Holiday Gifting: A Cleaning Kit

‘Tis the season for gifting! While holiday gatherings may be up in the air, you can gift loved ones with something they definitely need, cleaning supplies! Cleaning supply gift baskets are trending as more and more people worry about germs. Whether it’s for the holidays or a housewarming party, gifting cleaning products is a great idea. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites.

Arm & Hammer Essentials™ Disinfecting Wipes Disinfecting Wipes

Wipes can go with you everywhere. They are great for cleaning surfaces and wiping down shopping cart handles. A great thing to gift for a person on-the-go or who constantly needs to wipe down their counters.

Produce Wash

Fantastic for the healthy eaters in your life. With people always touching produce in the grocery store, this Safer Certified Fruit & Vegetable Wash is a fantastic way to clean your produce or a wonderful addition to a fruit basket.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner

After all of the holiday cooking and eating is done it is time to clean. Prevent stinky smells down your garbage disposal with these nifty little capsules. Cleaning and deodorizing with baking soda and a citrus scent this garbage disposal cleaner is a wonderful gift for the cook in your life.

OxiClean pen

Another great on-the-go product is the OxiClean Stain Remover Pen. Great for small stains, this instant stain remover makes for a great stocking stuffer.

10 Germiest Surfaces You Should Be Cleaning

Germs are certainly at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment. And while you may be more attentive to washing your hands and wiping down door handles there still may be some places you’re missing. We’ve collected the dirtiest places in your daily routine that may be harboring more germs than you realize. 

 

Kitchen sink: Lots of things go down your kitchen drain. Especially if you have a garbage disposal. Wipe down the faucet and handles and clean with disposal with Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner.

 

Sponges: Along with the sink a sponge can harbor lots of germs. Germs love moist environments. Make sure you store your sponge in a place where it can dry out completely.

 

Pet bowls: Just like you wash your dishes after every meal, your pet bowls should be cleaned often and thoroughly.

 

Bathroom handles: Everyone uses the restroom. So you may want to increase the frequency of cleanings. Also, don’t forget to wipe down cabinet handles and door knobs using Essentials™ Disinfecting Wipes.

 

Coffee maker: This is another sneaky moist environment for germs to thrive. Wash out the water containment weekly and wipe out the coffee or tea gunk from the pod insert area. Also remove the drip tray and wipe that out thoroughly.

 

Keys: Car keys, house keys, office keys. These get tossed around everywhere. Make a habit of at least wiping them down when you get home.

 

Phone: Let’s be honest. We’re on our mobile devices all day long. If you keep the Essentials™ Disinfecting Wipes close at hand you can be wiping down your phone after almost every use.

 

TV remote: Another device that sees a lot of action. All those nooks and crannies between the buttons can hold lots of grit and grime. Wipe down after every use.

 

Steering wheels: When out and about running errands we find ourselves constantly getting in and out of our car and dragging transferring lots of germs. Keep disinfecting wipes handy to use after each drive.

 

Keyboard and mouse: Fingers flying across your keyboard can track lots of germs into those little crevices. Make sure to spray or wipe down your desk space at least once a day.

12 Items You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

An eco-friendly kitchen gadget, the modern garbage disposal is becoming a common fixture in American homes. On the market since 1938, garbage disposals are a great way to cut back your trash output. With proper care these nifty machines can be used to grind your organic waste for years.

To avoid major plumbing problems and keep it from clogging you’ll want to keep the following items out of your garbage disposal:

 

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1. Bones – are too hearty to break down and will just splinter spin around in your garbage disposal. Not to mention they won’t fit down your pipes

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2. Coffee grounds – grind into a sludgy mess that is difficult to remove

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3. Oatmeal or Noodles – these items expand with liquids and can grow in volume and make it very difficult to grind down into your drain

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4. Nuts – turn into a thick goo, just think peanut or almond butters

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5. Egg shells – many are divided on this but membranes can wrap around the shredder blades

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6. Corn husks – their fibrous husks and strings can get all tied up, much better material for composting

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7. Fibrous veggies – squash or pumpkin also quickly grind into a sticky mess in garbage disposals

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8. Anything not organic – this goes without saying, anything that isn’t organic should not go into your garbage disposal but into your trash or recycling

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9. Stone fruit pits – like bones, these are just too hard to grind and won’t get small enough to wash down the drain and are likely to damage your blades

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10. Chemicals or paint – along with trash, these are very serious pollutants and should be disposed of properly and never down a drain

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11. Shellfish shells – very difficult to break down, any shells should be avoided and also are great for compost since they are full of minerals

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12. Grease/oils – builds up and clogs any drains or pipes and can stick to your shredder blades.

