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Anyone else have sort of…a thing for cleaning supplies?

I admit it: I’m a sucker for good-smelling sprays and scrubs, and enjoy making my own household cleaners from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Products that smell great seem to make the job of cleaning house that much more enjoyable, don’t you think? 

In my latest video I share some of my favorite household cleaners from brands like Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, and include recipes on how to make your own gentle, non-toxic cleaning supplies from common household ingredients.  Check it out! 

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