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Deirdre Imus
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April 10, 2007 Green This! (Book 1)
Change the way you clean and keep your family's home wholesome and healthy with the help of expert and activist Deirdre Imus.

We all grew up thinking chemical smells like bleach and ammonia signaled "clean." But as Deirdre Imus reveals, some of the chemicals we use to maintain our homes are doing us and our families much more harm than good. In Greening Your Cleaning, the first in her Green This! series, Deirdre shows how cleaning house the environmentally responsible way can be as effective and often cheaper than the more traditional, toxic, means. This volume includes:

  • Simple, efficient cleaning methods for every room of the house
  • Spotlights on everyday products (all purpose cleaner, glass/window cleaner, laundry detergent) and the toxic ingredients you should be wary of
  • Summaries of the latest research on the toxic effects of ordinary chemicals
  • Resource lists of widely available "green cleaning" products and retailers


Filled with tips and testimonials, Greening Your Cleaning will show you how to streamline your cleaning products and practices, and how easy it is to make "living green" your way of life.

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"Packed with practical insights and solutions to protect our families. Deirdre Imus asks the provocative question, 'Is the way we clean really good for us?' Read on to find the startling answer." -- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., author of You: An Owner's Manual

About the Author

Deirdre Imus is the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology(R), part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey. She is also a cofounder and codirector of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of the bestselling book The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.

Product Details

  • Series: Green This! (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416540555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416540557
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deirdre Imus is the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology(R), part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey. She is also a cofounder and codirector of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of the bestselling book The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.

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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole story... September 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge fan of cleaning with more natural products, and use baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, etc to do so. In that way, I totally agree with the author's message. However, I don't agree with the presentation of the book. An example is the section on fabric softeners and dryer sheets. The author warns that these commercial products may contain limonene and linalool...as suggested alternatives, she mentions essential oils, such as lemon, lavender, bergamot, and rosewood. Throughout the book, she states that these chemicals, limonene and linalool, are scary and toxic...and then suggests essential oils which themselves have these chemicals in their makeup. (The recommendation of rosewood is another issue altogether as the author recommends it (several places) despite environmentalists' growing concerns for its endangered status and for the protection of the rain forests. Not a very "green" thing to do, IMO.) Her own commercial line of cleaning products contain essential oils as well, and I'm betting limonene and linalool can be found in them as a result.

There are dangerous products on the market, no doubt about that. And we as a society are guilty of "over kill" when it comes to "germs". And natural alternatives versus "man-made" chemicals are likely safer and better. I don't disagree with any part of that message.

Again, I am a fan of essential oils, however one must also understand that anything can be dangerous if applied incorrectly or without due care. I felt that many of the suggestions were overboard and failed to include proper warnings. For example, there are some essential oils that shouldn't be used around pets. Most, if not all, shouldn't be used around cats due to a cat's special physiology and the cumulative toxic effect the oils can have on a cat's liver.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No recipes; just talk and suggestions May 12, 2008
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up today at my local supermarket. I was disappointed because I was expecting recipes for creating your own cleaning products. Instead, there were only suggestions, such as "add essential oil to your wash cycle." Yes, but how much. There were absolutely NO recipes for creating anything to clean with, and references were made to buy Premade cleaning products that are Green. I think there are better books that provide the same introduction to Green cleaning AND they provide the recipes to make the products yourself. I think this book was a plug for her IMUS cleaning products (although she does list other companies in her Resources Section). Instead of buying the book, just donate your money to The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer (which the proceeds of this book benefits). If she was trying to find a way to earn money for this cause, then writing this book was a smart idea. The downfall is that it's not useful, cause there are no recipes. I'll be buying another book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am giving this book to members of my family and friends. It is a straightforward introduction to green cleaning. I learned a lot reading this book. I went out and purchased the Imus products and am delighted with the results. You can save space, money and time following Deirdre Imus' tips.
Moreover, it is a way to support the Imus ranch and the Imus family who have done so very much for children throughout the years.
I will never go back to the way I cleaned before (using toxic substances) - this way is faster, better, less expensive and healthier.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Greening the Cleaning" really helpful May 20, 2007
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I have always been somewhat skeptical of using "green" products for cleaning---and some I have actually used in the past have not been as good as the regular products available. However, Deirdre Imus has written a very useful, well-organized overall review of products already in the home that can be used for "green cleaning" Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning (Green This!). I have discovered that white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and salt, in various combinations can do a wonderful job of cleaning in bathrooms and kitchens, for example. Because I became acquainted with her on her husband's talk show, I was willing to buy Deirdre's book and am pleased that I did so.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Green Cleaning! May 22, 2007
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be full of very helpful information! I love the way she breaks down by room and has so many specific definitions for all the toxic chemicals we use. My only criticism is that there is no comprehensive recipe list for the homemade cleaning solutions. I wish there was a list in the back that had every recipe you need for home cleaning. Rather, she has them within the paragraph in each chapter. It makes it tough to go back and fine or copy for future use.

Overall, I loved the book and made some big changes in my home as a result. My son's asthma has disappeared!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book May 13, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book. I, honestly, only bought it because I was in support of her husband since I didn't think that he should have been fired. However, I'm glad that I did buy it. I didn't realize that the cleaning products I have been using were so dangerous, especially to my 16 month old daughter. Mrs. Imus understands that not everyone has the money to spend on these "green" cleaning products and she instructs the regular person on how to do it. The only thing I did not like about the book is that there are no lists, such as a "do this, not that" kind of list. Everything is listed in paragraph form, so you often have to go back and forth throughout the book in order to find what you are looking for. I would have loved to have a summary chart on the products I should be looking for. I found myself taking notes while I was reading it so that I could have all of the information I wanted in a short format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information on green cleaning
I purchased several books to get me started on green cleaning. This one explained why it is so important and what specifically to avoid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Changed My Life
Four years ago I read this book and nothing has been the same. In fact because of this book I started a blog and wrote my own book, My Mommy is a Blogger. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Sommer Poquette
4.0 out of 5 stars Deirde Imus: A Second Coming of Rachel Carson?
I have been aware of Don Imus, (DnI) and his show: Imus in the Morning, for some time. My first recollection of being aware of Deirdre Imus (DdI) was on one of his recent shows. Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by Gerald T. Westbrook
1.0 out of 5 stars In total agreement with the other 1 star ratings
No recipes, just references to expensive green products on the market. Lots of good info about what's in traditional cleaning products but the book is really only useful if you've... Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by H. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This book is full of helpful tips. It's a really good resource for families who are trying to "green" up their houses!
Published on July 27, 2010 by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of information for natural cleaning/living
This book is full of useful information for those of us who want to keep life as natural as possible. Can't wait to get her new one. Highly recommend it.
Published on January 26, 2010
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY not HOW
This book tells you WHY you should green clean, but not HOW.

It should also be noted that a lot WHY's have no factual evidence aside from her own opinion. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by Krystal Conley
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly exaggerated, misinformation, but some good cleaning tips
When I read this book, all I found mostly was mounds and mounds of eco-scare, rather than green cleaning recipes. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by K. Liu
2.0 out of 5 stars GreenScare Goes Overboard
I read this book all the way through, though at many times I was pretty disheartened and occasionally even disgusted by Ms. Imus' writing and wanted to throw the book away. Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by T. Hole
5.0 out of 5 stars Green This
A great reference guide with so many alternatives to chemical cleaning--it's a must to have....I refer back to mine all the time...
Published on July 7, 2009 by Gail Catalano
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