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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original ed. edition (April 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671535951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671535957
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How many times have you said you're killing yourself trying to keep your house clean? You might have been joking, but you're closer to the truth than you think if you're using expensive commercial cleansers. Karen Logan, an environmentalist with years of experience developing and selling her own line of eco-friendly cleaning products, reveals the secret of using simple, ordinary ingredients life baking soda, vinegar, soap, lemon juice, and salt to make safe, inexpensive cleaners.

About the Author

Karen Logan is an environmentalist. She is the author of Clean House, Clean Planet.

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While I recommend buying this book and trying out all the recipes, I don't recommend going wild all at once like I did.
The basic message of the book is this: Clean your windows and mirrors with plain club soda. Clean everything else with one or more of the following: baking soda, vinegar, Dr. Bronner's soap, or distilled water. The trick is to scent your baking soda or vinegar with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
The cool thing about the book is that it gives detailed recipes for exactly what proportions of these main ingredients (plus a few others) work best to clean each different thing in your house, and it goes into some detail about what spray and squirt bottles work best, too. It's very practical and useful and I learned some new things from reading it (did you know that in the United States, you can't legally say that tea tree oil is a disinfectant?).
Unfortunately, she does repeat herself a lot, and she encourages you to buy more than you really need. WAY more. You won't save any money at all if you buy all the things she suggests you buy! I would say start out with one gallon of vinegar, one or two boxes of baking soda, one or two essential oils, some distilled water if you don't already have it, and maybe some Dr. Bronner's if you can afford it (you can use regular hand dishwashing liquid for most of these recipes). Spray bottles are nice, too, but I had a hard time finding the right size.
Back to the merits and un-merits of the book: The Table of Contents and the Index are well organized, but the book itself isn't quite so much. It would help so much if the topic headings on each page pointed to what was actually on that page instead of giving a general chapter name. If you're trying to look up a particular recipe, it can take a long time to find.
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I purchased this book because I've decided to make some lifestyle changes before I have children. I'm a new homeowner and becoming more aware that the little decisions I make each day have an impact on my community and future family.
I'm enjoying learning and experimenting with the recipes in this book. My church recently had a cleaning day and I mixed up a few cleaning solutions based on the recipes or inspired by the recipes. I was not taken seriously by most people but I can tell you that I enjoyed cleaning with these safe solutions. One mom of six really appreciated that her helpful kids were not exposed to harmful chemicals. Consequently, I got loads of help on my projects.
I just washed a beloved, but very grimy wooden and wrought iron patio set with baking soda and a very diluted castile soap solution. Who would have thought that these homemade products would cut through the grease, grime, and mildew and restore my set to looking new again? Inspired by the book I rubbed the set down with olive oil instead of smelly mink oil that I've used in the past. After it "bakes into the wood" out in the sun tomorrow I'll enjoy sitting outside once again. In the past I would have felt guilty spraying who-knows-what in my front yard or may not have undertaken cleaning it at all.
Thanks Karen. I look forward to learning more and slowly changing my habits.
Make the investment in your health and the health of your loved ones and get a copy of this book (or one like it). Even if you change one cleaning habit it will make a great impact.
Note: Mark you favorites. They may be difficult to find again. The recipes could be better organized.
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I bought the book this weekend and did a lot of cleaning over the long holiday weekend. EVERYTHING that I used in the book worked as well as promised. I wish I would have found this book years ago. I followed the recipes closely, and used Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil for the scents and it worked well. My health food store did not have Dr. Brommer's, so I used Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena All-Purpose Cleaner and that worked well for the liquid soap in the recipes.
I was really amazed that the cleaners worked as well as they did. And I'm using the Vinegar Mop recipe with peppermint oil on EVERYTHING! It cleans so much! And the scent lingers on and on. It is amazing that these recipes worked so well. Their "Soft Scrub" recipe (called "Earth Scrub) in the book even scrubbed rust stains out of my toilet bowl! It worked amazing in the kitchen sink, and made it as shiny as Comet. The Vinegar spray that is used as a mop rinse helped my floors be the cleanest that they have been in years, and it worked wonderfully as a counter cleaner and cabinet door cleaner as well. This weekend I'm going to make up some of their Olive Oil "Pledge"-type cleaner and do some dusting.
In addition to recipes, they also give hints on how to clean house better and more economically, such as cutting up T-Shirts and using them as rags. They really do work!
Although these recipes may be called "simple" by some of the other reviewers, I was very impressed with them. I was also able to find affordable containers for the cleaners at my local Container Store. Although the start-up price was slightly higher than buying commercial products, I know that the refills are going to be dirt cheap because all I'll have to buy is the baking soda and vinegar, and I'll be able to use the oils and containers that I already own. And the smell is SO much cleaner and longer-lasting than the commercial products.
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