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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Upd Rev edition (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087477859X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Responding to the increasing interest in the effects of chemicals in the myriad products used every day, nontoxic-living advocate Dadd offers a combined revised and expanded edition of two of her titles, published in the mid-1980s as Nontoxic & Natural (LJ 2/1/85) and The Nontoxic Home (LJ 11/1/86) and updated later as Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise (Tarcher, 1990) and The Nontoxic Home & Office (Tarcher, 1992), respectively. This listing of toxic materials and how to avoid them uses the manufacturers' warnings and mostly resists sensationalism. Dadd's suggestions are reasonable and not too difficult to accomplish. Like Lynn Marie Bower in The Healthy Household (LJ 7/95), Dadd includes extensive resource lists, though Bower covers a wider range of products. An excellent choice for libraries not owning the Bower title.?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
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About the Author

Debra Lynn Dadd, an internationally recognized consumer advocate specializing in identifying products that are safe and environmentally responsible, works as a consultant, lecturer, and writer to promote healthy living.


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We use alot of the recipes for natural cleaning in this book.
A. Redmer
My hope is that someday this world will stop supporting the bad stuff and move on to the good.
Snowie Owl
This book is easy to read, fascinating, and not at all preaching.
J. Montlake

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Montlake on March 2, 2000
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This is a must book for every home! All areas of potential toxins are covered, and there is a huge index of resources of where to purchase healthy products, with phone numbers addresses and websites! I bought a lot of great products that I would never have known about this way, and I am very greatful for all the practical advice in the book. I never could pinpoint what was making me sick, but after reading this book, I didn't wonder "why" I had a headache after standing in a newly painted room, etc.!
I literally planned my house around the advice given in this book! On many subjects, different views are given, and you are left to weigh the pluses and minuses and decide for yourself. This book is easy to read, fascinating, and not at all preaching. The author is also not bound by any predisposition to follow any specific views (i.e. she is not completely conventional or completely alternative) and just presents the facts straightforwardly.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
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I read this book when I moved into my new Northern California home because I wanted know that my 2 month old would not be exposed to harsh chemicals when I was cleaning my house. I found not only did this book make me feel safer when cleaning my home but, it made my entire family feel better. My husband and my five year old child, who both have allergies, stopped sneezing and coughing when I started to use the remedies from this book. I would highly recommend this book to everybody.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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I had no knowledge of all the toxins in my home, and while reading this book became appropriately horrified. This book is quite thourough. What makes this book excellent is that in the face of potentially overwhelmingly disheartening information, the author's solutions make changing your house easy and manageable. The author not only tells you what's dangerous and explains why, but then gives you practical advice on how to get along without that toxic product: what to substitue for it, and how to make or where to find the substitute. So, the reader can just make a list and, with a few phone calls and trips to various stores, can significantly reduce the levels of toxins in their home. And the options involve both making products or buying them, so if you are like me and want to live more safely but don't have time to create your own dishwashing liquid or furniture polish, you know where to buy them. I'm really glad I came upon this book and I highly recommend it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1998
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This guide was written to give consumers an overview of the problems of everyday toxins and harmful household products. It's designed to help you choose safe products depending on your interests, budget, medical conditions and lifestyle. The author has spent seventeen years investigating the toxic substances that caused a breakdown in her immune system. Each of her fast reading chapters explains a hazard and then provides a safe solution to the problem. Included are hundreds of inexpensive do-it-yourself formulas. The appendix includes pertinent information on the following topics: the harmful effects of common substances, dealing with household poisonings,recommended reading and organizations for each chapter, annotated mail-order sources with addresses and phone numbers, a directory of product manufacturers, an extensive bibliography, and an index. Every household needs a book like this because we can do something about the toxic environment in our homes. The table of contents and the index make this a ready reference book though it should read in its entirety. Then we will be better equipped to deal with the toxins in our homes. This book would make a great bridal shower gift. Highly recommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
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This book was full of important information. Not only do they tell you what's unhealthy for you, they also tell you what's good to purchase. If that's not enough they tell you how to make it yourself.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By HelpingDelayedKids.com on August 1, 2005
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It is challenging these days to know what cookware to buy, how to get rid of ants without calling pest control, and what bubblebath is safe. I was surprised to learn that even my home's type smoke detectors contained fadioactive material (yikes) and that even your ironing board can outgass fumes...This book is very very helpful to me, this is info that is hard to find elsewhere!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Snowie Owl on September 12, 2007
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This book was a real eye opener for me during my first read--EYE OPENER!. I went through every chapter with a fine tooth comb and to tell you the truth I was shocked. Shocked because I have been assuming, up to this point, that the products I was using, in my household, in my hair, on my skin (the stuff I grew up on) was safe. Now I know this is USUALLY NOT the case. I have used this book as a continuous reference, a Bible if you will. READ THE LABELS on your products! This book changed my life and gave me an excellent education about how toxic our homes and body products REALLY are. Now...I rather dislike the companies who make toxic cleaning products, makeup and body products (and food). My hope is that someday this world will stop supporting the bad stuff and move on to the good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ResearchingMom VINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
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The new version is shipping, even though the webpage information has not been updated.
The new version is revised and expanded. The Resource lists of companies and products has been removed to Debra's website so it can stay current,
which is dld123 dot com and click on Debra's List . You can also see the listing for the new book version at her website.
An excellent overall book covering a huge range of issues. Loads of good information and tips.
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