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Keeping Pool Toys and Lawn Furniture Fresh

I was challenged to use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to tackle a large cleaning project around my home. I’ve already successfully used Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to clean my children’s bath toys and stuffed animals as well as to freshen our diaper pail and deodorize our refrigerator. I’ve also tested Arm & Hammer’s Spinbrush and Whitening Toothpaste.

I don’t particularly enjoy large cleaning projects, but I do enjoy eating outside and playing with my kids in the pool. So I decided that I would use the Arm & Hammer Switch & Save Challenge as an opportunity to clean my outdoor patio furniture and my children’s pool toys.

To clean my children’s pool toys and outdoor toys (like plastic trucks, buckets and water table accessories), all I had to do was mix ¼ cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with a quart of warm water. I scrubbed off the larger toys with a rag and then rinsed them with a hose. Not only did it work like a charm, but it was a heck of a lot safer than using a chemical product like bleach around my kids. Small toys can be soaked in the solution and then rinsed off. Since my 4 year old wanted to help, I let him clean the toy boats, trucks and small outdoor toys in a big bucket of warm water and Arm & Hammer baking soda. The baking soda is non-toxic, so I knew it couldn’t hurt him. I appreciated his cleaning assistance, and he liked pretending he was running a car wash!

The ¼ cup baking soda solution also worked for cleaning off my plastic outdoor furniture. Since the cleaning solution had no dangerous chemicals, I let my 4 year old help. He missed plenty of spots, but it was a very easy way to tackle a big project together!

The maker of ARM & HAMMER® products challenged me to switch to ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda and this summer, they are giving away $12,000 in the ARM & HAMMER Switch & Save Challenge Sweepstakes. To be entered to win one (1) of twelve (12) $1,000 prizes, simply reply to the question below!

Remember to join other ARM & HAMMER Switch & Save conversations for even more chances to win!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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2 Responses to "Keeping Pool Toys and Lawn Furniture Fresh"

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