A trusted solution for more than 170 years. Pure and simple.

Versatile and affordable. Gentle yet powerful. For generations of families, ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda has been the standard of purity, and a trusted household staple in millions of cabinets and pantries.

Year after year, ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda has earned its place as America's #1 Trusted Baking Soda brand by helping families master nearly every household task, from cooking and cleaning to pet care and personal care.

This trust is built upon our commitment to purity and quality, and is appreciated by consumers today who value alternatives to products with harsh chemicals or those which may harm the environment. That's why ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is a natural, effective, environmentally-friendly and economical choice for taking care of every room in the house.

It's also a natural choice for taking care of every member of your family. Our laundry, cat litter, toothpastes and personal care products are made with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, delivering the quality you can count on, from the brand you trust.

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A history of innovation: Our timeline

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  • 1840s
    1846

    The Start of Something Fresh

    It was the start of something bigger than either of them knew, but in 1846 brothers-in-law Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight began preparing bicarbonate of soda for commercial distribution. They proudly packaged this simple, yet versatile product by hand into paper bags in their first factory : Mr. Dwight's kitchen.

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    1847

    Milking a Good Thing

    John Dwight and Company is officially formed. In 1876, he goes on to adopt the Cow Brand as a trademark for Dwight's Saleratus (saleratus is latin for aerated salt, another term for baking soda). Lady Maud, a prize-winning Jersey cow at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, is chosen as the icon for the product due to the popularity of using saleratus with sour milk in baking. For many years the Cow Brand and the ARM & HAMMER™ brand are sold simultaneously. Both brands were equally popular, each boasting its own loyal following.

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  • 1860s
    1860

    You've Got Direct Mail!

    Our first edition of ARM & HAMMER™ "Valuable Recipes" mini-cookbooks arrive in mailboxes all over the country. They become a beloved addition to American kitchens and we go on to publish more than 137 editions, several of which featured family recipes from the wives of our founders, Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight. The tradition lasts almost a century

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    1867

    Our Logo is Born!

    Austin Church retires and Church & Co. is formed by his two sons. The ARM & HAMMER™ logo is brought over from son James' business, Vulcan Spice Mills. It symbolizes the myth of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, who would strike his mighty hammer on his anvil. Over time, this strong and powerful icon becomes recognized as a symbol of quality all across the world.

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  • 1880s
    1888

    It's In The Cards!

    Our first series of "Beautiful Birds of America" trading cards are created to promote the importance of preserving the environment. The 2x3 inch cards showcase talented artists such as Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Due to their incredible popularity, over the next five decades many other promotional materials are created around the same theme. And, today, they are considered prized collectibles.

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  • 1890s
    1896

    We Make a Name for Ourselves

    Church & Company and John Dwight & Company are officially merged and Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is born! It's a fresh start to a business that goes on to prosper and continues to thrive today, bringing the versatility and convenience of baking soda to homes all over the world.

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  • 1900s
    1907

    Recycling: Ahead of Our Time!

    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. institutes the use of recycled paperboard to package household products at a time when recycling was not the norm. Today, sustainability continues to be an important part of our business values.

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  • 1920s
    1922

    ARM & HAMMER™ Gets Personal

    "A Friend in Need" health education booklets are created touting the many money-saving personal care uses of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Whether for bath, body or teeth, it seems there's s no limit to the powers of this product. The publication even refers to it as a "proven medicinal agent."

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    1927

    Momentum "Ads" Up

    In our continuing effort to promote the many uses of baking soda, we place ads in national magazines like Good Housekeeping and McCall's! Many, like the one featured here, even allow consumers to write away for a free book of tips.

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  • 1930s
    1938

    Birds Take Flight

    Continuing the tradition of environmental education, ARM & HAMMER™ creates and distributes "Birds: Nature's Protectors" posters across the country. These vivid posters feature: color renditions of the "Beautiful Birds of America" trading cards; detailed information on how birds help protect nature and crops; plus, a teacher's guide offering tips on how to use birds and conservation to enhance lesson plans.

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  • 1950s
    1950

    Inventing the Wheel

    ARM & HAMMER™ creates the first quick reference "wheel" which shows consumers how to utilize Baking Soda's versatility around the home. Users simply rotate the outer wheel to the desired solution and exact directions along with measurements of baking soda and water are revealed. Subsequent wheels follow with tips for baby care, personal care and even suggestions for use while camping.

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  • 1970s
    1970

    A Cleaner Laundry Detergent

    Continuing our longstanding commitment to the environment, we introduce the market's first nationally-distributed, phosphate-free detergent: ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergent. Recent findings had shown the harmful effects phosphates could have on the health of our lakes, streams and other freshwater bodies. We rushed to provide a solution and, in less than a year, we were able to bring the product from concept to market. That same year in April, we were honored to be the sole corporate sponsor of the first annual Earth Day.

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    1972

    A New Idea - Baking Soda in the Refrigerator and Freezer!

    An open box of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in your refrigerator and freezer helps keep food tasting fresh like it should. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda fans have been swapping the box regularly for over 40 years!

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  • 1980s
    1980-1990s

    Better with Baking Soda

    Marking a new era for both ARM & HAMMER™ and the laundry care business, we launch the first detergent with baking soda! Both the powder and liquid laundry detergents become best sellers. The success of this one product sparks us to create innovations in numerous other categories including toothpaste, carpet deodorizer and cat litter.

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    1986

    Lady Liberty Gets a Lift

    In preparation of the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary on July 4, 1986, 100 tons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda are used to gently clean and beautify her. We remove 99 years of coal tar without damaging the delicate copper interior.

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  • 1990s
    1992

    Environmental Entertainment

    As the issue of environmental awareness continues to heat up, we help spread the word as a proud sponsor of the one-hour music special This Island Earth on the Disney Channel. Produced by the National Audubon Society, it features music by Grammy award winning singers Gloria Estefan and Kenny Loggins - he later goes on to win a Daytime Emmy for the title theme song.

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    1997

    ARM & HAMMER Goes Online!

    ARM & HAMMER™ hits the World Wide Web with full force! Our exciting new interactive website goes live, offering consumers all-around-the-house uses for our products at the click of a mouse. It's the perfect resource for finding quick solutions to real household needs.

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  • 2000s
    2002

    Home Sweet Historic Home

    ARM & HAMMER™ teams up with the Queen of Clean Linda Cobb, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to gently and safely clean some of America's historic homes. This exciting partnership also allows us to create awareness on the importance of historic preservation

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    2009

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat!

    Our LEED-Silver facility in York, PA manufactures its first bottle of ARM & HAMMER™ laundry detergent. By 2011, the LEED-Silver plant serves as the top producing location for ARM & HAMMER™ laundry products and is recognized as the most sustainable building we own. As we look toward the future, we continue to strive for a brighter tomorrow, actively developing new ways to improve, support and promote environmental awareness and values.

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