Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - House & Home - 448 pages
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Longing for a kinder, gentler world? As the old saying goes, everything begins at home, and odds are, if you live in the all-American household, the air inside is more toxic than the air outside, even if you live in the most polluted of cities. You regularly handle the filthiest object in your home -- the kitchen sponge -- and put the same chemicals on your face that are used in brake fluid and antifreeze.

The cleaning agents and personal care products commonly marketed to and used in American homes contain not only some very dangerous, toxic chemicals, but they also create an "overly clean," chemically bombed-out house that compromises immune systems. And with more than fifty million Americans suffering from allergies and other autoimmune diseases -- not to mention the developing and fragile immune systems of children and seniors -- large numbers of people are actually being made sicker and sicker by their homes.

Learn to live a clean, healthy, more economical way with Ellen Sandbeck, the nontoxic avenger. In this must-have book for the twenty-first- century home, this passionate, witty advocate of all things organic will teach you how to maintain every part of the home -- from living room to septic tank, kitchen floor to bathroom sink -- using safe, simple cleansers and quick preventative measures as well as the most effective organic products on the market to get the job done.

Learn time-saving, preventative housekeeping, such as taking thirty seconds to clean the shower while you shower. Take care of bathroom stains with baking soda and vinegar rather than commercial, toxic bathroom "bombs" peddled to you with such force by manufacturers. Need whiter whites? There is no bleaching power on earth stronger than the sun. Snow clean your fine rugs. Choose fruits and vegetables from the relatively pesticide residue-free list. Clean felt-tipped pen stains with vodka. Make furniture shine with olive oil and lemon. Your house will also smell as great as it looks.
  

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Excellent book that is easy to read. - Goodreads
Useful for reference. - Goodreads
I love the down to earth cleaning advice. - Goodreads
Her recipes and cleaning techniques are very helpful. - Goodreads
There's practical advice, which is what you expect. - Goodreads
Would be good to have around as a reference. - Goodreads

Review: Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, And, Perhaps, Your Sanity

User Review  - Erin Geoffrion - Goodreads

I've read a lot of books in this genre, and this is hands down my favorite. There's practical advice, which is what you expect. But she really goes into the science behind it all. And her reasons for going greener are sound, not trendy. Read full review

Review: Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, And, Perhaps, Your Sanity

User Review  - Sophia - Goodreads

This is really more about how you can build your home to be sustainable, which isn't quite relevant to me. It was a good reminder about how to be greener around the home in general though. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
First Things First
11
Too Much Stuff
20
If You Ask Them They Will Come
27
Storage Protocol
34
The Future
58
Clean Clean the Range
88
The Microwave
95
Laundry
176
General Whitening
192
General Cleaning
229
Indoor Air Quality
278
Hazardous Materials Fire Safety
300
Home Maintenance
340
No Fires No Floods No Explosionsand They Lived
352
Lawns
363

Carnivores Food Safety
104
The LowMaintenance Bathroom
130
Beauty Products
158
The Bedroom
164
WellPreserved but Unhealthy
174
Poisonous Plants
371
Pet Care
396
Bibliography
403
Index
413
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Ellen Sandbeck is an organic landscaper, worm wrangler, writer, and graphic artist who lives with (and experiments on) her husband and an assortment of younger creatures -- which includes two mostly grown children, a couple of dogs, a small flock of laying hens, and many thousands of composting worms -- in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the author of Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles and Eat More Dirt.

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