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Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes to Replace Your Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshener, and more Paperback – January 7, 2014
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About the Author
Dionna Ford is a lawyer turned work-at-home mama. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and more. Dionna also cofounded two other websites for parents, the Natural Parents Network and NursingFreedom.org. She lives in Independence, MO.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are not only thorough, tested and explained, but also include related recipes that I would not have found otherwise. Like the recipe for ant repellant followed recipes to deter other common pests. Love the whole chapter for Parents that details cleaning kid messes. I lost track of how many times I thought, 'I wonder if there's a recipe for...?' only to find it on the next page.
Included in the book is a section on why toxic cleaners are...well, toxic. It was a great refresher for me and solidified my commitment to being a toxic-free home. The authors also warn you what to avoid in cleaning ingredients and give you tips for what you can do to make changes. There is a detailed chapter on helpful ingredients (washing soda, essential oils, witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide, base oils, etc) and where to find them.
I used their spot remover recipe and it cleared a counter stain I haven't been able to remove since I bought my home two years ago. I've tried several other recipes from the book and they have all cleaned well. Yay for effective, easy and toxic-free cleaning!
A friend of mine is considering adopting a homemade approach to cleaning and I think this book and some of the basic supplies wrapped in a cleaning cloth or tub will make a great gift.
Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford have done the legwork of finding the best recipes and condensed the information into a very readable, quickly accessible format. I am already turning to the pages of Homemade Cleaners Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-free recipes as my go-to cleaning resource.
Beyond explaining the science of natural cleaning methods, this book is very practical. It makes no pretense that upon first reading, its readers will dramatically toss all of their store-bought cleaners. It introduces simple - really simple - steps that people can take to gradually clean better and healthier. No guilt here. Just practical steps to make your home healthier.
A big bonus for me is the introduction to essential oils. I now understand why people rave about them.
This book is an excellent resource for any home. As nice as it is for someone like me who has some experience cleaning a home using toxin-free methods, it would be an excellent book for those just getting started with homemade cleaners.
July 2014: I just tried this book's recipe for carpet shampoo to clean a large, well-trafficked segment of my carpet. It worked wonderfully! I am very impressed. Another type of toxic cleaner I now know I don't need.
All that being said, I was genuinely surprised at how much information there was in this book that I genuinely didn't know. For instance, I had no idea that the regulations on ingredient labeling in commercial cleaning products were so atrociously loose. I thought that when I looked at the ingredients on a bottle of window cleaner, I was reading all the actual ingredients, but I'm not. That is disturbing.
The recipes are great, and some of them are really unexpected. I can't wait to make my own grapefruit extract. It looks so easy, and it is my favorite smell of all time in cleaning products. I also plan to start using the herbal ant repellant very soon now that spring is here. They were terrible last year, and nothing really worked. Fingers crossed on this one. The homemade disinfecting wipes are next on my list to try. I have to admit that I am a fan of disinfecting wipes from the store, and those were the last of the straight chemical cleaners for me to take out of regular rotation.
Everything I've actually tried so far has worked great. What I have tried is the lemon dishwasher gel. (I had the ingredients on hand.) I LOVE it. It has worked fine so far, it smells good, and it only takes a little bit. What I really have to rave about though, is the heavy duty glass cleaner. I've tried natural glass cleaners before, and they just didn't do it for me. They always left streaks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great. Like most people most people I have become very concerned with the chemical in the products I use every day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs.T
I have been using the advice in this book for a month and really found it useful. A great way to save money and be healthier. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Heidi
A very good, educational book on different ways to make things at home and save money (and decrease the amount of toxic chemicals you spray around your home).Published 8 months ago by Christina
There is little in this small book that isn't found via searching the Internet for environmentally friendly or diy household cleaners and related.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by APR
This book contains all of the information needed to use essential oils efficiently to sanitize, deodorize, and remove mold. Read morePublished 9 months ago by cbro
I have made good use of this book. It has great ideas and information.Published 10 months ago by CJ