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I use vinegar and baking soda for all of my household cleaning but I really don't like the smell. I have heard you can add e.o. to it but have no clue. Can some one point me to some good sites to learn from? TIA!
 

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What kind of smells do you like and we can give you recommendations.<br><br>
Flowery<br>
Citrus<br>
Herby<br>
Musky<br><br>
??<br><br>
Some EOs have natural anti-bacterial properties (like rosemary) and others are soothing. What do you want them to do?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I like adding grapefruit and spearmint to my cleaners.
 

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most EOs have some antibacterial antiviral properties, that appears to be one of their functions in the plant, though lemon and pine are traditionally associated with cleaning products as they are very good antibac agents.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What kind of smells do you like and we can give you recommendations.<br><br>
Flowery<br>
Citrus<br>
Herby<br>
Musky<br><br>
??<br><br>
Some EOs have natural anti-bacterial properties (like rosemary) and others are soothing. What do you want them to do?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I like adding grapefruit and spearmint to my cleaners.</div>
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I am not a flowery person, I love the smell of the ocean air and the mountain air, I would like to add some natural anti-bacterial properties for cleaning. In an ideal world it would also add de-stressing but motivational scent to my home. I assume that I am asking to much but with twins and a teenager, I seem to be deep cleaning everyday in order to keep my home from descending into filth.<br><br>
ETA: I do like some citrus aromas but prefer more of the earthy/spicey scents.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">most EOs have some antibacterial antiviral properties, that appears to be one of their functions in the plant, though lemon and pine are traditionally associated with cleaning products as they are very good antibac agents.</div>
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I didn't know that about pine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">onder:
 

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I'm a flowery person but there is one non-flowery smell I seem to enjoy: Rosewood. See if you can find somewhere where you can get a sniff. The lavender I have almost borders on peppery smelling, which is kind of fun, too.<br><br>
I'm just starting to learn essential oils and am having a blast.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am not a flowery person, I love the smell of the ocean air and the mountain air, I would like to add some natural anti-bacterial properties for cleaning. In an ideal world it would also add de-stressing but motivational scent to my home. I assume that I am asking to much but with twins and a teenager, I seem to be deep cleaning everyday in order to keep my home from descending into filth.<br><br>
ETA: I do like some citrus aromas but prefer more of the earthy/spicey scents.</div>
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Citrus oils tend to be uplifting, whereas more earthy oils such as patchouli and vetiver are very profoundly relaxing, sometimes to be avoided if you need to rely on your wits!! On the spicey front I´m thinking coriander, this would work well with any citrus oil, especially lemon. the combination is not unusual in food, so the smell won´t seem out of place in the kitchen.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i think i'd like to add some lemon essential oil to my vinegar/water mixture. how much should i add?</div>
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Trial and error.....I think start out with 25 drops per 100ml, shake it, see if you think the smell is strong enough, if not add another 20 drops etc etc. As you´re not ingesting it or putting it on your skin then overdose is not an issue. It comes down to personal preference.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Citrus oils tend to be uplifting, whereas more earthy oils such as patchouli and vetiver are very profoundly relaxing, sometimes to be avoided if you need to rely on your wits!! On the spicey front I´m thinking coriander, this would work well with any citrus oil, especially lemon. the combination is not unusual in food, so the smell won´t seem out of place in the kitchen.</div>
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Now I know why I love the earthy scents.......I am very high-strung, excitable person and have trouble relaxing. Where would one go to find a place to smell them, my local Nature's Way store only sells sealed bottles that don't have any way to smell them?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Trial and error.....I think start out with 25 drops per 100ml, shake it, see if you think the smell is strong enough, if not add another 20 drops etc etc. As you´re not ingesting it or putting it on your skin then overdose is not an issue. It comes down to personal preference.</div>
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Thanks, Sadystar. I can't wait to try it!
 
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