The Best Vegetable Stews

 

As cooler temperatures begin to blow in many of us slow down when it comes to cooking. Whether it’s a crockpot, Instant Pot or a dutch oven, stews and slow cooking recipes are back. Soups and stews are a must-have during the colder seasons and we’ve got our three favorite vegetarian recipes below.

Shopping for vegetables

Hearty vegetables are very easy to shop for. Potatoes, carrots, onions and squash are just a few root vegetables that can stand up in soups or stews. When shopping for these items just make sure there are no squishy spots or tendrils sprouting from them.

How to store vegetables

Once home, you can store your vegetables in a cool, dry place. It may be tempting to wash the dirt off immediately but they last longer when they are dry. Minimize the amount of light to prevent sprouting.

How to wash vegetables

When you are ready to make your soup or stew you can wash and prep your vegetables. Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash is a great way to rid your tubers of dirt and pesticides. Made with pure and simple ingredients, just spray your vegetables with this handy wash and gently scrub with a soft-bristled brush or towel. Then rinse underwater and you are ready to start your slow cooking journey.

Hearty Vegetable Stew by Tasty

Hearty Vegetable Stew by Brand New Vegan

Hearty Vegetable Stew by Yup… It’s Vegan!

Arm & Hammer™ Disinfecting Wipes

In the never-ending battle against germs, we are now introducing new Arm & Hammer™ Disinfecting Wipes. These powerfully pure cleaning wipes clean without harsh chemicals and are inspired by nature, killing 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria. Available in 40 and 80 count, these citrus-based disinfectant wipes come in two scents, Lemon Orchard™ and Renewing Rain™.

Use a fresh Arm & Hammer™ Disinfecting Wipe on the dirty surface. Let it air dry and repeat with stubborn stains. (Food contact surfaces must be rinsed with potable water.)

These wipes can be used around kids and pets and are safe to use on stainless steel, sealed granite, finish hardwood, tubs & shower walls, toilet exterior, hard nonporous surfaces of car interiors. Test a small area first.

See what customers are saying about Arm & Hammer™ Disinfecting Wipes:

 

“Couldn’t believe how wonderful it worked on my glass top stove and Stainless steel refrigerator”

By Doris From Eldorado Springs Missouri

 

“….These clean great. I’ve cleaned desks, counter tops and appliances. They didn’t leave a haze or residue. They aren’t super wet like other wipes, but that didn’t seems to have an impact on the effectiveness of cleaning. The scent is pleasant and not over powering. I like that they don’t smell like chemicals. I’m thankful Arm & Hammer stepped in to fill a need right now during the pandemic with disinfectants in short supply. I will buy more.”

By Mama Bear From Jacksonville Florida

 

“Love this product because it contains no harmful chemicals and is easy to use. I like both fragrances. Love all the Arm and Hammer products. They are also comparable. Arm and Hammer has always had good products. From baking soda to cleaning products.”

By Sandy From East Tennessee

* Human Coronavirus, Influenza H1N1, Rhinovirus Type 37, Rotavirus

How To Wash & Store Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Summertime means there are a plethora of berries to choose from in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. A relatively delicate produce, we’ve got the best ways to select, store and prep your berries the right way. 

Buying Berries

Flip the container over and check the bottom to make sure there are no mushy berries, discoloration or mold. Purchasing from a farmer’s market is a great way to ensure peak freshness and longer shelf life.

Storing Berries

While some produce can be washed as soon as you get home from the store, do not wash your berries until you are ready to use them. The best way to store them is in the refrigerator. Berries should be eaten as soon as possible, they usually last between five days to a week.

Washing Berries

You always want to wash all of your produce, even if it is organic. While a good rinse with water will get rid of some dirt, we recommend Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash. This Safer Choice Certified produce wash safely eliminates pesticides, wax and soil. Place your berries in a colander or strainer and thoroughly spray with the fruit & vegetable wash. Gently swirl around to make sure all berries are covered and let sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse the fruit to wash away dirt and pesticides. Layout in a single layer on a paper towel to gently dry. 

