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[ HERBAL HOUSEHOLD HACKS ] ~ from HerbCo
Most of us are familiar with the virtues of baking soda, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. These pantry staples have endured as tried-and-true safe cleaners for one simple reason – they work. Salt and baking soda are abrasive materials that move grime, while the acidity of vinegar and lemon juice dissolve fats and proteins (grease). Plants have a lot to contribute to the party.

They offer saponins and other compounds that are sustainable, readily biodegradable alternatives to non-renewable petroleum-based surfactants that won’t harm fish or wildlife. As an added bonus, botanicals won’t remain on clothing like optical brighteners do or hang around to outgas VOCs from the carpet or kitchen counters. Worried about germs? Fear not.
Most botanical essential oils possess antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal properties — in some cases all of these properties. lemon


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try some of these ESSENTIAL OILS for cleaning
buy bulk rosemary essential oil
rosemary essential oil, antibacterial
Use in laundry formulas and surface cleaners.
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buy bulk sweet orange essential oil
sweet orange essential oil, antibacterial
Cuts grease and gunk in the kitchen and bath.
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buy bulk sage essential oil
sage essential oil, antibacterial, antifungal
Excellent order eliminator.
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buy bulk tea tree essential oil
tea tree essential oil, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
The best choice to remove and prevent mildew in bathrooms.
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buy bulk thyme essential oil
thyme essential oil, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Another good choice for bathroom cleaners with a milder scent than tea tree.
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buy bulk lavender essential oil
lavender essential oil, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral 
Use in kitchen, bath and laundry formulas.
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essential oil FORMULAS for cleaning



rosemary and mint dish liquid
Peppermint and rosemary work wonders in this olive oil soap-based formula. Glycerin makes the mixture smooth while the addition of salt softens.
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lavender soft scrubber*
This scrubber not only cleans, but is mild and will actually soften your hands!
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lemon fresh linen wash*
This formula can be used for any type of laundry, but it’s especially nice for cotton linens that have been allowed to dry naturally in the sun after washing. The aloe vera juice and vinegar soften, while citric acid and grapefruit extract brighten and sanitize.
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orange glow fabric softener*
Vinegar softens hard water and reduces static cling in the dryer, while the orange scent leaves laundry smelling fresh.
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tea tree and thyme surface & counter spray
Tea tree and thyme oils are the workhorses when it comes to eliminating germs on surfaces. This formula is also effective against mold and mildew buildup.
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herbal wood polish formula*
This formula leaves a light herbal aroma.
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clear the air room mist formula
Witch hazel extract is produced from the aerial portions of one of four North American species of shrubs in the Hamamelis genus, most commonly H. virginiana. It is readily available online, in pharmacies and in some supermarkets. It’s the perfect vehicle for the essential oils in this formula that target odor-causing bacteria in the air.
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lavender dishwasher powder formula
Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is a derivative of carbonic acid that is sometimes referred to as soda ash. It differs from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in chemical structure and granular size. Washing soda is also more caustic. You’ll find this item in the laundry isle of nearly any supermarket. It’s also widely available online.
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citrus delight dish soap formula
Castile soap is a vegetable soap originally made from olives but now sometimes produced rom avocado, coconut or hemp (Dr. Bronner’s is probably the best known brand). Similarly, vegetable glycerin is a moisturizer and cleanser (it dehydrates bacteria) made from coconut or soy. Both of these ingredients can be found in drug stores and in many supermarkets. 
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almond & lavender foaming hand soap formula
This formula cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. Double Duty: This formula makes a great shampoo too!
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lemony drain cleaner formula
Using this simple formula once a month will help to keep drains clear and garbage disposals odor-free. If the kids are around , they’ll get a kick out of the “volcanic” reaction when the vinegar kits the mixture.
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kitchen & bath grout cleaner formula
Over time, grease and general crud get into the grout between tiles, giving a dull appearance and a place for germs to congregate. This formula, aided by a small brush, will brighten things up with little effort.
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REFERENCES
*Recipes excertped from The Naturally Clean Home 2nd Edition, ©2008
by Karyn Siegel-Maier with permission from Storey Publishing, LLC.

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