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Herbs and es­sen­tial oils are highly ef­fec­tive house­hold clean­ers, and many of them have an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.

Lemon­grass, lemon myr­tle, tea tree, eu­ca­lyp­tus, sage, oregano and laven­der, as well as many oth­ers, con­tain pow­er­ful an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties that ri­val many com­mer­cial clean­ers.

Fresh herbs also make nat­u­ral clean­ers. Sim­ply place the herbs in a jar with white vine­gar for six weeks.

Typ­i­cal pantry sta­ples that can be used to make home­made clean­ers in­clude bak­ing soda (it de­odorises and dis­solves grease and dirt), cider or white vine­gar (a weak form of acetic acid, which is an­tibac­te­rial), Castile soap (a sur­fac­tant made from olive oil that loosens and washes away dirt) and lemon juice (which has an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties).

Choose your herbs, either fresh or dried, or in the form of es­sen­tial oils. Stud­ies have also shown that es­sen­tial oils can halt air­borne mi­crobes, which are eas­ily spread by cough­ing, sneez­ing, even talk­ing or turn­ing the pages of books.

Leftover cit­rus peels are ef­fec­tive, as th­ese con­tain a large amount of bioflavonoids and limonene, which have strong an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.

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