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Baking Soda

Baking Soda

The new 30 day change message is based on our continuing research efforts to understand the process of odor elimination and odor generation. After 30 days, Baking Soda has adsorbed many of the odors in the fridge. By replacing the box of Baking Soda every month you get improved odor elimination, ensuring your food tastes fresher longer.
We recommend changing the box in your refrigerator/freezer once a month for optimal freshness.
Baking soda is 100% pure sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder is a mixture of baking soda (usually about 28-30%) and various acidic ingredients (singularly or in combination). Both are used as leavening agents in baked goods- baking soda will react with an acid, giving off carbon dioxide gas and causing dough to rise. However, they are used in different situations and are not interchangeable. Baking soda is typically used in a recipe that has an acidic ingredient (cream of tartar, buttermilk, etc.) that will react with the soda to give off carbon dioxide. Baking powder, which contains one or more acidic ingredients to facilitate the reaction, is used in recipes without acidic ingredients.
The baking soda in each is the same pure 100% sodium bicarbonate. The difference is in the packaging. Fridge-n-Freezer Odor Absorber is specially designed with removable front and back panels and cloth vents for maximum deodorizing power.
While the baking soda used in the Shaker package is 100% pure ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, it is a different granulation than what is found in the Yellow Box. This different granulation makes the baking soda more free flowing and less prone to caking and lumping, particularly around high moisture conditions such as kitchen cleaning.
Baking Soda is made of 100% Sodium Bicarbonate. Super Washing Soda is made of 100% Sodium Carbonate. While they sound similar, they are not the same. Both products can be used to improve liquid laundry performance for cleaner, fresher clothes. Both products can also be used for cleaning around the house. Baking Soda can be used in baking, as a dentifrice and as an antacid, Super Washing Soda cannot. Super Washing Soda should never be ingested. Be sure to check product packaging for specific uses and recommendations.
Baking soda provides a mild abrasive action to help polish, clean and deodorize the teeth. It is the natural choice for highly effective personal products such as toothpastes, mouth wash and gargle.
Yes, Baking Soda can be used with HE washing machines. Add 1 cup with your liquid laundry detergent.
Baking Soda temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritants at the skin’s surface. Follow package directions listed under Drug Facts for skin protectant.
Dental Grade Baking Soda has a special particle size to provide optimum cleaning with low abrasion.
The shelf life is three years. The expiration date is located on the bottom of the box and pouch.
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Clear Balance

Clear Balance Automatically:

  • Improves water clarity
  • Maintains pH and alkalinity
  • Optimizes chlorine performance
  • Protects pool surfaces from corrosion
  • Eliminates the need for costly corrective chemicals
  • Makes pool water gentle on swimmers’ skin and eyes
  • If you add chlorine through an automatic chlorinator, then add Clear Balance through the skimmer
  • If you add chlorine through the skimmer, then add Clear Balance through a floater
  • If you add chlorine through a floater, than add Clear Balance through the skimmer
Follow package instructions.

Do not use Clear Balance and your sanitizer in the same dispenser.
No, as the label directions indicate, do not use Clear Balance and your sanitizer together in the same dosing vessel.
Doing so would not be harmful, but follow package directions for use.
A tablet will dissolve in about 15 minutes.
While directions for recommended dosing are printed on the package, there is no harm if more than the recommend amount is used. Clear Balance maintains both pH and alkalinity.
Yes, we recommend using Baking Soda initially to raise pH and alkalinity, and then following with regular use of Clear Balance to maintain levels.
Yes, for best results, start with a clean pool with the pH and alkalinity in balance. Use Clear Balance to maintain these levels.
Clear Balance is currently only available at Wal-Mart.
No, Clear Balance will not damage pool surfaces.
Clear Balance will help clear cloudiness and maintain clarity of the water but it does not change the water color.
No, Clear Balance cannot be used in saltwater pools.
Clear Balance will help adjust the pH of your water to its proper range.
Clear Balance will help adjust the alkalinity of your water to its proper range.
Yes, Clear Balance can be used with all types of filtration systems.
Use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda per the package directions to initially adjust pH to proper levels, then use Clear Balance to maintain (follow package directions for dosing).
Yes, Clear Balance can be used with hard water.
Use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda per the package directions to initially adjust alkalinity to proper levels, then use Clear Balance to maintain (follow package directions for dosing).
No, Clear Balance will not treat algae.
Clear Balance can be used in any type of pool. Follow the package directions for appropriate dosing.
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