Freezing Berries

Berries freeze incredibly well. After washing and drying, transfer the berries to a freezer-safe bag in a single layer and freeze. Frozen berries are great in smoothies and juices.

Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

It may be safe to say that most of us have come to rely on garbage disposals. This powerful compact grinder has been a staple in US homes for over half a century now. An easy way to dispose of your organic waste, garbage disposals toil away under our sinks and are often neglected until it’s too late. We recommend proper maintenance of your disposal to keep small issues from developing into bigger problems such as clogs or breakdowns. Below are a few easy ways to keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape. 

Avoid putting these things down your disposal:

Thick rinds such as potato skins or banana peels.
Grease or fat
Coffee grounds
Eggshells
Anything that turns into a paste or sludge and backs up your grinder

Other ways to keep it clog-free:

Always run water. Running water ensures that whatever you are grinding in your disposal can be washed down the drain as thoroughly as possible. 

If possible use a dish soap that degreases. Not only does it cut down on the grease on your plates but also your garbage disposal as it rinses through.

Continuous cleaning:

Is your garbage disposal starting to smell? No worries, you can clean your garbage disposal by harnessing the power of baking soda and other natural ingredients. Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner cleans and deodorizes your drain in just a few steps. It’s as simple as running the disposal and water for one minute. Then turn off disposal and reduce water to a steady stream. Toss in a capsule and run your garbage disposal for 15 seconds. That’s all it takes! We recommend cleaning your disposal every few weeks or as soon as you begin to detect any funky smells.

Should You Wash Organic Produce?

There are a lot of good reasons to consider heading to the organic aisle in the produce section. Organic fruits and veggies boast following stricter guidelines than commercial farming techniques. Many consumers are now paying extra attention to the food they are putting on their tables.

So, the big question is, should you still have to wash organic produce? The short answer is yes.

Even though organic produce is more strictly regulated there can still have traces of pesticides. Unfortunately, no produce is guaranteed 100% free of pesticides. 

Also, any grossness from warehouses, bacteria from insects and even foodborne illnesses can hitch a ride on the healthiest fruits and veggies. 

Our recommendation is to make sure you’re thoroughly cleaning all of your food. Doesn’t hurt to give them a spritz with Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash and follow up with a good scrub. This wash has been flying off shelves as the only food touching Safer Choice Certified product.

Introducing Arm & Hammer Cleaning Wipes

Arm & Hammer has launched a brand new cleaning product that is now flying off store shelves. Introducing new Arm & Hammer Essentials™ Cleaning Wipes.

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These powerfully pure cleaning wipes were inspired by nature and clean without harsh chemicals.  The wipes come in two original scents: Renewing Rain™ is a refreshing, crisp smell and Lemon Orchard™ has beautiful hints of citrus.

These wipes are even compostable!

They are packed in a unique container that is easier to store and stack, has a Snap-close lid and it’s easy to start since the first wipe is pre-fed and ready to use.

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Extremely easy to use in rooms all around your home including, bathrooms, kitchens* and pet areas. They even work well for car interiors, gyms and classrooms.

So if you are looking for a pure and simple cleaning product find out where to purchase Arm & Hammer™ Essentials™ Cleaning Wipes here.

*for surfaces that come in contact with food a water rinse is required.

Grease and Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals were invented nearly a hundred years ago and can now be found in almost half of all homes across the US. If you’ve ever had a garbage disposal in your residence you may know it can be quite costly to repair. While you can dispose of many organic items down the drain there is one well-known enemy of the garbage disposal, grease.

Grease can cause a myriad of problems around a kitchen and nothing may be worse than clogging up a drain pipe. And just because you have a garbage disposal doesn’t mean you can dump that oil or grease down the sink. Best practice is to avoid letting either of those substances down any drain including one with a garbage disposal. 

But now you’re standing there with a bunch of grease and wondering what is the best way to get rid of it. You can start by letting any grease that can re-solidify. By allowing it to cool or set you can then just scrape it into the trash. As for oil you can refrigerate it to harden it and then dispose of it. Or you can pour it into any non-recyclable container that is destined for the trash. 

And since your garbage disposal is grease and oil-free you can maintain its cleanliness by making sure you utilize Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner. These nifty little capsules deodorize your sink with the power of baking soda and leave a fresh citrus scent.