Preparing my home for the holidays with Arm & Hammer

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Arm & Hammer. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Preparing my home for the holidays

Ah, the holidays are back once again…one of my favorite times of the year! I love unpacking all the decorations I haven’t seen in many, many months, baking, listening to Christmas carols and having overnight guests. It feels good to celebrate Christmas with my family in our cozy home.

We also get to look forward to my Dad coming to visit for a couple of weeks. He lives on the other side of the country, so the holidays are usually the only time we get to see him. The kids look forward to it for months, counting down the days until Grandpa comes on the airplane.

Preparing my home for the holidays

When we are expecting guests at our home…whether for just a few hours or for a few days…I always like to give my house a thorough cleaning. I start by vacuuming each room, then I scrub the bathrooms and tubs with Arm & Hammer baking soda and vinegar, and wipe down all the windows and mirrors to get rid of the tiny little fingerprints 🙂

Arm and Hammer helps me freshen sheets

For overnight guests, however, I need to make sure that the bed linens are fresh and clean. Since we don’t entertain this way too often, the blankets and comforters can get a little stale while in the closet for so many months.

I recently tried the new Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X laundry detergent on all my guest linens and was pretty impressed with its cleaning power. Everything came out of the dryer smelling very fresh and looking bright (not dingy after sitting in storage for so long).

Using Arm & Hammer to tackle my regular laundry

Since it worked so well on the sheets and blankets, I decided to try out the Arm & Hammer on my regular laundry pile. Having two small kids, I deal with my fair share of clothing stains from food and play, and during this busy time of year, I would love to spend less time tending to laundry and more time with the family.

Arm and Hammer great on grass stains

Since the fall, my little guy has been more active out in the yard, playing football and rolling around in the grass. Many nights, he comes inside with the entire front of his pants smeared with dirty green. I was so happy to see that the Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X laundry detergent worked really well at tackling all the grass and dirt stains in my little boy’s jeans!

Because it is so concentrated, I only have to use a very small amount to wash the largest load, but everything comes out bright, clean and smelling  fresh, thanks in large part to the powerful baking soda in the formula.

I also discovered one other great benefit to the Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X: it helps soften our clothes without dryer sheets. Early this week, I found myself with an overflowing laundry basket and no more dryer sheets. I didn’t have time to run out to the store, so I just washed and dried the clothes without them, and to my surprise, the clothes felt nice and soft, and still retained the fresh scent from their wash. Talk about a time and money saver!

Ready for the holidays!

Now that I have all my guest linens and towels freshened up, and my laundry worries taken care of, I can relax and enjoy our holiday company. I know we just left Thanksgiving behind us, but I’d like to go back and add Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X to my list of things that I’m thankful for 🙂

What’s your biggest worry in getting your home ready for the holidays?

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