Organic Housekeeping

Organic Housekeeping

In Which the Nontoxic Avengers Shows You How to Improve your Health and That of your Family While You Save Time, Money, and Perhaps, your Sanity

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743256209
Branch Call Number: 648.5 San 3701ir 1
Characteristics: xx, 426 pages : illustrations


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Jul 09, 2013

I was actually pretty disappointed with this book. There is a lot of information about why green cleaning is important, if you're looking for that. There is good info on decluttering, but for someone who claims to be a simple green cleaner she seems a little bit conventionally neurotic. I don't agree with her opinions of avoiding unpasteurized dairy, and it seems rather out of place for a cleaning book. Plus, what kind of organic cleaning book actually recommends using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for cleaning marks off wall?! I find her very misinformed.

johnsonkjcl Nov 06, 2010

"Organic Housekeeping" (or "Green Housekeeping" as titled for the newer paperback version) is a useful and informative guide to green cleaning and organizing. Ellen Sandbeck will help you to enjoy your home more by simplifying your cleaning process, using non-toxic cleaners and time saving techniques. It is a lighthearted and highly readable book full of common sense, practical and inexpensive tips some of which go back to good old-fashioned advice. “Clean it, don’t chemically contaminate it!” that is what Ellen says.

The chapters are well organized by parts of the house you are dealing with. The book includes a bibliography, list of internet resources, and excellent index, which makes it a useful reference guide.

I am not new to green cleaning, I replaced the conventional cleaners long time ago, but there was still plenty for me to learn from Ellen. I found extremely useful the chapter on the low-maintenance bathroom as well as the chapter on organizing and decluttering. Ellen also taught me how to get my cleaning job done with the least amount of work and time possible.

If you are interested in cleaning in an inexpensive and more eco-friendly way as well as spending less time scrubbing your home, this is a great book for you.

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