Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (5 biscuits)

Our take: Grandma had it right: Hands down, my all-time favorite cleaning product for everything–pet stains, odor, laundry, sinks–is good old baking soda. It’s environmentally safe (always has been), effective on stains and odors, and it’s dirt cheap.

Baking soda is made from soda ash, also called sodium bicarbonate, a naturally occurring substance found in all living things. Sprinkle it on your carpeting and vacuum it up to neutralize odors. Make a half water/half baking soda paste to clean stains, both on the carpeting (check for color fastness in an out-of-the-way spot first) and in the laundry. If your dog’s bed is washable, put some baking soda in with your regular detergent. You can even recycle the cardboard container.

Arm & Hammer makes products specifically for pets but I don’t think they’re necessary….plain old baking soda is the way to go.

Cost: low

–Phyllis DeGioia

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