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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420853
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,336 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.


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I use the recipes in this book for so many things.
Jlowe16655
You really can't beat the cleaning power of items like vinegar, baking soda, borax and castile soap.
L. Chambers
This book is full of easy, natural recipes for cleaning the home.
Ashley Rotb

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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By SuriKatta on November 11, 2011
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I purchased this book in order to make my own natural cleaners rather than buying the commercial ones at the healthfood stores in order to save money. Initially you'll have to spend some money on buying essential oils(these cost the most) and so forth.
I have tried several of the recipes. The Tough Dirt & Grease floor cleaner works great. I've also tried a couple of the different copper cleaners on my Revereware pots and both worked great.
The castille based dish soap, I'm not too crazy about for several reasons, 1. the water turns white 2. it doesn't suds up much and 3. if you don't towel dry your glasses they look cloudy. I used Desert Essence castile soap with tea tree oil the first time and the second time I use Dr Bronners and both had the same results. My hands don't dry out but that didn't really balance out having to towel dry every dish. So I guess I'll be using BioKleens' dish soap again.
The overnight toilet bowl cleaner was just the same as adding plain borax, letting it sit for an hour or overnight and scrubing with a brush it just smelled nicer due to the essential oils.
Basically it came down to this: borax, washing soda, baking soda, white vinegar and castile soap, which all of us green cleaners keep on hand this book just tells you what essential oils to add to the mixture.
The author also has a section about drying your own herbs to make scouring powders and such. Baking soda is a fairly good scouring powder on it's own.
It does have very handy tips on how to clean everything in your house except for leather furniture.
You can find almost all of these recipes online on different green sites, but it is nice to have handy in a little book that tucks nicely away in the cleaning cabinet.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on July 7, 2009
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This book contains recipes for any cleaning product a person could ever want to use around their home, including carpet shampoo, laundry soap, garden and pest control (even deer), potpourri and sachets, tarnish remover, wood cleaners and polishes, computers and office equipment, oven cleaner, BBQ grills, wicker, cars, exterior siding (including stone and brick), and garden tools! And all of the ingredients are completely nontoxic. Not only that, it teaches you HOW to do the jobs and properly care for your home and items you own. It is an excellent all-around instruction book for green housekeeping in every sense.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ben Larry on August 25, 2009
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I love this book. Super helpful without being over the top. Easy to find ingredients and the cleaners really work!! Every recipe that I've followed in this book has worked better than anything I find in the store, and they're a ton cheaper too. I would highly recommened this book to anyone who wants to save money and not give up quality cleaning products.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Ajaxtelamona on September 13, 2011
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Having read that the indoor pollution is far worse than the outdoor pollution because of toxic chemicals present in many of household cleaners, I wanted to switch to using more eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners. I thought this book might teach me how to make effective cleaning formulas other than mixing baking soda and vinegar. The book does have many formulas for cleaning everything in the house, but so far it hasn't worked well.

Here is an example from the book (word for word);

No-Scrub toilet bowl cleaner
Use this one in toilet bowls that have an everlasting ring around them. (Like the kind you find in the bathroom of your vacation cabin after six months of nonuse.) You can employ this recipe just before going to bed; by morning, even the toughest of stains will have disappeared.
1 cup borax
1 cup vinegar
10 drops pine or lavender essential oil
5 drops lemon or lime essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl or bottle and pour all at once into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush!

If this formula works for you, then this book is probably right for you. As for me, I flushed the toilet in the morning and the stains were still there, clear as ever. I ended up cleaning with baking soda and vinegar and it did much better job getting rid of the ring.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By evilredhead21 on December 19, 2011
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I consider this book either a jumping off point, or a nice addition to an already stocked armory. I wouldn't use this as my only source of household cleaners recipes, and I certainly don't follow all of the recipes to the letter. I take pieces that i like, make adjustments, and see what works for me.

I absolutely love that the author included lists of the properties of essential oils. Yes, this could probably be found online, but I like having it handy and all in one spot. Also, I really like that she tells you what to purchase for your beginners kit.

A lot of people complained about having to buy so many essential oils, and how expensive they are. Quit whining, folks. If you don't have an essential oil that a certain recipe calls for, sub in something else. It's house cleaning, not rocket science. Most of the recipes in each section have the same basic ingredients; the author just gives you ideas of how to "spice" it up with different scents. I love not having to reek of baking soda and vinegar every time I clean my bathroom.

Is this the best book ever, full of incredibly life-changing information that can be found nowhere else? Nope. But I liked it.
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