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Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home Spiral-bound – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008
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I gave this five stars after first leafing through a lot of it in a store that doesn't follow the Method manner at all. Then I ordered it from Amazon. A huge plus is the flip- book, loose leaf, graphics-packed format, although that has a predictable downside. While the ideas in this book range all throughout the house, they necessarily focus in certain areas, those taken from the sources and studies named in the back (which allows readers to track them down). It would take a review as long as this book to mention everything in it, so I'll merely hit a few points.
The authors pinpoint problems in the home related to cleaning, and then give a few suggestions. The obvious one, which they resist saying outright, is switch to Method products. A strength of this book is that each chapter ends with a brief checklist, and one can make a change in five minutes. It's a bit more difficult to throw away a bottle than to simply litter, but not much harder to recycle it. A small difference over time, or made by a lot of people, equals a big change. This book arms the reader to make such decisions.
How? Often by just reading the label of a product. The authors list what they consider to be bad ingredients and why. Nearly always this depends on the studies listed in the back, so the lists are uneven.Read more ›
Today is that day. I'm doing both.
I'm renting a new place with particularly stubborn tub dirt, but the air quality in here is already suspect, and I didn't just want to fumigate myself every time I worked on the stubborn tub. Vodka, vinegar, bleach, and traditional cleaners were striking out for me, so I grabbed the book to see if it had any bright ideas.
It has none. I mean, absolutely none.
The title says "Squeaky Green." I thought that this was obviously a book of do's, don'ts, and how-tos. One out of three isn't so hot: this book contains only "don't."
Watch for triclosan in your toothpaste, don't use traditional commercial cleaners, and go buy natural alternatives is all the book suggests. No mention of vinegar, no baking soda, no elbow grease, hardly a single cleaning tip to be found. (I found ONE: hang a sprig of eucalyptus in your shower to un-gunk your sinuses in the morning. Thanks?) I flipped to the cover to confirm that I had the right book in hand. "Method: 100% good stuff," the seal claims. "The method guide to detoxing your home."
The Method method, unsurprisingly, appears to involve purchasing 'green' cleaners for anything that ails your home.Read more ›
This book is, of course, showing and promoting method products, but it exposes what most people don't know (and probably what most people don't want to know) about the dirty stuff in your home (bar soap included).
It's not a cure all book, but it is an eye opener that's also aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It arrived on time and very good shape. It is a very informative book, I have learned alot that I did not even know. Thank youPublished on June 6, 2013 by Rhoda Fry
In such an overwhelming selfish society, you'd think that a home "detox" book by a green cleaning products company would be, well, all about their products. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Victoria Klein
This book simultaneously made me (1) want to compulsively clean and (2) afraid of cleaning! It could have been a huge advertisement for Method products, but I don't think the book... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Laura Pyle
Great little book filled with wisdom and easy to apply steps! For all those who wish to live long and minimize the impact of chemicals in our home on our health. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Diane B. - Toronto, ON
I bought this book because I already love Method products, and I want to know the history behind such a reputable company. Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by Di
This book is a well organized, easy to read introduction to green cleaning and living. It was not designed to be an encyclopedic guide to green living. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by M. L. Firm
I LOVED this book, couldn't put it down. Very easy to read and understand and funny too. Lots of "green" tips for you, the family and the home. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by momofthree