! This detergent’s unique gel formula is LOADED with a powerful blend of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda, as well as the SUPER-CHARGED OxiClean stain fighters. Translated, that means you can use less, but still do more for your laundry!

Even more thrilling is that the new formula works in both HE and standard washing machines, so that was one more thing I could check off my list of laundry detergent requirements.

Of course, you know I love the value. This power gel detergent gives me the cleaning power I need at a fraction of the cost of regular laundry detergents.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more of my favorite tips & ways to save in the laundry room!

 

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 $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.

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My Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Story Through the Years: Giveaway

My Arm & Hammer Baking Soda story has evolved through the years. This amazingly versatile product is something I can always remember having around our house, though the uses have changed as I’ve gotten older.

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As a child
* I remember my mother adding baking soda to our laundry to help freshen and brighten clothes.

*When I was old enough to brush my teeth by myself, I regularly dipped my toothbrush into a box of baking soda to keep my smile white and mouth fresh.

*Our box of baking soda was always around during the holidays for perfect cookie baking!

baking soda My Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Story Through the Years: GiveawayAs I got older and ventured out on my own:
*I learned how to make a paste with baking soda and water to clean tile grout in the kitchen and bathroom.

*Likewise, I used a similar paste to clean appliances and pots around the kitchen.

*After living with a roommate and her pets, I was thankful to have baking soda to sprinkle on the carpets and vacuum away odors

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*I mixed  baking soda with warm water to clean baby toys.

*Before moving, I relied on baking soda paste to remove scuffs and marks from our walls.

*At the end of a long day, baking soda was a great way to exfoliate my face and feet.

And of course, there’s never been a time when I don’t remember having a box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in our refrigerator icon wink My Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Story Through the Years: Giveaway

These are just my ideas. Arm & Hammer has even more Baking Soda solutions for you and your family!

How do you use Arm & Hammer Baking soda in your home?
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Save on Home Made Natural Cleaning Products

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One of the most common questions I’m asked is “How can I save money and still provide my family with natural products?”

The first place I tell people to save and cut back is in their cleaning products. This may seem like an oxymoron since one of the most important things you can do for your family is to choose your cleaning products carefully. We learned not long ago that many of our kids’ respiratory issues were due to chemicals in the cleaners we were using around our house.

But I don’t have to tell you how expensive it can be to purchase organic and natural cleaning products. So why not save (both your budget and your family’s health!) by trying your hand at making home made natural cleaning products?

One of the staple ingredients for creating homemade cleaning products is Arm & Hammer baking soda. Not only is it incredibly cost-effective, but it is non-toxic and safe to use around your entire family! Just take a look at some of these ideas:
* Use baking soda with a damp toothbrush to remove grout stains and clean in showers & tubs

* Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of burnt pans. Add hot water and soak overnight to remove stain.

* Shake baking soda on to carpet then vacuum up for a natural deoderizer

* Replace half of your regular laundry detergent with baking soda to help brighten clothes

* For multi-purpose cleaning, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 quart warm water in a spray bottle

* Mix baking soda and vinegar as a natural stain remover

These are just a few ideas for making your own homemade cleaners with baking soda. What have you tried?

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Kids Play & Create with Baking Soda

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Those of us who have kids going back to school are still always looking for new ways to play and create with them. Since my time with my kids seems to get less and less as the school year goes on, I really want to maximize my moments with them!

What I never realized was just how fun it can be for kids to play & create with Arm & Hammer baking soda!

Not only does it make me happy to know I can create a ton of toys from a box of baking soda that costs less than a dollar, but I absolutely LOVE that everything we create is safe and non-toxic!

Here are just a few ideas you’ll want to make sure you keep on hand for those weekends and rainy days:
*Play Clay

*Erupting Volcano

*Cork Races

*Magic Beans

*Water Colors

Aren’t these fun? What I love even more is that these baking soda recipes allow you to be creative on a whim! Even if you don’t have plans to play, you can just grab a few kitchen ingredients and start creating!

What is your favorite way to play with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda? Leave a comment below letting me know and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Visa Card! You can enter once per day, but must give a different tip or comment each day. The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm CST on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
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Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Review – A Timeless Classic

baking soda Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Review   A Timeless ClassicWhen you think of  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Timeless? Classic? Powerful? Effective?

