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Quick and Crafty Holiday Hints

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A Wonderland of Holiday Ideas
The holidays are a magical time. There’s so much to look forward to: the tasty treats, the decorative touches, and the time-honored traditions with family. To help you get ready, we’ve rounded up some spirited seasonal ideas that are easy, inexpensive, and fun—all using that powerful product you can find in any home—ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Want even more Baking Soda tips or details on the ideas below? Follow the links at the end of this article.

Dreaming of a White Christmas?
For a picture-perfect tree, create the effect of a light dusting of snow. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda liberally over the branches. It’s pretty, safe, and even keeps the air fresh! Plus, if it falls off while taking down the tree, it’s easy to vacuum and even adds extra freshness to your carpet! Great for real or artificial trees.1

Relaxation in a Jar
Help friends and family wash away holiday stress. Give this homemade
bath soak!

Mix together 1 cup table salt, 3 cups Epsom salts, and 2 cups ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda.

To customize the colors or scents, separate the salt and Baking Soda mixture into different bowls, then add a drop of desired food coloring to each bowl, followed by 2-4 drops of scented essential oils (like lemon, lavender or peppermint). Allow the bath salts to dry for 24 hours before packaging them.

Now, dress them up! Pour into mason jars, wrap a ribbon around the jar, and tie on a label for a smart, easy, and affordable gift.2

DIY Ornaments
Customized ornaments can add warmth, uniqueness, and an extra-special touch to your tree.

Start by combining ½ cup cornstarch, 1 cup ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, and ¾ cup water in a bowl. Next, put your mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat. Let the clay cool in a bowl covered with a damp cloth. Now, spread the mixture with a rolling pin and cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to make a hole in the top of each ornament and let them dry overnight.3

The Sweet Life
There are few pleasures in life sweeter than this Chocolate Nut Torte! Follow this recipe for a simple, yet delicious cake that’s perfect for the holidays.


1 ½ cups walnuts or pecans
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¼ cup semisweet chocolate
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
5 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
chocolate glaze – to taste
chocolate curls – to taste
powdered sugar – to taste


  1. In a food processor, combine nuts, sugar, cocoa, chocolate pieces, baking powder and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Process until the nuts are ground.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla. Process until the mixture is nearly smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and place directly onto a serving plate. Cool completely. Spread a chocolate glaze over the cake and top with chocolate curls; dust with
    powdered sugar.

Refrigerate until serving time.

During the winter season, there really is something in the air—from the smell of fresh baked treats to the excitement as you wrap presents. The magic of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda can help bring together your festivities in a beautiful and inexpensive way.

And now when you buy two 1 lb. boxes of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, you can save $15 at*. It’s our gift to you.

*with purchase of Two 1lb. boxes of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda by 1/31/15. Receive $15 savings on personalized gifts via offer code on purchases of $30 or more, valid through 4/15/15. See package top for directions.

Learn More:

Works Cited
1 Schmidt, Jennifer. “50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda.” Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. 5 September 2012. Web accessed: 25 October 2013.

2 Huntley, Amy. “Homemade Bath Salts and doTerra Giveaway.” The Idea Room. 14 December 2012. Web accessed: 25 October 2013.

3 Stephanie09. “Christmas in September—Corn Starch and Baking Soda Ornaments.” Full of Great Ideas. n.p., 16 September 2012. Web accessed: 25 October 2013.

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