The Organic Suburbanite: An Environmentally Friendly Way to Live the American Dream
In this one-of-a-kind guide, award-winning garden writer Warren Schultz, author of A Man's Turf, demystifies the world of organics with his trademark wit and extensive horticultural knowledge. First he explains the environmental and personal pitfalls of traditional, toxic household practices, then provides safe, natural, and easy alternatives. He tackles the tough issues facing today's suburbanites, such as cutting down energy use in the kitchen, what to use to unclog the bathroom sink, which cars create the least pollution, and whether to fertilize the lawn.
In a beautiful, four-color design, The Organic Suburbanite addresses every inch of the home environment, from garden and garage to laundry and bath. The 80 vintage photographs provide a tongue-in-cheek look at life in the 'burbs and add a lighthearted touch to serious subject matter. Combining wit and practicality, The Organic Suburbanite is sure to become the essential organic handbook for suburban "homesteaders" across the country.
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We have to get that drain open. come hell or high water. So we reach for the
liquid clog remover. let our environmental concerns flow down the drain. and
choose not to think about what toxic chemicals we're pouring down the drain —
or where they go from there. We'd rather not know where that stuff winds up or
what it might do to the septic system. groundwater. or lakes and streams when it
reaches them. Truth is. most drain cleaners contain lye (sodium hydroxide or
Keep It Clear Here's how to keep the drain clean so that drastic (and caustic)
measures aren't needed. Once a month, pour 1 cup of vinegar down each drain.
This natural acid will help prevent buildups of material. Use enzyme-based drain
cleaners regularly as a preventive measure. Make sure all sinks are equipped
with drain strainers, and keep them clean. Refrain from pouring grease and oil
down the drain. ?.,;r/#;r/.r;r:*---*y.«/ft« A typical family of four does more than six
Rinse with warm water. • To clean stains from marble. sinks. or wooden counters.
make a paste by mixing 1 cup of baking soda with 'A cup of water. Bub ihe paste
on the stain. then rinse with warm water. You can use the same paste to "remove'
(actually. fill) scratches and cuts from laminated countertops. Apply the paste in a
circular motion and watch .-.cratches disappear. • Combine the powers of baking
soda anil vinegar t0 clear a hair-clogged drain: Pour 1 cup of baking soda down ...
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Published by a champion of living lightly, this green guide for suburbanites liberally uses sidebars and 1950s photos to convey important information without being didactic. Part 1 focuses on ... Read full review