Tackle it Tuesday – Tackling the Tub

by Carmen

Hi Tacklers, Carmen here reporting for tackling duty!

As we all know by now, I am obsessed with ARM & HAMMER® products from dryer sheets to toothpaste and the original baking soda. It just makes the world a better, cleaner place.

Well today I want to tackle my tubs. We just moved into our new place and I am exhausted from the long drive. I need to clean the bathroom, because you never know if the last tenant really cleaned it that well, but I also want to take a bath.

photo credit: ©Phil Landowski

So my mom said, why not do both? She is the queen of baking soda tips and tricks, and told me to add 1/2 a cup of baking soda to a gallon of water to scrub out the tub. Easy and straightforward right?

Well here is a tip that many people don’t know about. You know those expensive bath soaks and salts that can cost you $20 or more? They can also leave a ring around the tub that is hard to get off, especially if you use an oil based soak.

Instead of shelling out cash for a good soak, and then having to clean it after, you can use 1/2 a cup of baking soda to your bath for a relaxing and refreshing soak. Your skin will be silky smooth when you get out, and your bath tub will be clean too!

Talk about two birds with one stone. I used to make fun of my mom for all of her special tips for baking soda, but the apple did not fall too far from the tree.

Do you have any special cleaning tips?

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1 Susan November 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I love this idea.

Janice often puts baking soda in Olivia’s bath to help her skin but I never thought about the added benefit. I think I’ll try it.

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2 Marni November 30, 2010 at 12:03 am

I love this idea! What a great tip!

I’m taking this week off of tackling, but I hope to be back to play next week. Tomorrow I’ve got my Christmas Wish List posting. Maybe you’ll check it out? :)

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3 It Feels Like Chaos November 30, 2010 at 12:37 am

Super idea!

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4 Janis November 30, 2010 at 1:13 am

My family has used baking soda for years! It not only cleans well, softens water for baths and laundry, but if you put some in a drain and pour white vinegar into the drain it’ll bubble and clean the drain. This works for cleaning toilets, too! You can also use baking soda for getting metal marks off dishes or sinks, etc. I have even used it to remove the metal marks from car doors dinging my white car! Baking soda also kills crabgrass while leaving the grass you want to live alive! I could go on, …

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5 Susie's Homemade November 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

Now THAT is a tackle worth doing:-)

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6 angie November 30, 2010 at 9:08 am

moms they seem to know all the secrets I hope that I am as smart as she is when my own children need advice. your mom sounds very smart I never knew that either

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7 Larri at Seams Inspired November 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

I love baking soda…for Everything! I use it once a week on my teeth. I also mix it into a paste to make an exfoliant for my face. (You have to be careful not to get it near your eyes and also not ‘scrub’ too hard.) I used it to scrub the dried on stuff on my pots and pans, casserole dishes, and anything else that won’t come off from baking and cooking. It’s a wonder product to me! :)

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8 carmen December 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I ues it on my teeth too!. I will have to try it to exfoliate! great tip

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9 donetta November 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

I love to use Borax as a scrubber
Arm and Hammer as a laundry booster

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10 Monica November 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

My Grandmother taught me early to use Baking Soda for cleaning many years ago, but I would definitely NOT use it or recommend it during a bath, especially for any female. The girls in my family have learned the hard way that although the idea is inviting, it has huge consequences, mainly Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), aka bladder infections. We’ve used it to scrub our skin during a shower in a washcloth and such, but as soon as we were submerged, well, let’s just say a doctors visit was imminent. Be careful if you use it while taking a bath!!!

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11 Carmen December 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Oh no! That is terrible to hear. I actually went on the ARM & HAMMER website, and they too have the same tip and say it is safe to bathe with. It is always best to proceed with caution though!

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12 Monica December 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Caution is Key!

I don’t doubt a company claims it is safe to bathe with, any company will make a claim to something that the majority of the population will coincide with. As with any product, claims can always be made as long as less than a certain percentage amount of defects, reactions, etc are reported. The best example is Rx drugs. As long as a medicine has only a few percentages reporting a negative reaction, then it is considered a freak allergy and passed as safe…meanwhile, for those in that small percentage…they walk around with a rash, nausea, high blood pressure or worse.

I just want to warn others to be careful when using baking soda baths, especially when used with younger children.

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