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Did you, too, have a Dr. Bronner's phase? The drug store staple has been cleaning people's bodies and apartments (and souls, if you read the fine print) in 18+ ways since 1948. It's good stuff, but it's really body soap first and foremost—so some of those cleaning tasks end up being best left to your ever-expanding arsenal of cleaners after all. But! Now that a new all-in-one product is on the market, you might actually be able to throw away some of your sprays and foams. Branch Basics is a female-founded cleaning supply company that boasts one main product: a plant-and-mineral-based, non-irritating, and fragrance-free concentrate that's meant to be diluted and put to work cleaning pretty much every part of your house.

One of our favorite parts? Exact measurements not necessary. Tip a glug or two of the concentrate into the included (BPA-free, reusable) spray bottle marked "all-purpose," run it under the tap until it's full, and have at your appliances, dishes, countertop, pots and pans, stainless steel surfaces, even fruits and vegetables until they're clean. Yes it's fine to use on vegetables: There are no harmful preservatives in the formula, which is totally biodegradable to boot. You can even use it in lieu of dishwasher detergent! There's a second empty bottle included, labeled "bathroom," that you'll want to use too. A diluted bit of the concentrate will wipe mirrors clean (with no streaks!) but also sinks, showers, tubs, tiles, even grout. If you're tackling a super grody stain, you can employ the use of their second product, Oxygen Boost, which you sprinkle on like baking soda (one of its two ingredients) and let sit for a minute to kick in before rinsing the spot clean.

SHOP NOW: Starter Kit + Oxygen Boost by Branch Basics, $69, branchbasics.com

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SHOP NOW: Starter Kit + Oxygen Boost by Branch Basics, $69, branchbasics.com

2018

The concentrate will even work outside the kitchen and bathroom. Use it to spot-treat carpets and mop wood floors. Use it to do your laundry: A mere 1-2 teaspoons is enough for any size load. Use it to clean your car on a hot summer day, inside and out, and then run back inside and use it to wash your body (we're personally less inspired by this last idea but the company whole-heartedly endorses it, even suggesting it could work as a shaving cream).

We know—you're wondering about the price. For $69, you get one 32-ounce bottle of the concentrate, a big tub of the Oxygen boost, and 5 reusable empty bottles so you can designate one to each room. We'll spare you some of the minutae, but suffice it to say that you can essentially stretch the concentrate to fill 12 bottles of cleaners and do 64 loads of laundry before it runs out. Not much math needed to see that you're saving, in the long run, especially with the kind of insane high prices of eco-friendly specialty cleaners.

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