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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Ceres Press; Updated edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886101019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886101012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Better than Heloise's Hints for A Healthy Planet.... -- Library Journal, July, 1990

For those concerned about the environment, and the growing population with chemical sensitivities, Annie Berthold-Bond has the solution - actually 500 of them - in her book Clean & Green. Using her thoroughly researched and personally tested formulas for easy-to-make, nontoxic and nonpolluting household cleaning aids, it is possible to eliminate the health hazards of standard commercial products. -- Ontario's Common Ground Magazine, Spring 1993

In a remarkably easy-to-use format, Berthold-Bond tells how to clean effectively using simple, natural ingredients such a baking soda, Borax, lemon juice, vegetable oil and vinegar. She makes a convincing argument that cleaning with natural products can be handier, cheaper and just as effective as the alternative. -- Home, March 1991

It is a gold mine of ideas for cleaning everything imaginable. -- Natural Health, March/April 1994

The result of her years of experimentation is not only an encyclopedia for environmental cleanliness, but also a laundry list of solutions of solutions for everyday puzzlers. -- Garbage Magazine, March/April 1991

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This remarkable book has sold almost 100,000 copies - for one reason - the formulas work!

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Lots of good recipes for making home cleaning products that are safe.
Lysa
Grape seed oil is a good source of vitamin E. Both vitamin C and E are used as preservatives because they are anti-oxidants (prevents oxidation or rotting).
Peggy
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making their own earth-friendly cleaning products.
C. Provence

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168 of 171 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Ward on April 18, 2000
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This book is good. BUT...there are way too many recipes with no explanations for the beginning green cleaner.
I was a little lost in the vast forest of different ways to clean everything. Also, there are no detailed instructions on just how to mix together the ingredients. As Karen Noonan Logan points out in "Clean House, Clean Planet," there are times (especially when mixing baking soda and vinegar) when you must put the ingredients in a specific order for the cleanser to work.
Don't get me wrong, this *is* a very good book! Chemically sensitive people and those who already make their own cleansers will find it a valuable source. But, for the beginner, it would probably be better to get "Clean House, Clean Planet" first because it has detailed instructions, some chemistry lessons and effectiveness ratings.
After you become more familiar with how green cleaning works, this book would be an excellent addition for more recipes and ideas.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Maeven6 on May 24, 2006
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Clean and Green by Annie Berthold-Bond

My third choice of the three I purchased. The author uses borax, zeolite, kitty litter, alum, and washing soda not chemicals of choice to use in standard household cleaners. The only one of these are used in the others is washing soda in laundry soap. It is not an easy read not due to content but font choice and the way the recipes are presented. A Little short on instruction and technique. There are tons of them however 485 aprox recipes or suggestions, she numbers them. All this on only 161 pages!! It is a good book to have but the other two would be a better choice to get started. I rated Clean Home Clean Planet first choice and Naturally Clean Home second above this one.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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I bought this book a couple months ago and loved it. I showed it to two friends and they want one too! I love making and using my own household cleaners and feel really good about using them. Non-toxic, Earth-friendly cleaners are so easy and inexpensive to make, there's no excuse for anyone to use all those nasty chemicals!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
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Annie Berthold-Bond's recommendations for cleaning recipes are compact, exact, and varied. Recipes are included for nearly every cleaning situation encountered in households today. The book may seem short and lacking the discussion typical of many "stay green" books. Don't let this fool you. When you just want to choose a good cleaning recipe (they're conveniently ordered by type of cleaning situtation) using ingredients you probably already have in your home, then this book is the one to choose.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Glacier Mom VINE VOICE on August 14, 2005
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[I'm amending my review because I recently read the following in the summer '08 "Wise Traditions" journal: "Beware of suggestions that you keep it simple and natural by using Borax. Never expose yourself to boron-containing solutions repeatedly or for extended periods of time. People have died from overexposure to boric acid..." It should be noted that many of the recipes in this book rely on Borax, and though I have not researched Borax toxicity, it's worth noting; also, I don't recall any suggestions on avoiding skin contact when using the pure 'n natural cleaning solutions, though it's been awhile since I've read the book.]

You need this book, even if-like me-you really don't clean much at all, because you spend all your time with your intense, mess-creating toddler instead. If you're pregnant or have small children at home, this is the book you've been looking for. If you employ a cleaning service, you still need this book. If, like me, you say to yourself-why do I need to make my own cleaning products when I can now buy earth-friendly toilet bowl cleaner at my local discount chain store?-you still need this book.

I love this book. What I like best about the book is Annie Berthold-Bond's aesthetic sensibility; one can tell that (prior to pesticide exposure and her new activist role) she was an artist. She writes lovingly of how using her favorite furniture polish (1/8 cup linseed oil, 1/8 cup vinegar, ¼ cup lemon juice) induces daydreams of favorite 19th century novels. Berthold-Bond's excellent little book makes me daydream of novels, too, the type where the fortunate heroine hires some worthy, stout-hearted local matron to keep house and always returns to a freshly-scrubbed kitchen and a pot of boiling hot tea. Uh-huh.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Cozadd on November 3, 1999
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I only bought this book a couple of weeks ago, and have already put many of the recommendations and recipes into practice. It offers easy to understand and implement alternatives for those who want to use enviromentally-friendly alternatives for their home. Also offers a large resource guide for where to find what you need.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mediterranean Maven on September 25, 2006
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I've had this book for quite awhile, actually for a year now and find that it is an excellent reference for green cleaning. Annie provides not only home-made recipes but recommendations for ready-made green products that you can find either online or at your health food store; as well as references to ingredients and resources for additional reading. This was actually the first book that I read about green cleaning and it spurred me on to seek more information and change my house-keeping and cleaning products and habits entirely. For the beginner, though, I would recommend "Clean House, Clean Planet" as it is more instructional as to how to properly mix the ingredients to get the best results.

This small book tends to be overwhelming in its amount of information and sometimes the recipes can be hard to find when you're in a hurry and looking for a particular item. But all in all, like her other book "Better Basics For The Home", it is a gem that would be a wonderful addition to anyone's green clean library.
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