SOURCE: Arm & Hammer

April 19, 2010 08:00 ET

Naturally Clean and Fresh

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  (Family Features) Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of sustaining our environment and, in turn, can inspire people to make positive changes to make the world a better and healthier place to live. 

It's easier than you think, and a great place to start is by making simple changes at home. Here are some easy and affordable solutions to help you live more environmentally friendly. You may be surprised to find that you already have these household products on hand. 

Did you know baking soda can be used to polish silver flatware, deodorize your household, and exfoliate skin, among many other uses?

Why it works: Baking soda is a natural, safe, effective and gentle solution for multiple personal and home cleaning needs, which is why it has been a household staple for over 160 years. Arm & Hammer has a long history of environmental awareness, and was even the sole corporate sponsor of the first Earth Day back in 1970. 

How-to: Use a baking soda paste made with three parts Arm & Hammer baking soda to one part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces. Additionally, you can sprinkle on upholstery and carpet to get rid of odors, or add it to your face wash as a natural exfoliant. For more tips and information, visit www.armandhammer.com.

Did you know that vinegar can be used to clean surfaces around the house?

Why it works: Vinegar has acidity to help get rid of dirt and grime around the home.

How-to: To clean cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit a while before rinsing clean. To remove lime deposits on your old tea kettle, add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, boil the vinegar for a few minutes and then rinse with water.

Did you know that lemon can be used to remove soap scum and clean and shine brass?

Why it works: Lemons have the acidity to help remove soap scum and hard water deposits, and have a fresh and natural smell.

How to: Spray some lemon juice on tile surfaces to remove soap scum or hard water deposits. Squeeze lemon juice on a cloth and use to polish brass around the home. 

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