What? All of the above, you say? Why yes, I’d be inclined to agree!

There aren’t very many things that have been around since my childhood (& before) that are still as effective today as they were in their original form, but Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is definitely the exception to that rule.

Yes, you’ll still find it in that same goldenrod box with the same powerful muscle emblazened across the front. After all, why mess with a good thing?

What I do love about it is though even though it hasn’t changed, the brand has adapted to embrace new uses we’ve found for their baking soda. For instance, they’ve added a handy date reminder right on the box because they know so many of us use it to keep odors out of our refrigerators and freezers. Not that I was ever guilty of leaving a box in there for more than two months…. (please don’t tell on me!)

To be honest, when I was sent my box of baking soda to review this month, I thought, “Really? Do they really need me to ‘review’ this classic, quintessential product? Doesn’t everyone in America already have at least 3 boxes in their home at any given time?”

But then I was reminded of what my husband always tells me when I think I’m stating the obvious on my own blog when sharing about savings tips. He says, “Don’t assume everyone always knows what you know. We learn from sharing with each other.”

So just in case you’ve never heard of/used/tried Arm & Hammer baking soda before, go buy a box (or two, or three). Your kitchen, laundry, teeth, house, shoes (& more) will thank you!

Over the next month, I’ll be sharing more of my favorite uses for this timeless product, but for now just let it suffice to say I’m a fan. A BIG fan icon smile Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Review   A Timeless Classic

 

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Sign up for a free sample of Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste and then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

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A True Value: Spinbrush $25 Giveaway

Spinbrush 100x300 A True Value: Spinbrush $25 GiveawayIt’s hard to find a true value these days.

In a world of extreme couponing and freebie frenzy, many people would rather sacrifice quality for value. But what does value really mean? When you consider that what you can get for free doesn’t always stand the test of time, it makes you reconsider what is or is not a true value.

That being said, cheaper does not always mean ‘cheap’ when it comes to value. When it comes to high-end products, like electronics, people will often pay more because they think that means they’ll automatically get a better product. I’m so happy to say that isn’t the case with the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush ProClean & the kids counterpart, the kids Spinbrush.

I’ve had an electric toothbrush for years and made the investment because I believed my dental health was worth it. I’m not going to say there’s anything wrong with an electric toothbrush, but if you can get the same effect for one tenth of the price with the Spinbrush, then why not try the better value?!

I want to help you find that true value with two ways to save money:
1. A coupon for $4 off the Spinbrush

2. A chance to win a $25 Visa gift card!

To enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card, I want to know what you think is a true value. Maybe it’s something you’re willing to spend more money on or maybe it’s just something you can’t live without that’s invaluable to you.  Either way, just leave a comment below before midnight on August 15 to be eligible to win.

 

 

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. Get a $4.00 coupon for ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

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It’s a scrub brush! It’s a buffer! No, it’s a Spinbrush!

Spinbrush 100x300 Its a scrub brush! Its a buffer! No, its a Spinbrush!This hundred degree weather has been brutal! And we’re not the only ones feeling the heat – my kids crayons have suffered an untimely death as well. Unfortunately, they decided to die slowly in my kids’ cup holder in our minivan…only to leave pools of hard, colorful wax for me to remove.

We had just picked up my mom from the airport and my five year old son asked, “How are we going to clean this?”
“We’ll use a toothbrush,” my mom replied without missing a beat.

As soon as she said it, I thought, “My Arm & Hammer Spinbrush would clean this even faster than a regular toothbrush!”

I’ve always loved using toothbrushes to clean small items and scrub in hard to reach areas. But now with the affordability of the Spinbrush, I can get new heads to use for cleaning too! So not only is my Spinbrush an amazing teeth cleaner, but now I’ve found new uses for it:
*Scrub brush for grout, jewelry and other tight areas
*Buffer for nails and face – use it to get extra shine on nails, use with cleaner to exfoliate face or Vaseline to exfoliate rough edges around your lips.

Obviously you’d need to use a new head for each activity, but with the affordability of the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, you can buy multiple brush heads for your various needs! And now you can save even more with these Spinbrush Special Offers!

Don’t you just love multi-use household objects? What else would you use your Spinbrush for?

 

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Sign up for a free sample of Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste and then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

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