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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580171946
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Save money...Save your health...Save the planet...With natural cleaning power!

Did you know that the air in your home might have chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air? And the culprits are lurking right under your kitchen sink. It's time to clean up your act!

Learn how easy it is to make your own safe, nontoxic, effective alternatives to commercial cleaning products by combining the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of herbs and essential oils with other natural ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, borax, and lemon juice. The Naturally Clean Home includes tips and formulas for freshening every room in the house:

--Wash the dishes with eucalyptus

--Restore the rug with rosemary

--Soften fabrics with lemon

--Clean the oven with orange

--Scrub the sink with lavender

--Polish wood with raspberry leaves

--Flush the toilet clean with tea tree oil

--Wax the car with beeswax

About the Author

Karyn Siegel-Maier is a health writer, the mother of three, and the author of The Naturally Clean Home. She contributes articles about herbal health and alternative medicine to magazines including Natural Living Today and Mother Earth News.

Customer Reviews

Clean Home is a great recipe book for some great home-made cleaning products.
N. Mccormish
I bought this book as a house warming gift for my daughter-in-law and she was so pleased with it that I picked up a copy for myself.
Charlotte
I've found that it rinses off very cleanly if you use a combination of water and white vinegar to rinse after cleaning.
DNP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By DNP on May 3, 2002
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I borrowed this book from my local library and followed up by purchasing a copy of my own. My main concerns were to have a safer environment for my two young children and to housekeep in a way that's as kind to the environment as possible. But it doesn't hurt that the recipes are both effective and smell wonderful! I love the "lavender soft scrubber", the "country spice scrubber" and the "cedarwood duster aid". The "fleas-be-gone carpet treatment" didn't hurt either, since I have two cats. I highly recommend this book.
For people who are also interested in making their own face and body care products, Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond and Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Natural Beauty are also wonderful.
One hint: Several of the recipes use baking soda, which can leave a residue. I've found that it rinses off very cleanly if you use a combination of water and white vinegar to rinse after cleaning.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mediterranean Maven on September 24, 2006
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I just purchased "The Naturally Clean Home" and like many of the other reviewers, immediately was curious to begin making my own homemade recipes. I must say that I am impressed with the results: The Lavender Soft Scrubber was easy to make and even easier to use in the bathroom, leaving my toilet, bidet, tub and sinks spotless with little effort in scrubbing and rinsing. I also made the Liquid Laundry Detergent and was pleasantly surprised by how clean and soft it left towels, sheets and even my husband's smelly and dirty golf clothes. I noted that another reviewer said that this liquid laundry detergent recipe didn't work for her but my experience was different: I substituted borax for the baking soda in the recipe and found that this worked just fine. The resulting liquid laundry detergent has to be shaken before use and doesn't suds up like other brands of detergent. But do not be fooled by the lack of suds: it works just fine and leaves no residue on clothes that can cause skin reactions and depending upon the essential oil you choose (I used a combination of cedarwood and patchouli), the fragrance left on clothes is subtle and not overwhelming; just a fresh clean scent and softness. You may find that you don't even need a fabric softener with that particular recipe although I am curious to try her fabric softener recipe next.

With just a couple of essential oils, and few other ingredients, you can have what you need to clean just about the entire home without breaking the bank. It's important to note that essential oils have different uses and functions and while it looks like the recipes are repetitious, they're not when you look closely at what essential oils are used and why.
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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful By "jennycrestedbutte" on May 1, 2003
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This book seems complete and thorough, but in fact it is really just rehash of a few recipes over and over again. The recipes, for the most part, are the same with different essential oils added, so that the book seems to hold more homemade cleaners than it really does.
Nevertheless, those recipes that they do list are pretty effective, especially their antimold spray. The liquid laundry soap does not work. (And I tried the recipe twice,just in case I messed up the first time.) Also, the book's dimensions make it difficult to leave open while attempting to prepare the cleaners.
There are plenty of books out there on this subject, and this is not one of the better ones. It's okay.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By OC reader on February 25, 2001
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I happened onto this book and thought I'd give it a try. Little did I know it would completely change my perspective on cleaning all together! Gone are the toxic chemicals from under my sink, even the ones I didn't know where harmful like regular dishwashing liquid. Three reasons to buy this book: 1)to protect you and your family's health 2)to protect our environment 3)to save money. It's so much cheaper to throw together these recipes. Do it for yourself and if you have kids, for pete's sake DO IT FOR THEM! I highly recommend this book. I agree with someone else's complaint that it should be spiral bound. I took mine to Kinko's and they sliced the binding and put a spiral hinge on it so it now lies flat. GO FOR IT!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on January 7, 2006
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Lets start with the bad...

It SHOULD come in a flip book, makes referance eaiser.

You dont really need so many different cleaners. I hold more to the line of thinking that a couple/few good cleaners can tackle most any application.

The between

It will rehash combos of the same ingrediants however as one review stated, with different essential oils. What I felt it was important to mention about this is that each essential oil can have a very different function. I personally have spent much time researching various oils to determine alternate uses for them. The changing of one oil to another is IMPORTANT, its not always just about the scent of the cleaner. Let me give you a very basic example, you may prefer the SMELL of say orange oil to tea tree oil however it isnt going to tackle mold nearly as well. If you are rather familiar with essential oils then perhaps you may wish to only skim through this book at the library. (and chances are you will already be fimiliar with the basic cleaning ingrediants) However, if you are not fimiliar with oils (or do not care to research it for yourself) then its very much worth the purchase.

the good

I have found a handfull of the recipes to be very good, some even better than the toxic counterparts. The soft scrub is heaven (I dont remember if she actually calls it that but that is what it makes in the end, a soft scrub) It works well and smells so yummy you will want to eat it!

This was my intro book once upon a time. It has also inspired me to create some unique cleaners of my own by tweeking her instruction to my liking.
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Karyn Siegel-Maier is a freelance writer specializing in herbs, alternative medicine, and health. She has written for many magazines, including Let's Live, Natural Living Today, Real Woman, Mother Earth News, Delicious!, and Better Nutrition. Visit her at www.herbmusings.com.